Here are 65+ Window Treatment Designs to Consider for Your Home

A Jennifer Hughes Even though curtains are meant to block out the sun, they can actually make the light shine more brightly during the day. Here, Rosemary Hallgarten's dip-dyed alpaca linen curtains in a sunny bedroom designed by White Webb in a home in Woodstock, New York.

tucked into a curtained window nook is a fruitwood daybed with turned urn finials and decorative pillows, two antique chinese side tables each with a bronze lamp, and framed landscape paintings on facing walls

A Jennifer Hughes

Even though curtains are meant to block out the sun, they can actually make the light shine more brightly during the day. Here, Rosemary Hallgarten's dip-dyed alpaca linen curtains in a sunny bedroom designed by White Webb in a home in Woodstock, New York.

This luxurious bedroom in (yes) a medieval Italian tower features a gorgeous draped valance and coordinating Roman shade for some added period drama.

Frances Merrill, a top-tier designer for ELLE DECOR, avoided the trap of excessive cottage chic in this sensitive redesign of a Tudor-style home. Curtains that are neutral in color and reach the floor when hung high above the windows not only ground the look, but also draw attention to the beautiful woodwork of the ceiling.

Curtains are a great way to make small windows appear larger if you're stuck with them. Here, in a 16th-century Parisian apartment with a painterly aesthetic, designer Eric Allart chose a longer curtain in a Simrane floral (the same textile that appears on the headboard and bedding) to draw the eye around the opulent room.

Designer Veere Grenney shows that a full-on valance look need not be stuffy in this bright London townhouse. Though the antique furniture and ruffles are rather conventional, a 1960s Gaetano Sciolari pendant and a modern abstract painting by Daniel Jacomet inject a welcome dose of modernity and cool.

Caterina Fabrizio is the second-generation co-owner of her family's textile house, Dedar, so you can trust that she knows how to hang curtains properly. She has fun, striped mint green shades in her main bedroom that also help to bring the outdoors in. Here's some more guidance Fabrics should be rotated seasonally, just like clothing. Fabrizio says, "The furniture is kept, but the curtains and carpets are updated."

Elizabeth Young used striped Roman shades to add visual interest to an otherwise white room in a new Houston home she designed. Zhuzh it up with fun furniture and accessories if you're renting or not ready to commit to patterned wallpaper.

8 Bright Drapes That Reach the Floor

Take advantage of the natural light entering your home if you have been so fortunate. Brockschmidt & Coleman, inspired by the Southern sunlight that flooded writer Walter Isaacson's New Orleans home, painted the dining room walls Farrow & Ball's Hound Lemon and chose voluminous curtains to go with it.

9 Soft and Relaxed Drapes

If you enjoy enveloping rooms in dark paint, try brightening them up with sheer curtains. The eggplant walls and white, crinkled curtains in this Brooklyn apartment were designed by Danielle Fennoy. Even Elliott, the cat, is satisfied.

10 Inspiring of the Handmade Movement

With its timber paneling, star-patterned terra cotta floor tiles, and floral Pierre Frey window treatments, this cozy family room in a Sonoma, California, estate designed by Ken Fulk is giving us just the right amount of cozy Arts and Crafts vibes.

Sage will be strewn across the room, even on the curtains. The fabulous French Directoire daybed is topped with two striped sage panels by landscape architect Thomas Woltz's Virginia Victorian style.

TV personality Thom Filicia of New York City draped his windows with floor-length curtains patterned in the tiniest of gray and white checks, a move that, pro tip, not only gives the illusion of more generous windows but also adds subtle texture to the largely neutral scheme.

13 Curtains with a Pretty Roman Shade Pattern

Only a Dior executive could pull off haute couture-style sunglasses. Mathilde Favier, a resident of Paris, chose a floral fabric by the late great French decorator Madeleine Castaing for a classic Roman shade in the breakfast room of her apartment.

The breathtaking vistas from this Pebble Beach, California home must be preserved. Workshop/APD, the design company, made sure the curtains wouldn't get in the way. A long, semi-sheer neutral is the perfect choice to emulate this chill attitude.

Designer Ryan Lawson gave this Connecticut Colonial a rustic, layered look by selecting thick, textured fabrics. The homeowners' bohemian art and accessories are a perfect complement to the natural fibers.

16 Floor-to-ceiling and geometric

Designer Gail Davis made this New Jersey home office seem taller by hanging floor-length curtains with a subtle pattern. Meanwhile, the tiny green print helps direct your focus outdoors.

17 Just Like Being in the Tropics

Pattern is something that no one does better than Martyn Lawrence Bullard. He used a JAB Anstoetz fabric for the window treatments and the bed curtains in this dreamy Maui home so that the tropical landscape could be brought indoors.

