To use curtains or not to use curtains? That will forever be the question. Choosing curtains is often an overlooked design decision, but it can really make or break a space. Get inspired to find the perfect pair for your living room by browsing these photos of 50 elegant designs.
It's important to consider the amount of sunlight a room gets when selecting the color of your curtains. If the room gets a lot of light, it's best to avoid bright colors, since they tend to fade faster.
Just because you have a statement wall, doesn't mean you can't have a vibrant curtain as well. In this blue living room, the almost-matching curtains complement the already bold space, while adding a textural element for depth.
These bright curtains channel our favorite summer fruits, adding to the quirky and vibrant decor of the space. The curtains are made from a thicker fabric, which is ideal if you're looking to darken the space or cool it down.
In actress Minnie Driver's Hollywood home, the living room has a generous dose of vintage fabrics and patterns. The curtains and the shades come in complementary colors, and almost-matching patterns, which add a dynamic twist without overwhelming the already pattern-filled room. While the shades are heavy and designed to block sunlight, the curtains remain sheer and airy.
In Walt Disney's former Palm Springs pad, an Art Deco vibe is achieved through a whimsical trove of color, with fun geometric curtains that match the other pops in the clean white space.
When designing a home, designer Sasha Bikoff looks to nature to create softer palettes. "If you revert back to nature and see how all those colors work together organically, you can easily apply them to a space as well," she notes. This impressionist-style living room is light and whimsical, just like a garden.
The youthful floral chairs, on-trend art, and minimalist white walls in this Manhattan home lend a modernist vibe, which is perfectly balanced by vintage, rich beige curtains.
This moody Russian living room uses minimal color and maximum pattern to achieve a dark, modern vibe. The curtains are made with rich, silky fabrics, with a pattern that accents the small touches of ornate decor.
In the living area of interior designer Kimille Taylor’s apartment on New York’s Upper West Side, the sofa is upholstered in a mohair, the vintage chairs are covered in a cotton, the lounge chair is by , and the cocktail table and wooden lamp are ; the midcentury secretary is French, the chandelier is by , the curtains are of a satin, the rug is by and the photograph is by .
In the library of a Parisian home, the sofa is upholstered in a cotton damask, the armchair is covered in a silk velvet and the slipper chair is based on a ; the desk is Louis XV, the chandelier is Louis XIV and the 19th-century rug is Persian.
In a Long Island home, the family room’s custom furnishings include a sofa upholstered in a fabric, a tufted sofa in a weave, a leather ottoman and a pair of armchairs covered in a linen blend; the 1950s cerused-oak side table and 19th-century copper lantern are French, the curtains are of a fabric and the wallpaper is by .
In a colorful Manhattan apartment, the vintage Milo Baughman sofa is in a velvet and a pair of 1970s chairs are in a velvet. The cocktail table and floor lamp are by , the side tables are by , and the pillows and rug are by . The portraits are by Kimberly Brooks.
In an Ibiza home, local-limestone floors covered in custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina, walls in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room. Custom sofas by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains in a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.
In the great room of Cathryn Collins' home, a row of French doors affords panoramic views of the Hudson Valley. The couple’s French spaniel, Georgie, rests on a custom velvet sofa. Collins purchased the antique console, wooden chest, and wingback chairs on trips to Italy. The 19th-century limestone columns are from New Delhi, the custom lanterns and laurel reed–and-leather rug are from Morocco, the pendant above the sofa was fashioned from an antique Italian tole lantern, and the curtains are of a .
At the 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Palm Beach, designer Nick Olsen anchored an eclectic modernist sitting room with Sonateet Claire de Lune, a dreamy Lurçat tapestry from the 1940s inspired by the Debussy piece. The bright yellow curtains pick up the pale sunny tones in the tapestry.
The dining room walls in designer Garance Aufaure's Paris home are sheathed in a linen toile and hung with a collection of Moustiers ceramics. The custom curtains are of a blue linen.
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.
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.
Custom designs fill this vibrant London townhouse, including a 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.
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.
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.
A glam-meets-grit Illinois home uses sheer curtains to accessorize an otherwise stark space.
In the master suite of an Upper East Side home, the curtains in this monochromatic blue room perfectly match the decor. The armchairs are a 1950s Gianfranco Frattini design and the painting is by Friedrich Kunath.
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 .
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.
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 .
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 .
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 .
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.
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 .