When decorating your bedroom, there are a lot of things to take into consideration, and one of these is definitely the curtains you choose for your bedroom windows.
Curtains are so important for a bedroom because they are one of the focal points of the room, and one of the first things you see when you enter the bedroom. Though it may seem a bit difficult to find some good, stylish bedroom curtains and drapes ideas, it’s not that hard actually.
There are millions of ways in which you can decorate your bedroom, and the only condition is that you also choose some suitable curtains, that will match the other elements of your bedroom.
If you agree with me about the importance of well-chosen curtains in a bedroom, you might be interested in seeing some bedroom curtains and drapes ideas, that you could use as a source of inspiration for your future bedroom decor.
But before taking a look at these ideas, I want to remind you some things to consider before choosing the right type of bedroom curtains or drapes.
Tips for choosing the right bedroom drapes
- Neutral colored curtains will last longer
This is because of sunlight, that will make strong colors fade much faster than lighter ones. Of course that if your bedroom is located in a part that doesn’t get much light, choosing a neutral color shouldn’t be a necessity, as a bright colored drape won’t fade very quickly.
But if your room does receive a lot of light, you should really consider going for a lighter shade. Besides, neutral colored curtains tend to blend much easier with any other elements, no matter what color these ones have.
If you’ve read some of my other posts, you may remember that this thing with neutral colors is not only available for curtains, but for many other elements from other rooms.
So, if you’re unsure about the color you want for your windows drapes, I really advise you to pick a lighter color, like beige, white, pale pink or others similar, they will make your bedroom look fresh and light.
- A heavier fabric will prevent the light from entering
As we’re talking about bedrooms, that’s quite an important aspect, because waking up early thanks to the sunlight isn’t exactly what you want on a Saturday morning.
In a bedroom, it’s really important to have some heavier curtains, that will prevent the morning light from entering your room and waking you up at 6 am. Unless you actually want this, of course.
So, if you want to get rid of the morning light in your bedroom, some good options would be to choose velvet, heavy silk or suede curtains, in other words, curtains made of solid, thicker materials. It’s true that these curtains will be a bit harder to handle, but I say your weekend sleep is worth it.
- High hanging curtains will make the room seem taller
That’s a great tip for people whose bedrooms are small and crowded. The trick is pretty simple, actually: the only thing you have to do is to hang your drapes higher than the window, making sure it’s still well covered.
You’re probably wondering “How high should curtains be hanged above the windows to give that sense of height in the bedroom?”, so I would say about 6-7 inches, that would be enough to create that feeling of taller room.
You can also hang them higher, especially if you want a striking aspect, and this will definitely attract all your visitors’ attention.
You can use this tip even if your bedroom is tall enough, because in my opinion, another thing it does is to create a modern, sophisticated atmosphere, that many people want in their bedrooms.
- Simple goes best with patterned
That’s a pretty famous thing already, as many of you probably know that, in order to make a room look good, you have to respect its colors and patterns.
In other words, if your bedroom’s walls, furniture or carpet are patterned, you shouldn’t overcrowd the decor, so some simple, solid drapes would be the perfect choice. On the contrary, if you have pretty simple elements, patterned curtains would be a great focal point in that discreet decor.
That’s a really simple tip, and the only thing you have to do is to check in which of these two categories you fit into.
These are the most important things you should know before deciding on a certain type of curtains or drapes for your bedroom. Now let’s get to a more interesting part, some practical bedroom curtains and drapes ideas that could work as a source of inspiration for you and help you understand better what style of curtains you want in your bedroom.
As usual, I will try to explain you why I chose each picture and what I like about it, giving you some advice about how and where that curtain type should be used.
Bedroom curtains and drapes ideas
That’s a classical picture of a small bedroom, whose real size is masked by the well-chosen light curtains. As I said, if your bedroom is smaller than your other rooms, there is not point trying to make it look sophisticated by using strong colors, simply because you have very little chances to succeed.
Actually, the best thing you can do is to decorate it using neutral colors, and the curtains are one of the elements that I’m referring to. If you look at this picture, you’ll immediately notice the light, soft curtains, that create a fresh atmosphere. They also manage to create the sense of more space, which is so important for this room, not to mention that they blend easily with all of the other elements.
