Curtains complete a room's look, give privacy, and light and temperature control. Curtains are used over windows, patio doors, sliding doors and French doors. They can be long or short, fixed or moveable, luxurious or spartan. Combine different curtain treatments, combine curtains with blinds or shades, and add decorative touches like window scarves or valances.

Curtains are probably one of the most common window coverings that you see in homes today. With the wide variety of fabrics, colors, and designs that are available is it any wonder that going to the store to buy curtains can be quite overwhelming? How are you supposed to choose from the hundreds of different curtains that are available?

Curtains are made of fabric and, unfortunately, fabric can wrinkle, stain, fade and deteriorate in sunlight, and will need some periodic maintenance. The first thing that you need to do is to assess the room that the curtains are going to be in to determine how durable the fabric needs to be and how easy to maintain is needs to be. For example, a child's bedroom window will need to be more durable and easier to clean than a formal living room's window coverings. If you think about the function of the room then you will be able to determine which fabrics are right for your particular room.

The decorating style of your room will also have an impact on the style and design of curtains that you choose. The good news is that no matter what decor that you have and want to design your room around you will be able to find some curtains to help draw your decorating scheme together with no problem. If you cannot find ready-made curtains, you can look for fabric at the fabric store, online, or at a superstore and have curtains custom made for your window.

Custom made curtains are great because they are specially designed and sized for your particular window. You will also have one-of-a-kind curtains that will draw the decorating style together in your room. Custom-made curtains are especially great for those hard to fit windows. Many times the company or person that is making your curtains will even come and measure your windows themselves to ensure that the curtains are going to fit your windows perfectly and correctly. This is great if you are unsure of how to exactly measure your windows.

Curtains are versatile in how they can be used to cover a window. They can be purely functional or purely decorative, but most often are a blend of functional and decorative. You can use sheers and curtains together, have fixed curtains at the edge of the window and moveable curtains across the window, window scarves that come down only part-way or puddle on the floor, swags add color and visual interest, and valances cap the window treatment so as to tie all the elements together. You can tie your curtains back with either a sash or a bar, or let them hang straight.

Curtains can be used in a cafe style, with either just the lower half of the window covered, or both the top and bottom halves of the window covered. Curtains can hang to just the bottom of the window, or all the way to the floor. There are sos many looks and approaches to how you use curtains that your only limitation is your imagination.

Now you are ready to install your curtains. Installing your curtains can be done right at the level of your window molding, slightly above your window molding, or even almost at the ceiling line to make either your window or walls look taller. How you install your curtains can have a huge impact on the look of your room and window. You can make your windows seem wider and taller, simply by the way that you hang your curtains.

Curtains can add that final touch to a room that can bring all of the decorating touches together or it can tear the decor apart. That is why it is important to carefully consider your curtain choice so that your room will have the feel and look that you need and desire. By putting just a little thought into your decision, you will have curtains that look great and fulfill your needs.