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Choosing The Perfect Curtain Fabric

Finding the right fabric for your curtains can transform your space into a cosy sanctuary or a vibrant hub of energy and light. At Pavone + Co, we understand the importance of selecting the perfect curtain fabric to match your unique style and needs. In this post, we'll guide you through picking the right material for your curtains with tips that are easy to follow and implement. We will help you transform your space with curtains that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also durable and perfectly suited to your style.

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Choosing the perfect curtain fabric is more than just a decoration task-it's a creative adventure where your style meets comfort and functionality. From exploring different textures to understanding which material holds up well over time, it's an exciting journey worth embarking upon. Here’s your enthusiastic guide to choosing the perfect curtain fabric.

Understanding Different Fabrics

1. Cotton: Cotton is a favoured option in Australia for its adaptability and simple upkeep.

2. Velvet: For a touch of elegance and luxury used predominantly for Blackout Curtains.

3. Linen: For a relaxed yet elegant look, linen fabric can be your perfect choice in Australia.

4. Synthetic Fabrics: These include polyester, blends and nylon, renowned for their durability and affordability in Australia. A favourite of ours is a polyester/linen blend combining both the aesthetics of linen and durability of polyester - this combination of composition makes this a very popular choice in fabric. Remember to explore these fabric options on our Services Page for a broad range of choices.

Consider the Room's Functionality

The choice of fabric significantly depends on the room where you'll hang the curtains. Check out our Blog for tips on matching your curtains with different rooms.

1. Bedroom: Opt for darker, heavy fabrics for a cosy atmosphere and better sleep. Combining dual curtains - sheer curtain and blackout curtain is a popular choice for a luxurious hotel feel.

2. Living/Dining Room: Lighter fabrics often referred to as a Translucent or Sheer Fabric that allow natural light to filter through are great choices.

Measurements and Fittings

Getting the perfect fit is essential for the overall look.

1. Length: Decide whether you want your curtains to touch the floor. Are they mounted from the ceiling or just above the window frame?

2. Width: Ensure the width is adequate to cover the window fully when the curtains are closed. Are they to go past the window frames? Wall to wall is a popular and favourite choice to create an elegant and “wow” factor to your room!

There are many options to consider when measuring and fitting curtains. It also depends on mounting capabilities, weight and widths of fabrics in order to get the right solution - this is where the guidance of an expert can assist.

Customisation and Personal Touches

Adding a personal touch can make your curtains stand out.

1. Patterns and Colours : Choose colours and patterns that complement the room’s theme.

2. Accessories: Consider adding accessories like tiebacks for a more personalised look.

Enhancing Your Room's Ambience with the Right Fabric

When you’re redesigning a space, curtains are among the most significant aspects to consider. They’re not just a functional element; they also set the tone and mood of the room. Here's how you can enhance the ambience of your room by picking the ideal curtain fabric:

Light Control with Fabric

The fabric you select can determine the amount of natural light that enters your room:

1. Transparent / Semi- transparent or Sheer Fabrics: Such as linens; polyester; cotton; organza or lace, allow a considerable amount of light in depending on the weave and weight of the fabric. They allow light to filter in; setting a light and airy mood, creating a warm and cosy ambience. Perfect for rooms where you prefer brightness, like lounge/dining or study areas.

2. Opaque or Blackout Fabrics: Heavy velvet or thick polyester provides privacy and darkness, ideal for bedrooms or home theaters.

Reflecting Personal Style

Just like the clothes you wear, the curtains you choose reflect your personal style. Here's how to use fabric to showcase your style:

1. Bohemian: Opt for natural fabrics like jute or cotton with eclectic patterns or vibrant colors. Tassels and beaded accessories can further enhance the boho vibe.

2. Modern Minimalist: Stick to solid colours and simple patterns. Linen and cotton in muted shades or monochromes will do wonders.

3. Vintage: Delicate laces, old-world floral prints on silk or soft pastel-colored cotton fabrics can recreate the vintage charm.

Remember, showcasing your style doesn’t mean you ignore the overall design theme of the room. It's all about striking the right balance. Check out our Design Inspirations for inspiration.

