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The Top Curtains for Your Living Room

Living room curtains are home décor items that serve both a practical and aesthetic purpose in your home. They can help to partially or entirely block light from entering a room. This can prevent sun or UV damage to your furniture, as well as preventing glares on the TV or ensuring your afternoon nap is uninterrupted by shifting sunlight. On the flip side, opening curtains allows sunbeams to filter into the room when you want some natural sunlight to fill and light the room. They may also help trap heat in your living room during the winter and let it out in the summer to cool the room. And, of course, they provide you with privacy when you need it. On top of these practical functions, living room curtains serve a decorative purpose. They can frame and flatter a window or door’s shape. The curtains’ color or design can accentuate, complement, enhance, or stand in contrast to your living room décor. They can add a sense of style, color, and texture to the room. Here are a few living room curtains we recommend if you’re in the market for a new pair.

What Should You Consider in Living Room Curtains?

Here are a few things to think about before buying living room curtains:

  • Size: Living room curtains can range in size from short or half-sized to floor-length and everything in between. Most sets of living room curtains will be available in more than one length and sometimes more than one width. You’ll want to make sure any pair you buy fits the window or windows you plan to hang them on. You’ll probably need longer curtains for a pair of French doors than a standard window, after all. Be sure to measure the window or windows in question before buying, so you know what length you’ll need. And don’t forget to consider the curtain rod when you’re measuring. As far as width is concerned, you’ll want to buy curtains that are twice (or more) the width of the window itself.
  • Features: You can find blackout and/or energy-efficient curtains for your living room. Some brands are specifically designed to provide insulation and thus reduce your thermal energy loss. In general, the thicker the fabric, the more light curtains will block, or the better they’ll insulate. You may also want to ensure that your new living room curtains are machine washable and dryer friendly. Most will be, but others will need to be dry or spray cleaned instead. This will depend on the fabric they’re made out of. Other curtains will have built-in curtain tiebacks or ropes for when you want to draw back the curtains and hold them in place. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the curtain’s built-in grommets to ensure they’re made of strong metal to prevent ripping. Anti-rust and corrosion grommets can be a handy feature, too.
  • Color and Design: You should have no trouble finding living room curtains that suit and match your home décor. They can come in almost any color, hue, pattern, or design you might want. Solid-colored and multicolored options are both readily available. Some have embroidered panels or extra layers or come with a built-in window skirt. There are sheer or semi-sheer curtains if you want your curtains to be more decorative than sun blocking or heat-trapping. They can be shiny, matte, flowing, opaque, narrow, wide, simple, ornate, and more. There are plenty of possibilities out there.

Best for Budget: BGment Blackout Curtains for Living Room

Adding a new set of curtains can be a great way to give your living room a fresh look without spending a ton on renovations, and this set is an especially cost-efficient way of doing so. You receive two curtains, each with six silver metal grommets on top, in your choice of size and color, plus two tiebacks with your purchase. You have 23 different colors and ten sizes to choose from, so you shouldn’t have any issue finding a hue that suits your living room décor and a size that fits your window or doors. The grommets have an inner diameter of about 1.5 inches, which will be compatible with most curtain rods, and they slide on and hang easily and smoothly. In addition to being cost-efficient and convenient, these living room curtains will block out anywhere between 85% to 95% of sunlight and UV rays, perfect for preventing glare on your TV or for afternoon naps. (Note that the darker the color, the more effective the curtains will be at blocking light.) They’re also insulated against heat and cold for a more comfortable room temperature balance, which may reduce your energy bills. They will also reduce noise from outside your home. And to top it all off, these curtains are machine washable on a gentle cycle in cold water for convenient care. They can tumble dry on low temperatures and be ironed warm, though they shouldn’t ever be bleached.

Best for Budget

BGment Blackout Curtains for Bedroom - Grommet Thermal Insulated Room Darkening Curtains for Living Room, Set of 2 Panels (38 x 45 Inch, Navy Blue)

Cost-efficient living room curtains with blackout, thermal-insulating, and noise-reducing properties.

