If you would like to have curtains with a more formal look, look for French pleats. These look extremely stylish. It also allows the curtain to fall straight. You can also try box pleats particularly if what you have is a thin fabric.
The valance is a curtain that is used often to cover up rods or other hardware. There are various types of valances such as the waterfall valance, the ascot valance, or an Austrian valance. The type depends on the wanted appearance of the valance to be boxy or to drape across other hanging curtains. They are hung with an additional small rod to cover existing hanging curtains or hung with a bracket that is often attached to a more boxy style valance that surrounds an existing rod with drapes. Valances can also be hung alone above a window for decorative purposes.
Many people choose curtains that match their furniture, walls etc. but you will be surprised that a contrasting color can be fantastic too. It can help if you have a general idea about the color theme in your home, including every piece of furniture and other things. If you are unsure about selecting a color, let the store provide you a small sample patch. You can then take this small sample home to see how the color will go with your room before you buy the curtain.
One other purpose, beside the decorative element, would be to use curtains as a way to block the view from outside into your home. Those curtains don't need to be too thick because they should still allow plenty of light into your home.
You have to consider various aspects when choosing a fabric. All the efforts you have exerted will be useless if the texture and color of the cloth does not blend with your home's general décor. You have to think about the location and size of your window.
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