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By: Manoj Gupta
When choosing curtains for your new home, there is one very important factor that you need to keep in mind: the curtains are going to not only play a large part of covering your wall from side to side, but also tie the entire room together. Aside from their functional use to keep unwanted heat and light out--or let it in--curtains are a big decorative choice when furnishing your new home. As such, you'll likely want to either install them last or build your room around them, along with a few other central pieces.

Two Methods to Match Your Curtains in Your New Home

Let's go over both methods and take a look at how it affects your budget and which method will work better for your current situation.

1. Building Your Room around Your Curtains. If you already have some curtains that you've already purchased or fallen in love with, building your room around the curtains isn't that difficult, but it will cost you more money. On the upside, you will also have more selection to choose from, so in that sense, you are a bit more uninhibited (depending on the extent of your budget).

The key to building a room around your curtains has to do with the colors and patterns in the curtains. If you have long, vertical stripes, you're not going to want to buy a couch with fat, horizontal bars unless you want to go crazy every time you walk into the room. Similarly, if there is a lot of white in your curtains, you might want to go with black furniture to get some more contrast.

To get started, sit down and look at your curtains. Jot down every color that is in the curtain, assigning it a percentage in a pie chart. Then, describe the patterns to the best of your ability. The simplest way to get some ideas from here is to Google a "complimentary color wheel" and then see which colors compliment your curtains. Try to match the bigger percentage colors with larger percentages of the furnished coverings. If you're lucky, you'll also be able to find the smaller percentage colors of the curtain (or their complimentary color) inside the furniture.

Then, try to find patterns that compliment your curtains and your room. If you are trying to create the illusion of a taller ceiling, keeping your patterns moving vertically on a shorter-backed chair will help you achieve that goal--just be certain that doesn't clash with the curtains.

2. Choosing Your Curtains to Match Your Furnishing. On the other hand, if you already have your furniture, you won't have to spend too much more money since you'll only be purchasing curtains. Similarly to the method above, you will have less choice and flexibility since you're matching the curtains to existing furniture.Just as with above, the first thing you want to do is sit and write down all the colors in your furniture. Even if they seem insignificant, write them down. Here, you don't have to worry so much about getting the exact percentages down because there are more pieces of furniture in the room--you'll know right away if the curtains work or not. Simply find some complimentary and even contrasting colors in the curtains to go with your furniture and get some swatches from your curtain store.

Try to keep in mind that the curtains can be used to tie pieces of furniture together that might not normally work. If you're having trouble matching some of the bigger colors together, look for an easy fix such as getting a new rug to increase the amount of a certain color in the room. This is sort of cheating, but the key here is that your room looks good at the end of the day.

Finding the Best Curtains for Your Room

There are a few other pointers to keep in mind when choosing your curtains:

* Don't choose bright colors for a room that gets a lot of direct sun into the curtains as sunlight fades fabrics and bright colors fade faster.

* Neutral colors fade the slowest and blend in with rooms more universally

* Linens, velvet and silk or faux-silk are the best choices for curtains if you want them to drape and hang elegantly

* Suede, tapestry, velvet and tweed help keep the heat in for colder climates

* Get interlining to prolong the life of your curtains


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Author Bio - This guest post is written by Manoj Gupta working for Craftsvilla.com, a premier portal for organic and natural products like curtains shopping, handicrafts shopping etc. from India. To select from a wide range of curtains available online, Craftsvilla.com would indeed be the perfect choice. go to http://www.craftsvilla.com
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