Curtains: 5 tips for hot windows

As we all know, decorating with curatins can transform any room from cold and boring to cosy and luxurious. There is a lot to think about when it comes to new drapes, such as colour, material, length and more.

All of these different factors can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we have put together some tips for you here to help you renovate your home with new, hot curtains.



Curtain tips 1: Choice of colour and material

When you’re buying curtains, colour and material is generally what you think of first. But what sort of fabric should you choose, among all of the available types?

Think first about which room the curtains will hang in. Thin fabrics may be stylish and beautiful in a kitchen, but they might not work as well in a bedrom. There, thicker, velvety fabrics tend to work much better to keep out the sun, and dampen sound.

Sun and colour

The sun makes fabrics fade over time. If the room receives a lot of sun, it can be a good idea to avoid light coloured fabrics as these have a tendency to fade more quickly. White curtains however are a safe bet, as they can hardly become lighter :)

If you have a hard time choosing colours, go for something neutral, as neutral colours work with all styles of decor.

Curtains in layers

Layering curtains is both attractive and smart. Put a thinner fabric behind a thicker curtain on two rails. The thin curtain can be drawn in front of the window to let some light into the room, whilst the thicker curtain highlights the overall room decor :)


Regarding material, linen, silk, polyester and velvet are the best choices for curtains. Polyester might not be as luxurious as real silk, but it is much more durable, especially in a sunny room. If silk is used directly in the window, don’t forget to line the curtain, as silk is easily ruined by strong sunlight.

If the room is cold or minimalistic, curtain material can make all the difference, and will also help to Är rummet kallt, minimalistiskt och omysigt kan valet av insulate against outside sounds. It’s no coincidence that most hotels choose thicker fabrics such as velvet or tweed, as these fabrics not only block out light but also insulate well.

vita gardiner

Curtain tips 2. Length

Regarding curtain length, there are really only two options:

The first choice is to get out the tape measure and measure as follows:
Length: Approx. 20 cm higher than the window frame, and all the way down to the floor. Add 5 cm if you want your curtains to touch the floor.
Width: Measure the width of the window fram, add 20 cm, and double it.

The popular second alternative is to quite simply cover the entire wall vertically with a curtian – in other words, measure from floor to ceiling. Add 5 cm if you want your curtains to touch the floor. Use the same technique as above for width. Or why not cover the entire wall vertically AND horizontally for a true glamourous hotel curtain-feeling :)

gold curtains bedroom

These were some simple tips for normal fabric curtains. But there are of course many different ways of decorating in front of the windows. Below are some pros and cons of other types of window covers.

Read on!

Tip 3: Roman blinds and roller shades: beautiful sun protection

  • + suitable for any room, even in kitchens
  • + easy to change depending on season and taste
  • – can absorb food smells and patterns can fade

roman shades kitchen

Tip 4. Venetian blinds: more than just grey and boring

  • + Plenty of choice in terms of colour, style, and materials. Wooden venetians can give warmth and calm to otherwise minimalistic homes
  • + Allow for control of light levels
  • – Can easily become dusty, and don’t block out all light in rooms where darkness is importan, eg. bedroom

venetian blinds

Tip 5. Blackout curtains: Perfect for the bedroom (and all modern day vampires)

  • + Insulate against cold/heat
  • + Dampen sound/light, perfect for the bedroom
  • – Can require stronger rails due to weight

blackout curtains

I hope you’ve been inspired to go crazy with fabric in the windows at home. Most of you know my thoughts about silk curtains already: lovely :)

What’s your favourite type of curtain?

Have a great day!


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107 Responses to Curtains: 5 tips for hot windows

  1. Pia Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 05:33 #

    Vi satte upp morklaggningsgardiner nar vi flyttade in for ca fem ar sedan och sedan dess har det inte hant sa mycket mer… Men nu fick jag lite inspiration!
    God fortsattning!

  2. Anne Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 08:15 #

    Lovely inspiration and ideas.Wishing you a very happy New Year:)

  3. Lilli Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 09:36 #

    Hi Maria! Your tips are great as always. I prefer something in in silk and long, also I like Roman type for the kitchen. Have a lovely day, hugs and kisses! xo

  4. Miss Twiggy Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 11:09 #

    amazing interiors…

  5. Anne@DesignDreams Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 15:40 #

    I love your posts! What beautiful spaces!!

    Happy New Year xox

  6. Marie Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 16:04 #

    Inspirerande inlägg med trevliga tips :)

    Jag är en älskare av längder och gillar när det är rejält med tyg…
    Under vår ombyggnad blir alla rum utom ett påverkat av det hela och jag ser verkligen fram emot att det ska bli klart så jag får börja fixa med nya gardiner i dom nya fönstren.