The French lighting designer Marie-Lise Féry's unabashedly opulent home is filled with bold color combinations. Curtains in pistachio (a Métaphores textile) and dusty pink (a Kvadrat fabric) pick up colors throughout the room, and we love it.

Take a cue from the Los Angeles home of celebrity chef Suzanne Goin and design duo Nickey Kehoe by installing dramatic, floor-length curtains with an ornate border. The checked edging of the lamp shade is echoed in the curtains.

Jean-Philippe Demeyer, an antiques dealer and designer, once lived in a medieval hunting lodge. Therefore, the sumptuous rust-colored draperies at the windows were naturally aristocratic. But if you do go dark, balance it out with some cheery decor.

Does it make sense to have furniture and window treatments with contrasting patterns that clash with one another? Heidi Caillier, the owner of this Fox Island, Washington, home, just outside of Seattle, says yes. The key is to mix and match patterns and scales, like the large floral Scalamandré print on the sofa with the smaller, geometric Katie Lee fabric on the window treatments.

Curtains a shade or two lighter than the walls are another fun touch, as demonstrated by Summer Thornton in this Chicago apartment. Be aware that the lower trim of the cashmere curtains is an exact match for the color of the de Gournay damask wallcovering.

The interior designer Mark D. Sikes gave this 1920s Palm Beach villa with a colorful past (it belonged to a duped countess) a colorful new look. To reorganize it, Sikes Similarly fitting Everything from the furnishings to the walls to the draperies is done in a bold Fermoie stripe. Dare to do it

Up-and-coming designer Remy Renzullo took inspiration from both 20th-century design icons (like Billy Baldwin and Sister Parish) and his own childhood home to create a stunning Hamptons residence. In this room, he experimented with a French Provençal textile, covering the walls with the fabric's reverse after using its dark blue pattern to upholster the bed and curtains.

It is not necessary for every set of curtains to reach the floor. Designer Virginia Tupker hung the drapes in this New York farmhouse's guest bedroom. They are the ideal length for a clear view across the room, and their pattern, a Les Indiennes cotton, adds a touch of country-chic sweetness.

This Parisian apartment, designed by Lorenzo Castillo, is a kaleidoscope of patterns. The designer chose prints in the same teal, red, and cream colors as the GP & J Baker linen curtains to keep the space looking elegant rather than chaotic. Imitate their example to achieve the same level of sophistication.

Darryl Carter's townhouse in Washington, DC, was built in 1913, and at first glance it seems like an unremarkable, middle-of-the-road option. However, the designer utilized soft, citrus-hued textiles, such as the butter-yellow curtains that extended to the floor, to usher in a ray of warmth.

Designer Nathan Turner covered the walls and windows in Nicholas Herbert's floral Coromandel cotton throughout this New York apartment. This helped to balance out the room's heavy, dark wood furniture. Because, after all, there is no such thing as too much of a good thing

While you might associate floor-length curtains with a bedroom or formal living room, New York designer Tatyana Miron Ahlers proves that they belong in the kitchen as well. She hung golden drapes in her Manhattan apartment, which contrast with the cinnamon-colored banquettes and the multicolored flecks in the terrazzo flooring.

Departed author and New Orleans socialite Julia Reed collaborated with designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman to create a home that paid homage to tradition while also featuring many of Reed's own personal touches. She opted for shades in a cheery Pierre Frey stripe to give the living room a classic, timeless vibe.

This Madrid apartment once belonged to Hollywood starlet Ava Gardner, and designer Isabel López-Quesada made sure to preserve the "earthiness" that drew Gardner to Spain, while also injecting a healthy dose of glitz and glamour. López-Quesada used a white backdrop in this bedroom, but she spiced it up with a Brunschwig & Fils fabric that she used for the curtains and valance.

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, interior designers, got ideas for their Montauk retreat from their travels to Portugal, Mexico, and Peru, and they used rolled seagrass rugs as window coverings.

When decorating a room, it is acceptable to use a variety of different patterns. This living room by Michael S. Graves can be found in a Beverly Hills home. The Namay Samay fabric curtains are the icing on the cake for Smith's beautiful use of floral and nature-themed prints on the furniture and walls.

35 A Building That Goes Outwards

Marie Flanigan, the interior designer who hung these curtains in a Houston family's home, hung them so that the tops of the rods protruded from the ceiling. This was done so that the curtains would frame the windows rather than cover them.

This living room in a London flat was designed by Nebihe Cihan, and its colorful sofa and accent pillows are the room's main attraction. The rest of the space, including the curtains, is kept in a muted color palette.

