35 Brilliant Curtain Ideas To Try In Your Living Room For An Elegant Look

Because plain curtains ≠ outstanding design.

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To use curtains or not to use curtains? That will forever be the question. With the right pattern and fabric, they have the power to completely switch up a room's aesthetic. If you're still undecided on the room accessory, take a look at these 35 living rooms that put fabric to good use. Revitalize your space with these colorful and elegant drapery options from the ELLE DECOR archives.

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Patterned Curtains

This Connecticut country house isn't afraid of color, and the patterned curtains are no exception. In the dining area, a table is surrounded by Indian cane chairs, the striped dhurries are by , and the armchair in the background and its fabric are by Robshaw for Duralee.

Richard Powers
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Matching Curtains And Furniture

In the living room of a weekend home in Bridgehampton, New York, designed by , the custom sofa is upholstered in a fabric and the same linen is used for both the curtains and the armchair.

James Merrell
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Silk Curtains

Custom designs fill this vibrant London townhouse, including sofa covered in a Donghia patterned velvet, another upholstered in a Le Manach silk velvet, and a round banquette, which is topped with a 1940s French bronze sculpture. The curtains are of a Jim Thompson silk, and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Cornforth White.

Ricardo Labougle
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Curtain Room Divider

In an industrialist San Francisco loft, a curtain is used to divide the living area, offering privacy and a simple design transition between the rooms. The bookcase is a custom design, the sculpture on the floor is by and the floors are polished concrete.

William Abranowicz
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Neutral Curtains

In the Manhattan living room of interior designer Frank de Biasi and textile artist Gene Meyer, the curtains are of a John Rosselli linen that gives the otherwise eclectic room a more grounded look.

Simon Upton
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Sheer Curtains

A glam-meets-grit Illinois home uses sheer curtains to accessorize an otherwise stark space.

Cynthia Lynn
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Monochromatic Curtains

In the master suite of an Upper East Side home, the curtains in this monochromatic blue room perfectly match the decor. The armchairs is a 1950s Gianfranco Frattini design and the painting is by Friedrich Kunath.

Simon Upton
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Red Striped Curtains

In a historic English estate with modern accents, jovial red curtains of a brighten the living room. The walls are painted in Tablecloth by and the artwork above the mantel is by .

Simon Upton
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Airy Curtains

The breathy, translucent beige curtains in this Palm Beach apartment echo the lucid nature of a nearby glass chair by and René Coulon. The 1970s Italian cocktail table is by and the concrete wall plaques are by Radu Comsa.

Richard Powers
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Montana christmas home living room
Rustic Curtains

In a ski house designed by at Montana's Yellowstone Club, the living room is stylishly trimmed with curtains of a alpaca. The barnwood cocktail table is a custom design and the side table is by .

Douglas Friedman
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Neutral Patterned Curtains

The lively patterned curtains in this living room add a playful yet sophisticated touch to a glamorous São Paulo duplex, evoking the same collected spirit as the Moroccan Berber rug and the Jean Prouvé chair by .

Ricardo Labougle
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Subtle Curtains

In her Pacific Palisades home, designer chose bold artwork with a painting by Gottfried Helnwein, but paired it with subtle, cloud-white curtains. The silk rug is from . The French doors open to the terrace.

Trevor Tondro
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Gray Curtains

In a Danish couple's black-and-white weekend retreat, gray curtains are a striking accent to the monochromatic color scheme. The patterned rug is by and the floor lamp is Achille and Pier Castiglioni's Arco for .

Wichmann + Bendtsen
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True Red Curtains

When Jeffrey Bilhuber decorated this home in Tuxedo Park, New York, the vibrant red curtains were original to the house. The same touches of red can be found in the pillows, which are covered in a velvet ikat and a silk floral.

William Waldron
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Tan English Curtains

In the living room of a London townhouse, neutral curtains add a bout of English elegance to the space, which is furnished with a vintage sofa by Ico Parisi and Otto Schultz chairs covered in a fabric. The light fixture is by .

Ricardo Labougle
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Bright Yellow Curtains

A pop of sunny yellow brightens an otherwise neutral living room in Todd Alexander Romano's home, in which the curtains are of a silk taffeta from . It's the perfect contrast to the charcoal vintage sofa, upholstered in a velvet.

William Abranowicz
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Bohemian Linen Curtains

In the living room of Evan and Ku-Ling Yurman's TriBeCa apartment, curtains of a Kravet linen add to the airy, bohemian aesthetic of the room. The neutral hues of the curtains are echoed by an Iranian rug from .

William Waldron
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Light And Breezy Curtains

In a dreamy Hamptons summer home, curtains of a linen lend a breezy whisper to a beachy aesthetic, completed with a library sofa by and artwork by .

Björn Wallander
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Patterned Curtains

In an East Hampton home decorated by , the living room's patterned curtains are of a fabric, which are situated adjacent to more muted furnishings — a sofa and club chairs by , an ottoman by , covered in a leather, and early-19th-century Louis XVI-style armchairs upholstered in a cotton.

Thomas Loof
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Statement Curtains

In the living room of a New Jersey mansion designed by Nannette Brown, a fabric is used for both the curtains and the custom-made sofa. The rug is by , and the drawing over the sofa is by Catherine Jansens.

Mikkel Vang
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Contrasting Yet Cohesive Curtains

In this Manhattan townhouse, Quadrille fabric curtains with just a touch of blue play off the bold turquoise walls, painted in C2 Paint Luxe in . The sofa and club chair, both by , are covered in wools.

Eric Piasecki
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Ombré Curtains

silk curtains with a custom ombré dye add a lively spirit to this dramatic New York City apartment.

William Waldron
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Flowery Curtains

In designer Penny Morrison's Welsh country home, the living room curtains are of a linen print by . The fuchsia tones echo the pink hues throughout the space without distracting from the rich green walls.

Miguel Flores-Vianna
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Plaid Curtains

In a Paris apartment owned by a Middle Eastern princess, curtains of a fabric and striped wallpaper by create a patterned, yet cohesive space.

Simon Upton
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Effortless White Curtains

In a Long Island bachelor pad that was updated to accomodate family life, airy white curtains in the living room are juxtaposed with leather club chairs based on postwar Scandinavian designs.

Joshua McHugh
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Cheery Floral Curtains

Yellow is the cherry hue of this Houston home's living room walls, which are delightfully accented with curtain fabric by Brunschwig & Fils. The floor lamp is by Paul Ferrante and the side table is George III.

Eric Piasecki
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Elegant And Tall Curtains

In a sophisticated London townhouse, beige curtains set the stage for a custom sofa upholstered in a silk and cast-terrazzo stools by .

Ricardo Labougle
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Mustard Yellow Curtains

The mustard yellow curtains in this New York City penthouse are of a linen; a quartet of mirrors hang over a Louis XVI mantel.

William Waldron
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Stately Curtains

Neutral curtains with braided trim juxtapose with this Houston home's vibrant red hues. The sofa and ottoman are covered in a linen velvet and the cane chair and cocktail table once belonged to the wife's grandfather.

Eric Piasecki
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Neat Blue Curtains

A foyer opens to a blue-tinted living room, which features crisp blue curtains, in this Oakland home. The walls are painted in and the ceiling in , both by .

Björn Wallander
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