Maybe you just bought a new house. Or, maybe you’re tired of the current decor or theme of your living room or bedroom. Regardless of the reason, new curtains offer plenty of options to transform your living space in a matter of minutes completely.
Curtains offer numerous benefits, mainly in terms of privacy. After all, without curtains, you and your loved ones will constantly be exposed. While this may not be a problem during the day, it can be a different story at night.
However, aside from the privacy benefits curtains offer, they can also combat sun glare and give you greater control of the amount of natural light entering your home. Couple this with the large variety of color and texture options available, and the possibilities of transforming your room with custom curtains are endless.
Here’s how to complete your room look with custom curtains:
Styles of Curtains
Believe it or not, there are many different types of curtains that can transform the look and feel of your room. Not only are there different types of curtains, but there are different header styles, all of which have unique functions. Below, we take a look at some of the most popular types of curtains:
Single panel curtains - Most commonly used as decoration in a doorway or just as an accent on a large, standalone window. Unlike panel pairs (which we’ll get to soon), single panel curtains must be pushed and draped to one side.
Panel pair curtains - Easily the most common out of the bunch, panel pair curtains are a set of curtains placed on opposite sides of your window. These curtains can be used anywhere, from your living room, dining room, bedroom, family room, sun porch, and everywhere in between. Since they’re the most common, they offer the most variety in design, texture, and color. Remember that the color and pattern you choose should vary depending on where they’re placed. For greater light, opt for a paler color. Get something textured or printed to draw your eye to spice up a boring wall. Panel pair curtains hung in the living room or finished basement will likely be designed to match your room’s aesthetic, whereas curtains placed in your dining room may block out sun glare while you’re trying to eat.
Window sill curtains - These curtains are short because they’re used on window sills. They’re designed to use on small windows and in small spaces. Window sill curtains serve a unique function, mainly because they’re so short for aesthetic purposes. Generally, you’ll want to use these curtains in either your kitchen or bathroom because those rooms are most likely to be the only ones in your home with window sills. That being said, these curtains can control the intensity of sunlight and offer privacy, especially if your bathroom is located across from your neighbor’s home.
What Styles of Curtains Are Popular in 2022?
In 2022, the growing trend is that “less is more.” While it’s been sticking around for the past couple of years, a huge emphasis has been placed on minimalist design. As such, textured curtains made out of linen and other lightweight, breezy materials are in right now. Grommet curtains, in particular, are a part of this trend due to their modern design.
That being said, there is also a growing trend of maximalism that’s been popular on social media. Maximalism is a clash of contrasting prints and bold colors. As such, you could get any curtain you like, in any pattern, texture, or color, and find a way to make it work. Some excellent bold curtain prints would look groovy in your maximalist home or apartment.
How Curtains Transform a Room
How can curtains change the look of a room? That’s a good question. And the answer is that it can do so in numerous and albeit surprising ways.
Makes Your Room Look Bigger
Often, the lack of curtains makes a room look unfinished. When you’ve been living in your home for a few months or years, that’s the last impression you want to give. While many believe that not hanging up curtains can make their room look larger, the opposite is true.
The magic is behind the curtain rods - specifically, where they get hung. The higher you hang your curtain rods, the taller your walls will look, which simultaneously gives off the look of a larger space. This design tricks your eye.
Updates Your Space
Sometimes you don’t realize that you painted your walls the wrong color until it’s too late. You might think all hope is lost if you’re stuck with an oddball color like dark brown or yellow. But, with the right custom curtains, you can update your space without having to paint everything from scratch.
Since curtains come in so many styles and textures, you can find something that compliments any color pallet or wallpaper in your home. Even if you love the colors of your walls and decor, hanging up new curtains occasionally gives the room a nice facelift. Depending on the type of curtain you purchase, you can easily make your living space look more upscale. Or, likewise, dress it down to create a cooler, relaxed vibe you and your guests can enjoy.
Last but not least, another impressive way curtains transform the look of a room is by adding texture. This is especially beneficial for homeowners who don’t have a lot of prints in their space - i.e., a patterned couch or armchairs.
