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Choose the right curtains to suit your room

Take your time to match your soft furnishings to the style of the room and the season, and you will create a lovely, cosy atmosphere for you and your family.

This is the season of “hygge”, the all-but-unpronounceable, untranslatable Danish concept of wintry happiness – playing board games beside a roaring fire with mulled wine and, of course, cosy curtains.

Curtains offer warmth, intimacy and privacy. Not only practical, they are also a fundamental part of your decor. They literally dress your room. As such, they deserve some thought and planning.

Length is just one consideration. In a cold room, where a radiator is vital beneath a window, you might not want to block the heat with to-the-floor curtains. Around a sweeping bay window, consider four individual curtains instead of two large ones to maximise light into the room.

Think about the purpose of curtains in each room of your house. In the bedroom, thick black-out curtains are desirable – and possibly blinds as well – but in a conservatory you might prefer a lighter, more ornamental style.

Plumbs has a wealth of expertise and experience to help you make the right decision.

“We have been very pleased with the manner, knowledge and ‘know-how’ of the Plumbs home consultant,” said Mr M S Monkhouse from Warwickshire. “We have always bought ready-made curtains and we were cautious about getting a sales consultant to the house, but we have learnt through this experience that it is worth it. Our new made-to-measure curtains make the whole downstairs of our house look as it ought to look.”


Don’t forget the incidentals. A wooden or brass pole can look incredibly striking, but heavy curtains on rings don’t always pull well. Also, repeatedly drawing pale-coloured curtains by hand can leave finger marks. It may be worth considering an assisted pulley system or track.

How would you like your curtains to look, both open and closed? Do you want rings to show or would you prefer them hidden behind extended pleats? Or would you prefer a more traditional look: pelmets and tie-backs?

Tie-backs or brackets need to be considered carefully. Yes, they look neat and tidy – and, importantly, make the most of the light during the day – but some fabrics do not respond well to being pulled back in this way and can crease. Again, Plumbs can advise you on the best solutions.

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“As soon as I received my new made-to-measure curtains from Plumbs, I wanted to formally thank them for their excellent workmanship,” said Mrs Curran, from Carshalton. “Every time I go into the bedroom I admire the beautiful, silvery grey curtains which have totally transformed the room.”

If you want to maximise light, you will need to factor in a longer rail or pole – and more material – to ensure that, when open, the curtains pull clear of the window.

But, of course, the most important decision is choice of fabric. Do you opt for the latest trend or would you prefer a more neutral material? It depends on personal choice as well as your decor. Curtains should subtly complement a room: they should neither fade away into obscurity, nor clash.

Joanna Whitworth

Home Decor enthustiast and employee of Plumbs Loose Covers and Reupholstery.

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