Velvet Curtains - Opulent Window and Door Drapes
Velvet curtains have a luxuriant, rich look and they are heavy which is great for keeping the light out and the heat in. Velvet refers to the soft, furry covering on deer's antlers and velvet-effect material is produced from woven fabrics made with cotton or man-made fibers such as polyester. Velvet has a soft, deep pile which feels almost furry when you brush hand over it and gives depth and richness to the color with strong contrast between light and dark. Velvet curtains are ideal for bedrooms as they do keep the room completely dark when they are drawn but they can be rather oppressive in some houses.
Velvet can be used for stripes or patterns as well as plain colors. As it is a heavy fabric it is also suitable for making blinds as well as curtains. Velvet drapes easily and can be arranged in fluid folds unlike more rigid fabrics such as thick wool or tapestry. They suit a grand, opulent look and go well in libraries or banqueting halls. The material is textured giving it a richness and depth of color suitable for a grand, opulent look such as in a library, banqueting hall or theater. Consider the rest of the furnishings in the room when choosing velvet curtains - they can drown out the other items in the room and completely dominate the decor if you are not careful.
Crushed velvet curtains have a pattern which uses texture rather than color to achieve its look. Crushed velvet looks as though it has been scrunched up. The pile goes in different directions so light is reflected differently to create different shades of light and dark. Velvet curtains should be hand-washed carefully or dry-cleaned.