    Ha en fin fortsättning på det nya året!
    Kram Marie

  7. The Fashion Panda Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 16:09 #

    Great tips! Love the interiors :)

  8. Lauren Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 17:42 #

    All of these rooms are so beautiful! Wonderful tips!


  9. Sara ~ Candis Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 18:00 #

    SV. Beror ju verkligen på hur man läser det jag skrivit också :) jag saknar det, men andra saker saknar man inte med det landet. Så är det ju med alla länder! Har ju dessutom skrivit hur det är i Innsbruck/Tirol och nödvändigtvis inte hela landet :)

  10. Carol Cook Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 18:04 #

    Our little house is so tiny and we love sunlight so there are only curtains in one room in the house. I have one little half curtain in the entry way and a valence in the kitchen. The guest room, and as of today my creative space, has half curtains for privacy. The other rooms face private areas in our yard so we keep them free.

    I absolutely love the dining room you featured. Oh, all those windows!

  11. ullie Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 21:56 #

    gillar massa utav bilderna . har såna som faller tungt i sovrummet och hänger utmed hela väggen så snyggt o så mycket bättre än innan :D

  12. Agata Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 23:48 #

    This post is great! I have no curtains in my home and now I’m inspired to change this :) Can I ask you how would you put the curtains if you had pipes above the windows? I have those thin pipes in every room because it’s the top flat in the building and they sort of “turn around” in my flat. They’re not very pretty and I’m searching for the way how to cover them. I would very much appreciate some tips :)

    • Maria Ljungström Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 20:30 #

      Hi sorry for the late answer You can maybe hang a roman blind in a white color from the ceiling above the window in front of the pipes. And then curtains on both sides of the window also from the ceiling. Good luck :)

  13. Ricki Jill Treleaven Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 00:20 #

    Great tips, and I admit that I love silk curtains, too. My sister-in-law designs and makes high-end curtains in New Orleans. Her designs are amazing

    Ricki Jill

  14. Connie* Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 00:40 #

    This is perfect timing as I am shopping for curtains for my bedroom! Love that clean clean dining room.

  15. Stoffisen Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 08:51 #

    Vilken bra post.
    Den passade mig perfekt just nu. Jag funderar nämligen på hur jag ska göra av val av gardiner i nya lägenheten. Har inte kommit så långt, men tack vara detta inlägg så fick jag inspiration från nummer 1. Jag älskade det!!


  16. Amanda Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:01 #

    Vilket bra inlägg :D

  17. Marcela Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:46 #

    Great inspiration!!! nice tips!!
    Happy New Year for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  18. Pamela Friday, January 10, 2014 at 02:17 #

    Hi Maria! Curtains and roller shades are my favourites. They provide shade from the sun, gives great decor at home and also keeps the house warm.

  19. emily Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 19:20 #

    Such great tips! What a beautiful blog you have!! :)

  20. Min Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 22:42 #

    Great tips, stunning design! I love it!

  21. Sierra Monday, January 13, 2014 at 16:07 #

    Great advice, so many times I’ve made my curtains to short or long. Haha!
    – Sierra Calah ♡ Berry Stylish  

  22. crafty-zone Monday, January 13, 2014 at 18:47 #

    Great tips, love second, all-white room <3

  23. Pilar Bernal Maya (@shopperviajero) Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 03:32 #

    good ideas, thanks for sharing
    new post:

  24. Mybeautysleuth Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 22:43 #

    Wow this is like a dream house I wish! Very inspirational.

    mybeautysleuth x

  25. Ann Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 08:03 #

    Gorgeous spaces.
    The first one looks so cozy and bright.

  26. Mafalda Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 13:04 #

    This is so great, I’m going to keep all your posts for my new appartment!
    Mafalda ❤

  27. Ana Castilho Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 13:50 #

    Amazing inspiration post. love it.

  28. svetlana Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 21:34 #

    As always beautiful inspiration!
    I really feel the urge to redecorate my room :)

    Svetlana from Lavender Star

  29. Birdie Liau Friday, January 17, 2014 at 14:41 #

    Really stunning and lovely design (: love all the photos you showed it’s so amazing. x

  30. Baignoire-Artistique Friday, January 17, 2014 at 18:03 #

    Very wonderful design. I hope that I will have a pretty home in some years, this design is a name of liberty. ♥.

  31. ambi Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 08:14 #

    great post dear :) have a lovely weekend ! xx

  32. Andrea Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 20:56 #

    Looks so amazing!!!

  33. kimbim Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:36 #

    Flawless,Very beautiful inspiration.

  34. Marisa Monday, January 27, 2014 at 17:51 #

    Nice inspiration!

    Marisa Silva

  35. Johanna Monday, January 27, 2014 at 21:58 #

    Such beautiful images. I wish my house looked like that!

