Curtains represent some of the most important furnishing elements in a home. They are in fact able to give a more refined and complete look to the various rooms. However, over time, you can get tired of the same curtains. How can one change them without spending too much money? It is much simpler than it may seem, as it will be enough to color them differently. By changing the color of your curtains, in fact, you will immediately make them look different than usual. In this short guide, therefore, we will explain how to dye your home curtains in the best way.
Sometimes changing the color of the curtains – perhaps even adding ribbons or buttons – is enough to completely transform the atmosphere of a room. Before getting to work, calmly choose the new color of the curtain, also based on the light coming in from the windows and the furniture you have in the room. In summer, you can indulge yourself with a palette of warm but bold colors – such as orange and yellow – or soothing like blue and rose quartz! Mint green is also very fashionable this year: take some time to evaluate and make the best choice!
How to dye the curtains
Natural or synthetic fiber curtain? Before starting and purchasing the color, carefully check the fabric you want to dye: there is a specific solution for each curtain! Once you have identified the dye product that is right for you, you can do everything by hand – if we are talking about the bathroom curtain – or in the washing machine, if you want to change the color of a larger curtain! If they’re not fresh from the laundry, you can pre-wash them a few days in advance, so you’ll have them perfectly clean for the day you decide to color them!
Dyeing curtains is really simple: below you will find some tips for changing the color of natural fabric curtains – such as cotton, linen, silk and viscose – directly in the washing machine.
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How to dye interior curtains
Divide the two trays – one for the dye and one for the fixer – that you find in the dye package and place them both on the bottom of the washing machine drum, being careful not to let them overturn. Also put a whole pack of salt in the basket and insert the curtains last. Before putting the curtains in the washing machine, weigh them dry, making sure that the weight does not exceed the indications on the product packaging. This step is essential, otherwise you will never be able to get the intensity of color you want! Once weighed, wet the curtains and start a complete washing cycle at 60 ° C, excluding the pre-wash function and without using detergent. After the first cycle, remove the dye and fixer trays from the basket and start another wash cycle at the same temperature.
If you use a high quality dyeing product at the end of the cycle in the washing machine, all residues will be gone. If this is not the case, once you have removed the curtains, add a little liquid detergent and start another high temperature cycle with the drum empty to be 100% sure not to stain the laundry you will do in the future.
If you have a way to easily disassemble outdoor curtains, you can change the color of those too! Just be careful with the usual composition of the fabric or you will risk ruining them forever! If you don’t know how to dye your outdoor blinds – for fear of staining them – ask the professional who installed them for advice: he will certainly be able to advise you the best!
If the curtains are made of a natural fiber and it is easy to remove them from the supports, you can perform the dyeing with the normal method already described. In the case of synthetic fibers or specific treatments, document yourself well on what to do or you will regret it later!
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Dye curtains white
Do you want to get the perfect white of your old curtains? Vegetable fiber fabrics – such as cotton and linen – can be easily bleached compared to synthetic fibers. So let’s see in detail how to dye the curtains white.
If you are thinking of pre-treating the curtain with bleach or other whiteners, stop now! Do not do it! If the bleach has not been rinsed well, you risk staining your curtains with an uneven color! Not to mention the fact that the use of chemical bleaches can change the composition of the fiber itself, preventing the dye from attaching itself correctly to the fabric! Choose a specific bleach for fabrics and you will see a bright white color to your dull and yellowed curtains. De-colouring products are also perfect if you want to lighten a dark curtain before dyeing it with your favorite color: the result is guaranteed!
Let’s see immediately how to dye the curtains white in the washing machine.
Dissolve the contents of one sachet of bleach in a liter of hot water and mix well. Set the washing machine to a fairly high temperature and choose a long wash program. Place the laundry in the washing machine and start the cycle of your choice. After about a quarter of an hour, put the solution with the bleach in the detergent compartment without adding other products. When the washing machine has finished, run another cycle with your favorite detergent and wash the curtain in the washing machine as you usually do. If you prefer to bleach by hand – before washing with detergent – pre-treat the curtain by soaking it in 10 liters of water with a sachet of decoloring product, for at least half an hour.
How to dye synthetic curtains?
Consider carefully the composition of the fabric you want to dye before starting: some mixed fibers – cotton plus synthetic – can be dyed using the method precedingly described. Before starting, check the percentage of synthetic fiber present to understand how to behave. Unfortunately, the synthetic fiber is more resistant to coloring so the higher the percentage of polyester, the softer the result! A trick to follow is to replace the salt with white vinegar: two glasses of the latter, hot water and the result is guaranteed! Avoid putting your synthetic curtains to dry in direct sunlight, always preferring the shade. It will take longer, but you won’t run the risk of staining or damaging them! Always do a test on an old piece of linen before dyeing your curtains: only with experience you will no longer make any mistakes.
Now that you have changed the color of your curtains, why not make them unique and special with a DIY technique? Here’s how to embellish your home curtains by adding a personal touch.
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Ideas for painting your curtains
Take the opportunity to try your hand at decorative painting! Get specific colors for the fabric of which the curtain is made of, and create a decoration that is in line with the rest of the environment in which it is located. Find some fun and colorful ideas for the children’s room, add floral pattern in yours or a marine theme in the bathroom!
If painting isn’t your thing, add some beads of your favorite color – you’ll only need cotton thread, wooden or plastic beads, and a sewing needle. Arm yourself with patience and start thinking about the arrangement of the beads. You can decide to alternate beads of different sizes organized by rows or staggered. Unleash your imagination and you will have a unique and very special tent!
Another idea could be to glue old buttons on a satin ribbon and use it to fix the curtain when it is closed. You can also glue two colored magnets – any shape you like – to the ends of a hair tie and close it around the curtain to create DIY tiebacks.
If you washed the wrong way and your curtain has shortened or your hem is too short, don’t worry: add a piece of romantic white lace or jute to the end to give it a country touch! For the children’s room, you can find fabrics printed with animals, cartoons or flowers. Take a needle and thread and sew them at the bottom of the curtain or cut out the stamped fabric and apply the shapes in different points of your curtain to transform it from anonymous to very special! Make your curtain an artists’ blank canvas: find the right inspiration and let your imagination explode!
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