White curtains soften windows, give a touch of privacy and bring warmth to a space without feeling heavy.
In a bedroom, a family room, office or dining room, they are always a good idea.
Our new house hasn’t cried out for curtains on every window the way our previous one did. It’s a bit darker here – and much more private – so I haven’t been anxious to cover up any of the natural light.
I was, however, anxious to hide the orange wood trim in the family room.
One afternoon, I found a curtain rod leftover from our old house, pulled three white curtain panels from my stack (see below), threw on some clips and hung them up.
We have yet to touch the shell of this room (I’m itching to tear out that carpet, paint those walls, update the trim and build an awesome built-in … the time will come … ) but adding the curtains really helped to soften the space and hide some of the trim. The best part was that I had everything on hand and it only took a few minutes.
I’ve been using the same white curtains again and again and can’t recommend them enough.
See that stack of white fabric in our linen closet?
Those are all curtain panels. Why, oh, why do we have so many white curtain panels?! This isn’t even including the three hanging in the family room and a stack of four more waiting to be hung in the living room. So. Many. Curtains.
Well, here’s one reason:
In pretty much every room in the old house, there were the same long, white curtains.
Sometimes I hemmed them, most often I didn’t; sometimes they hung from rings, sometimes straight on the rod; sometimes I even doubled them up (like in the old dining room, for example) to give more volume.
P.S. It’s fun to see pictures of the old house. It was pretty there.
You can find white curtains many places, in all different fabrics, weights, lengths, hanging options (tap, rod pocket, pleat, etc), and price points.
I have found that for a casual, non-tailored look, these curtain panels from IKEA are the absolute best.
One of the best features is that they come long (up to 118″). Most big box store curtains are 84″ long, which is rarely long enough to brush the floor when hung from a curtain rod slightly higher than the window. They do shrink when washed, so keep that in mind when hanging/hemming.
Another great thing: they are $24.99 for a set of 2.
Also, the fabric has a slightly woven/linen-y texture that feels and looks nice.
See? I’m a fan. On your next outing to Ikea, grab a pair. Or just swing by my house and take a set of mine. Clearly I have enough to go around :)