Bead curtains are sometimes overlooked when it comes to redoing your home interiors the smart way. Simply put, beaded curtains are simple airy curtains made of beads in various materials, patterns and designs. Using beaded curtains is an age old custom followed all over the world. In India, it was and is still a norm to adorn doorways with dainty looking beaded curtains. Let us check out how to use beaded curtains for that much needed face lift your home deserves.
Bead Curtains For Your Home
Door Ways And Passage Entrances
Other than the doorways, you can hang beaded curtains at passage entrances and windows.
Bead Curtains As Room Dividers
Bead curtains act as excellent room dividers and partitions giving an airy look to the room. In case of dining cum living rooms, use bead curtains to divide the dining area from the living area. In spite of being separated into two areas, the living room looks large with ample amount of light. With a beaded curtain partition, the residents get a feeling of a private dining area within the confines of a larger area, without getting alienated from the rest of the living room.
Metal Bead Curtains
There are bead curtains with small metal bells or tinkling metal for the beads, that will double up as wind chimes. Use these curtains at entrances to your front porch or backyard garden.
Bead Curtains On Wall Closets
Hang cute bead curtains on wall closets, like the ones used for storage higher up the walls, which are not opened very often.
Bead Curtains As Wall Hangings
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You get these lovely hand painted beaded curtains with beautiful paintings on white beaded backgrounds. These can be used to adorn plain walls.
Types Of Beaded Curtains
There is absolutely no restriction on using beaded strings for a curtain. You can experiment with a myriad of colors, materials and designs. You can sew on beads to the end of a transparent white fabric curtain for a calm and serene look.
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For instance, use carved, wooden beads for a traditional look. Use a curtain made of colorful yet transparent plastic beads alternating with mirror pieces in a room that has less light coming in. Use fabric beads with embroidered motifs sewn on. Small Rajasthani puppets beaded together in strings can add a touch of old world charm to your home.
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Let your imagination go haywire. Get beaded curtains made of pretty seashells and rocks. For Kids Rooms, use brightly colored cartoon characters or balls or alphabet shapes beaded together to form curtains.
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Then there are glass and crystal beaded curtains which allow more light to come in. They look beautiful, swinging away in the morning and evening sunlight. Curtains made from bone beads, amber beads, wooden beads and even metal beads look stunning.
Advantages Of Beaded Curtains
They make a room appear airy and brighter. They can be used to add to the natural light in a room. Use mirrored curtains or fluorescent beaded curtains that shine at night. They make your interior decor look charming to guests. This is a cost efficient way of partitioning your rooms.
DIY bead curtain ideas include making thin braids of reused colorful plastic or pieces of colorful cloth. Sew on a few beads of your choice. Stitch these braids on to a main hanger-strip of cloth and voila you have a recycled beaded curtain!
They create privacy in an area without disconnecting you from the rest of the house.
Beaded curtains can be a unique lifestyle statement that reflects your status.
Care For Beaded Curtains
Non-Fabric Beaded curtains can be easily cleaned by dipping them in mild soapy solution first and immediately rinsing them in plain water. Test for color fastness. If you feel they are losing color, just wipe them with a moist cotton cloth.
For fabric beads, wiping with a moist cloth will be sufficient enough.
When To Avoid Having Door Length Beaded Curtains
Avoid door length beaded curtains if you have babies or toddlers at home. They may get entangled or swallow the beads accidentally. Same goes for people with pets. Aged people with limited visibility may not notice beaded curtains at night. Make sure you move them to one side of the doorway and tie them with a string or bunch them together with a clip.
Or better still, use half door length beaded curtains when you have small kids or pets around.