How to choose your curtains properly?

Que vous soyez à la recherche d’une ambiance feutrée et intimiste, ou si à contrario vous souhaitez privilégier la luminosité de votre intérieur, il existe une ribambelle de tentures pour habiller vos fenêtres. 

Voici un petit guide pratique pour bien les choisir. 

1. Types of curtains 

Blackout curtains  

Their primary function is, as their name suggests, to obscure the external light. So be careful not to choose them if you lack brightness. They will also be very effective if you wish to protect yourself from the glances of your neighbors in case of opposite. 

They are curtains that are generally preferred in bedrooms, relatively heavy because they are made of dense and thick fabrics.

Rideaux occultants dans une chambre de l’Hôtel Le Roch décoré par Sarah Lavoine


In contrast to blackout curtains, sheers are light and transparent curtains. They allow light and outside view to filter through thanks to the fine, airy weave. The materials that are best for sheers are cotton and  linen, which will bring an elegant and natural touch to your decor. You will find here the collection EOLE, handmade fabrics made of 100% linen and suitable for sheers:

Trendenser ©
Tissu Mauka – Saint-Frison Textiles
100% lin

2. Curtain headings 

Eyelet curtains 

This hanging system is made thanks to large metal eyelets, which make it easier to place the curtain on the rod, and which ensures a nice undulation of the fabric and a harmonious fall. This is the most common curtain head and is particularly suitable for heavy fabrics because the weight is well distributed along the rod. 

Rideau à oeillets
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Tab Tops

They are mostly made of the same fabric as the rest of the curtain, which is slipped over the rod. This type of head is more recommended for curtains made of light fabrics. 

Rideau à pattes
La Redoute Intérieurs


These are simply small knots that you can make yourself to hang the curtain on the rod. Be careful to make ties with the same tightness to ensure a nice symmetrical fall. The knotted ties are suitable for light linen curtains for example. 

Rideau à nouettes
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Pencil pleat 

The system of gathers on the head of the curtain makes it possible to create pleats at the spacing you desire and to give the fabric a harmonious undulation. This is a more sophisticated finish that will find its place in a classic and refined bedroom or living room. 

Rideau à fronces
Heytens ©

Double or Triple pleats 

These are double or triple pleats that are sewn onto the top of the curtain. This kind of heading gives amplitude to the curtain, and offers a particularly refined finish. This type of head will enhance all kind of fabrics. 

Rideau à plis plats
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Flat pleats 

For this finishing, there is no space between the pleats made. This type of head also offers a great amplitude, and is best used for sheers. 

You can find a wide range of curtains already made in standard sizes in stores. Custom-made curtains are nevertheless the assurance of decorating your windows exactly as you wish by choosing material, colour, size and finish of your curtains. Don’t hesitate to contact upholsterers to make a quotation.

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