Curtains are one of those accessories of a room or house that everyone can relate to. They are used to either filter light or to create a particular visual effect. Curtains are usually referred to as draperies. Whether it is window dressing or drapes, curtains are an essential part of our everyday lives.
A curtain is simply a decorative piece of fabric meant to either block or conceal light, or the flowing movements of water. If you are talking of the type of curtain that can be found in an interior design store, the most common ones are sheer, blinds, heavy fabrics like velvet and satin, sheer or polyester batting, and even velvet or cotton swags. These curtains are usually found in modern colors like black, gray, beige, brown, or other neutral shades. There are also curtains with printed designs or those that feature geometric patterns. However, a curtain does not need to have these elaborate designs to be beautiful.
As for the type of curtains that can be used for window treatments, there are many kinds that are made from different materials. Blinds, panels, valances, and valences are only some of the curtains that can be found in home decor stores. Even with the wide variety of these types of curtains, there are still several ways to incorporate them into your theme or interior design.
Rods are the most common of all curtains. They are usually either a curtain rod with a fabric draped over it or a rod with no real design on it, but simply as a support for the curtains. In some cases, the rod may actually serve as the accent piece in the room, so that instead of curtains, we have just a rod hanging. Rods can be plain, but we can also get decorative ones in many different styles.
Sheer panels are the second-most popular form of window treatments. Sheer panels usually come in fabric or vinyl and are very lightweight. This means that they can easily be moved around. These curtains can be used to create both heavy and light panels depending on the actual fabric that is used. We can even get sheer curtains that can completely block out the sun!
Decorative curtains are the third most popular choice of window treatments. These curtains are made from fabrics that allow light to filter through them, giving a romantic feel to a room. In addition, since the curtains are usually thicker than regular curtains, they can add a certain level of privacy that regular curtains do not offer.