  36. krisi Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 13:04 #

    Wow! What a great post, I’m moving soon and looking forward to decorating. Your tips will be a great help. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  37. Kenzie ♥ Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 23:38 #

    I love this post! We are in the middle of buying a house and I am really excited to decorate, and I need all the help I can get ha ha :D

  38. The Maiddiction Monday, February 3, 2014 at 21:47 #

    Lovely post. Very inspirational. I invite you to visit my blog, NEW POST


  39. Paulina Piotrowska Monday, February 3, 2014 at 22:11 #

    Cool post ! great inspiration :)

  40. Mariela Sugasti Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 13:02 #

    Hola que hermoso todo ,da ganas de redecorar todo ja ,preciosas fotos !! besos

  41. Cristina Fdez Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 15:44 #

    Love and great inspirations :)

  42. N@NY Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 19:30 #



  43. Rena Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 21:12 #

    Wow, wonderful inspirations! Many thanks <3

    You asked where all my pics are taken: my pictures are mostly taken in the environment of our house and small village in Bavaria! We are really thankful to live at such a wonderful place.

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  44. My sweet backstage Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:45 #

    Nice pics!!

  45. Annick Monday, February 10, 2014 at 19:56 #

    so pretty! thank you for dropping by :)

    would you like to follow each other?

  46. Julie Chagas Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 15:08 #

    Inspiring pictures! Xx

  47. Dario Venuti Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 22:28 #

    great post
    buona serata

  48. Michelle Monday, February 17, 2014 at 12:24 #

    I have dark curtains, because they make me sleep better :) But they don’t look that good :D

  49. fashionhypnotised Monday, February 17, 2014 at 21:18 #

    Flawless inspo!

    Stai in touch with me on BLOGLOVIN


  50. MakeupDemon Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 20:19 #

    I like these all pictures. Very inspiring post.

    Makeup Demon blog
    Makeup Demon Bloglovin

  51. i.s. Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 02:28 #

    love these rooms x

  52. Ilda Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 00:35 #

    Your post brings joy and inspiration, dear!
    I’ll hope you’ll have an wonderful weekend!

    Lavender Thoughts

  53. LoveT. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 21:02 #

    Love the beautiful Rooms!


  54. kimbim Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:24 #

    Wow…. Brilliant home decor.

  55. nikki Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 21:36 #

    i love all of the white!


  56. veronica Monday, March 24, 2014 at 19:26 #

    Great post!! Always nice inspirations!!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  57. Dania Monday, March 24, 2014 at 20:53 #

    Absolutely amazing interiors, it’s very difficult to choice my favorite.


  58. LoveT. Monday, March 24, 2014 at 21:56 #

    Love this! The bedroom is my favorite one :)


  59. Julie Khuu Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 03:21 #

    I’m a sucker for beautiful ceiling work! Love the molding applied on that first shot- so Parisian chic!

    Thank you for visiting and hope to see you back for my latest sweets!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  60. Audrey Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 09:15 #

    thank you for your comment in my blog
    I love your photo, this house is amazing
    nice day

  61. Giusy Loporcaro Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 10:20 #

    ciao! bellissimi questi ambienti! grazie per essere passata da me!

  62. Anett Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 04:05 #

    Love these, especially the large sunlit kitchen! Oh so pretty

  63. surbhi Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 13:24 #

    this looks really interesting n plush, n white is my fav.
    Thanks so much for ur comment on my blog !

  64. Anouka Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 21:42 #

    Beautiful interiors! Totally my style.

  65. Jackie Harrison Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:19 #

    The bedroom and kitchen is gorgeous my kind of decor great post.

  66. elisa Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 13:18 #

    my latest post is quite different from the usual…. I would really like what u think about it!
    Nameless Fashion Blog

  67. chiaweb Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 14:10 #

    Dreamy pictures!
    ciao :)

  68. Marina Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:14 #

    Lovely inspiration!


  69. betty passia Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 18:23 #

    Your blog is amazing,love all your posts!i am your new follower on facebook and blogloving!would you like to follow me back?

  70. Lenusik Velvetrose Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 12:13 #

    Hi! I love your site, thank you for visiting my blog! Follow!

  71. Effecoco Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 16:55 #

    Intresting house :)

  72. Sabine Monday, April 14, 2014 at 20:29 #

    A great review, I particularly love the striped curtains.
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

  73. Kathrin Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 14:14 #

    wonderful tipps and inspiration sweety!
    happy day!


  74. La Contessa Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 17:07 #

    You SWEDISH have a way……

  75. jamie Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 23:17 #

    LOVE! such great picks.. open and clean. xo

  76. Simona Huidiu Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 15:38 #

    This looks like a dream! i would love to wake up in one of those rooms <3

  77. Nicky Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 00:25 #

    Maria I always love your posts, they in spring me so much!
    Happy evening

  78. Ramona Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 17:44 #

    Wonderful inspirations and ideas how to style room and find those perfect curtains.
    Hope you’re having wonderful week so far.

    xoxo Ra

  79. Karolina Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 23:15 #

    Amazing interiors!


