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How to Buy Curtains For a New Home

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One of the most exciting parts of buying or moving into a new home is diving into the décor. Curtains are one of the main parts of home décor that can make a statement to your visitors and even from the outside, of your personal style. A new home offers a unique situation for many people, often overwhelming since you are usually starting from scratch.

We’ve put together this quick guide to give you an easy to follow a path to buying the perfect curtains for your new home.

Know Your Style Goals

The first thing that you must consider when decorating your new home is your personal style. Your style is one way to add personality and comfort to your living space. What is it that you want your home to say to anyone who walks in the door? When you know what style you want to express, it can make finding decor items, including curtains, and much easier process by limiting the field potential options. This will help you keep from being overwhelmed, making the entire process much more enjoyable.

Choosing Your Color Theme

Once you have chosen a style, the next step is to decide on a color theme. Color themes are a great option for people with little design experience to ensure they are choosing coordinating colors for their new curtains. One good way to find color themes you may like is to look through magazines and even online at pictures of homes that you draw your attention. This will give you a good idea of a color palette. Maybe you like bold colors, or perhaps you are somebody who prefers more neutral colors. Either way, deciding on a color theme before taking any further steps will further narrow the options for the type of curtains you will be looking to buy.

Custom VS Store Bought Curtains

Once you have decided on a theme, the next choice is whether you want or need custom curtains, or are you going to go with store-bought curtains. When it comes to buying curtains, not everyone may think that custom curtains are even an option, and you may be pleasantly surprised to know how affordable custom curtains online can be. Only you can make this decision. Check out our article for some differences between curtains for a more understanding.

Fabric Options

Next comes fabric, and admittedly this can get overwhelming. However, the previous steps will narrow the options significantly. Neutral color themes will likely not include heavy, robust fabrics that may appear too heavy or prominent in the space, whereas as a theme with vibrant colors could more easily withstand statement fabrics.

There are a few tips that can help you pick the perfect fabric for your curtains.

  • Lighting needs – lighter fabrics, such as sheers and silks are not only lightweight, they are more translucent allowing tons of natural light to come through while still giving you privacy.
  • Know your durability needs – people with pets or even small children may want to choose fabrics that can withstand a bit more wear and tear than lighter more delicate fabrics.
  • Preference – you are likely going to be automatically drawn to certain types of fabrics. There is no reason to fight against that, as you will feel more comfortable with those fabrics in the long run.
  • Design details – there are a few design tips to keep in mind, general guidelines that may help you decide.
    • Don’t try to match colors in your room or furniture exactly, go a shade lighter or darker to complement the color instead of competing with it.
    • Prints and patterns are okay within limits, avoid using multiple patterns in one room.
    • Fabric material can matter as much, if not more, than the color or pattern. When possible choose high-quality fabrics that will wear better, stay colorfast, and wash well.

How to Measure for Curtains

Once you have decided on fabric and color, you are obviously going to need to know some measurements. The biggest advantage of custom curtains is that you have virtually unlimited options for hanging curtains that are specifically made to fit your windows, no matter how unique they may be. Whether you are lucky enough to have a full window wall or smaller clerestory windows, custom curtains can be made to fit perfectly.

Taking measurements may seem daunting, but if you can read a tape measure (or a digital one) you can take the right measurements easily. Let’s start with width since it is usually the easiest to measure.

Start by measuring the width of your window. Depending on the design you want to achieve, you will likely need a curtain panel that is approximately two and a half times that of the window measurement. For example, if your window is 36-inches with, you will want panels that are 90-inches wide. This will provide you with a proper amount of fullness.

Length is a little more complicated, but only because you need to decide where your curtain rod will be mounted as well as where the bottom will hit. Some people even add a few inches longer if they want a pooling to occur at the bottom of the curtain. Otherwise measuring from the rod height to the floor and subtracting about a half an inch will give the perfect floor-length measurement.

Obviously, lengths need to be adjusted if there is something beneath the window. In some cases, you may not want the curtains to be floor length. The important part is getting accurate measurements. For curtains that will be above heating elements, please make sure they do not come within 6 inches of a radiant heater.


There is so much fun to be had when choosing and buying curtains for a new home. Like putting the icing on a cake, curtains offer that finishing touch to any room. Custom curtain offers you the opportunity to put your own fingerprint on the design of your space. We hope this has helped and please feel free to let us know if you need help at any point. All of our curtains are custom made to order and shipped directly to your home. We look forward to working with you to find your custom look. Contact us today!

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