If you’re going for a clean, modern look in your home, plain curtains are a great option.
Pattern and texture can add visual interest to a room, but they can also detract from your other décor and create a cluttered look. Plain curtains in a single colour offer a simple backdrop to a room without overpowering the space.
When considering whether to go for a patterned or plain design, start by looking at the theme of your room. Have you gone for a very traditional look? This may warrant a damask or woven pattern. If your room includes sleek modern furniture and neutral tones, a plain curtain will probably be more fitting.
Your choice of fabric will also be affected by your overall decorating scheme. Hemp gives a linen-like texture and a fuller, more textured look, while polycotton curtains offer a smooth appearance and are easy to clean.
Plain curtain colours
Plain curtains come in a wide variety of colours – and while solid colours like pinks, blues and greens are common, you’ll also find a choice of neutral tones including beige, grey and white.
When choosing a colour, remember that if you choose a bold solid colour, you should repeat it elsewhere in the room. If you’re decorating a boy’s bedroom, blue could match his blue duvet cover. In a bright living room, you could add something more exotic like duck-egg green and then pick up that colour in scatter cushions, throws and ottomans. But very often you’ll want curtains to simply form a subtle backdrop to the room without overpowering it. In these instances, neutral colours like beiges, creams and light and dark greys work particularly well.
Pure white look great in a sleek modern interior, and help to lighten a room. Plain white bedroom curtains will look fresh and airy. Darker colours will help to create a cosy feel.
How do I know what size curtains to buy?
You don’t want your curtains to be too short or too long. They should just brush the floor. If they are too long the fabric will pool at the floor, which can look messy and pick up dirt unnecessarily. If they are too short, your room will look awkward and unfinished. Premade curtains come in two standard lengths: 218cm for standard length and 250cm for extra length. Most rods and rails are hung at one of these two heights.
When considering length, a rule of thumb is to ensure your curtains are between two and two and a half times the width of the actual window. This will ensure that when the curtains are drawn they fully cover the window, and feel full and luxurious. But an even number of drops for each side of your window is recommended – one or two drops per side – so that you get an even effect when open.
Who sells quality plain curtains?
If you’re looking for high-quality bedroom, living room and kitchen curtains, you’ll find a great range at Volpes.