French curtains, or "marquises", became fashionable palace interiors in the XVII century, during the reign of the king-sun of Louis XIV. The Baroque style that prevailed at that time assumed the illusion of expanding the space; this task in the window decoration was carried out by curtains made of light white fabric gathered by festoons. The Rococo style that replaced the Baroque created a chamber space facing inward; this effect was achieved by French curtains of thick colored fabrics. Rational classicism logically organizes the interior using a combination of thin and thick French curtains.
For centuries, the French curtains in the interior create a special atmosphere of royal luxury, solemnity and wealth, which determines their use in theaters, restaurants, wedding palaces. The interior of the apartment or country house French curtains will give an elegant style and aristocratic chic.
Types and features of the device
French curtains of all kinds are made on the same principle - with the help of a team braid, which is sewn to the fabric from the wrong side at regular intervals. Then cords, forming voluminous scallops. They are divided by function into light and dense, and the mechanism - lifting and static. But all types of French curtains do not provide for the separation of the sides of the window.
The static curtain is located across the entire width of the window stationary, usually used as a tulle. For such curtains, light fabrics are chosen that transmit light well. This provides the function of light scattering without shading. Where exactly the lifting mechanism is not needed is in the bathroom.
Lifting French curtains are equipped with a mechanism that adjusts the length of the canvas. In the raised position can serve as a pelmet. Modern design combines craving for simplicity and functionality with unusual visual effects. Elevating curtains of dark or bright fabric, well transmitting light, will be just such a solution, additional window decoration is not required. When choosing a lifting or electrically controlled French curtains an integral technological part of the design will be the eaves, its design must also be in harmony with the interior.
Often, French curtains do not differentiate with the Austrian. The principal difference is that festoons for the French curtains are located along the entire length, and for the Austrian only in the lower part.
Types of fabrics used for French curtains
The choice of fabrics from which you can make French curtains is rich enough, but not any fabric will do. The material should ensure the formation of voluminous, elegant and flowing folds. Light or dark, plain or patterned, there is a suitable fabric for any design idea. Here is a list of fabrics that are used for French curtains most often:
French curtains in a modern interior
Modern interior design is diverse, it does not dictate one particular style, but carries eclecticism, takes all the best from history and geography, transforming it into a unique space that reflects the tastes and interests of a person. Classic white marquise, if you hang it in the living room, will give refined respectability and create the perfect lighting for the paintings, it will suit painting lovers, it is not without reason that such window decoration is used in many museum halls.
For the kitchen fit French curtains in the style of Provence. The charm of the French province, expressed in light surfaces decorated with floral patterns, evokes a feeling of home comfort and warmth. Also, Provence style will be a great solution for the bedroom of a young girl or a happy couple. If you hang the awnings on the balcony and put at least one large indoor plant there, there will be a full-fledged winter garden in the city apartment. Window decoration with French curtains with an asymmetrical lambrequin will manifest an extraordinary person in the apartment owner, following the traditions of antiquity.
Rolled modern analogues of French curtains - plisse, you can hang on the balcony or kitchen, where the greatest threat of dirt and dust, it will greatly facilitate the cleaning process. Also for the children's room is better to choose the roll version because of their functionality and convenience. A rich choice of colors and fabrics, which provide blinds, pleated, allows you to create a unique window design, combining classic and modern.
Bedroom Design with French Curtains
Making a bedroom is very important for any person, because that is where the rest hours are held. Whatever happens in the world, whatever problems are waiting for work, French curtains in the bedroom will create a feeling of well-being. The design of the bedroom window determines how the sunlight affects the awakening from sleep, the next day’s mood depends on it.
The choice of red curtains will adjust the married couple in an erotic way. French curtains with lambrequin in the style of Art Deco will allow you to relax with a sense of refined sophistication. Blue or green satin curtains are suitable for the bedroom of a free wealthy man. Curtains in the style of Provence, selected for the bedroom, will create the feeling of the very cherished "happily ever after."
Provence style kitchen decoration
Provence style is relevant in modern interiors, as at home we strive for a feeling of comfort and peace. Due to the high risk of contamination from fat, materials for curtains in the kitchen should be chosen more practical, such as flax or polyester. Also a functional solution would be to choose roller blinds in the style of Provence. The addition of frills and ruches will cutely decorate the rustic style, giving it a slight naivety. It will look good with a pelmet decorated with French braid, fringe or glass bead.
Care for french curtains
The main problem of care for such curtains is dust that accumulates in the folds. To cope with the dust on dense fabrics will help the vacuum cleaner. It is possible to overcome stains with the help of a cloth moistened with soapy water.
Curtains made of tulle or organza are washed in a delicate wash. It is better to entrust the curtains of velvet or brocade to experts in dry cleaning.