Curtains come in a plethora of colors, patterns and fabrics. In addition to all these choices, you can also find curtains in numerous popular display styles. For fans of country and rustic style curtains, the top curtain styles are rod pocket and eyelet (also known as grommet). Other styles include tab top, box pleat, goblet, pinch pleat and tailored. Each style influences the appearance of curtains and how they hang from rods.
Pelmets, valances and sheers are decorative curtain styles that give windows a dash of fun character or luxuriousness. Knowing the different styles can help you make decisions as you consider various window dressing options.
By far, pleated curtain styles are among the most popular choices for all sorts of window treatments. Perhaps that's why you have so many options in this category. When it comes to simplicity of design, the rod pocket curtain is the hands-down winner. The pocket at the top of the curtain is created by sewing a flap of fabric horizontally. These expertly sewn pockets have enough room to slip standard size curtain rods through the openings. The pocket itself often has a bunched pleated look, adding a quaint touch to the curtain's appeal. Country style curtains and valances with rod pockets are a cinch to hang.
Box pleat styles are recognized by their rectangular pleats that start out square and cascade into a soft roundness. As the name implies, a goblet pleat resembles the shape of a glass goblet. Like the box pleat, goblet curtains exude an air of luxuriousness and they're suitable for formal settings. Curtains with tailored pleats have narrow tips or bunched fabric at the top. Fabric poofs out from the pinched point or forms several separate pleats all the way down. The pinch pleat separates bunched, fan-shaped fabric at the top from bottom fabric with an ultra-narrow section of sewn fabric. These versatile chic pleats complement modern and traditional interiors.
Eyelet and Tab Top
Curtains made of heavier fabrics may require extra reinforcement at the top for durability. The ideal solution is to insert an eyelet or grommet into the fabric to create space for a rod. Our insulated curtains are a good example of this style. Eyelets are made of metal, which prevents damage created by tugging or pulling.
Stately and chic is the best way to describe tab top styles. Often made of solid color fabric, these curtains feature tabs made from the same fabric. Each tab is fashioned from a narrow strip of fabric attached to the main curtain. Just like the eyelet curtain, tab tops offer sturdy reinforcement for weightier fabrics. When you choose eyelet or tab top curtains, be aware that the curtain rod is going to peek through at various intervals. For visual appeal, choose a rod color and style that enhances the appearance of your curtains.Pelmets and Valances
Make the top portion of windows stand out in grand style with pelmets and valances. Pelmets are something you might have seen before, but never knew what to call them. Basically, a pelmet is a solid window covering made from chipboard and covered with decorative fabric. Top edges are flat, while bottoms can be flat or curved. A pelmet can elevate a room's aesthetic appeal, and they also help reduce drafts. Pelmets completely cover curtain rods, and curtain styles and colors usually match pelmet colors and pattern design.
Valances are an easy way to dress up a bare window or curtain panels. Valance shapes, colors and sizes vary enough that you can get real creative with your design. Widths are usually as wide as a curtain and lengths are short to midway. These curtains are strictly for decorating the upper portion of the window. Because they're so popular for country window treatments, we offer checkered and floral valances as a single item or as part of a matching curtain set.
Bring beauty and light to any window treatment design with sheer curtains. Sheers are the lightest weight curtains available. Most sheers come in solid colors with white, ecru and ivory being the most versatile colors. Some sheers feature plain fabric, while other styles have delicate lace accents. One thing to consider when choosing sheer curtains is the lack of privacy. They're more suitable for rooms where privacy isn't a big issue. Alternatively, you can enjoy the look of sheers and keep privacy options open by pairing them with opaque curtains.
Achieve the look you want every time you hang any style of curtain by following a few simple tips.
Go higher. Create the illusion of taller windows by installing curtain hardware 6 inches or more above the window frame.
Go wider. Give your windows more fullness by extending the rod beyond the width of the frame.
Remove creases and wrinkles. It's a myth that creases and wrinkles automatically disappear after hanging curtains. Iron or steam out these imperfections to restore their good looks.
Make a template. Tired of measuring windows for curtain rods every time you want to change window treatments? Avoid this by creating a template using two pieces of cardboard. First, measure the side and top of the window frame. Use these measurements for your template.