Window treatments such as curtains, blinds, and drapes can be the finishing touch for the look of a completed room. Providing both function and decoration, they take up no additional floor space and can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of a room. Follow along as we share tips and ideas for using window treatments around the home.
Curtains can bring softness to a space dominated by large pieces of furniture--like a dining room--which can often feel hard. Choose a hue or pattern that aligns with your existing color palette. If you have an open floor plan consider other decorative accents and furniture in the space when choosing your curtains. Notice how the bold red curtains in this rustic dining room (above) draw attention to and frame the beautiful view of the landscape. For colder climates, insulated curtains will help your home retain heat in the winter months.
Decorating Tip! Hang curtains higher and wider than the window space you're covering. This will give the illusion of a larger window.
There are often many decor elements and colors in a living room, so choosing neutral curtains can be an easy design option. In this room (above), cream-colored linen curtains continue the neutral color palette. If you have a large living space, consider using patterned curtains and tie it all together with accent pillows in the same print. This is often seen in more traditional spaces.
Decorating Tip! In a space where curtains aren't used to block light, consider lightweight panels and sheers to diffuse light and make the space feel brighter.
Kitchens normally do not require as much privacy as other areas of the home, so using cafe curtains or valences provide style while still letting lots of natural sunlight into the workspace. Mixing types of curtains is perfectly acceptable. In this kitchen (above), the designers used the same fabric for exaggerated valences and a large curtain to cover the pantry.
Decorating Tip! If your kitchen opens to your dining space, consider a curtain solution that will blend the two areas.
Curtains and drapes help elevate a bedroom, making it feel more luxurious and welcoming. Often curtains are used to block light in sleeping spaces, so look for thicker or black-out options when shopping. In this room (above), the designer installed a curtain that spans the entire wall, covering the built-in bookshelf and corner window. This is a smart solution to hide a closet in smaller spaces, too!
Decorating Tip! Try curtain panels behind the bed as a dramatic floor-to-ceiling headboard alternative.