Factors to Consider When Buying Curtain Fabric


Some fabrics require meticulous care to maintain their look:

1. Silk: While luxurious, it's delicate and may need dry cleaning.

2. Linen: It can wrinkle easily, but many love its natural, slightly messy look.

3. Polyester: A low-maintenance option that’s machine washable and less prone to wrinkling.


Depending on the room and exposure to sunlight, you’ll want to select a fabric that doesn’t fade quickly. Synthetic fabrics generally tend to hold their colour longer than natural fabrics that’s why a polyester blend is a popular choice.


Your budget can greatly influence your fabric choice. While silk and brocade are on the pricier end, cotton/linen and polyester options can be budget-friendly yet stylish.

Importance of Lining in Curtains

One crucial aspect that's often overlooked is the curtain lining. Here’s why it’s more important than you might think:

1. Enhanced Durability: A lining protects the fabric from harmful UV rays, preventing premature fading.

2. Improved Drapery: Lining adds weight, making the curtain fall better and look more luxurious.

3. Energy Efficiency: Especially with thermal linings, it helps regulate room temperature, potentially cutting down on energy costs.

A Word on Curtain Accessories

The fabric isn't the only thing that defines your curtain's look. Accessories can make or break your curtain’s appeal:

1. Tiebacks and Holdbacks: These accessories help pull back your curtain in style. From braided ropes to metal holdbacks, they add both function and flair.

2. Rings and Clips: An interesting way to hang your curtains. They're visible, so choose ones that complement your curtain fabric and room decor.

3. Valances: These are hung above the curtain, adding an extra layer of design. They can be a game-changer, especially when you want to elevate the room’s aesthetic.

Lastly, Choosing the Right Curtain Header.

There are many curtain headers to choose from and they each offer functional characteristics but you'd be surprised how important it is to pick the right style to suit the right fabric and style of your home - it's a decision that can really make or break a space.

Here are 5 of the most popular heading styles and what they each are best suited for:

1. BOX PLEAT (also known as an Inverted Pleat) A classic curtain heading style that creates a tailored, elegant look. Deeply inverted pleats run across the top of the curtain to create a flat heading style that is designed to sit neatly under a curtain rod or on a track.

2. S-FOLD (also known as a Wave Header)

The perfect and popular choice for those after a modern/luxe look! The fabric is evenly distributed in a symmetrical "wave" formation and they appear the same from either side. Very popular choice in Australia.


A simple curtain heading style with very little fullness, creating a minimalist, contemporary aesthetic. It offers more of a relaxed look and can also be a great header style for a sheer behind a fully lined curtain on a double track as it sits neatly underneath.

4. PINCH PLEAT HEADERS (including Single, Double and Triple Pinch Pleats)

Pinch pleats provide a classic look with pleats created through folded creases inserted within the header. The 3 varieties of Pinch Pleat headers are distinguished by the number of folds/creases at the top (single, double or triple).

The more pinch pleats, the more formal the look, providing a more traditional, full curtain.

5. PENCIL PLEAT (also known as a Gathered Header)

Like the name suggests, this curtain heading style has small pencil-sized pleats that create a tightly gathered header. Due to the fullness that can be achieved by this heading style it is recommended to avoid really heavy or bulky fabrics as these can disrupt the even distribution of the gathering.


Choosing the perfect curtain fabric doesn't have to be a daunting task. With the right guidance and a sprinkle of creativity, you can transform your living space into a haven of comfort and style. Don't hesitate to get in touch with our team at Pavone + Co for personalized advice and service that is tailored to your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: How often should I replace my curtains?

Depending on the fabric and exposure to sunlight, every 7-10 years is a general guideline.

Q2: Can I mix different curtain fabrics in one room?

Absolutely. It can add depth and intrigue to the decor.

Q3: Can curtains help with insulation?

Yes, especially thicker fabrics like velvet.

Q4: What's the difference between curtains and drapes?

Drapes are lined, often heavy while curtains are unlined. Drapes can also be called Blackout Curtains.

Q5: Are blackout curtains only available in dark colours ?

No, they come in various colours. The blackout feature is due to the curtain's lining.

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