How to Choose Curtains for a Living Room?

How to Choose Curtains for a Living Room?

26 December 2022

When choosing curtains for your living room there are a few things to consider. You will want to take into consideration wall color, seasonality, header styles (more formal vs less formal rooms), and liners.

Having functional and well-designed window treatments can have a significant impact on how a home looks and feels. Curtains have the ability to set the tone of a room. The possibilities are endless, from light and breezy sheer fabrics to substantial, ornamental, and opaque fabrics, and from solid colors to prints. With so many options available, it's easy to become overwhelmed when choosing curtains for your living room.

Here are a few quick tips to help you choose curtains for your living room.


Determine the Length

When it comes to how the curtains should hit the floor, there are three styles to choose from:



In this style, the curtains are suspended above the floor. This is common in less formal or casual settings. It is commonly used when the floor is carpeted or when you want your curtain to meet your window sill. 



This style is the most popular style. It is used when you want to achieve a crisp and polished look. It is made so that the bottom hem of your curtain perfectly meets your floor.



Choose the puddle look for a formal and/or traditional setting. This style has a "puddle" of up to six inches of fabric on the floor. A puddle will create a regal and elegant feel when used and add a touch of drama and sophistication to your space.


Tip: The higher and wider you hang the curtains, the wider your walls and the taller your ceiling will appear, creating the illusion of a larger room.

Determine the Width

There are two things to consider when determining the width of your curtains and they are fullness and the number of panels you want per window. You can have a single panel for a window or, more commonly, you can have split panels for a window. Split panels are the most common because you will have a panel on either side of the window symmetrically framing the window. 


There are three styles we like to refer to when considering curtain fullness and they are: flat, full, very full. A flat style means that when your curtains are drawn closed they lay completely flat and the panel(s) are the width of the window. A full style means that the curtains are a total of 1.5x the width of your window. A very full style means that the curtains are a total of 2x the width of your window. Panels that are full and very full look ample when closed. 


Tip: To give your windows the illusion that they are much wider, extend the curtain rod 4 to 6 inches beyond the window frame.


Choose the Curtain Fabric Liner


At Decoberry, we offer different options for light blocking and filtering. You can choose to have no liner, a light-filtering cotton liner, a 95% Blackout liner, or a 100% Blackout Liner. For the living room, we recommend a light-filtering liner or no liner. Light-filtering window treatments diffuse sunlight and soften the light coming into a room. The light-filtering fabric also gives the curtain a polished and finished look to them. Curtains with no liner are frequently used in situations where you want a sheer look or the curtains are being used for solely decorative purposes. 

Choose the Design


Curtains at Decoberry come in various patterns such as floral, abstract, stripes, paisley, and many more. You can opt for a neutral theme by choosing a shade of white, beige, or gray. Alternatively, you can go for colorful designs that complement the theme of your decor and the color of your walls. If your walls have warmer undertones, choose a design with a warmer tint like beige; if your walls have cool undertones, choose white or gray tones. Visit our custom range of curtains to find the right fit for your decor style.


Side Note: It's best to get physical samples to ensure that the tint, tone, or shade of your curtain material coordinates with the other decor of your room. 


Choose the Header Style

Now that you've narrowed down the fabric's design, you can choose a header style from the many options available on the Decoberry custom website. For a formal living room we recommend the pleated header styles. For a more casual look, rod pocket or back tab headers are great. 



Pick the Curtain Hardware

A curtain rod is more than just a functional piece of hardware; it can add visual interest and help dress up your windows. Curtain rods are available in a variety of materials and styles, such as single or double if you want to layer thicker panels with sheers. Wood, brass, iron, and brushed nickel are just a few of the popular materials. Finials are the two caps on either end of the rod that help define its style; they come in ornate, more traditional shapes as well as sleek, streamlined modern designs.


Decoberry curtains will enhance the style of your home. Our premium curtains will add a touch of luxury to any space and they will make your house feel like a home. They're ideal for accessorizing any room in your home. Looking for a chic way to refresh your home's decor? Look no further than Decoberry's stunning custom curtains. Our Custom Curtains are handcrafted from the highest quality materials and can be tailored to match your pillows and drapes. We're confident that with over 150 designs to choose from, we'll have the perfect look for your home. Stay tuned for more!