Worth their investment, curtains and window treatments can easily help to define a room design for years to come. And when it comes to the best curtain ideas of 2019, Décor Aid interior designers were keen to share their curtain ideas and inspiration for your home.
From elevated living room curtain ideas to savvy and practical bedroom curtain ideas, here are over 10 of the best routes, styles, and must-have’s to consider when looking for a quick room refresh that could also work to boost the value of your home.
Light And Airy
For a languid and alluring look, consider choosing sheer, flowing curtains to make give your room a light and airy feel that will always boast a modern and timeless appeal. Sheer curtains block out just enough light, so as to keep the glare out, but are perfectly protective and translucent at the same time.
Because of the amount of light they let in, sheer curtains like the ones featured above are great as an inner layer during the day for a bedroom. And they are also best for living room curtain ideas as they will look wonderful in a light and bright room – imagine a monotone palette and plenty of white for a completely minimal design direction. Plus, you can easily find fantastic sheer curtains for a relatively small investment.
Pretty In Pink
With soothing and gender-neutral blush tones dominating just about every form of design over the past few years, it was only a matter of time for them to extend into curtain ideas. A plush airy pink velvet fabrication would be perfect for nailing the design trend and would look invitingly sumptuous for bedroom curtain ideas, accompanied by a series of other blush tones.
Blush tones will make for a relaxing and comforting bedroom environment, making it the perfect space for you to relax in at the end of a hard
day. Blush tones also look great paired with just about any design style and look terrific with darker toned furnishings and accessories for a decadent take.
Luxurious Jewel Tones
If 2018 was all about matte finishes and features, 2019 seems to be channeling the polar opposite with deluxe jewel toned fabrications paired with high-shine finishes. Jewel tones are an easy route to adding a glorious sense of everyday elegance while adding needed depth to any room of the house – making jewel toned curtains for living room curtain ideas a wonderful source of inspiration.
They are great as part of an Art-Deco-inspired room paired with plenty of metallics, geometry, and high-shine surfaces. Velvet or silk are the best materials for this look, adding another layer of warm opulence. Jewel tones are also a great addition when considering colorful curtain ideas for an eclectically styled room.
Not as dramatic as the lavish gold, satin, or silk curtains you often see in dramatic traditional homes, luminous gold floor to ceiling translucent curtains set a soft tone when it comes to comforting curtain ideas. They can be soft and soothing, softening the light and letting just the right amount filter through to keep out direct sunlight and to keep your room light and airy at the same time.
Perfect for living room curtain ideas (or dining room curtain ideas), a luminous gold enables you to relax in the afternoon light, under an antique gold chandelier, on a chaise lounge, atop an intricately patterned rug for the ultimate in luxurious appeal.
Neutral Toned Curtain Ideas
Curtains in neutral tones are great for breaking up a bold patterned wallpaper or a bright wall color choice. If you have a naturally dark room, they are good for letting the maximum amount of light through, while still giving you the option to block out all of the light if you need to (perfect for
bedroom curtain ideas).
Neutral tones can be dressed up or dressed down, affording you maximum flexibility when it comes to achieving the perfect room décor. Neutral tones are classic, so you can change the room around the curtains, moving between more traditional and modern curtain ideas with ease.
Masculine And Moody
When we think of curtains, we often think about strong colors and bold prints – but what if that’s just not for you? You can amp up the moodiness and masculinity of any room with timeless gray curtains – don’t go too dark or your whole room could feel dull and dingy. Instead, go for a medium tone to keep the look light handed and minimal.
Moody curtains look wonderful alongside other monochromatic features and they look great paired with whites and neutrals as well. Whatever the design direction is, gray curtain ideas add a soft, yet dramatic touch to bedroom and living room curtain ideas alike.
For something unexpected muted yellow curtain ideas are sure to energize any room in your home instantly. A soft yellow will add a surprising hint of color to a room, whether it’s got a predominantly white color scheme, or if it’s eclectic and colorful or neutral and masculine. Light reflects well off yellow curtains, keeping your room feeling light and bright and adding to the feeling of natural light flow.
They are fun and bold and can be styled up or down, depending on the look you are going for with your curtain ideas. Choose a lighter fabric if you want to bring in more light into a room and aren’t wanting to weigh down your window space. Choose a heavier fabric if you are looking for a stronger color and a more dramatic appeal.
A lively pattern on your curtains makes for a great way to add personality to otherwise standard bedroom curtain ideas (or curtain ideas for any room of your home). Our interior designers and clients can’t seem to get enough of the bold prints we are seeing gain traction for 2019 and with innovative printing technologies, the options are endless. Much like an accent wall, printed curtains are a quick way to inject needed drama and pattern to even the most spartan of rooms.
