Heritage + Traditional Spaces
In heritage and traditional spaces, curtains are king! They add so much drama and character to a space, and often also perform really useful functions including energy efficiency, great insulation and acoustic benefits.
A key distinguishing feature of curtains is the heading style – ie the way the curtains gather at the top. This feature alone can be either very traditional or more seamless and contemporary, depending on the style of the space and your preference.
A ‘pinch pleat’ style curtain is well suited to classic and heritage interiors. In this style of curtains, the bulk of the pleat is at the front of the heading, with two or three neatly pinched folds approximately 10cm down from the top of the curtain. This style of curtain can either be installed on a hidden track, or can hang on a curtain rods with rings.
A ‘pencil-pleat’ heading is a more relaxed, informal curtain style. This is achieved when heading tape is sewn onto a flat curtain and the strings are pulled until a natural gather appears in the curtain – it has a much less unstructured feel than a pinch pleat curtain, but still feels classic and well suited to a more traditionally styled interior space.
No matter which sort of curtains you choose, there is one golden rule to stick by – curtains should always skim the floor, never stop at the window ledge.