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Curtains – Same as Drapes?

From an annoyingly technical perspective, drapes are not exactly the same as curtains, but of course there’s more to the curtains vs. drapes debate. Although the words mean the same thing to most people these days, interior design pros and fabric aficionados still note the difference. Further, your ability to tell them apart might help you with design decisions, fabric choices and pricing when it comes to tweaking your <a title="Drapes &amp; Curtains" href="http://www.atgstores.com/Curtains-Drapes_1619.html?" target="_blank">treatments</a>. <strong>Design Differences</strong> Drapes are typically considered the more luxurious of the two, because they are often longer, thicker and are accompanied by a lining for those occasions when you want to have a little privacy without blotting out the sun. In addition, the heft and length of drapes was originally designed with <a title="Insulating Curtains" href="http://www.atgstores.com/thermal-insulating-curtains-drapes_1619.html?&amp;option0=optionA=345647|34235~Valu" target="_blank">insulation</a> in mind, and nowadays some designs can <a title="Noise Reduction Curtains" href="http://www.atgstores.com/noise-reducing-curtains-drapes_1619.html?&amp;option0=optionA=345650|34235~Valu" target="_blank">reduce noise</a> as well. Curtains, on the other hand, are usually thinner and airier, and made of lighter materials that don’t give off such a rich, swaddled-in-decadence vibe. They may also be paired with a lining, although the theme of lighter materials stays the same. <strong>Design Purposes</strong> Window-treatment design is (or should be) about sunlight and privacy as much as it is about aesthetics. Looks are one thing, but utility is another and for anyone looking for maximum blackout capability then drapes are the way to go. Curtains, to a certain degree, are designed to work with the light rather than block it out. This is why curtains often get a little wilder when it comes to color and pattern design; the light will change it and enhance it as it shines through. <strong>Curtains or Drapes?</strong> It’s really up to you, but there are some things to consider when you’re trying to decide. The size of the windows, your overall design scheme and your budget are great guidelines to use as you search for your perfect curtains ... or drapes. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes this info helps when you’re on the lookout for new window treatments.
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