How To Choose New Curtains

Soft Furnishing, Curtains

Curtains aren’t just window dressings; they’re the secret ingredient to turning a mere space into a cosy sanctuary. Picture this: the soft, luxurious folds of fabric adding texture that invites your touch, a burst of colour that lifts your spirits, and a warmth that wraps around you like a comforting hug.

In this article, we’ll delve into choosing the perfect made-to-measure curtains, unlocking the potential to elevate your room’s ambience and make it a place you’ll never want to leave. Let’s dive in and discover how curtains can truly work wonders for your home.

Choose the right fabric

Choosing the ideal fabric for your curtains is a crucial step in achieving your space’s desired look and functionality. Start by considering the room’s purpose and the level of privacy and light control you need.

For a light, airy feel, opt for sheer fabrics like chiffon or voile, which allow natural light to filter through while maintaining a level of privacy. Heavier materials such as velvet or brocade offer excellent insulation, making them perfect for bedrooms or living rooms where warmth and darkness are preferred.

Sheer Curtains

Additionally, pay attention to the texture and pattern of the fabric. Textured materials like linen or tweed can add depth and interest to your decor. At the same time, patterns can infuse character and style. Finally, consider maintenance; some fabrics are easier to care for than others. Considering these factors, you can choose an appropriate material that complements your decor and suits your practical needs.

But fabric can offer much more than just an aesthetic benefit. When fabric curtains are in place, rooms can appear larger and more open than before, and soft furnishings help to reduce noise coming from the outside world, offering a quieter interior when you need it most.

How to choose the right colour for your curtains

The colour of your curtains can have a considerable impact on the way a room is perceived. For rooms that are on the smaller side, it’s best to go for lighter shades, such as grey and blue. These colours tend not to overwhelm smaller spaces when contrasting with darker tones, such as navy or black and will help create the illusion of space.

Curtains have long been considered part of the window treatment. They often come to mind when someone describes “turning their house into a home”. But fabric can offer much more than just an aesthetic benefit. When fabric curtains are in place, rooms can appear more extensive and more open than before, and soft furnishings help to reduce noise coming from the outside world, offering a quieter interior when you need it most.

What are the different types of curtain headings?

The curtain heading is the top part of your curtain that attaches to the track or rod. The style you choose can dramatically alter the overall appearance of your finished curtains and will determine the type of rod or track you can use.

mcflorent Interiors offers various heading options, allowing you to match your curtains to your home’s existing style of décor. Listed below are a selection of the curtain headings we provide. Please get in touch with us if you want your curtains to be made with a heading not listed.


Wave Heading

The wave header is an elegant and minimalist curtain heading ideally suited to modern interiors and works well alongside more traditional décor.

Wave curtains are created using a glider cord inside the track, creating a smooth, continuous ‘wave’ effect when the curtains are closed. When the curtains are open, they stack back neatly, allowing maximum light to enter the room. This makes the wave heading ideal for rooms where daylight is at a premium.

Pencil Pleat

Pencil pleat

Pencil pleat curtains have a classic appeal and are perfect for contemporary or period homes. Folds of fabric are tightly gathered to create a semi-cylindrical heading, resembling a neat row of pencils. From the close pleats of the header, the material tumbles freely to the floor.

Due to their versatility and practicality, pencil pleats can be used with either curtain poles or tracks and are still a popular choice for the home.

Single, Double or Triple Pinch Pleat

Triple Pinch Pleat

The pinch pleat is the most common style of curtain header. A series of single, double, or triple pleats are pinched together in evenly spaced groups at their centre, creating fans above and below.

Pinch pleats work best with formal or traditional decorating styles. The image shown is the triple pinch pleat.

Goblet Pleat

Goblet Pleat

The goblet pleat is a detailed and formal heading style similar to a pinch pleat heading. It is an excellent option for your dining room, providing a more luxurious, tailored finish.

The pleating of the pinch is assembled with a stiffened paper, which forms an open top to give a ‘goblet’ or ‘wineglass’ silhouette.

Curtains with a goblet pleat heading can be hung from a track or a pole and are suited to modern & luxurious spaces.

Rod Pocket

Rod Pocket Header

A rod pocket is a classic and casual approach to hanging curtains to conceal the curtain rod. The pocket is sewn into a panel at the top of the fabric.

The curtains are mounted by inserting the curtain rod into this pocket and slipping the material onto the rod.

Inverted Pleat

Inverted Pleat

An Inverted pleat is a well-known header style and one of the more contemporary curtain headings. Design-wise, the Inverted pleat is the opposite of the box pleat. It involves two folds of material being drawn together, stitched at the top, and pressed to form a crisp pleat.

When the curtains are drawn, Inverted pleats provide clean lines and a neat appearance, complementing nearly every interior style. An Inverted pleat is a perfect option for a modern and straightforward style.


Gathered Heading

Gathered headings, often called Cottage pleats, are a traditional yet informal style, similar in design to the Pencil pleat.

In contrast to a Pencil pleat, a Gathered heading requires a narrower heading tape to create its ruffled, gathered effect. Because of this, a Gathered header is ideally suited to smaller windows or curtains with a shorter drop.



The Puffball heading provides a decorative finish that works best with lined curtains. Blackout lining is the ideal backing option with these pretty, puffy balls.

Blackout lining is sturdy enough to support the puffball shape while blocking the light from entering your room.

This type of drape heading is ideally suited for use with a curtain pole.

Why choose made to measure curtains?

The joy of made-to-measure curtains is that they allow total precision when choosing your fabric and design. If you have curtains made to measure for your home or office, you will know precisely how they will look and how they will fall when hung on the window. Even with a small space, made-to-measure curtains can completely change how it feels.

Making-to-measure curtain manufacturing begins with measuring each window’s height, width, length, and angle. Next, measurements are taken from the windowsill to the floor, carefully considering any windows that open. Made-to-measure curtains can be made with gaps between them or recesses if necessary.

One of the most essential features of made-to-measure curtains is that they are individually handcrafted. For this reason alone, there’s nothing quite like them when adding style and finesse to your home décor.

Next Steps

Whether you are looking for made to measure curtains or blinds, scatter cushions, draft excluders or bedding, our soft furnishings and accessories are designed to provide each client’s space the character it deserves. From traditional to contemporary, we help our clients find the perfect look to compliment their homes.

Take a look at our portfolio for inspiration. Our products are created with the greatest care, using beautiful fabrics tailored to a very high standard.