Choose Fabric for Modern Curtains
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Choosing Fabric for Modern Curtains
Curtains can make or break a room. They line the walls and can be as stunning as a modern piece of art or as dull as a rusty nail. There are many factors that go into choosing the right curtains for your home, including price, length, the rod and rail system, and fabric. Today we’ll give you the low-down on some of the most common modern curtain fabrics, so you can choose which one is right for you.
Cotton is not usually used as a solo fabric in curtains – it is normally mixed with other materials such as silk, synthetics, and wool. When cotton is combined with linen, for example, it creates a beautiful chambray fabric that is lightweight, sheer, and has a frosty sheen. Organdy, bastiste, and damask are common types of cotton or cotton blends used in curtains.
Silk is a gorgeous material to work with, as it has a reflective surface that appears to radiate in many colors. Silk is woven alone or with other fabrics to produce everything from a solid color curtain to a translucent, wispy gauze. Moiré, voile, pongee and satin are common types of silky fabrics used in curtains.
Lace can be made with almost any fabric, as the weaving pattern is what makes it unique. A lacy curtain is often made of lightweight material like cotton and features intricate cut-out patterns in the weaving.