With the right window treatments, you can instantly transform a space. But where should you start?
So, we’ve done the heavy lifting and compiled the 23 best window treatment ideas for any space. Peruse, enjoy and get inspired to try these window treatment ideas in your home!
- Classic Window Treatment Ideas
- Modern Window Treatment Ideas
- Functional Window Treatment Ideas
- Tips for Choosing Window Treatments
Classic Window Treatment Ideas
1. Sheer Curtains
A timeless and classic option, sheer curtains look stunning in nearly any room. Hang them on their own or pair them with opaque curtains for more privacy. Read more: 7 Ways to Hang Sheer Curtains.
2. Neutral Curtains
Neutral curtains in tan, cream, gray or white shades add an instant air of coziness to a space. Match the neutral hue with your furniture for a monochromatic look.
3. Jewel-Tone Drapes
Rich jewel tones add a sophisticated feel to any room. Try draperies in deep red, teal or magenta to add a luxurious finishing touch. Pro-tip: Not sure if you need curtains or drapes? Check out our guide here.
4. Blue and White Curtains
Who doesn’t love this classic color combination? Navy blue and white curtains are perfect for a kitchen or soothing bedroom.
5. Café Curtains
If you don’t need full privacy, cafe curtains are an excellent way to add personality to your space. Try it in the kitchen or sunroom where you want to maximize light. More tips: How to Style Cafe Curtains In Your Home.
6. Burlap Curtains
The farmhouse fad isn’t going anywhere! Capture a shabby chic feel with burlap curtains. The burlap look is ideal for both long panels and café-style curtains. Or, if you're looking for a DIY option, try these drop cloth curtains.
7. Taffeta Curtains
Love silk, but don’t want to spend a fortune on your curtains? Taffeta curtains have a similar sheen and are half the price, so they’re a budget-friendly alternative to silk curtains (they’re also easier to maintain.) Try a rich, deep shade for a luxe look.
8. Ruffled Curtains
Go for a full ruffle or just a box pleat along the edges. Hang ruffled curtains for a touch of whimsy in the kids’ room, nursery, bedroom or office.
9. Velvet Drapes
The ultimate in luxury fabrics, velvet drapes create a royal aura. Try colors like deep purple, green or blue for a beautiful finish. (Pro-tip: Read up on care instructions for velvet drapes to keep them looking beautiful.)
10. Silk Curtains
Luxurious silk curtains are beautiful, unique and soft to the touch. But since they’re more expensive and harder to clean, stick to hanging them in low- traffic areas like a bedroom or formal living room.
11. Window Scarves
To hang window scarves, employ elegant curtain draping techniques using organza, chiffon, voile or velvet fabrics. Curtain draping is best for windows and rooms that don’t require as much privacy, since the window will be exposed. For more tips, see Your Guide to Curtain Draping Techniques.
Modern Window Treatment Ideas
1. Patterned Shades
A patterned shade combines the privacy of blinds with the creative patterns and fabrics of curtains. Try one in a bright or stylish design to complement neutral furniture in the room.
2. Color Block Curtains
Color block curtains add a geometric punch to a room. Opt for a two-tone neutral look, or punch it up with some bright colors to make a statement.
3. Ombre Curtains
Ombre curtains are contemporary and trendy. Choose from hand-painted or tie-dyed ombre curtains to create a whimsical, artistic atmosphere. (Pro-tip: For a personal flair, try these DIY dip-dye curtains.)
Try a classic turquoise and white ombre for a sophisticated twist on the trendy style, or a multi-colored ombre for a more hippie vibe.
4. Tasseled Or Pom-Pom Edged Curtains
Colorful pom-poms dress up otherwise plain curtains. Adding DIY accents like tassels or pom-poms are an easy way to customize curtains — just use supplies from your local craft store. You can also line the edges with colorful ribbons as an alternative.
5. Roman Shades
Roman shades add a bold splash of color or pattern to a room. They’re available in flat, cascade, relaxed and draped tulip styles to fit a range of styles and décor.
6. Woven Blinds
Natural woven blinds are typically made of organic materials like bamboo and matchstick. These blinds are effective at diffusing light while still offering privacy. Pair them with white or neutral-colored curtains.
7. Chevron Curtains
Add some pizzazz with Chevron-patterned curtains. Thinner Chevron patterns look a little more sophisticated, while thicker zig-zag stripes are perfect for a playroom or child’s bedroom.
8. Ikat Shades
Jump on the patterned trend with Ikat shades. They’re made from an Indonesian decorative technique that’s tie-dyed before weaving for a bright, colorful look.
Functional Window Treatment Ideas
1. Solar Shades
If you’re looking for complete privacy, solar shades are the way to go. Also called “window sunglasses,” their opaque design preserves privacy while maintaining light control. Solar shades have openness factors ranging from 3-14 percent, so you can select how much light you want to filter.
2. Blackout Curtains
Hang blackout curtains to block light completely. Try using blackout curtains in bedrooms if you struggle to get a restful night’s sleep.
3. Thermal Curtains
Thermal curtains (also known as insulated curtains or energy-efficient curtains) are great for regulating temperature. These curtains contain a layer of acrylic foam that prevents heat or cool air from coming in and out of windows. Learn how to make DIY thermal curtains here.
4. Soundproof Curtains
Soundproof curtains absorb and reduce noise. If you live in a noisy neighborhood or work or study from home, considering hanging soundproof curtains in your home. Soundproof curtains can also block light and regulate temperature. Check out our guide to soundproof curtains here.
Tips for Choosing Window Treatments
Not sure how to narrow down your options for window treatments? Consider the following as you choose the right curtains, drapes or shades for your room or home.
Think about function — what role will window treatments play in the room? Practical considerations like privacy level and light filtering are critical in determining the type of curtains, drapes or shades you’ll need.
Choose easy-care fabrics like cotton or polyester for high-trafficked areas, such as a family room or kitchen.
Avoid using delicate, high-maintenance fabrics like silk or velvet in kids’ rooms, kitchens or on patio doors. These locations are more susceptible to irritants like smoke, steam, dust, and wear and tear.
Curtains come in several styles. Popular variations include pleated, eyelet, rod-pocket, grommet and tab-top. Different pleats, pockets or loops affect how the curtains hang on the rod or cascade over your windows.
Last but not least, be thoughtful about picking the best colors for your window treatments.
Curtains, drapes and shades take up a significant amount of space and are often a focal point in a room, so pick colors that match with your furniture or paint and are cohesive with your textiles and home decor.
Bring Your Window Treatment Ideas to Life
Choosing window treatments for your home is exhausting enough, so don’t waste any more time when it comes to hanging your curtains.
Bring all your window treatment ideas to life with Kwik-Hang’s easy-install, damage-free curtain rod brackets. Just align the brackets to your window frame, tap them in with a hammer and hang curtains and drapes instantly — no leveling or drilling needed. Install perfect curtains every time without having to measure!
Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets are ridiculously easy to install and remove, so feel free to swap out your window treatments or play around with different looks. The brackets hold up to 20 pounds, so they’re safe for households with kids and pets, and can support everything from sheer voile fabrics to heavy velvet draperies.