Choosing Living Room Curtains

When it comes to your living room, finding the right curtains can make all the difference. They can complement your paint color, furniture and other design elements in the room.


If you’re looking to add a pop of colour to your space, consider patterned drapes. However, don’t go too bold or they’ll look overpowering.

Full Sheet Curtains

In any home, curtains are one of the most important components. Whether they are functional or decorative, they can make or break the overall look of a room. They can be light and breezy or heavy and ornamental.

Choosing the right living room curtain is a tricky task and can often be overwhelming. There are many things to consider including the color, material, texture, style and length of the curtain. The wrong choice can ruin the entire decor of a room and the right decision can transform a space completely.

If you are looking to add some drama to your living room design, full sheet curtains are a great option. They are longer than the standard window curtains and fall to the floor, resulting in an elegant look that is very in vogue.

These long drapes also make a good backdrop for art and photography. They are also an excellent choice if you want to create a private space in your living room, such as a small office or a reading nook.

You can find full sheet curtains in many different sizes and colors. They can be purchased at all types of stores, including mass market superstores and high-end department stores.

To ensure that the panels will look ample when closed, they should be at least twice as wide as the window pane. This is because the pleated fabric will add extra width to the panels.

Another thing to keep in mind is the width of the curtain rod. A rod that is too tall will look strange with the curtains and the whole design will suffer from not being cohesive.

Ideally, the rod should be as close to the floor as possible so that the curtain will graze the ground, says interior designer Megan Hersch of Studio MG Interiors. Hersch suggests measuring the curtain rod from the floor to about 16 inches above the window frame for rooms with tall ceilings.

In addition, the curtain should be a few inches shorter than the windows to allow the window to open freely. This is especially helpful if the window is located near a door.

Wide Stripes

Striped curtains are a great choice for living rooms that want to be bright and colorful. They also work well for spaces that have large windows and are looking to make the space appear larger.

Wide stripes are a popular pattern for modern living rooms, but they can be a bit tricky to choose. The simplest way to decide on your pattern is to see how it fits with the rest of the room’s decor.

You can pair a striped curtain with a solid color for a pop of color or use it to balance a dark room. A narrow striped window treatment can draw the eye upward, making a small room seem taller, while a wider one can make a small room feel much wider.

This white and blue striped curtain by Fabriano makes a strong statement in this living room by Emma Thomas, but the floral print also plays off of the room’s color scheme in a subtle way.

The floral print is perfect for a large window, but it also works well with a small window in a traditional room. You can also mix patterns in the same room to get a look that is cohesive but still interesting, as seen in this design by Kit Kemp.

Another tip is to try and find a pattern that doesn’t repeat. This can be an easy trick to use in a modern room where you have a lot of patterns and accents, as seen in this design by Studio Duggan.

Whether you’re decorating a modern or traditional living room, curtains play a vital role in the overall look of your space. They can frame your windows, draw attention to the ceiling and keep the space feeling warm.

You can choose a striped curtain that is made from an inexpensive fabric, like polyester or cotton, and you can find them in many different colors and styles. You can even find blackout curtain panels that can block out harsh light.

Curtains come in a variety of styles, including pinch pleat, pencil pleat and gathered. These headings are all very different from each other and work well with a variety of fabrics. If you choose a gathered curtain, be sure to measure the width of the window carefully and buy enough fabric for it to gather well. Pencil pleats are the most traditional and look lovely with both patterned and plain fabric.

Drapery Trimmings

Drapery trims are a great way to add interest to your drapes. They can make a big difference in the overall look of your room and are not difficult to add to any curtain fabric, even if you have little sewing experience.

There are many different types of trims available, and they come in a wide range of colors and styles. The trims you choose should reflect your taste and the decor of the room. They can also tie in other elements in the room such as throw pillows or furniture upholstery in the same pattern.

The first type of trim is tape trim which can be used as an accent, to embellish a tie back or to make a leading edge on your window treatment. Tape trims are flat and can be found in a variety of colors. You can use them as a contrasting color to the fabric of your drapes or as a border on the bottom of your valance.

Another type of trim is gimp which is a braided trim that is usually made of variegated colors and can be used on the top or bottom of your curtains. Gimp is an elegant finishing trim and can be found in a wide array of designs.

Tassels are another great trim to use on your drapes. These are available in a variety of different styles such as pom pom tassels, wood tassels and beaded tassels. Depending on your tastes you can choose from simple to ornate styles.

Ball fringe is another great choice to add a touch of glamour to your draperies. These are available in a variety of subcategories such as pom pom style ball tassels, wood tassels, beaded ball tassels and more.

A key tassel is another popular choice for a trim to add to your drapes. This is an ornate trim that is made of a series of balls, usually one on top of the other, banded around horizontally and then the fringes begin. The most common key tassels are 2 inches long and come in both solid and variegated colors.

Drapery Fabric

Drapery fabric is a type of decorative curtain material that can be used for curtains, roman shades, valances and accent chairs. It is made from cotton, rayon, linen or a polyester blend and can be printed with embroidery.

The best drapery fabrics are durable and long-lasting so they can stand up to the wear and tear of everyday use. This is especially important if you are making curtains for a high-traffic area like the living room or kitchen.

When choosing drapery fabric, be sure to choose a style that matches your decor and budget. For example, if you are going for a formal look in your living room, you may want to go with a thicker, heavier fabric. If you want to create a more casual feel, on the other hand, you can find lighter fabrics that are easier on the eyes.

For those who are on a tight budget, cotton is a good choice since it is inexpensive and available in many colors and patterns. However, cotton draperies can fade in sunlight so if you are planning to change the window treatments often, you might want to opt for a more durable fabric.

Linen is another fabric that is great for both modern and traditional looks. It can be used to balance a richly patterned room or add depth and texture to an oversized space.

If you are concerned about privacy, consider using a fabric that is lined with a thermal or blackout lining. These fabrics will help to keep the heat in during the colder months and will block out light when needed.

In addition, a drapery fabric that is lined with a heavy weight can help to keep the room warmer in winter and cooler in summer. This can save you money on heating and cooling costs.

The amount of drapery fabric that you need depends on the size of your window. For example, if you need to cover the entire window, you will need two to two and a half times the width of the window.

A good rule of thumb is to buy enough fabric for the length of your curtains and then allow extra for hemming. This will make your curtains look more elegant but will also allow you to keep your floor clean and prevent pets and children from playing in them.