Curtains add privacy to a home. Yet, they also add style and charm to brighten bare windows. Window coverings come in a variety of styles.

1

Curtains vs. Drapes

Drapes touch or hang on the floor, but curtains only cover part of the window. Curtains are also made of lighter weight fabrics than drapes.

2

Fabrics

Dotted Swiss, chintz, organza, toile and calico are four lightweight fabrics used for curtains. Sheers and lace curtains allow in light without the sacrifice of all privacy.

  • Curtains add privacy to a home.
  • Sheers and lace curtains allow in light without the sacrifice of all privacy.
3

Headers

Headers are the tops of the curtains, and are the means for attachment to the curtain rod. There are tab tops, pleated varieties, slotted headers and smocked headers. Interior-design-it-yourself.com shows examples of each type.

4

Adornments

Decorative touches add flair to curtains. Ruffles, tails, swags and rosettes make plain curtains fancier. Tie backs add to the curtain style.

  • Headers are the tops of the curtains, and are the means for attachment to the curtain rod.
  • Tie backs add to the curtain style.
5

Placement

Curtains may be placed on doors or walls, besides windows. Curtains need not cover the entire window. Cafe curtains cover only the lower portion of the window with a valance at the top.