5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Drapes For Your House

A couch in front of a window with drapes in a room.

Redecorating a new room or moving into a new space can make anyone release their inner Marie Kondo. But we often overlook drapes as a part of the design. As long as the neighbors don’t see us but we could spy on them, we’re fine. But your curtains should hold a lot more weight than just a means to an end.

curtains are a great way to transform the look, feel and function of a room. Choosing the right curtains for any space can be the difference between drab and amazing. Here are some tips to help you get the best drapes and get the best out of them.

Consider the Space the Drapes Will Go

There’s a temptation to use the same drapes for all the rooms in the house. But specific drapes can really transform a room, and not for the better. For instance, a small room outfitted with thick, heavy curtains that reach the floor can make the room feel smaller.

Those same drapes can make a large room feel even more spacious. Bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms each need different drapes. For example, bathroom curtains should be smaller, providing the right mix of privacy and light.

A bedroom with drapes and a dresser.

Hang them high: Your room gets amazing length when you hang your drapes a few centimeters above the windows.

Let there be light… or not

Consider how much light comes through the window, and how much you want to let in. Choosing the wrong drapes can change both the look and feel. Sheer curtains, while making the room feel light, may bring in too much sunlight. Whereas heavier drapes may block light out altogether, killing the mood. If the goal is managing sunlight, get a light filtering or blackout drape in the style you choose.

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A window with wood paneling and drapes.

Be mindful of the purpose of the room

What will the room be used for? Setting up drapes require you to think about use as well as style. For instance, long velvet curtain may not be ideal for a room with pets and small children. You may end up with unnecessary cleaning and repair bills. In rooms perfect for relaxing, find the right mix of fabric to bring in a warm sunset. If sleep and privacy are a priority, blackout drapes or darker, heavier fabric works best.

A cat sits on a counter in a kitchen, near drapes.

The right fabric for the right climate

Weather is an important factor when selecting the curtain for windows. Long, insulated curtains help keep rooms warm during winter nights. They also help with the heating bill. Whereas thermal curtains work best during the summer. If the room tends to overheat, thermals can save money on cooling bills too. In essence, you may need different drapes to deal with changing seasons. Although both types are pricier than conventional drapes, they are an amazing, long-term investment.

A bedroom with white bed and drapes.

Color matters more than you think

A Home goods Survey found 40% of persons could improve their mood with just a pop of color. So choosing the right color for your drapes could help you de-stress. The same color of drapes as the walls or furniture can make the room feel boring. Your space should not feel like a hospital room. Use the color palette and find a complementary color for windows curtain. On the flip side, is the room is busy, filled with different patterns and designs? Then a monochrome drape can bring some much-needed balance to a wild space.

Create an Awesome Focal Wall

A bed in a room with drapes and a picture on the wall.


Getting the right drapes for your home does not need to be difficult. Think about the room. What do you want to feel? A light, airy curtain can make a space warm and inviting. A long, heavy drape creates a royal feel. You don’t need to settle for style alone. Drapes can set the mood while managing sunlight and keeping the room at a great temperature. It may feel like an oversight but the right set can serve you well for years and years.

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