“I used to cover my windows in heavy curtains, never drawn. Now I danced in the sunlight on my hardwood floors.” ― Kimberly Novosel, Loved
Curtains and drapes are to rooms what sunlight is to plants – quintessential. Many people contest the idea of whether or not they should be decorating with curtains and drapes out of the sheer fear of washing and maintaining them. But trust us when we say that the moment you deck up your space with lively, vibrant curtains, you’ll notice that the entire vibe of the place undergoes a sea-change.
We aren’t one for drawing curtains on exceptional window treatment and curtain design ideas (pun intended). So, to make your summer a little sunnier and your room a whole lot brighter, we are sharing 5 kickass curtain ideas you’ll love:
1. Liven up your Living Room
First off, let’s look at how you make do a makeover of your living room without putting a dent in your bank account. Here’s a tried-and-tested living room curtain idea you could give a shot: using a combination of sheer and pleated curtains. A sheer curtain comes with dual benefits: it provides some much-needed privacy while allowing light to filter in. Basically, it extends a sense of airiness to the space and is pleasing to the eyes. Expert tip: When choosing the colour of the sheer curtain, factor in the amount of light your living room gets. If it gets too much sunlight, avoid bright-coloured sheer curtains as they tend to fade faster.
2. Raise the Curtains on Window Designing with a Balanced Mix of Functionality & Style
You may think that choosing the “right” curtain/drape is child’s play but a lot can go wrong if you don’t pair the varied elements such as fabrics, curtain rods, finishes, colours, etc. correctly. Naturally, you need to first consider what kind of purpose the curtain holds: functional or decorative? Elegant or casual? Or a little bit of everything? To make things easier, we suggest you try to strike a balance between practicality and creativity. The good news is that you have plenty of options to choose from: from flowing drapes and Roman shades to simplistic shutters and hanging curtains.
3. Get Boisterous with “Bamboo”
Bamboo curtains (and no, we aren’t referring to the socio-political meaning) are the best way to deck up a space that’s compact and cosy. Also known as “matchstick blinds,” these slim, organically designed, and hand-woven curtains add a sense of elegance and lightness to any space.
4. All Curtains lead to “Rome”
If you’re looking to add some texture and pattern to your room, go the “Roman shades” way. It’s bold and unique to the say the very least and will give your home a clear-cut design edge. Typically used to block out the sun from streaming it, the “stacked up” look gives the curtains an even and smooth feel. Plus, you can adjust the height of the covered area with the use of cords provided. Note that there are different styles you can choose from. Some common examples include the Looped Roman Shades and Classic Roman Shades which create depth and dimension to the allotted space. Expert tip: Opt for neutral-coloured wall tones if you wish to go for roman shades for a healthy balance between the bold and the beautiful.
5. Tall Curtains for a Larger-than-Life Feel
You’ll be surprised to know that tall curtains and drapes effortlessly make the room feel bigger. So, if you’re short on room space, opt for tall curtains of your preferred fabric choice and add an instant touch of grandeur to your space. What’s more, you could choose complementary shades with some aspect if your living/bedroom such as artwork, poster, rugs, lamp etc. and complete the look like a boss! Take a look at Furlenco’s furnishings for some ready design ideas such as the image shown above. Here, the curtains are colour-coordinated with the pillows, bedsheet, and the blanket. Some other examples you could experiment with include blush linen curtain shades to go with neutral or soft-coloured walls, the classic sky blue-and-cream curtain combination (ideal for kitchen spaces), or even whimsical abstract patterned curtains with bold red/orange colour – all of which do the trick neatly.
Curtail overthinking on best curtains designs and just go with your gut. With these expert tips and a little bit of research, you’ll be Instagramming your way into stylish living in no time!
What do you think works best when it comes to drapes and curtain design ideas? Share your suggestions below, we’re all ears.