Most Color Options: WONTEX Thermal Insulated Living Room Curtains

The color of curtains is one of their most important design features, as the right color will complement and enhance your décor, and the wrong color will stick out like a sore thumb. With 25 different color options available, ranging from deep hues to jewel tones to neutrals to pastels, you should be able to find just the right shade for your living room with these 100% polyester curtains. They are also available in 16 sizes, regardless of your color choice. The polyester fabric is resistant to wrinkles and fading and can be machine-washed, tumbled dry on low, and ironed on low temperatures. The fabric is heavy and triple woven with a black lining to better block out light, reduce noise from outside, and provide you with as much privacy as possible. They’ll help to protect your furniture, floors, and wall decorations from fading and other effects from sunlight and UV rays. They’re also an effective way to keep out cold and hot drafts, with thermal insulation that may help decrease your energy bills. Both curtains in the set will fit most standard curtain rods, thanks to the eight anti-rusting silver grommets along the top of both panels.

Most Color Options

WONTEX Blackout Curtains Room Darkening Thermal Insulated Living Room Curtains, 52 x 84 inch, Greyish White, 2 Grommet Curtain Panels

A set of curtains available in 25 color options and made of anti-wrinkle and anti-fading fabric.

Best Length Options: NICETOWN Long Room Darkening Curtains

The length of your living room curtains can contribute to the room’s overall appearance and style; floor-length curtains are going to provide quite a different look than half-length ones, after all. This set of living room curtains offers eight different lengths to choose from, the shortest measuring in at 45 inches, perfect for small side windows, and going up to 120-inch curtains that will drape elegantly to and puddle on the floor over a tall window or French doors. (Note that the width, 52 inches, is the same for all curtains regardless of length.) You’ll receive two curtains per package, both with silver grommets that will slide right over most standard-sized curtain rods. The heavy material is thermally insulated for better energy efficiency, soundproofing, and resistance to fading. They’ll also block anywhere from 85% to 99% of outside light, perfect for a lazy afternoon nap, creating a mood, or simply for providing privacy. The fabric is soft to the touch and reinforced with high-quality finishing that will allow the curtains to have a longer life. It’s also easy to care for, as the material is safe to wash in the washing machine in warm or cold water with a mild, bleach-free detergent. You can even iron them at a low temperature if desired. And there are 21 different solid colors from which to choose.

Best Length Options

Best Design: Golden Rugs Jacquard Luxury Living Room Curtains

This set of gorgeous, glossy curtains will grant your living room a lavish, sumptuous look to make you feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury. Unlike many other curtains on the market, this is one attached interior panel instead of two. The panels are 112 inches wide by 84 inches long and made of premium, durable fabric with a shimmering sheen and elegant embroidery that is nevertheless machine washable. Be sure to dry it on a line, not in the dryer. This curtain has a rod pocket attachment at the top rather than grommets, which slide right over your curtain rod for easy, almost instantaneous installation. Besides the curtain itself, each model comes with an 18-inch wavy, tasseled valance along the top for extra decoration and two ties to hold the curtain back when you want it drawn. There are seven rich, luxurious colors to choose from, some with contrasting colored embroidery and some with complementary colored embroidery, depending on the shade.

Best Design

Golden Rugs Jacquard Luxury Curtain Window Panel Set Curtain with Attached Valance and Backing Bedroom Living Room Dining 112"X84" Each Jana Collection (Beige)

Gorgeously decorative and embroidered curtains that will make your living room look more lavish and luxurious.

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Meghan Herlihy is a full-time writer for LifeSavvy and has written across a wide variety of topics, genres, and formats, including radio talk shows, local sports journalism, and creative original fiction. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College and a master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University. When she's not writing, you're most likely to find her reading a book, petting every dog within eyesight, and indulging in her love of travel. Read Full Bio »
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