But there’s also a psychological reason behind this. Textured items naturally draw the eye, so it’s a simple way to bring focus to a part of your house you want to show off. The big thing people often overlook about curtains is that they can be used to highlight what’s around them. So, if you have a corner of the room with a cozy armchair and faux tree, adding textured linen curtains behind it (for example) is an easy way to make that corner the focus of the room.
Creative Ways to Use Curtains
Sure, you can hang curtains the traditional way, but what if you want to get a little more creative? If you’re an out-of-the-box designer, you may ask yourself, “How can I be creative with curtains?”
Fortunately, there are several innovative, creative ways to use them.
Add String Lights
This isn’t just a popular style with teens. It’s a growing trend amongst adults because they add a touch of whimsy to a plain wall, or in this case, curtains.
To hang string lights over curtains, you have two options. First, you can drill a small hole above the top of the curtains, insert hooks into the wall and hang them. Or, if you prefer not to drill, you can make a loop over your existing curtain rod and let them hang.
Drape Them Across a Doorway
Those single panel curtains we mentioned earlier? Here’s a great way to use them. Depending on the layout of your house, it may not always make sense or be feasible to insert a door. Single panel curtains are easy to get privacy in a specific house area. Furthermore, they can keep out a draft in the winter season.
Use Them as a Door
Instead of draping curtains across an existing doorway, you can use them as the door themselves. This usually works best in studio apartments that feature an open layout. It’s very common to drape a series of curtains from the ceiling that can separate a bedroom from the living area or vice versa.
Create a Reading Nook
Many people use a canopy when it comes to handmade reading books, but did you also know you can use curtains? All you have to do is drill some hooks into your ceiling for your curtains to hang off from and then let them drape down.
Place a small rug in the center of the floor, maybe add some twinkle lights and let your imagination drift into the unknown.
Make a Canopy Bed
Speaking of canopies, why not use textured curtains to make yourself a stunning canopy bed? Creating this is no different than creating the reading nook mentioned above. What we love about this unique idea is that it can elevate the traditional look of a canopy bed.
Frequently, canopy beds are flimsy and rather see-through due to the net fabric. Unfortunately, this can look a little childish. Curtains can be textured and thus create a much more elegant look. So if you’re an adult looking to capture the romanticism of a canopy bed, curtains are the way to do it.
Use Them as Wallpaper
This is a great decorating hack for renters. Just because you’re not allowed to paint your apartment doesn’t mean you can’t grab some tacks and hang up a curtain as a backdrop.
This is a very unique, eye-catching design, and it’ll capture everyone’s attention every time they walk in.
Plus, once you’re ready to move, all you have to do is take it down. It’ll take a matter of minutes.
How to Choose the Best Curtains for Your Room
What curtains look best in a bedroom? How about a dining room? Kitchen? To answer these common questions, you first have to ask yourselves the following questions:
What kind of mood/vibe do I wish to create?
How much light do I want this room to get?
What would look best with my current decor/wall color?
For example, if you want to create a fun, relaxing vibe in your living room, you should opt for either textured or patterned curtains because they’ll help breathe new life into your room. However, if you want a lot of sunlight, you should opt for sheer curtains or texture curtains/solid curtains that are lightly colored, such as white, tan, rose, or yellow. The lighter the curtains are, the easier it is for light to filter through.
On the other hand, maybe you want your room to block out the light because it’ll be easier to sleep in. In this case, opt for some darkly colored blackout curtains in either hunter green, navy blue, or back.
Another thing you have to keep in mind is your current decor. While, of course, you can go with whatever kind of style you like, you generally want your curtains to pop and make a statement. If your walls are painted a muted color, get some colorful, patterned curtains. Going for a solid color is probably best if your walls are already busy. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but these are some basic design tips we’d like to share.
Complete the Look of Your Room with Custom Curtains
As you can see, there are so many unique ways you can use curtains to transform the look of your room. When you’re ready to find your next set of curtains, Curtarra has countless options. Take advantage of our free swatches if you’re not sure what color would look best for your space. This is a commitment-free way to find curtains you love.
We welcome you to browse our current inventory and use our measurement tool to determine which curtains work best for you. These tools make the process easy; all you have to do is input your curtain style, the length of your curtain rod and wall, and the type of panels you want, and the measurement tool will give you personalized recommendations. Once you checkout, you’ll be able to track the progress of your shipment on our website. Explore our site to learn more.