Looking to awaken your inner designer? Start from curtains! Experiment with colors, patterns, sizes, and types to transform your dining room from blandness to a room that can’t help but draw people in with its charm.
Let’s take a look at a few dining room curtain ideas and find out how to adjust the ambiance properly.
1. Blackout and Sheer Curtains
The blackout curtains, with both their irresistible texture and color, provide an extraordinarily stylish frame to the wall and the windows, while the sheer ones increase privacy and allow just the right amount of light to reach in.
Harmony was achieved by choosing different shades of the same color for the walls and the blackout curtains. The light-and-dark blend makes the room more dynamic without being overwhelming.
2. Varied Lengths
This combo is perfect for dining rooms with large windows and plenty of exposure to natural light. It’s quite similar to the previous idea but with a small modification — this combination pairs floor-length drapes with apron-length sheer curtains.
As you can see in the photo, the shorter length has a practical purpose — fitting more seating by the windows. This is particularly nifty if you enjoy throwing parties in your dining room.
3. Color Contrasts
This is definitely one of our favorite curtain ideas for any dining room that has furniture and decorations in contrasting colors. Instead of drawing attention away from the rest of the room, the layered beige and brown fabric complements the wooden elements in the photo.
In a way, they serve as a needle, weaving all these elements into a single handcrafted piece — from the elegant earth-tone mirror frame, chairs and table to the bright cabinet, countertop and chairs on the right.
Blackout Curtain Ideas
4. Picture-Frame Effect
When you’ve got a breathtaking view, why in the world would you ever try to hide it? Our advice is to emphasize it as much as possible.
Here, the blackout drapes are used purely decoratively. Their color is gentle and subtle, so they don’t pull any focus away from the landscape. Plus, they visually soften the harsh metal frame, making the room feel a lot homelier and cozier.
5. Window Niche and Bay Window Curtain Ideas
If your dining room has a bay window or a window niche, we recommend custom-made blackout curtains for two reasons.
Firstly, you can choose the length that’ll cover the entire length of the window — no more and no less. Secondly, you can easily turn the area into a little ‘private corner’ where you can shield yourself from the outside by relaxing with a nice book after a meal.
6. Eclectic Vibe
This photo screams vivaciousness and if you want any room in your home to feel this dynamic, too, turn to eclectic style for help!
The pattern on these modern curtains for the dining room is very playful, partly resembling that of the carpet. Meanwhile, the light gray and the ocher harmonize the drapes with the walls and various bright-colored details in the room.
Don’t overlook the curtain rod either. Although it’s gold, it’s smaller in diameter, which allows it to balance subtlety and boldness just the right way. Plus, its color, material, and style match those of the gorgeous lighting fixture above the table.
7. Natural Tones With Landscapes
Is your house surrounded by nature and greenery?
If so, olive green or earth tone curtains will fit the room like an oven glove (pardon the pun). They’ll look even better complemented with potted plants, vases, flowers, and similar details. The main idea here is to spark interest by bringing the outdoors into the dining space.
Sheer Curtain Ideas
8. Tying a Knot
There’s a lot to love about this nifty trick. Though, we should mention that it’s usually easier to pull off with sheer curtains because they’re so light and thin.
Curtain knots can add a little extra something to casual dining areas or, in fact, any room which could use a touch of finery. Plus, it’s such an unusual, unexpected detail that every family member and guest will find pleasing to the eye.
9. Café Curtains
This is one of the most charming traditional curtain ideas for a small dining room window. A single look at these lace tier curtains is enough to make us think of the safety and nurture of our grandparents’ home.
10. Tie-Backs and Swag Curtains Above the Countertop
Apron-length sheer curtains are a fool-proof choice for a classically designed open-concept kitchen such as the one shown here.
However, the cherry on top of the cake are the tie-backs, which help create a nice shape and make the room appear more spacious. If you’re a fan of Parisian decor style, consider French curtain tie-backs for a truly polished, refined look.
Though it may seem easier to just give up on the whole idea and not bother with buying and setting up curtains, they really have a lot to offer your home. Not only will your dining room look and feel warmer and more ‘tucked in’, but you’ll quickly see the practical benefits, too.
Finally, don’t hesitate to check out our candle display ideas for a truly well-rounded, polished design.
Are curtains out of style?
It’s hard to imagine curtains will ever go out of style because they’re so stylistically versatile. They’re easy to implement in any interior design, plus they have several practical functions:
- Modifying how big or small your room appears to be
- Reducing the amount of outside pollutants coming into your home (e.g., dust)
- Controlling the amount of natural light
- Boosting privacy
- Thermal and noise insulation
- Creating a more pleasant ambiance in the room
How long should curtains be in the dining room?
This room does radiate a kind of formality, so it calls for a more polished look. Floor-length curtains are typically the best way to achieve a more elegant vibe.
However, if there are radiators in your dining room or your table is right next to the window, opt for sill-length curtains instead. Bear in mind you should keep them at least an inch above the radiators so they don’t trap the heat and prevent it from circulating in the dining area.
Do living room and dining room curtains have to match?
This isn’t established as a rule that has to be followed. So, you’re free to choose curtains for your dining room that don’t match the ones you’ve already got in the rest of your home.
Although these two rooms are visually disconnected, keep the curtains in them stylistically harmonious. If you choose drastically different curtains designs for these rooms, it could make the entire space visually overwhelming, even unappealing.
The curtains also need to complement the furniture and existing decor.
Still, there are certain benefits of matching curtains in the living room and the dining room. If you’re inexperienced in the field of interior design or simply lack inspiration, this will allow you to create a better-coordinated look far more easily.
Are sheer curtains out of style?
Definitely not! In fact, it’s hard to think of any style where it would be impossible to incorporate them. Though people usually associate sheer curtains with more traditional looks (even old-fashioned ones), they’re a great addition to modernly designed rooms, too.
Their practical and aesthetic versatility makes them very convenient. Because of their transparency, the amount of natural light in a given room isn’t a big factor.
Plus, they help hide architectural features you don’t like or imperfections on walls without obscuring the features you enjoy.
Thanks to their elegance, they make fantastic dining room curtains, but they look just as good in any other room.
What is the most popular window treatment for 2022?
Roller blinds seem to be the most popular of all window treatments this year as well, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re user-friendly, easy to install and maintain, and an excellent solution for any room where you want to block out natural light.
However, due to their minimalistic appearance, they may not be the best choice for luxuriously decorated rooms. Instead, they tend to work better with more casual styles, and they’re especially appealing in subtler visual contexts and pastel or soft color pallets.
Should you put curtains in the dining room?
If you find this kind of window treatment visually pleasing, then setting up curtains in your dining room is a good call. Plus, they’ve got several practical advantages as well, as we’ve previously mentioned.
Curtains are especially helpful (even necessary) if the view from the room leaves you exposed to the curiosity of your neighbors or pedestrians in the street.
Sharing a meal with our loved ones is an intimate occasion, so an added sense of remoteness will be more than welcome.
However, there are a few cases where designers advise it’s better to choose a different window treatment.
Curtains should be avoided:
- In dining rooms without enough natural light
- If the view is extraordinarily pretty (especially in the countryside or similar visual contexts)
- If the windows are simply too beautiful to keep them hidden
Still think curtains don’t belong in the dining room? Scroll up and let our dining room curtain ideas convince you otherwise.