Curtains have been a staple of the British home since the 16th century, would you believe? There’s definitely no sign of them going out of fashion either. Given their long history, there’s a huge range of styles, so you’ll find a curtain to fit your needs whatever they are. Maybe you’re looking for something functional that’ll work day in day out, and keep the light out, or maybe you’re looking for something a little more stylish to suit that room you’ve been meaning to do up for ages. Whatever your specification, we’ve got the curtains for you.
Curtains are clearly a very individual choice, and you’ll already have an idea of how you want your room to look. Knowing what’s out there is invaluable though, so take a look below to get an idea of what type of curtain would suit you. All of the styles below come in a whole range of colours and patterns, but we think that settling on a design is the first step to finding your perfect curtains.
Eyelet curtains have become increasingly popular in recent years. They aren’t always called eyelet curtains though and may also be called ring top curtains or eyelet ring-top curtains. This design sees the curtain rings sewn directly into the material, and the rail runs through the top of the curtain itself, through the eyelets.
Because of their design, these curtains will have deep folds in the fabric, so suit bold colours and pattern designs. That said, they’ll really suit almost any room in your house, unless you’re going for a more traditional look in which case you might want to go for pencil curtains.
Pencil curtains, or pencil pleat curtains, are one of the most popular curtain designs on the market. The name comes from the way in which the top of the curtain resembles tightly packed pencils. As previously mentioned, they’re a great choice for matching more traditional interiors, but can also fit In with more contemporary style homes too. Pencil curtains can either be attached to a pole or a track, made from plastic, metal, or wood, and are drawn either with a drawstring or just by hand.
Pinch pleat curtains
This is the last of the popular heading styles for curtains. It’s also widely considered to be the most elegant and most intricate. They are similar to pencil curtains, except the folds are pinched together in twos or threes to form a permanent pleat. Again, these curtains are great for those going for a traditional look, but can also create a contrast in an otherwise contemporary space.
Blackout curtains come in a range of styles, including the aforementioned eyelet and pencil curtain designs. They’re the perfect choice for if you live in an urban area and want to keep the glare of street lights out for a perfect night’s sleep. The summer months have the benefit of those lovely long evenings, but that’s not so great if you’ve got to be up early the next day.
Blackout curtains will have a backing made from tightly woven fabric that has multiple layers to keep out the light. As well as keeping the light out, they can also be drawn to regulate the room’s temperature too. They can also have the effect of soundproofing a room both from outside noise, but also from noise escaping your house.
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Electric curtains are a relatively new addition to the range, and provide some unique benefits. An electric curtain is essentially a curtain where the track that is used to open and close them is electrically operated. This means you can open and close them with just the touch of a button.
This is great for if you have trouble opening and closing your curtains, or if you don’t want to have chords hanging down and messing up the design of your room. They also have a whole host of other benefits, including the fact that you can set them on a timer so that when you’re out they will open and close to give the illusion that you’re in.
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Recently had my curtains installed by Warren at Aquarius Interiors, the transformation was amazing, the quality of the curtains and the roman blind was superb and the service was fantastic.Steve Wright, Nuneaton