At times, quality hardware and lighting are considered as the decorating component of a room. Similarly, curtains are an ideal element that adds aesthetic to any space. A room without curtains might seem incomplete and in addition to their design advantages, curtains also provide several practicalities. With the appropriate length and correct installation techniques, window coverings can add privacy, craft a worthy view, offer insulation, filter outdoor light, and secure your favorite décor from the harmful UV rays from the sun. With that being said, a perfectly designed space deserves more than a plain set of readily available window treatments or plastic blinds. Customization is the key when it comes to decorating with curtains.
Most of us struggle with selecting which side of the curtains should face outside. There are practical and reasonable arguments for picking either side. Some of them feel that curtains should be installed facing outside the window so that people can view the attractive flower design on the curtains. However, others feel that the design must face into the room so you can view it and the people outside look at the flip side. Other than aesthetic considerations, the side facing outside is prone to more weather elements like the sun that causes it to fade.
Which Side Of The Curtain Has To Face Outside?
The correct side of a printed fabric might be evident, however, it isn’t true with curtain lining. On certain printed fabrics, details about the fabric are written in the selvage edge on the fabric’s right side. The tightly woven side along the lengthwise sides of the fabric is referred to as the selvage edge. Curtain lining contains no specification on the selvage and the two sides are often either very similar or very different as to present quite a confusion. The correct side of the curtain lining faces towards the window. Therefore, you will have to know how to determine the correct and incorrect sides before you begin your creation. Some of the curtain manufacturer’s tricks and some industry knowledge will provide you with the required details for making the right decision.
- The choice to place registration marks on either the correct or incorrect edge is completely yours. Pick one side and be consistent for all your curtain installation. The main aim of these registration marks is to make you aware of which is the correct side and which is the incorrect side of the curtain lining during creation. The registration marks have to be removable or should be made in a spot that cannot be seen when the curtains are finished. Mark the edge with painter’s tape, which leaves behind no residue. Else, you can also use a fabric stapler where the staples are small, easily removable, and blunt-ended. Use a permanent marker only in the selvages and keep a paper towel beneath the fabric to avoid marking your cutting surface or table if the ink bleeds through. Also, ensure the ink has dried before moving the fabric. While the correct side of the lining faces towards the window, the flip side of the curtain lining sits against the wrong side of the curtain fabric. The layers, beginning from inside the room are:
- curtain fabric right side,
- curtain fabric wrong side: not seen but faces the window,
- lining wrong side: not seen but facing into the room,
- lining right side: facing towards the window
- Observe the surface of dim out or blackout lining: one side would be smooth while the other would be rougher. The rough side should face towards the road.
- Identify the pinholes in the cotton selvage or mixed fiber in a woven fabric. One of the sides will be rough which would be the right side. During the process of manufacturing, the fabric is secured tightly with pins placed through the selvage up from the beneath to the topside, which is the right side. While laundering, these holes might disappear. So, you will have to mark one side before laundering.
- Pick flannel-backed lining for greater insulation protection. The flat side of the flannel-backed cotton is the correct side and the silky side has to be against the wrong side of the curtain fabric.
- Avoid uncertainty with twill, which might look the same on either side due to the weave, by selecting one side and using it as the correct side. In a twill weave, the diagonal lines run in a single direction on one side of the fabric and in the opposite direction on the flip side. Just stay consistent. An exceptional case is when there are lengthier surface threads on one side than the other side. The wrong side is indicated by longer surface threads.
- If both the sides are almost similar in looks, then pick one and use it as the correct side for all your curtains. In the end, if it is similar, then it isn’t a huge deal.
- Choose the shiny side as the correct side of the fabric to face towards the room. This can be a chemical finish or a result of incredibly fine fibers and a satin weave. The chemical finish might wash away and the shine of the weave might fade over time, however, it appears beautiful when it is new.
In A Nutshell
While decorating your house with curtains, there is usually a decorative side and a plain side. But, both sides are visible: one side from inside the room and the other from outside the home. So, how to orient your curtains? Who would be enjoying the glamorous side and who will have to view the boring white?
Curtains are installed with the decorative side facing into the room and the other side of the fabric facing the street. We all spend most of our time in our house. As the decorative side is the one that is seen very often, you should focus more on crafting an appealing view from inside the room.