The room where you’ll be hanging your curtains should influence the type of texture, color, and pattern you choose. Follow the tips below for some style guidance.
Choose a textured curtain that reflects the mood of the room. Fabric options that work with most styles are cotton, cotton blends, wool, and wool blends. See below for more examples.
- Formal Space: A heavy silk or velvet (dry-clean only) adds to the room’s elegance. If you’re looking for a more practical (and washable) option, try silky rayon blends or cotton sateen.
- Informal Space: For a casual feel, consider a billowy linen or crinkly crushed velvet (generally dry-clean only).
You’ll need to decide if you want the curtains to blend with the decor or pop.
- For a subtle statement: A curtain in the same tone as your wall but a few shades darker will blend in. Or, opt for a non-dominant, subtle color in the room (such as a soft shade pulled from the rug).
- If you want to go bolder: Try a striking curtain in a saturated color (like cobalt blue). Keep in mind that if your curtains are unlined, the colors will infuse the room.
Thinking of choosing window treatments with a print? Here’s what to keep in mind.
- If you have patterned furniture or bedding, it’s better to stick with solid curtains. A room with lots of solid-colored furniture is just right for patterned curtains.
- To add a touch of color, choose small neutral prints (like dots or paisley). A large graphic pattern can add drama—just be sure to choose a color that relates to the existing décor in the room.