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The living room or lounge is one of, if not the most lived in room of the house. Curtains in this area need to be practical, functional and decorative. When chosen well, curtains can have a dramatically transformative effect so before you make your selection, here are some things you should consider. 

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How big are your windows?

The bigger they are the more your curtains will cost simply because you’ll need more fabric to cover them. This may mean having to make compromises such as opting for a shorter length or a less expensive fabric.

How big is the room?

Make a small room seem bigger with simple, extra long curtains that hang from almost ceiling height right down to the ground, or make a large room seem more cosy with thick, full curtains in bold colours, patterns or stripes. 

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Purpose and performance

What do you want your curtains to do? Is look more important than function or vice versa?

Often the living room is where you watch TV so having block out lining allows you to make it dark if watching during the day or early evening in summer. 

Would you like privacy in your living room? Consider hanging sheers under the main curtains. 

Insulation

This is an interesting one. During winter, thicker fabrics are recommended to help reduce heat loss through windows. However, in summer, a thicker fabric traps heat in the room. If the budget allows, you could splash out on both summer and winter weight curtains. If not, opt for something medium and insure it’s thermally lined. 

Opening and closing

Living room curtains will be opened and closed at least once a day so you want them to be easy to operate. For that reason, we don’t recommend tab top heading styles for the living room. 

Put some thought into how you want them to look when they are open during the day. Leave them hanging loose for a streamlined yet informal look. Fix them back with ties or hooks for a soft, romantic, decorative look.

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Night and day aesthetic

Consider how they look in daylight and artificial light at night.

Colour and pattern

As already discussed, if you have a small room, an intricate pattern is not the best option, as it will only accentuate the lack of space. Ultimately you want your curtains to fit with the décor and reflect your personality. If you were to choose an in-home consultation with Russells, our style consultants bring an abundance of fabric samples with them and have a lot of experience helping clients hone in on the best options for their homes.

We hope you’ve found this information helpful. If you need more info about choosing the right curtains for your home, you’ll find everything you need to know in our helpful guide. Download your free copy now. 

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