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Curtain Buying Guide

The right window dressings and style of curtains and blinds can turn an ordinary room into something truly special and remarkable.

Of course, your type of window is a key factor in your choice of overall design. The right window dressing can add beauty and elegance to a space. They are also functional. Window treatments can help you control light, heat, and sound, so your home feels cosy and comfortable.

The sheer number of different window dressing and curtain style options can be confusing; however, our curtain buying guide will help you create a balance of form and function and take the guesswork out of creating the perfect window treatment.

Curtains and Drapes

When most people think of window dressings they think of curtains and drapes. The terms are often used interchangeably; however, there are some important differences that you should keep in mind.


Curtains can be purchased custom made / made to measure, or ready-made. Some curtains are typically unlined and made from lighter fabrics or sheer, therefore they tend to be less expensive than drapes. Drapes are often considered to be more of an American term for Curtains, however the term drapes are used for traditional window dressings in the UK.


Drapes are normally floor-length. They are made from heavier materials and usually have a lining and interlining to provide added weight and a more opulent look, and can be used to blackout light . Since they are more expensive, drapes are generally used in more formal areas such as dining and living rooms. Drapes are often used when people talk about swags and tails.

Colour and Fabric

It is important to always consider colour, pattern, and fabric when selecting a window treatment. Complementary and accent colours can pull your colour palette together. On the other hand, you can make a dramatic statement with a bold pattern or colour that draws attention to a stunning view and creates a central focal point. You can choose window treatments in the same colour as your paint to create a classic monochromatic look. The options can be wide so browse our curtain buying guide for some ideas, pointers and food for thought.

Start with looking at the purpose of the window treatment and addressing the window itself in creating a window treatment.