6 Inspiring Curtain Ideas For Your Living Room

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Overwhelmed by the challenges of decorating your living room? Between choosing the right furniture, rugs, paint colors or wall décor, there’s a lot to think about.  

Don’t forget about your windows, though.  

Curtains play a critical role in the living room. They offer privacy, insulation and dramatically enhance a space. Since windows are often the focal point of a living room, it’s vital to ensure they stand out with the right set of curtains.

When selecting the perfect curtains for your living room, you need to consider how different materials, fabric weights or colors accentuate a window. Whether you’re aiming to design your living room for formal gatherings, casual entertaining or relaxing, you’ll want to make sure your window treatments reflect the style you want to achieve.

So, if you’re in need of some curtain inspiration, look no further! We’ve rounded up our six favorite curtain ideas for your living room.

6 Curtain Ideas For Your Living Room

First, determine your living room’s purpose. Are you looking to draw more light into the room and create a soothing sanctuary? Or perhaps you want to design a formal space to entertain guests? 

Curtains should match the look and feel you want in your room. Elaborate toile curtains will be out of place in a midcentury modern living room, but would be a grand statement in a traditional, formal sitting room.

Here are a few of our favorite curtain ideas for your living room. 

1. Layer Your Curtains

You can’t go wrong with layering curtains in the living room. This method is functional, practical and appealing to the eye, making it a winner in our books.

Layered Curtains

Layered curtains add depth to the windows and provide an extra layer of insulation that’s ideal for colder months. Panels can be opened up to allow more light into the room or shut for total privacy.   

This method also allows you to mix and match different colors or patterns, an ideal style for indecisive individuals.

To layer curtains properly, you’ll need to select the right combinations of fabrics, size and color. 

Learn how to layer your curtains like a pro.  

2. Hang Heavy Drapes

Drapes are perfect for adding an air of formality to your living room. They’re designed to stand out and make a statement in the room.  


Drapes are similar to curtains, but have thicker, higher-quality fabrics such as silk, damask or velvet. Draperies can block out light and sound but are primarily used for decoration, so we recommend not opening or closing them often.   

Also, note that some drapery fabrics are high-maintenance and require proper cleaning and care.  

Unsure if drapes are right for your living room? Learn more about the difference between curtains and drapes.  

3. Stick to Sheers

If you have large windows or floor-to-ceiling windows in your living room consider hanging sheer curtains as a standalone window treatment for a clean, smooth appearance.  

Sheer Curtains

Sheer panels invite tons of natural light into the room and brighten up the ambiance while still offering a generous amount of privacy. Plus, they’re modern in style and look elegant when hung.  

Sheer curtains are easy to care for, relatively inexpensive and available in a variety of soft colors (not just white, contrary to popular belief) to match your living room palette.  

You can even layer and overlap sheer panels together to enhance your windows and add more depth. Check out these unique sheer curtain setups for some inspiration:  

Sheer Curtains
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4. Hang Window Scarves

Window scarves can make your living room look and feel like a million dollars – without burning a hole in your wallet.  

Simply drape a window scarf (available at your favorite home décor retailers) or a sheer or lightweight fabric over and under a curtain rod to create a look that you love. Here are some creative window scarf ideas to accent your living room windows:

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This style is primarily for decoration, so we recommend using this technique on smaller windows or windows that don’t necessarily need to be covered. 

5. Have Fun With Color

Using colors like white, beige or gray may seem like a safe bet, but don’t be afraid to play with other colors.  

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Mixing bolder or brighter shades with more neutral ones can make your windows stand out, especially if your furniture or other décor is more muted in hue. Choose colors that are complementary or match specific aspects of your living room, like an accent chair, plant or light fixture.  

Vibrant curtains add depth and personality to your living room palette. However, be sure to proceed with caution and don’t opt for colors that overpower the room and distract away from other details.

6. Combine Curtains With Shades or Blinds

You may already have shades or blinds installed on your living room windows, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with curtains.  

Pairing shades with curtains can enhance your windows even further and offer additional light and privacy control.  

Curtains With Blinds

It’s important to choose curtains that are appropriate for your blinds; otherwise your windows will look messy and overwhelming.  

When choosing colors or patterns for the curtains, select ones that match or complement the wall color. It’s best to avoid using multiple patterns on the same window, but it can look artistic if done correctly, so proceed with caution.  

You’ll also need to consider how the blinds or shades operate to ensure it doesn’t inhibit the movement of the curtains. 

You can also use curtain accessories like finials or tiebacks to complete the look of your window décor.  

Hang Your Living Room Curtains in Minutes

You’ve already spent enough time picking the perfect look for your living room curtains. Don’t waste any more effort when it comes to hanging your curtains.   

With Kwik-Hang Curtain Rod Brackets, you can install your curtains in seconds without using any screws, drills or causing any wall damage. Align the brackets alongside your window trim, tap them in with a hammer and hang your curtains!  

These revolutionary brackets come in a variety of colors to match your décor and also support up to 20 pounds. Whether you’re hanging a whimsical window scarf or a set of luxurious velvet drapes, you can count on Kwik-Hang’s damage-free brackets to get the job done.

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