When it comes to curtains, there are usually two sides: a plain side and one that more design and fashion sense, known as the fabric side. However, both sides are visible, one from inside and the other from outside. So, which way should the curtains be hung? Who gets to enjoy the glitzy side, and who gets to stare at the dull white?
For its durability, the fabric side is usually made to face the window. To avoid discoloration or weather damage, flip the fabric side out, which might help the curtains last a long time. The fabric side is designed to face away from the window to keep it clean. The truth seems to be that we spend a lot more time inside. Because it’s the side which really deserves attention, one should work towards making it appealing from within.
One alternative is to use double-sided curtains to completely avoid the problem. Since both sides display the pattern or color “dull” side will be nonexistant.
Continue reading to learn how to incorporate curtains into your décor, including how to utilize blackout curtains, how to combine curtains and blinds, and more.
Ways to Enhance the Appearance of Your Curtains from outside
- Upgrade the windows using transparent glass.
- Pick patterns which are more visible or bold.
- Examine and see whether the patterns give adequate contrast to the color of the fabric.
- Clear up the area around the external part of the window.
- Maintain a clean and orderly curtain system.
Identifying if the Furnishing Material is Correct Side Up:
The right side of cloth purchased from an upholsterer’s sample book is clearly marked. When browsing a fabric rolls in a fabric store, the plain or fabric side may not be marked. It’s often upon you to determine which side is which. You can select upholstery fabric with a little understanding about fabric manufacturing and a few insider recommendations.
- Determine the pattern’s direction by laying the cloth flat on the table. If the design is a floral bouquet for example, the pattern will be perpendicular or parallel to the fabric’s bound edges. The fabric is drapery fabric if the pattern runs parallel to the bound edges. The upholstery fabrics design runs perpendicular to the selvages.
- Examine the feel of the fabric’s surface to the underside. It’s possible that the plain side is a little sticky. This is the consequence of a substance that is placed to the plain side of the fabric to keep it from shifting across the upholstery padding; the sticky surface holds the cloth in place.
- Carefully inspect both cloth surfaces. It is a good idea to use a magnifying glass. The longer threads will be visible over the surface of a loosely woven or tapestry cloth on one side. These are the fabric’s carrying threads, and they show the fabric’s backside.
- Find the little pinholes that run the length of the selvage edge. The cloth was stretched during the looming process, resulting in these holes. Pins are typically inserted from the underside to the topside of the cloth to keep it in place. On the fabric side, the pins leave a little point of fabric. This rule is most applicable to printed fabrics, although it is also true for most other upholstery fabrics.
- The shine of the pattern background determines which side of a jacquard or brocade to use. The foreground has a matte finish while the backdrop is shiny. This is most visible on floral jacquards, the flowers themselves are not shiny, and the sheen is carried by the background between the flowers.
- If there are no visible variations between the sides, choose one side of the fabric and use it as the fabric side. Yarn-dyed fibers are frequently used in twills (where the weave appears as a diagonal line, as in denim) and plain-weave fabrics. The finished cloth will be identical on both sides. Pick one side and stick with it throughout the fabric’s life. To minimize confusion, registration marks should be placed along the selvage on the designated fabric side.