Curtains or Drapes – Which One Should You Choose?

Although the terms curtains and drapes are often used interchangeably, there are a few major differences between them. For example, drapes are made of heavy materials and usually run floor-length. They’re made to block the light during the day and seal in the heat during the winter. Curtains, on the other hand, are made of lighter, sometimes see-through materials and they provide less privacy.

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Use drapes in the bedroom to block the sunlight during the morning so you can rest better. The drapes will also offer privacy, which is a must in this particular part of the house.

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You should also use drapes for your home theater. In here, there’s no room for light when you’re trying to watch a movie. You can also use drapes even if there are no windows in the room just to create a more comfortable ambiance.

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Curtains can be made of cotton or linen if you want them to provide a little bit of privacy. These are both good options for areas such as the living room where you still want some light to get through but to be able to keep the interior private.

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Hang opaque curtains in your home office or living room and opt for an interesting pattern or color. They’ll also enhance the overall décor of the room.

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Curtains made of sheer or lacy fabrics create a casual and breezy ambiance in the room. Use them if you don’t intent the curtains to be used for privacy purposes.

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See-through curtains are an interesting option for spaces such as the dressing room or closet. You want these spaces to be bright so there’s no point trying to block the light. Plus, curtains are not only useful as window treatments.

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Hang heavy velvet drapes if you have a living space that is connected to the outdoors through sliding doors. When you open up the space completely, the curtains will let the air circulate and they’ll offer privacy.{found on coffmanstudio}.

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Of course, there’s also the option to have them both. You can use curtains and drapes as a combo. This living room has drapes that match the color of the walls and the décor is cohesive and fluid.{found on blacknwhitehouse}.

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This combination is popular in living rooms but can also be used in bedroom or home offices. You can have breezy, see-through curtains made of a light fabric and heavy drapes that match other elements in the room.{found on britopotaris}.