The Best Curtains for Modern Interior Decorating

Modern styling is one of the most interesting kinds of interior decorating. People think that it’s either too bare and boring or they find freedom in its simplicity. Whichever camp you land in, modern styling certainly helps to narrow down the options when it comes to window treatments.

Curtains for Modern Interior Decorating

There are ten basic styles of curtains for modern homes. Each has its own purpose and some won’t look as nice as others in your space.

But once you find the right modern curtains pick, you can set your contemporary decorating energies to bigger and better things. Take a look at these 10 kinds of curtains for your modern home.

Modern Ways To Style Curtains In Your Home

1. Go For All White

Modern white curtains
Modern white curtains for living

Thinking about the basics of modern decorating, you obviously lean heavily on black and white in all your decor decisions. White is definitely a good choice for window treatments for several reasons. One, they are classic and they’ll match anything and everything you use to decorate your home with. Two, being white, they’ll bring the coziness to your home that all curtains do while staying rather out of sight against your window. Three, you can easily find white curtains in several different knits. So if you prefer sheer curtains, you can find white ones at reasonable prices.

2. Keep It Classy With Black

Bedroom black blackout curtain
Living room black out curtain
Dark living room curtain

Do you prefer to go dark with your curtains? Black is definitely an option. But the nice part about dark curtains is that the color isn’t immediately obvious. Darkly colored curtains allow you to choose deep blue or shady greens without making a color statement in your living room. They’re also good for bedrooms as the dark fabric will catch any outdoor light, helping you have a better night’s rest. (Images via 1, 2, 3)

3. Enjoy Neutral Gray

Gray floor leaning curtain
Grey living room curtain
Modern curtain living room curtain

Just like white, gray is a lovely neutral color that will always match the other decor in your living room. If your modern styling tends towards moody touches, smokey curtains will amplify that effect by leaps and bounds. Plus, being another classic color, it will be easy to find yourself a pair or two of gray window treatments without emptying your decorating fund. (Images via 1, 2, 3)

4. Two or Three Toned Color Block Curtains Are In

Modern color block
Color block curtain
White and grey curtain for living

Maybe you can’t decide which colors would be best in your home. You’re in luck. Color block window treatments are definitely an option in modern decorating. Whether you choose two toned curtains in classic shades or add in a bright pop of color to bring out your complementary tones, the color block style will bring some interest to your space and allow for you to swap decor much more easily. (Images via 1, 2, 3)

5. Shades Are The Best of Both Worlds

Modern window shades
Living room with mirrored coffee table and window shades
L shapped comfortable sofa

Some of you are probably reluctant to get curtains because you do love the bare window look, but sometimes you have to have something. So before you toss out the shades option, think about it. Shades can be very classy when they’re colored gray. You can pull them up to give the illusion of curtain-less windows during the day and shut them at night for your desired privacy. It’s an especially good option for city dwellers who must have window treatments but can’t abide curtains themselves. So whether you choose roman shades or blinds, don’t be concerned about their effect on your modern home. (Images via 1, 2, 3).

6. Mix Curtain Panels

Mix Curtain Panels modern curtains

For those that do decide to go with a full curtain instead of a shade, don’t be afraid to mix curtain panels. Sometimes buying four of one curtain panel, and two of another to fit in the middle, can create a great color profile in a room. Take a look at this modern curtain design in Nesma Modern House, in which dark brown curtain panels were accented with tan panels to create a warm modern look. You could even use this idea to mix white curtains with a colored panel to bring a pop of color to an all-white modern room.

7. Choose A Modern Pattern

Choose A Modern Pattern curtain

Just because you want to have a modern room doesn’t mean it has to be completely pattern free! It simply means you will need to choose your designs more carefully. In Modern Home Design, they highlight choosing curtains that are a simple color, but with a small pattern near the top. This pattern can then be matched with the furniture, or can simply add a nice touch to a solid-colored modern room. Remember not to go too crazy with the colors and stick to a more neutral palette that is simply accented with patterns. 

8. Get Scenery Curtains

Get Scenery Curtains modern curtains

A big part of modern décor is incorporating nature into the design. Many modern rooms have a simple tree or plant for decoration rather than a painting. You can use this same idea when selecting curtains and go for a nice nature scene like this curtain set in Ali Express. This curtain is very bright, and there is quite a bit going on, so if you do decide to go with scenery curtains like these, it might be best to design your room around them rather than the other way around.

9. Consider Using Bamboo

Consider Using Bamboo modern curtains

Sometimes curtains just don’t fit into a modern room, but you may need something more than a boring old shade at the same time. If this sounds like your modern room, then you should look into getting shades made out of bamboo. Bamboo is a common theme in many modern room designs, and it can bring in color and a light feeling that isn’t found in normal black or white shades. This idea is pictured in Art Wall Décor, and although it can fit into almost any room, it may clash in a black themed room.

10. Embrace an Asymmetrical Design

Embrace an Asymmetrical Design modern curtains

Nothing says modern quite like asymmetrical curtains! This curtain design idea can be hard to pull off, but if you are able to find curtains in the style that will match your room this could be a great way to add curtains to a modern room. You can hang your curtains to drape asymmetrically, or set them up so the colors are asymmetric, the choice is yours. You can get an idea of what this could look like by checking out this example on Home Interior Design.

Hopefully, now that you have read this article you have more ideas of how curtains and shades can fit into any modern room. Keep in mind that almost any type of curtain can be used in a modern room, it just needs to be styled in a simple way. Adding modern curtains to your living room or bedroom can be difficult, but when the ideas on this list are used properly, you may find that adding curtains in a contemporary way isn’t so hard after all!