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Accent Your Windows with Curtains and Drapes

The curtains and drapes you choose can have a dramatic impact on the look of your home. Window treatments aren't just for looks, however. They're also good for providing privacy and limiting the amount of sunlight that gets into the room. At Pottery Barn, you'll find an array of drapes, curtains and other window treatments to suit your needs and preferences.

What's the Difference Between Curtains and Drapes?

When shopping for window treatments, it's important to first understand the difference between drapes and curtains. Drapes are traditionally made from a heavy, opaque fabric that blocks light from entering the window. They have a formal appearance and are usually floor-length.

Curtains are lighter than drapes. They're usually unlined and don't prevent light from entering the room. They can be floor-length, although you'll see shorter curtain lengths as well. You can hang curtains and drapes together for a layered look; the drapes go on the outside and can be tied back to reveal sheer curtains underneath.

Materials for Drapes and Curtains

Drapes and curtains come in a wide variety of styles, colors and materials. Although most window treatments are found in a solid color, you can find pretty prints from which to choose. Some of the most popular materials from which to choose include:

  • Voile: Voile is a sheer fabric that's usually made with cotton or a cotton-blend material. Curtains made from voile are excellent underneath drapes because they're lightweight with a soft, silky texture. They allow plenty of light to enter and accent the room with elegant style.
  • Linen: Although linen is a traditional material for drapes and curtains, it's anything but basic. Pottery Barn has a vast selection of linen window treatments in lots of different colors and styles. Linen curtains have a medium weight and are semi-sheer to opaque, depending on which ones you choose.
  • Cotton: There are cotton drapes and curtains that are heavier than voile but are still light enough to offer a flowing look. As with linen, you'll find semi-sheer to opaque cotton curtains in plenty of color options, ranging from soft neutrals to rich jewel tones.

Curtains and drapes are a great way to tie the look of a room together. For example, you could choose window treatments that match your sofa for a monochromatic look, or those that contrast for a bold style. Pottery Barn has everything you need to give your windows a stylish new look, including curtain rods and hardware.