When the Homer Laughlin Pottery Company of Newell, West Virgina introduced Fiestaware in 1936, little did they know this brightly colored pottery would become one of the most collected china patterns in the world. With its bold solid colors, simple design and glossy finish, Fiestaware makes a cheerful statement when used and displayed as decor. If you're decorating with Fiestaware, choose curtains that complement and help showcase your prized pottery collection.
Choosing a Curtain Style
Fiestaware is bright, cheerful and casual, so if you're using it as a focal point or theme in your room, choose a curtain style that echos its characteristics. Some suggestions are simple rod pocket, tab-top, tie-top or ring-top panels, or cafe curtains for a kitchen or bathroom window. Keep the silhouette simple and casual. While a small ruffle adds charm, stay away from formal or fussy details such as tassels, fringe, swags and pleats.
Selecting a Fabric
In keeping with your casual theme, choose a curtain fabric that is fun and fresh, such as twill, broadcloth, gingham, gauze or even burlap. Or, if you're handy with a sewing machine, turn kitschy embroidered dish towels or handkerchiefs into charming curtains. Again, avoid the fussy and formal, for example taffeta, satin, brocade and jacquard.
Prints or Solids?
Fiestaware pieces are available only in solid colors, and this opens up lots of decorating possibilities when is comes to your curtains' fabric color and pattern. Unless you have busy, patterned wallpaper, curtains in bright, bold, colorful patterns, whether stripes, plaids, florals or abstracts, work well with Fiestaware's cheerful solid colors. On the other hand, if you are showcasing many Fiestaware colors throughout your room, pick your favorite and use solid curtains in that color to draw attention to your pottery as opposed to competing with it.
Alternatives to Curtains
If curtains just aren't your thing or if your window has a stunning view, consider skipping them in favor of shades, blinds or valances. Cloth shades provide a pop of color and a bit of softness, while shades made of woven natural grasses or bamboo slats offer lots of interesting texture. A simple valance across the top of your window adds the softness and color of fabric without blocking the view. If you're going for a clean, minimalist look and privacy is not an issue, consider skipping window treatments altogether.
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