Bedroom curtains should feel both cosy and functional. Adding curtains can create a sense of softness and luxury to a bedroom, while also giving privacy and keeping light out when needed. We've combed through our archives and pulled out our favourite bedroom curtain ideas, ranging from functional ideas like sheer fabrics to let in light during the day, with block-out curtains layered over the top for bedtime, and eye-catching patterns, pelmets and trims.
Here are 16 looks to inspire...
1. Wrap around
Here curtains wrap around the whole room, making this bedroom a textured, cosy and decadent space.
The made-to-measure sofa bed was inspired by John Galliano’s love of the bias cut. The diagonal lines elongate its perfectly square two-metre dimensions.
2. Double layered
Opting for double layers is a popular solution with interior designers. A layer of voile lets in light during the day while still offering privacy, while a separate pair of black-out curtains can be drawn for bedtime.
‘If your current bedroom window treatment doesn’t give you complete blackout then consider investing in a good curtain maker who can create blackout lined curtains for a simple but effective treatment,’ advises Jo Littlefair, Co-Founder and Director of Goddard Littlefair.
‘Bedroom curtains have to be really practical as they don’t just have to look pretty but they must successfully block out the light – so be careful about shape and form and fabric choices. A blackout blind behind is sometimes needed,’ says Naomi Astley Clarke.
‘If you like to sleep in blackout, install full shades with side channels to avoid light leak. If you prefer to rise with the sun, unlined drapery works well,’ advises Anna Beeber, Partner at Champalimaud Design.
For something minimalist, light and loose, sheers will make a room feel light and airy while still giving enough privacy during the day.
See-through drapes give this loft apartment an ethereal, light and airy look.
These work for people who don't need complete darkness to sleep, and for rooms that already have some privacy – for example rooms that face private gardens rather than street facing rooms.
A pelmet is a decorative, often upholstered board fixed above a widow to cover up the curtain rod or fixtures.
Pelmets frame and adds structure to the drapes, and can either blend in using the same fabric, or be used to make a statement on their own.
In this bedroom design by Jo Berryman, the curtains match the bed canopy, creating a very cohesive look.
6. Wall to wall
In this architect's home, a single curtain is used along the whole width of the wall, rather than keeping to individual windows. The blush pink drapes soften the room, contrasting the raw concrete used in the bathroom.
7. Colour pop
Eyelet curtains in sunny yellow inject bold colour and vibrant energy into this bedroom.
The same curtains were used for the bedroom's dressing room, setting the tone and colour scheme.
8. Decorative trim
Giving curtains a decorative trim will create for a polished, interior-designed look. The fringed trim below is muted but textural, while a a strip of contrast fabric at the bottom lifts the scheme with a burst of raspberry velvet.
9. Bold pattern
When it comes to patterned curtains, the print makes all the difference. An aztec inspired print adds to the eclectic look in the bedroom below, tying the room together, while a toile de jouy fabric would give a bedroom a more traditional look, and a simple stripe or floral will result in an understated and timeless scheme.
Pinch pleat curtains are an elegant, classic, and timeless choice. Often used with simple fabrics, they look smart without distracting from the rest of the room.
Pinch pleated curtains essentially gather the pencil pleats into groups of two or more for a more decorative heading. This will work with most types of fabric, but bear in mind that the more pleats, the more fabric is needed and so increases the cost of the finished curtains.
Pencil or pinch pleats are the most traditional curtain heading and will work with all types of track and pole.
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For added volume, drama and grandeur, you could consider using extra long fabric that bunches up at the bottom. It's a hard look to get right, but when the fabric bunches up in just the right way, the effect is quite beautiful.
Lining the curtain with a bold colour on the outside, and a neutral colour on the inside will give tantalising snippets of colour when curtains move or are tied back.
It's a nice way of either introducing a contrast colour, or tying in with the existing colour scheme, without having to dive in with brightly coloured curtains.
13. Roman blinds
Roman blinds can create a very streamlined look, and crowning a Roman blind with a hanging piece of fabric – similar to a pelmet – with a matching trim will give it an even smarter look.
Tie-back curtains can be used to give volume, but here they were used with a more delicate fabric to create a light and ethereal look.
White curtains tipped in teal inject a burst of vibrant colour into this pared-back scheme.
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And last but not least, it's not only the 'grandma-chic' wallpaper, curtain fabric and furnishings that give Pearl Lowe's room a vintage feel, but the shape of the curtains too – complete with elaborate pelmet, ruched texture and a beaded trim.