Whether you have small or big windows, statement drapery might be the finishing touch your space needs. Not only will the right window treatments elevate your living room design, they can help create the illusion of a larger room, provide privacy and filter sunlight. No matter your home style, we've rounded up an array of living room curtain ideas that will transform your space.
Ranging from simple to striking, floor-length curtains are a popular choice for the living room. That might mean off-white sheers that allow natural light to pour into your space, moody blackout curtains ideal for movie night or something in between, like patterned light-filtering drapes. We've included modern curtain designs showcasing grommet panels, fabric blinds and Roman shades, plus more traditional treatments, like valances and balloon shades. Once you've selected a style, consider a color and pattern that matches your overall design aesthetic — whether you'd like your curtains to act as a focal point or blend into the background.
"Whether you want them to simply accentuate an already well-designed area, or add some flair, curtains can be one of the easiest ways to make your home look like a designer got their hands on it," says Kristin Harrison of Bungalow 10 Interiors. Keep in mind: To hang curtains like an interior designer, install curtain rods at the correct height (about 4 to 6 inches above your window) and ensure your panels are at least few inches wider than your windows.
For instant drama and the illusion of a larger space, hang curtain rods at least six inches above your windows. Here, designer Kristin Harrison of Bungalow 10 Interiors goes for gray sheers with purple undertones to allow natural light to pass through.
Blue-and-white geometric curtains are a gorgeous finishing touch in this nautical-inspired living room. To stay on theme, designer Caitlin Kah layers in pale blue hues in the form of throw pillows, books, an end table and lamp.
As much as we cherish natural light, total darkness is a must for movie night. Take note from design firm Truss Interiors and opt for floor-to-ceiling blackout drapes that easily open and close.
Utilize curtains to create a living space filled with contrast, as design firm Daley Home does here. Light gray drapes are hung high on industrial-inspired black curtain rods that match the black window trim.
Nix the drapes and instead, go for light-filtering shades that allow natural light to fill the room while affording a bit of privacy. Here, The Residency Bureau opts for textured shades in a modern living room where floor-length curtains could have felt too busy.
While curtains can serve as a focal point, they can also look beautiful when blending into the background. Beige drapes hung on sleek black rods add an elegant appeal to this cozy living room designed by Element Design Network.
Classic Black and White
In this trendy living room by designer Kerrie Kelly, black-and-white patterned curtains double as artwork. They serve as a stylish backdrop for the equally as chic blue velvet curved sofa.
You may not expect that daring drapes complement a floral patterned wallpaper, but this striking living room is proof. You never go wrong with classic vertical striped curtains, especially when elegantly paired with a valance.
When a space is filled with patterns, colors and textures, solid-color curtains can help to balance the look. Here, designer Katie Davis dresses two windows identically for added symmetry.
White on White
Floor-length, transparent white curtains add a sophisticated flair to this airy living room by Curated Nest. The walls and sofa in complementary neutrals unify the space.
Bold orange patterned drapes steal the show in this inviting living room. The brown leather upholstery used for the armchair and ottomans, along with the graphic throw pillows, complement the long window treatments.
For double the style and function, adorn your windows with Roman shades and floor-length drapes. In this neutral living room, Collected Interiors takes the opportunity to pair textured shades with elegant off-white curtains.
Layers of Pattern
To let this living room's statement art and tufted pink sofa really shine, designer Marie Cloud of Indigo Pruitt opted for simple black-and-white geometric curtains.
Pops of Blue
This living room may be dominated by a mix of whites and beige tones, but pops of blue — including curtains — prevent it from feeling sterile.
Touch of Ombré
If you've been longing to test the ombré trend in a small way, take inspiration from this living room's curtains. The white upper portion blends well with the white walls and mantel, while the pink part acts as the perfect complement to the room's blue and gray seating.
Nothing beats statement accents like a lime green sofa and curtains to make a design scheme shine.
Curtains in a muted print prevent this neutral beach house from feeling lackluster. Plus, the small curtain rings and expansive curtain rods framing the room make it possible to reconfigure the drapes as needed.
Elegant Balloon Shades
Off-white balloon shades and mixed floral touches add drama to this vintage-inspired living room.
All for Stripes
In this lively living room, colorful striped curtains draw the eye to the windows and play a role in the room's red-green color palette.
Believe it or not, gingham is a versatile print that's perfect for curtains. In this living room, the choice of black and white creates a focal point among the shades of green and gray.
Curtains in an understated shade of yellow are the perfect counterpart to this room's pink accent wall. A colorful mix of throw pillows are the perfect way to bring the colors together.
Plaid fabric takes these Roman shades to the next level, while contributing to the room's attractive layers of pattern.
If you love a pattern, use it over and over again. Take a cue from this cozy living room's matching floral curtains, lamp shade and throw pillow.
Neutral curtains, featuring a gentle navy blue pattern, elevate this living room. While walls paired with punches of pink and fresh greenery pull the look together.
Curtain Tieback Effect
Thanks to a simple rope curtain tieback, this well-decorated living room benefits from ample sunlight and a sophisticated style. And contrary to popular belief, this traditional style doesn't look outdated at all!
Take note from the color wheel and pair two complementary colors, like purple with yellow and orange. From its orange patterned curtains to the purple florals and seat cushion, this living room is a lesson in decorating with color.
This olive green curtain and valance set are adorned with plaid details to suit this living room's old-world vibe.
Blending modern with traditional, this chic living room is complete with botanical print curtains that stand out against beige walls.
Shades of Warmth
Orange floral curtains bring a dose of cheer to this light-filled interior. To tie the space together, white furnishings are paired with warm-toned fabrics, from the area rug to the throw blanket.
Considering this living room's eye-catching floral wall covering, solid-colored curtains with a mini tassel fringe trim are the right choice.
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