How to decorate a sunroom with curtains

Written by katie duzan
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A sunroom is an indoor porch connected to the house. It has a large amount of windows to let in the sun. Sunrooms are great rooms to decorate, since the main goal is to keep the room bright and airy. Since curtains are a big part of sunroom decor due to the large amount of windows, a lot of thought should go into curtain choice.

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    Stay with the home's theme. A sunroom does not have to match the home's decor exactly, but it should have some common ground. For instance, a house with modern decor should not have a sunroom with frilly curtains.

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    Document the sun in the room. Watch when and where the sun is the brightest to discover where curtains need to block bright rays. Bright sun will fade the fabric of the furniture in the sunroom, so purchasing curtains is a good investment to keep furniture in good shape. Thick curtains block most sunlight, whereas thin curtains mute it slightly. Curtains and blinds can be used together to keep the bright light out. Also, keep in mind that curtains in direct sun will also fade over time due to light exposure.

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    Determine whether insulation is an issue. In the winter, thick curtains help keep the cold drafts out. In the summer, extreme heat can get into a poorly insulated sunroom. In the winter, poorly insulated rooms get draughty and cold. If there are plants in the sunroom, temperature extremes are especially important to avoid. It also raises energy bills. Thick curtains can block some drafts, as well as combinations of shades and curtains.

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    Decide on fabric colour and type. Light colours work best in sunrooms by reflecting light and making the space look larger. There are plenty of options for the type of material of the curtain, depending on what type of insulation and light blocking is needed.

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    Figure out the curtain length needed. Since some sunrooms have ceiling-to-floor windows, the curtain size is easy to determine. If the windows are smaller, decide whether the curtains should be fit to the window or hang longer. Use samples to hang and decide on the look.

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