An attractive living room interior is one of the most important points in creating the entire image of a home. After all, it is the living room that is the common family room, it is she who gathers the whole family in the evenings, receives guests on weekends, serves as a place for noisy parties or quiet get-togethers. If the interior of a bedroom or nursery may remain unnoticed by most guests, then the design of the living room always comes to the fore. And in creating not only a practical, functional, but also a stylish, modern image of a family room, every detail is important. One of these important missions is the decoration of windows in the living room. The shape and size, method of execution and color scheme of window draperies largely form the image of the entire room, affect the choice of other interior items, their colors and textures.
Curtains for a modern living room – choosing the latest models
Before moving on to acquaintance with the most popular models of curtains for the living room, let’s determine what factors in general affect the choice of window drapery:
- the size of the room (especially the height of the ceiling);
- number, shape and size of window openings;
- room decoration style and general color scheme;
- choice of color solutions for wall decoration (plain or with a print);
- the predominant color scheme of the main pieces of furniture (upholstery of sofas and armchairs);
- your preferences in colors that are pleasing to the eye and the desire to fit the color scheme of the curtains into the overall picture of the interior or highlight them with the help of color, pattern, texture.
With the help of textiles for windows, it is possible to achieve not only the fulfillment of the main functions – to protect the room from sunlight and prying eyes, but also to change the visual presentation of both window openings and the entire room. For example, you can visually increase the height of the ceiling using long straight curtains (from the highest point to the floors), a print with vertical stripes. A similar effect can be achieved to visually increase the tire of windows and the volume of the entire room – using horizontal stripes.
Most popular models
The modern style of interior design is laconicism and simplicity, rejection of unnecessary luxury in favor of personal comfort. But nobody canceled the creation of a cozy, homely atmosphere. Moreover, for a living room, a pleasant, pleasant atmosphere is simply necessary. Using textiles is an important part of creating a cozy ambience. Windows without draperies, of course, have become one of the trends in modern design, but is this design technique suitable for Russian apartments and houses??
For many years, the most popular model of window coverings has been considered a traditional or classic cut – rectangular canvases that freely fall in vertical folds from the ceiling to the floor of the room. This is a universal way to decorate windows of any shape and size. Traditional curtains organically fit into the design of a small living room, and into the interior of a spacious room with several windows. The versatility of the traditional model of curtains also lies in the fact that such window drapes will be appropriate in any stylistic direction of interior design – from classic styles to ultramodern options.
One of the more popular uses for traditional curtains is to combine them with translucent curtains. This classic tandem provides not only the functional component of the window curtain – it protects the space from the sun and prying eyes, but also makes it possible to create a different atmosphere of the living room – from full natural light to absolute darkness. Not to mention that the combination of light light tulle with blackout curtains looks amazing even in the most trivial color scheme.
Traditional curtains can be wide, move along the sides of the window in many vertical folds, or they can be narrow canvases that perform an exclusively decorative role. Classic curtains can be decorated with original tie-backs, create cascading folds, or use a combination of fabrics of different colors and textures within one window ensemble. But all these design techniques are applicable rather to the classic trends in interior design. The modern style stands for simplicity and even minimalism in the use of textiles for decorating premises.
Traditional curtains can be diversified by combining materials that are different in color or texture. At the same time, you can combine different textiles both diagonally and vertically. A wide vertical border on the canvases will help not only to bring color variety to the curtain composition, but also visually «stretch out» the image of the window upward, thereby visually increasing the height of the living room ceiling.
In addition to the variety in the execution of the canvases of traditional curtains themselves, you can bring originality to the window drapery by attaching the fabric to the cornice or other supporting devices:
- on hooks;
- for clips of various designs;
- on cross-over hinges;
- on the string;
- on eyelets made of plastic or metal;
- stringing fabric on the cornice;
- throwing long canvases over the cornice;
- the way of attaching the canvases can be hidden behind the lambrequin.
Traditional curtains with fastening on eyelets do not lose popularity. Plastic, but more often metal rings, which provide not only a smooth sliding of the canvases along the cornice, but also an even distribution of vertical folds, are loved by Russians. On the eyelets, you can attach canvases made of different fabrics, plain and with a pattern, dense and thin. The practicality and laconicism of this curtain model is difficult to deny..
And you can hide the way of attaching curtains to the cornice or string – to close the upper part of the curtain composition with a lambrequin – a horizontal rectangle of fabric in a rigid or frameless design. In modern design projects of living rooms, you can most often find narrow rigid lambrequins in a laconic design. If earlier they were intended to hide the flaws in the manufacture of the window frame, decoration or fastening curtains to the cornice, nowadays lambrequins play an exclusively decorative role, helping to effectively complete the curtain composition. Especially spectacular curtains with a lambrequin look in the design of bay window windows, emphasizing the forms of the original architectural solution.
It is enough to add hooks with brushes or any other decorative elements to the traditional curtains to bring a touch of classicism to the living room interior. This technique can also be used when drawing up a modern room design, interior in the style of shabby chic, Provence or romanticism. But most organically, curtains with hooks will look in the living room, decorated in the neo-classic style..
In second place in popularity in the design of living room windows are Roman blinds – fabric canvases that gather in horizontal folds. Their width is usually equal to the size of the window. They can also be used for windows of various shapes and sizes, combined with other models of curtains and curtains. Roman blinds can be made in textiles of any texture, color and quality.
Roman blinds are divided into frame and frameless. The names speak for themselves – frame curtains have a rigid fixation of horizontal warehouses, in frameless models the fabric is collected in smooth, not rigidly fixed folds. Depending on the selected fabric and the way the window is decorated (solo or complete with traditional curtains), both model options are used in modern living rooms.
2019 color palette for draping living room windows
There is a small list of color schemes for curtains in the living room, which will always be relevant, regardless of the style of interior design, the number and size of windows:
- all shades of white (look especially impressive against the background of colored walls, print finishes);
- the whole palette of gray shades – from light silver to deep graphite tone;
- a wide range of shades of beige – warm natural tones always create a favorable atmosphere in the common, family room.
If you are not confident in your design skills or just want to create a neutral atmosphere in the living room, then feel free to choose one of the three options offered. For example, light curtains are relevant at all times, they give any interior a touch of some ceremonial, festive, but at the same time light and light atmosphere. Light curtains easily harmonize with any color design of other interior items with textiles – upholstery of upholstered furniture, carpet.
Dark, blackout curtains are ideal for draping medium to large living room windows. You will not only get reliable protection of the room from sunlight and unwanted views from the street, but also a contrasting combination that brings some drama to the character of the room.
Beige shades almost always harmoniously fit into any style of interior decoration. At the same time, it does not matter what area the living room has – warm, light colors will organically look both in a small room and in a spacious living room. Beige tones are easy to combine with wood surfaces of any color scheme – from the lightest pine species to deep, dark wenge tones.
Noble shades of gray have been at the peak of popularity for several seasons – the execution of window treatments for the living room was no exception. The gray color is incredibly versatile – it is easy to combine it with any color solutions for finishing, execution of the main furniture and the rest of the living room textiles. At the same time, the gray color has practically no shades that could irritate or somehow negatively affect our psyche. The neutrality of the gray palette plays into the hands of novice designers or those who simply do not want to take risks in choosing color solutions for their living room..
If you choose a fabric for curtains with a pattern, then a monochromatic wall finish will be the optimal background for such a drapery. This unspoken rule applies more to traditional models of curtains than to Roman draperies, which act as a component of the window ensemble, instead of curtains..