The living room of this Manhattan triplex, located on Fifth Avenue, is surrounded by windows on all sides. Curtains made from a Pierre Frey fabric were also included in the design by Katie Ridder.

The ceiling of the living room in a beach house on Long Island, New York, designed by Rodney Lawrence, was inspired by the mural in Grand Central Terminal. The white curtains were chosen so that they would not compete with the mural.

This living room in Cincinnati features red accents all over the design, including on the floor and on the walls. They go wonderfully with the adjacent Mondrian-inspired Porter Teleo wallcovering.

Nicole Fuller, an ED A-lister, dressed the windows of her Greenwich Village townhouse in a cream Dedar fabric to create a monochromatic canvas so bright that accent pieces really stand out. The striped curtains provide an additional layer of understated elegance.

42 A Roman blind that reaches the floor

This office in Bel Air, California utilizes a sheer striped window treatment for both privacy and a polished aesthetic. The shade is formal, but the airy fabric makes it easy to relax by filtering sunlight rather than blocking it out entirely.

The blue edging on the curtains gives the otherwise abstractly decorated room a sense of order. Moreover, the striped border serves as a pretty window trim.

Having a bold wall is no reason to forego colorful drapes. The nearly identical blue curtains in this room add a textural element for depth to the otherwise bold decor.

These curtains are a fun and quirky addition to the room, and they remind us of our favorite summer fruits. The thicker fabric of the curtains is great for blocking light and keeping the room cooler.

Vintage fabrics and patterns abound in the living room of actress Minnie Driver's Hollywood home. The room is given an exciting new dynamic by the contrasting patterns and colors of the curtains and the shades. The shades are dark and opaque, but the curtains are light and airy.

Sasha Bikoff, an interior designer, uses earth tones to create tranquil spaces. "If you go outside and see how all those colors work together organically, you can easily apply them to a space, too," she says. This living room in the Impressionist style is airy and whimsical, like a garden.

This dark and modern Russian living room is achieved with minimal color and maximum pattern. The curtains are upholstered in luxurious fabrics, and their pattern complements the ornate details of the room's design.

49 Shining Golden Drapes

The sofa in a Parisian home's library is covered in cotton damask, the armchair in silk velvet, and the slipper chair in a Mongiardino style; the desk is Louis XV, the chandelier is Louis XIV, and the Persian rug from the 19th century is a family heirloom.

50 Styles in Blue and White

The living room in this Ibiza, Spain, home features a wood-beam ceiling, a wall treatment of sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beamed floor. Quilted Braquenié fabric was used for the custom Atelier Tapissier Seigneur sofa and matching curtains; a vintage Pierre Chapo Oeil cocktail table and an Alex Katz painting adorn the mantel.

Decorator Garance Aufaure's Paris apartment features a linen toile-covered dining room wall accented with ceramics by Moustiers. The blue linen custom curtains are a beautiful addition.

Sofas in Donghia patterned velvet, Le Manach silk velvet, and a round banquette topped with a French bronze sculpture from the 1940s can be found throughout this lively London townhouse filled with custom designs. Walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Cornforth White, and curtains are made of Jim Thompson silk.

A curtain provides privacy and a clean design transition between rooms in this industrial San Francisco loft. The polished concrete floors complement the custom-made bookcase and Odalisque I by Manuel Neri on the floor.

This Upper East Side home's master suite features blue walls and curtains that are a perfect match for the rest of the room's design. The armchairs are by Gianfranco Frattini from the 1950s, and the painting is by Friedrich Kunath.

Curtains in this Palm Beach home are a breathable, translucent beige, mirroring the transparency of a nearby glass chair by Jacques Adnet and René Coulon. Gae Aulenti designed the cocktail table popular in the 1970s, and Radu Comsa made the concrete wall plaques.

A vintage Ico Parisi sofa and Otto Schultz chairs upholstered in Clarence House fabric are set off by neutral curtains in the living room of a London townhouse. Vilhelm Lauritzen designed the lamp.

Light white curtains and leather club chairs inspired by postwar Scandinavian design brighten up the living room of a Long Island bachelor pad that has been renovated for family life.

Curtains in this New York City penthouse are made of a Pindler linen in a sunny mustard hue, and four mirrors hang above a mantel decorated in the Louis XVI style.

This Oakland, California residence has a foyer that leads to a living room with a blue color scheme and matching blue curtains. Benjamin Moore's White Dove and Stone Brown were used for the walls and ceiling, respectively.

Curtains in a white and gray color scheme complement the otherwise all-white decor of this Upper East Side apartment's makeover of traditional style. The marble table is from R. Patton, and the white chandelier is in the style of Diego Giacometti; the chairs are rustic Chinese in design. E Metal Relics

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