As the window isn’t situated exactly in front of the bed, the penetrating light shouldn’t be a big problem, so a solid material isn’t necessary, it would only overcrowd the light atmosphere. That picture is the best example of what drapes you should choose for a small bedroom, so if this is your case, use it as a source of inspiration. 🙂
In this picture we have a different approach, as the drapes’ colors are stronger and brighter. Just like I said before, in order to make curtains blend with the decor, you have to pay attention at the other elements’ aspect.
As an example, take a look at this picture. The dominant colors are rather light (pale orange, yellow) and there are some patterns on the bed cover and on the pillows. What does this mean for us? That the curtains we choose should have a strong color (because of the neutral colors from the room), but also a solid one (because of the patterns that already exists there).
So, if you look at the curtains from this picture, you can see that they look right in this way. That dark green is a strong color, that attracts the attentions and can be considered a focal point, but it is also a solid, simple color, with no patterns.
I insisted on adding this picture because I wanted to show you that improvisations could actually work amazing. This Rustic bedroom is probably not the largest one I’ve seen, so obviously it needed light curtains that would allow the light to enter and make it look bigger.
However, the problem is that the room is located in a part where light could penetrate easily, so this could be disturbing in the morning. Going for heavy, darker curtains instead of these light ones would be a solution, but then the “spacious bedroom” feeling we created would disappear immediately.
Then what could we do? It seems that by gaining space, we’re losing the possibility to get as much light as we need.
Well, here comes a very ingenious solution: placing dark, heavy curtains at the edges, that can cover the lighter ones and get rid of the unwanted light in the morning. The light curtains remain in their place, maintaining that space sensation in the bedroom, so we don’t lose anything. Also, the presence of those dark drapes doesn’t affect the atmosphere, thanks to the existent light curtains.
So, everyone is satisfied. 🙂 In case you have a similar situation in your small bedroom, this could be an amazing solution for this problem.
Another example that patterned works best with solid. I won’t insist too much on this picture, I think we’ve already talked about a similar situation in the second image, I just want you to notice the combination between the patterned elements from the room and the curtains’ solid fabric.
If this solid fabric was replaced by a patterned material, it would give the feeling of overcrowded room and it would be too much visually, so if you have similar patterned elements in your bedroom, stick with a simple curtain material.
Though it’s probably not one of the most beautifully decorated bedrooms, I selected this picture because I wanted to show you what a difference some high hanging curtains can make.
When you look at this picture for the first time, doesn’t this bedroom look really tall? I say it does. But in fact it’s not really so, it’s true that it’s not a very small room, but it’s not a very tall one either.
The secret is the way in which the drapes are placed. As I said previously, hanging curtains higher than normal would make the room seem much taller than it is in reality, so I really advise you to take advantage of this tip if you dream about a tall, large bedroom.
I don’t know if it’s because of the colors, but I really love these drapes and the way they blend with the original decor. This is a more special example, because the curtains are patterned and, as you can see, we already have some other patterned elements in the room (the pillows, but also the paintings, which have a lot of colors).
Normally, too many patterns would overcrowd the room, making it seem small and heavy. But this case is different because these drapes and the bedroom’s elements manage to blend together, thanks to the similar patterns and colors they have. I suppose they were designed together, as it’s pretty hard to find curtains and pillows that have the exact same pattern.
Even so, there is no way I can say they don’t match, so if you’re not a huge fan of simple, few patterned elements in your bedroom, this picture is the best example that there are alternatives for a more complicated decor.
To sum up
When buying curtains for your bedroom, before you make any purchase, you should keep in mind that you have to choose something that blends with the other elements, made from a suitable fabric and of an adequate color.
These are the bedroom curtains and drapes ideas that I’ve found and that I consider the most appropriate. I really hope you liked my selection and if you have any questions about this topic, please leave a comment below and I will gladly answer you. 🙂
What type of drapes would you choose for your bedroom? Which of the curtains pictures did you like best?