Calling all you outdoorsy, nature-loving, Pacific North West, fresh-air-breathing fans of summer time! Have we got an epic post for you. Who would have thought that you could actually hang curtains outside? It's actually a trending thing! Outdoor curtains add a touch of privacy and extravagance to your outdoor living area while keeping the view open enough to enjoy the summer splendor that surrounds you. A lot of designers place emphasis on bringing nature indoors, now it's time to shake things up a bit and bring the indoors outside.
A Little Bit of History
Outdoor curtains actually aren't a new trend. Curtains have been used outdoors for centuries to shield high-ranking officials from wind, rain, sun and sand. Modern day outdoor curtains serve much the same purpose but are more stylish and are made out of materials that simply weren't around in the good old days.
Where Do You Start?
You can choose to continue the theme you have indoors into your outdoor space or opt for something completely different. Bold prints work well for outdoor curtains if you are wanting more of a party or entertaining atmosphere. Keeping things more on the natural side? Choose curtains that are more in keeping with earth tones and opt for solids rather than prints.
Most outdoor curtains are made from some type of polyester blend. These hang and hold their shape well and are easy to clean. Most outdoor curtain fabrics are water and mold resistant, and also resist stains and fading. You could consider purchasing pillows, throws, and couches with complimentary colored fabrics to add a splash of color and bring new life to your outdoor living space.
Best Tips For Hanging Your Outdoor Curtains
Hanging outdoor drapes does not have to be difficult or expensive. Actually, outdoor curtains are hung almost exactly like indoor curtains. The first thing you want to check is that you are using curtain rods that are specially made for outdoor curtains. Otherwise they may tarnish or rust in the rain or humidity. Outdoor curtains are made to withstand weather without being destroyed. You can even use pipe as your curtain rod if you are going for a more rustic look. If you are choosing a heavy fabric to work with, you may want to consider using a pipe rod. This will ensure the weight of your curtains is well-balanced and your rod won't bend or break.
Make sure that your curtain rods are attached firmly to the walls of your outdoor living space. Remember, these rods and curtains need to be able to withstand the Snohomish County elements. Using tie backs on your curtains gives you the flexibility to adjust the amount of sunlight in your space as the sun sets in the evening.
If you have brick walls, you may want to consider hanging your rods from your patio ceiling. It can be difficult to mount hardware appropriately to brick, so a ceiling mount may be a better option. Curtains hung from ceiling mounted rods have a really unique look to them as well. If you really want something different, forego using a curtain rod all-together and opt for hooks instead. The possibilities are endless.
Budget Blinds of Snohomish County has everything you need to make your outdoor curtain extravaganza a complete success. Call or stop in today and one of our team members will help you with everything from design layout, to fabrics, to hanging your curtains perfectly to suit your desired look.