The best ideas for bedroom curtains consider the mood you want to create, the color palette of the room and the size and shape of the window or windows you are covering. Bedroom curtains add privacy and provide an additional opportunity for a design element in the bedroom. Consider options from gauzy sheers to light-blocking canvas to get the most out of your bedroom curtains.
The length of your curtains makes a big impact on the feel of the room. Floor-length curtains aren't just for tall windows; use them to make a room seem dramatic, and to make short ceiling seem taller. Hang them within several inches of the top of the ceiling, regardless of where the top of the window is. Allow them to brush the floor or even pool slightly for a romantic effect. A bold color or dramatic pattern can be surprising in an otherwise neutral room. Try acid yellow floor-length curtains in a chic, warm gray bedroom. Or, go with a zebra printed version in a tween girl's room with a pink or purple wall covering.
A cafe rod with cotton half-curtains is a casual look suitable for a summer cottage, while a satin and wool blend complete with valances would fit the finest hotel room. Keep in mind the level of formality you want your bedroom to convey when choosing a style. You might prefer a simple poppy red canvas with loops at the top exposing an iron curtain rod with sweet hardware for a simple, stylish bedroom in white, red and green, while a yellow ruffled balloon curtain suits a period bedroom with an antique four-poster bed and an ornate dresser and vanity. You can also choose a curtain that contrasts with the formality of the rest of the room, to keep it dynamic -- consider a floor-length black silk curtain in a clean-lined bedroom with white walls, wood floors and unobtrusive furniture. Add contemporary art in black frames and the curtains will inhabit the space naturally.
Consider using multiple layers of curtains. You can also layer curtains over shades. Mix floral and plaid patterns, colors and weights of drapes to create options for a variety of light-blocking properties and daytime looks. Try bamboo shades with yellow sheers, and a modern yellow, orange and black floral print in a heavier fabric outside. For an eclectic country feeling, add a valance in a plaid in the same color scheme. Layering works in formal rooms also; a heavy velvet in a dark color might comprise the outermost layer, with a satin layer next in a slightly lighter color and a lightweight fabric against the window. Layering curtains also adds warmth to homes where winters are cold, saving on heating expenses.
Custom curtains can be expensive but ensure that you get a fit that is just right for your room. Standard sizes are available in home decorating stores; they are less expensive and allow you to imagine and implement your ideas yourself. Be certain to take careful measurements if you go the pre-made route.
Using curtains to accent your bedroom decor is a sure way to beautifully update your space.