Curtain Crazy: 11 Interiors Draped To Perfection
Whether it's a transparent veil which allows the light to flow gently into your home or a thick shroud of satin which blocks out the world beyond, no home is complete without the proper curtains.
The sheer variety of colour, width, texture, material, transparency or opacity makes them every decorator's dream. Curtains are also one of the few items in a home which serve dual, almost contradictory purposes: functional and aesthetic when closed, functional and aesthetic when open. Regardless of whether the light is being admitted or prevented, these simple window-coverings look beautiful fulfilling either role.
Best of all they're easy to replace (unlike painting a wall or installing a new bathtub), so home owners such as yourself can remain up-to-date with the latest trends—or even set your own.
Here are 11 examples of draped curtain which may inspire you to change those antiquated rags for something more fresh and exciting.
1) A Delicate Touch
Thinly-woven, sheer white curtains lend this bold interior a gentler quality, balancing out the vivid reds with an airy and subtle side.
2) Exotic & Alluring
Unlike the Victorian delicacy of the first example, these sheer black curtains evoke a sense of desire. Their dark colour and thin weave are seductive, opening onto a bedroom with similar tonal elements—all of which imbues this interior with an erotic charge.
3) Curving Contours
A great way to make these coverings pop is to change their trajectory from two-dimensional to 3D. Here, placing them on a curved path allows for depth of perspective instead of the usual flat plane.
4) The Embodiment Of Luxury
Nothing says extravagant better than wall-to-wall silver curtains. Thick satin with darker shades between the folds, these curtains not only complement the rich whites of the floor, walls, and ceiling—they dominate the whole room with their sumptuous shimmer.
5) Layers Of Beauty
One of the most versatile features of curtains is their use of layers. Here, we have the thicker front sections drawn and tied to either end, allowing their parted center to reveal a transparent back portion through which we can glimpse the city.
The result is two-fold: most of the distracting light is prevented from entering, but it still gives us a pleasant hint of what lies beyond.
6) Colour Coordination
Not all curtains have to be front and center or steal focus from other objects.
These ones work with the room, using their white and brown colours to match those of the walls, furniture and chandelier, achieving cohesion rather than dominance.
7) Pretty In Pink
Kids prefer fun to luxury or aesthetics. Here, the pink flavoring of the curtains adds some welcome joy and energy to this little girl's room, complementing the palette on the walls and closet.
Bright, bouncy and cheerful—what curtains should be like in every child's room.
8) Bouncing Blues
Blue has long been associated with feelings of sadness and depression. Not in this case.
Here, the vivid blue curtains stimulate and electrify our senses, creating an atmosphere that's purely festive. Along with the spherical chandelier that resembles a disco-ball, striped blue bedsheets, and the ocean-coloured back wall, these curtains keep the room casual and lighthearted.
9) Deluxe Dreams
In a bedroom that epitomizes luxury and extravagance, these thick satiny curtains are an impeccable fit. Their glossy folds and creases immediately draw the eye while their dark, seductive colouring matches the dusky eroticism of the walls and floor.
10) Tattered Beauty
Eclectic decor deserves eclectic curtains.
In this example, the flimsy window-covering allows a generous amount of light to pass through and produces a dazzling visual effect, like a theater projector screening a movie. The thinness of the material also makes the curtains appear tattered while its gray and white colouring blends perfectly with the surrounding neutral palette.
11) Precious Metals
Clean layouts, limited colours, and luxurious materials—these two interiors by Absolook know how to use curtains to make a room pop.
Here, the gold and silver window-drapings lend these rooms a sumptuous quality. They exude class and elegance without being overpowering, and while the foremost layers block unwelcome light, when parted to the side their transparent background layers enable the room to be naturally illuminated.