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Last Updated on April 9, 2024 by Tom

Choosing The Best Bedroom Curtains: Tips And Tricks

Bedroom curtains are such an important factor in the room as they can control how much light is let in and the feel of the bedroom. So take this into account before you change your curtains.

There is a wide range of bedroom curtains to choose from but it is a product that many people tend to forget about when they update their home. You can have different styles, different lengths, different colours, different fabrics and different fittings. It is essential that you look at all the options to find what will suit your space the best. 

We are here to give you a helping hand when it comes to choosing bedroom window curtains.

You can find everything you need to know, about how to choose curtains for your bedroom, below.

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Types of curtains

Shopping for curtains isn't as simple as picking the first pair you come across, there needs to be some consideration. The first step to finding curtains for your bedroom is choosing the type of curtains you want. Bedroom curtains design can suit different aesthetics or have different purposes.

Sheer: Also known as voiles – this type of curtain is a modern take on net curtains. However, it has a woven, smooth finish. It is such an elegant and delicate type that looks beautiful in a minimalist bedroom.

Eyelet: The eyelet type has hoops in the top of the curtains which thread onto a pole. They tend to be cheap curtains for bedroom, compared with others. It is a common choice and a good place to start if you are unsure of what style to go for.

White curtains next to a window

Pleat: Pleated curtains are a classy, uniform and tailored choice. There is an option for a pencil pleat or pinch pleat, along with many other variations of a pleat. Each variation changes the way the curtains drape down.

Blackout: If you are someone who sleeps best in a pitch-black bedroom, then blackout curtains are the one for you. Some choices even have the advantage of keeping the room warm too. Don't worry, just because they are blackout it doesn't mean you can't have them in gorgeous colours.

This is only a handful of the types of curtains – there is a wider range to update your bedroom with, but these are some of the favoured choices.

How to choose curtain colour

Next step, you need to decide on the colour of the curtains. If you have already got a colour scheme in place or a specific design idea then you can work with that. Aside from that, you will need to think about the overall feel you want to achieve. 

Are you wanting curtains to close the space to make it more cosy and snug? Pick dark colours. Would you rather have ones that will open the space to make it light and airy? Pick neutral colours. Are you going for a modern design or a Scandi aesthetic? Keep it simplistic.

These are the questions you need to ask yourself to make sure you are ticking all the boxes for your curtain selection.

Curtain rod close up

Best bedroom curtains

Depending on the bedroom you have, it will alter your view of the curtains and which ones you prefer. We will give you some suggestions for particular bedrooms that can give you initial ideas for curtains.

Master bedroom – bedroom curtain ideas

The master bedroom is the biggest bedroom in the house so you will want it to look the best and ideally feel snug. We would recommend dark colours if you want to feel super comfy, like navy blue or charcoal grey. Alternatively, light-coloured curtains would look effortless in a master bedroom. There is a look of freedom with a master bedroom because you have a lot of space to play around with.

Small bedroom – bedroom curtain ideas

When it comes to small bedroom curtains, you need to think more carefully about them because they will have more of an impact on the space. We would definitely suggest light-coloured curtains and long lengths. Neutral colours like beige, cream or blush can help reflect the light around the bedroom rather than absorbing it. A simple eyelet design will work perfectly in a smaller room, but allow space for them to drape down. It is best to hang them as high as you can to create the illusion of height which will make the room seem bigger.

Modern bedroom – bedroom curtain ideas

Curtains for modern bedroom designs tend to be sleek, chic and stylish. Modern bedrooms often use a monochromatic scheme so you can freely pick any shade that will complete the look you want for your room. Once you know the effect that different colours have, you can easily decide what is best. 

As for the style, pinch pleats are becoming popular and will be a lovely touch to your bedroom ideas. They have a relaxed feel to them, yet, they bring sophistication into a room. The depth of the folds will look even more incredible with top-quality fabrics.

Kids' bedroom – bedroom curtain ideas

You can have fun with the choice of curtains in a kids' room because they will want some exciting patterns. The curtains can be playful and based on their interests. It can be a good idea to look for curtains that are also blackout and thermal to ensure they keep the light out and the heat in. This can keep their bedroom in optimal sleeping conditions.

Top tips

1) For smaller bedrooms, it is worth using longer curtains to give the illusion of higher ceilings because it will extend the feel of the vertical space.

2) We suggest using soft colours for smaller rooms. It helps to fill the space with as much light as possible to make the room open and airy. Using dark colours will saturate the light instead to give a cosier feel.

3) Longer curtains should hang ever so slightly off the floor for ease of drawing and opening them. Even if it is just a centimetre or two.

4) Curtains should be hung from within 8 inches of the top of the window. You could even hang them directly from the ceiling.

5) Curtain width should be twice the size of the window width, so keep this in mind when you are measuring.

Black curtains in a room


Discover all the possible curtain ideas for bedroom makeovers. The curtains in a bedroom can really make all the difference. So, you should take away the steps for finding the right ones. Look for the type you want, pick a colour, measure up your windows, and combine all three to know what you are searching for. You will have all the information you need instead of aimlessly browsing.

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