A home isn’t complete until the windows are properly dressed. And whether you opt for plantation shutters, mini-blinds or automated solar shades, the goal is to bring a distinct style to a room. That said, it’s really no surprise that curtains remain the most popular option.
Still, “it can seem overwhelming to pick curtains,” says Joan Flynn, owner of the Curtain Exchange in Spread Eagle Village. “There are countless options for all styles of dÃ©cor, so you really need an expert to help guide you through the process.”
Flynn’s custom inventory includes exotic silks from India, Thailand and Italy, curtains hand-knotted in Kashmir, and fine linens from Holland. You’ll also find gentle cotton prints from the United Kingdom and sheer material from Germany. The latest addition is a beautiful hybrid silk curtain that combines the texture of dupion, the crispness of taffeta and a subtle sheen. It comes in seven colors and various pleat styles.
Once you pick the material, embellish it with ribbon-band borders, fancy tiebacks or tassel trim. Have a band of a contrasting fabric sewn to the edge to add a splash of color and visual height to a room. Length is also crucial: Curtains long enough to create a “puddle” effect on the floor are a popular way to lend sophistication to a dining room or living room. “The most important thing is to choose curtains that enhance the overall beauty of a room,” says Flynn.
503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; thecurtainexchange.com, (610) 765-1142.