Curtain Articles for Home Decorating

There are many ways to learn about the humble curtain – we have put together numerous articles tackling many differing topics that are all involved in making decisions, ideal if you are wanting to choose curtains for your own home, if you are an Interior Decorator wanting to upskill, or an Interior Designer who needs a general understanding of window treatments. Browse through the long list below and take your time, starting with – The Ins and Outs of a Curtain. There are only a few simple rules to follow here; the length of the hung curtain should be? read about the simple curtain rules

Curtain Terms

Learn the parts of a curtain so you can speak in the correct terminology.

Looking From the Outside In – this is a good reminder to me that the outside look of curtains, blinds and drapes need to be considered when selecting them for a house.

Lining, Insulation and Privacy – Lining is often taken for granted. There are many types and they perform many different functions.

Curtain Lining, Insulation and Privacy.

Budget Requirements – It is important in any decision making process to be aware of your budget.

Grommet Top or Eyelet Curtains as Decorative Feature with an Asian Look – An article on a contemporary dining area with a subtle Asian concept.

Bay Window Pole Decoration using a Valance – Bay windows are often difficult to decorate and are usually a beautiful feature of homes. Unfortunately everyone wants to cover them up with curtains. So find out how to do it properly here.

Decorative curtains.

Decorative Curtains

Decorative Curtain Rod – the interior designers secret tool

Bay Window Curtain Poles and Valance

Relaxed Tie Top Curtain

Types of Curtains for Double Hung, Out Swing Casement, Ranch or Strip, Awning and Jalousie Windows

Ideas for Bow, Double, Uneven, Corner and French Windows

Ideas for Sliding Glass, Dormer and Bay Windows

Modern Sheers, and Voiles

Exterior Window Look

Casual Scarf Drapery

Modern Tab Top

Grommet Top Curtains

Shutters and Screens

Made to Measure Curtains

Contemporary Curtains

Ideas for Clerestory, Palladian, Glass Wall and Skylight Windows

Fire Hazards / Flame Retardancy – This is an important factor in fabric selection. Selecting a flame retardant fabric for all escape routes in the house.

The information you need is not always on the back of the fabric swatch.

Color Fastness – Lets face it a completely colorfast fabric does not exist, some will change uniformly, so their color just pales and is only noticeable to you.

Silk is a beautiful fabric for curtains design.


The Choice of Fabrics – It is most important that the fabric will drape or hang well.

Surrounding Influences – This is often overlooked when selecting curtains – why?

Color, Texture and Pattern – This is where we have assessed the surrounding influences and narrowed down (hopefully) our choices.

Pattern, people are often afraid to use it.

Visual Choices – Color – of course we must think of our surrounding influences but also where the windows are, do they have a lot of sunlight, will the fabric fade?

Wikipedia’s definition of a curtain makes interesting reading.


Color, often one of the most difficult choices when selecting fabric for curtains.


Sheers and Voiles – Get an idea of how a modern application of sheers and voiles can be used as window dressing.


Decorative valance, inverted pleat with a balloon hem.

Decorative valance, inverted pleat with a balloon hem.

Pattern on fabric can be as bold as 1960's designs or as simple as this chinese text in silk.

Pattern and Texture – This term usually creates the image in your mind of large bold 1960’s patterns.

Fullness, Length and Heading Tape – the length of curtains, ceiling to floor or sill and puddled. We will now go over the headings and the fullness.

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