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Tips for Choosing Linen Curtains, Drapes and Shades

Linen drapes, curtains and shades from Pottery Barn are carefully designed with the finest craftsmanship. Here are a few tips for choosing the right window dressings for your den, living room, bedroom or home office.

Select a Color

The color of your curtains can completely transform a space. Choose curtains that coordinate with the solar scheme of the space. A basic rule of thumb is to match the drapes to accent pieces like decorative pillows and rugs, but don't be afraid to step out of the box and try an unusual color combination. Solids work well with just about any decor, while bordered panels add a touch of sophistication to a space.

Consider Curtain Style

Curtains are generally categorized by their mounting style. Pole-pocket curtains are the most basic style. These drapes feature a sewn-in tunnel through which a curtain rod is fed. Grommet curtains feature large eyelets that allow the panels to easily glide along a rod. Unlike pole-pocket curtains, grommet curtains leave the mounting hardware exposed, so it's important to choose a high-quality rod and marching finials. Tab-top curtains have looped tabs at the top that feed onto a rod. Linen tab-top curtains have a wonderfully laid-back quality that instantly makes any room feel more relaxed and inviting.

Choose Rods and Finials

Selecting the right curtain rods will enhance the beauty of your linen curtains and complete the theme of the room. For more casual spaces, go with wrought-iron rods and rustic finials. Dress up the more formal areas of your home with brass rods and crystal or glass finials. Or, mix and match different types of rods and finials to express your personal style.

Keep Light Filtration in Mind

Linen drapes don't completely block out the sun, allowing you to take advantage of natural light without forfeiting your privacy. If, on the other hand, you want to darken a room, linen drapes can be ordered with a special blackout liner that blocks out light.

Add Shades

Hanging linen curtains over Roman Shades is another excellent way to keep light out when you need to and allow natural light in your home when you want to. Our collection of Roman linen blinds includes cordless options that are ideal for use in children's bedrooms and playrooms.

Linen curtains complement any room's decor while accenting the beauty of the windows themselves. Add them to the living room, bedroom, nursery or anywhere else you want to create an elegant, yet unfussy environment.