Modern curtains do much more than block out the light. Today they can be used to create semi-private social spaces, block direct light, maintain a constant temperature, or be neatly pulled to the side where natural sunlight can flood the space. Fabrics are available in many styles, with colors, shades, patterns, and accessories making each space unique.
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The fabric used for this window is heavy enough that it will last, yet detailed enough that is drapes the way window treatments should.
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The fabric for these curtains are light enough that they fold crisply when drawn to the sides, something that is essential for windows.
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Sunlight can fade fabric with time, so darker colored curtains last longer making this window treatment an ideal choice.
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Pleating the curtains, the draping effect created by this treatment is ideal.
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Customized curtains create tailored looks perfectly suited to non-conventional windows like these. In this space the curtain rods are discreetly hidden with the matching panel.
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By placing the curtains more than six inches above the window frame, this treatment creates a dramatic look.
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By selecting the length and lining for this window detail, these curtains make a great addition to the room using interlining to improve the effect.
Neutral toned curtains length the room and draw the eye toward the furniture and accent points.
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Sheer curtains delicately reduce the natural light in the room while still adding to the openness.
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For a modern feel, all white silk curtains are lightweight yet long lasting.
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The combination of heavier curtains with an interlining see through fabric allows windows to block light and temperatures while still prolonging their lifespan. Here too the electrical heating is hidden from view with discreet curtains.
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These curtains really make the room, using the right combination of color and fabric. The country feel of this home is solidified with the two toned drapes.
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Hanging panels higher than the window itself, as is done here, adds a sense of height to this space.
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Custom panels offer high quality window treatment that naturally complements the space. For larger windows, customized curtains can be created to span two stories with one set of fabric.
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Neutral colors work well against the hazards of direct sunlight, blending nicely into the décor of this room.
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The length of the curtains is important, and with these, the window sill can be discreetly covered.
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The lining and interlining here gives the curtains the fullness and body every window needs.
Even in small spaces, floor length curtains can add a warmth and privacy to any space.
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Simple white curtains stand out against dark painted walls.
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Printed curtains add unique texture to a room, drawing discreet focus like these paisley designs.
With so many options on the market it is easy to see why curtains now play such a significant role in any window treatment. Used not only for efficiency but for beauty, curtains are a modern accessory for any home.
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