15 best living room curtain ideas

Thomas Leaf

While buying furniture for your living room may be your main concern, there are plenty of other crucial design elements to consider – and window treatments are definitely not something to overlook. When it comes to curtains, the possibilities seem endless. But since they come in every style and in different price ranges, you can really create a look that suits your aesthetic and budget.

From semi-sheer white curtains to patterned-edge blackout curtains to vibrant botanical curtains (which you might even consider hanging on a wall without a window!), we’ve rounded up our favorite designer-approved living room curtain ideas to get you began. After a quick read through these designs, you’ll have a vision in mind. Then you can start shopping for the best places to buy curtains. Oh and once you get your hands on them, check out our guide to hanging curtains for a quick and smooth installation.

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For a cohesive look, match the pattern of your curtains to some of the furniture and accessories in your living room. In this Ashley Whittaker-designed space, thin striped curtains complement striped chairs and cushions of a similar line design and color combination.

Brighten up your windows — or walls, as Eliza Crater Harris, Sister Parish Design’s chief creative officer, did in her living room — with a vibrant botanical print. Many of these patterns come in a variety of colors to match your aesthetic, including the Titania fabric you see here.

The easiest way to give your living room an airy, bright look is with sheer or semi-sheer white curtains. The airy treatment can even help soften the line between indoors and outdoors, as in this space decorated by David Mann.

Instead of buying a solid color, consider buying curtains with a simple abstract design. At designer Ariene Bethea’s North Carolina home, she incorporated these blue-and-white curtains with what looks like brushstrokes from Martha & Ash watercolors. It’s intriguing but not overwhelming.

Warm stark white walls and bold furniture with off-white curtains, as designer Andrew Brown did in the living room of this Alabama home. Make them work twice as hard by placing sleek bookshelves in them so that the curtains double as a backdrop for an attractive decor.

Linen fabric with teal and gold accents is an exception option for curtains in a colorful beach house. To ensure the owners of this Nantucket cottage could enjoy some privacy while basking in natural light, designer Kevin Isbell hung them about a quarter of the way down and on the inside of the window frame.

Ombré curtains provide a very smooth transition from one color to another, which can give your living room the pop of color it needs without being too in your face. The curtains in this Los Angeles home designed by Peti Lau almost mimic a rushing waterfall.

Set against classic blue grasscloth wallpaper and white trim, the soft blue curtains in this room from designer Heather Hilliard add elegance. The floral sofa and green Lucite coffee table are reminiscent of the natural environment of the California home.

Cream fringed curtains brighten up the living room in this Bahamian home from designer Matthew Carter. The pale pink walls in Benjamin Moore’s Precocious and botanical prints enhance the room’s tropical yet elegant vibe.

Pale gray curtains are the perfect backdrop for a chic living room filled with sleek furnishings and sprinkled with metallic and velvet accents. Add a bit of checkered trim to both ends of the curtains for a distinctive touch.

Designed by designer Thom Filicia, this room features black curtains with a cream trim at the bottom. They are ideal for creating a moody, modern look in any space.

If you’re having a hard time choosing between two curtain colors, why not try them both? A color block design allows you to use one main color and the other as a smaller border along the top or bottom, like this subtle neutral color option in a small living room designed by Studio DB.

Make a subtle impression on your living room with curtains that match the color of your walls, as designer Phillip Thomas did in this Upper East Side apartment. The bright red curtains match perfectly with walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Ladybug Red with a high-gloss finish, giving them a slight softness.

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