If you wish to create a stylish modern look for your house or apartment, some fabulous contemporary curtains are the best way forward. Unlike more traditional designs that use a curtain header tape and require plastic curtain hooks to hang them, more contemporary designs of curtain tend to have slightly different hanging styles, such as eyelet or tap top designs. This will allow you to move away from the typical plastic curtain track favored until recent times, and adopt a curtain pole in metal or wood. When combined with decorative finials, contemporary window curtains and funky curtain poles are a very glamorous way to dress a window.
Whilst traditional designs of curtain are popular with many people, they are more suited to homes decorated in a conventional style. Traditional velvet drapes, for example, are very attractive, but are much too heavy for light and airy rooms decorated with pale wooden flooring and modern furniture. If this describes your home, you would probably be far happier with a bold and striking contemporary curtain combined with a stylish curtain pole. Alternatively, you might prefer a contemporary voile panel that filters the light and adds a sense of romance to any room.
Unlike traditional curtains, contemporary shades have adopted a more minimalist style in terms of design. Instead of using vast swathes of fabric pulled together in tight pleats at the top of the curtain, contemporary drapes usually favour the less is more approach. They tend to be made from light, easy to wash fabrics that are more suited to modern living than the traditional heavy brocades and velvets of yesteryear. Thick, heavy curtains would have been ideal decades ago when houses were cold and draft riddled and curtains were hung to prevent hypothermia during the winter. Today, most homes are constructed with double glazed windows and central heating, which negates the need for thick, draft excluding curtains. Most people favour style over insulation properties and are more likely to choose a thin cotton curtain over a thick velvet type.
Contemporary kitchen curtains are typical of many modern prints and patterns available. If you are looking for some new curtains for your kitchen or breakfast room, you will have a wealth of choice available at your fingertips. From pretty prints to bold, bright patterns, there is likely to be any number of suitable contemporary designs to choose from. If you have more artistic leanings, you can even make your own curtains using a simple panel design and some pretty patterned fabric. As well as the ever-popular cotton mix fabrics many contemporary drapes are now being made from recycled materials such as jute. For a home decorated in a natural style, this type of curtain is ideal.
If you wish to accessorize your new contemporary curtains, you can do so using casual swags of fabric draped over the curtain poles, or even combine the curtains with a sheer chiffon panel across the window. There are so many inspirational ideas out there that you are sure to find something you like when the time comes to give your room a makeover.