Printed curtain ideas look stunning alongside a more muted color scheme, with subtle soft furnishings and accessories. Tie printed curtains with the rest of your room by picking out a color from the curtains and using it as an accent throughout the space.
If you are going to settle on one of these trends for your kitchen curtain ideas, then gingham may just be the most charming directions of them all. Gingham checked prints are timeless in appeal and are traditionally associated with country homes and quaint décor, making it the best choice for kitchen curtain ideas for good reason.
Keep it calm with a neutrally toned gingham, or choose a pastel blue, green or yellow to contrast against a cream or white country kitchen space.
Bold Retro-Inspired Prints
This list of modern curtain ideas wouldn’t be complete without an homage to retro-inspired glamor. A bold and mesmerizing retro-inspired pattern is one of the best ways to finish off a room with a perfectly grownup feel. Whether it’s for your living room, bedroom or dining room curtain ideas, a conversation-starting retro print is a sure-fire way to make a statement around your windows.
Choose floor to ceiling length curtains to make a small window look larger and allow the bold print to take hold of the room – after all, small window curtain ideas don’t have to be low on impact. And since they are a throwback, you can rest assured that they won’t go out of style any time soon.
Fringed Curtain Ideas
One of the most recent updates to the world of curtain ideas our interior designers noted was the addition of delightful fringed finishes and extra embellishments.
Fringed curtains are a clever way of adding needed texture and play to any room while making it feel warm and inviting to boot. We love the delicate touch the fringed black poms add to the other simple white curtains above. Follow a similar route and keep fringed and embellished curtain ideas simple in color while full of conversational play.
Add a dramatic sense of color by bringing in curtains that feature a contrast hem for a completely modern look. They’ll make any room and window feel larger, more well-judged, and even more expensive.
The key here is to go for simple color combinations to keep the look effortless and timeless in appeal. Color blocked curtains look great in just about any size for any room and are a wonderful alternative to completely printed curtain ideas.
Contrasting Curtain Ideas
Note how the yellow curtains pop in the otherwise tonal living room pictured above. Use them for inspiration to really make a statement while letting your windows become a key décor feature in the room.
Just be sure that it’s a color that works in the room that you’ll be happy you made an investment in as trends pass.
A classic yet long forgotten alternative to drapes, a valance makes for an ultra-chic addition to just about any room. Valences make windows and rooms appear more grand and finished, and are great for concealing blinds and shades when they are up.
We love how the room above features handsomely striped Austrian ruched valances that lend the room a charming sense of strength and character while being traditionally minded.
As curtain ideas are great for really tying all the furnishings you’ve introduced into a room together, bring in some delicately patterned curtains to finish the room brilliantly.
Boasting a smaller pattern, wallpaper print curtains won’t come off as heavy-handed as bolder prints will, making them effortlessly timeless and sensationally smart investments.
Of course, before you buy curtains, consult this handy guide that illustrates the best steps to choosing the right ones for you. Here are a few tips for picking the perfect curtains to consider from it:
Height is easily an essential factor when selecting curtains. A proper curtain should cover more than your window while hitting the floor. For a more traditional take, keep them an extra inch longer so they can casually lay along the floor.
If you are looking to make your ceilings look higher than they really are, hang your curtains a few inches above your windows, instead of right above the window. That said, you can also use curtains that are oversized to trick the eye into thinking that your window is larger than it really is.
When deciding on the best curtain colors, bring in a hue that compliments the colors in your room. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match, but do select a hue that you can find elsewhere in your home for a consistent look. Usually, our interior designers suggest going for neutral-colors, but that said, taking a risk on a bolder color can make your home feel all the more unique to you.
Since curtains are a décor accessory that you can easily swap out, we suggest rotating your curtains every season. For colder winter months, go for a heavier fabrication, as it will help keep your house warmer. And in the summertime, go for a lighter material, like sheer chiffon to let in as much natural light as possible.
Patterns can be when it comes to timeless curtains. Too little, and your design can look boring; too much and your space can start to look outlandish. To find the best balance, go for a subtle pattern in neutral tones. That said, a vertically striped curtain can work to make your ceilings look higher than they really are.
COORDINATE YOUR CURTAINS
Whether you’re picking a curtain fabric or pattern that has a bold look or something completely timeless, consider the best ways to help them tie everything in a room together with matching accessories and notes.
The drape of a curtain refers to how much of the curtain hits your floor. For a more contemporary or minimal look, they should sit about an inch above the floor. But with transitional or traditional design schemes, be sure to leave out an inch or two of drape to run along the floor.
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