  80. Marcela Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 08:57 #

    Lovely photos and post!!! great ideas!!!
    Thank you so much for your comment and visit!!!
    Have a nice day!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  81. Dee Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12:56 #

    Lovely interiors and great tips! <3

  82. June Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 20:02 #

    WOnderful places! Really stylish and well done up.
    Keep in touch

  83. maisha Friday, May 9, 2014 at 14:19 #

    superb actually helped me a lot.. I am getting my house painted and reconstructed so pictures are quite helpful..follow you on G+, Gfc and Bloglovin…hope you add me up
    keep in touch

  84. Sakuranko Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 22:46 #

    Oh very interesting tips!

  85. Esra Cakal Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 22:04 #


    thx for your comment on my Blog :)
    I love your blog is very nice :)


  86. Beatriz Jiménez Monday, June 9, 2014 at 13:40 #

    Woww your blog is amazing!!!!! I’m a new follower!!!!!!! :)
    Thanks for your comment on my blog dear!

  87. DecorDax Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 12:05 #

    Älskar gardiner och allt man kan gör med tyg. Det blir så mjukt och harmoniskt i rummen.

  88. Couture Carrie Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 23:29 #

    Gorgeous spaces!

    Hope you are having a fabulous summer too :)


  89. Madaline Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:26 #

    LOVE the black and white bedspread. Excellent inspiration for my upcoming decorating!

  90. chiaweb Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 18:52 #

    I love that dining room!!!
    Chiara ~

  91. Lyddiegal Friday, July 25, 2014 at 04:08 #

    I love the deep blues of the last room. so stunning.

  92. June Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 04:56 #

    This is so beautiful. I wish I had my own house and could do it up like this

  93. Christina Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 10:36 #

    Hej! Älskar din blogg, är ofta där och får en massa inspiration :) TACK för att gillar min blogg…fortsatt lycka till!! KRAMKRAM Christina de Ron

  94. sunandsany Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 09:35 #

    Thank you very much for those tips! I’d try dark curtains but I am not sure if I’d change my mind in the last minute.They’re kind of extravagant. This post was really useful, I’d come back one day when I have to choose my curtains.

  95. libys11 Friday, September 5, 2014 at 04:27 #

    awesome interior design inspiration!! :D

    Animated Confessions

  96. Alexandra G Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 23:03 #

    Tack för dina ideer. Undrar om du kan tipsa bra ställen och köpa gardiner med snygga mönster eller färger. Just nu är allt vitt eller kalla färger, nu i höst. Undrar varför det inte finns varma färger, är det en säsongsgrej. Vill gärna att rummet får en varm färg, genom gardinerna när solen skiner. Är jag den enda som tänker så? Eller är det bara att man sparar varma färger till jul?

    • Maria Ljungström Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 15:29 #

      Hej Alexandra och tack för fina ord :) här i Göteborg finns Gardinbussen ett roligt koncept där man kan få specialbeställda gardiner hemkörda annars om man inte har så bra ställt är alltid Ellos ett säkert kort då de har tygprover också :)

      LOVE M

  97. Coco Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 07:23 #

    Thank you so much for stopping by Maria! Happy Sunday!
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

  98. Dee Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 07:05 #

    Amazing post!
    I love all of them. :D

  99. Tania Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 14:24 #

    Your so right about how the right set of curtains can transform a room. They make such a big difference in mine!


  100. FASHION TALES Monday, December 8, 2014 at 17:41 #

    I love this decor very much, it’s elegant and modern. Beautiful touches.
    Eco-Style Watch

  101. Nicoleta Buru Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 20:02 #

    Awwww, fabulous ^_^

    Many kisses,


  102. Helén i Vilrummet Friday, January 9, 2015 at 15:48 #

    Dina tips passar bra till bostäder med normal takhöjd på 240 cm och stora ljusa fönster. Men jag bor i ett gammalt soldattorp med en takhöjd på 190 cm och fönster i storlek 100×100 cm. Vi vill ha in så mycket ljus som möjligt då det känns väldigt mörkt och instängt. Några tips till oss någon gång kanske?
    Kram Helén

  103. Rena Friday, January 9, 2015 at 17:29 #

    Thanks for the tips! I’m not really a huge fan of curtains and we have some rooms in our house without curtains :)
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

  104. Liz Lizo Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 23:31 #

    Great Tips Maria, I need to look for some fun drapes to spice up my currently blank living room.

    Liz Lizo

  105. mini Friday, February 12, 2016 at 19:12 #

    great inspo!!!! love white home!
    follow for follow?
    The Photoholic Girl by Michela M.

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