There are many things to consider when looking to purchase new drapery for your home. Drapes or curtains have many purposes. They create privacy, block light and add a special element to your decor. When looking to buy new drapes, the first thing you should consider is their intended function: privacy, insulation or enhancing your decor.

If you are looking for added privacy, then you should look at drapery made with heavier fabrics. Thermal curtains are heavy because their main purpose to is insulate against the cold outside air or from losing your summer cooling. They also block light so they are great for bedrooms. Some people prefer to have as little light as possible flow into their bedrooms in the morning so that they can catch up on their sleep.

Once you have figured out their purpose, you will next need to decide what type of look you want. Do you want a classic look? If so, then pinch pleated curtains are an excellent choice. They come in many different colors, patterns and textures. Typically pinch pleated drapery is meant to flow down to the floor, creating a long look to your windows.

The room you are buying for will also determine which style you will choose. If for instance you are looking at new drapery for your kitchen, then you may want to look at kitchen cafe curtains. These curtains have a top valance and two panels that hang from a rod placed in the middle of the window at the glazing bar. They allow light to flow in through the area between the valance and the start of the panels and also create some privacy.

Another decision you will need to make is how you wish to hang your curtains and which hardware you would like to use. There are many decorative rods on the market today, and choosing drapery that will look good on a specific rod may be important to you. Rod pocket drapes are designed with a "pocket" at the top of the drape where the rod slides in. If you use a nice decorative rod with ornate ends, rod pocket panels allow you to show it off.

As you can see, there are many factors to consider as well as styles to choose from. It's also very important to choose a color or pattern that will coordinate with your furniture and colors in the room. You don't want drapery that will compete with your wall paint. It may be best to choose fabric with a light neutral color or subtle pattern if you are uncertain which to choose.