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The 4 best traditional curtains we’ve found for your living room

Your entire living room can come alive with a personality, style, and color all its own when you decorate with traditional curtains. However, that’s such a broad category that it can be tough to know where to start when it comes to selecting the right curtain for your living room.

As you probably know already, drapes and curtains don’t all look the same. There are a wide variety of colors, patterns, lengths, and more. Custom drapes can be outrageously expensive, while some curtain panels can be pretty affordable.

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We’ve scoured the market to find our favorite traditional curtains for every kind of window and need imaginable. Whether you need room-darkening panels for a living room-turned-weekend-movie-theater or delicate panels for an airy feel, we have you covered.

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Myra Room Darkening Curtain Panels

These curtains show off when it comes to both style and function. These room-darkening curtains from Lavish Home provide plenty of privacy at night and block out the sun during daylight hours, perfect for movie screenings or midday naps (we won’t judge). While some room-darkening curtains look utilitarian or stuffy, we love the simple elegance of the design and colors, and how well they fit with nearly any color or decor scheme.

Thermalogic Weathermate Cotton Fabric Tab Panels

These curtains give off an air of delicacy and grace and – though some might consider them a bit on the artistic side – they’re also incredibly functional. They’re great at helping to maintain the privacy of your home, and short enough to accommodate small windows of nearly any size. Plus, the panels are made of 100% cotton and they’re machine-washable. What could be better?

Best Home Fashion Tulle Overlay Star Cut Out Blackout Curtains

These blackout-style curtains have cute star-shaped cutouts, which gives them a bit of a playful feel; shut them during the day, and the tulle overlay will make the curtains look like you’ve got a glittering field of stars splashed across your window! With that said, you don’t need to worry about any privacy issues, as the inner layer of the curtains are opaque and can block the view just fine. These curtains are the perfect choice for someone looking to add a bit of whimsy to their living room.

Thermalogic Weathermate Grommet Double Width Curtain

Did you know curtains can enhance your home’s energy efficiency? These curtains from Thermalogic come with a thermal backing, designed to insluate your living room and keep cold air out and warm air in. The simple silhouette of these curtains, coupled with the grommets along the top, ensure that these curtains aren’t only efficient with energy, but with design impact as well. As a bonus, they’re also 100% cotton and machine-washable.

Make sure you have the right size

Remember that when it comes to traditional curtains in a living room, size matters. A rule of thumb is that they need to be about double the width of your window. That’s true, even if you generally keep them open. If you want a more modern look, your curtains should barely skim the floor, but if you want something more elegant, they need to be a bit longer.

Window treatments are an essential part of any home interior design, but with so many options on the market, narrowing them down can feel like a hopeless feat. Whether you’re looking for a blend of style and function, room-darkening curtains for cozy nights in, or something that makes a statement, our list of favorite curtains has something for everyone.

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