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Curtains are one of the essentials of a home which help to bring the whole furnishing theme together. They can be formal, simple and plain, or simply decorative, but all basically do the same thing - to link all elements of a room in a cohesive fashion whilst providing practical and effective window coverings. Curtains may be used alone or in combination with window blinds or netting, depending on the needs and style of the home itself. Whether you know what you are looking for or need advice and guidance in this area, a curtain specialist is the person to assist.
Whilst the trend in the more modern home seems to be one of minimalism, which extends to the window coverings, there will always be a need for curtaining. Curtains certainly add a feeling of depth to a room, a touch of elegance and warmth against harsh sunlight or the black outline of bare windows at night. Whether curtains are draped and luxurious or simple and functional, they certainly give a room a finished look.
Depending on the choice of fabric and pattern, they lighten up a room or give it a sense of coziness and warmth. Many curtains are tailor-made to match with the upholstery or bed coverings and soft furnishings, unifying the space whilst being practical and functional. Of course, you can always simply buy ready-made standard curtaining from any good furnishing or general home store, but if you want a look which is unique and individual to your home, you need the services of a curtain specialist.
Not only is this professional qualified to advise on the best fabric to use, but is able to measure, design and make the curtains and fit them. Curtain specialists have a keen eye for detail, and many of them include additional services such as making window blinds which complement the curtains, as well as curtain tie-backs, upholstered pelmets for a more formal look, and soft furnishings such as cushions and bolsters.
If you have a long run of curtaining, for instance at a long floor to ceiling window or covering a long glass concertina patio door, curtain specialists may be able to incorporate an electrical or battery operating mechanism to open and close the curtains rather than having to struggle to do this manually. Where there are yards of heavy curtaining involved, this method will save on wear and tear on the fabric and sliding hooks and prevent snagging on the rails.
When choosing curtaining, it is obviously best to visit the premises of the curtain specialist in person to see their wide range of sample catalogues when choosing the fabric for your curtains, but they also carry a smaller selection of catalogues with them when calling on clients personally, and you may be lucky enough to find the right fabric easily whilst in your own home. A curtain specialist will call at your home or business premises in order to assess the situation, advise on fabric choices and measure the windows, make the curtains and accessories such as upholstered pelmets for formal curtaining, tie-backs or cushions, and then return to fit them.
Curtain specialists are becoming more frequently seen through general internet searches, where they often have websites which showcase their previous work. This is extremely useful in that you will immediately be able to get an idea of their style and range of options offered. A site such as Uptasker is a great way of carrying out an internet search, particularly as this site lists specialists available in your immediate area. Uptasker also provides online ratings and customer reviews, so you can see immediately how any particular specialist is viewed by clients. From this site, you can also click through immediately to websites, if available, which is a great time-saver for anyone. Curtain specialists may also be found through house and home magazines and brochures, home expos, flyers, newspaper ads and the ever-useful Yellow Pages.
It is always best to employ professionals to handle jobs which are too daunting or complex to carry out yourself. Because of the amount of material involved, curtaining is expensive, and mistakes can be very costly as well as providing an amateurish and unappealing finish which will draw unwanted attention - much as a scratch on a beautiful surface does. An experienced, knowledgeable and professional curtaining specialist will ensure that your curtains look good and will draw compliments for many years to come. For more tips, see our curtain specialist articles.