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Top Dining Room Curtain Ideas

The dining room is often a special place in the home. It’s a gathering space for people to celebrate important occasions, enjoy the company of one another, and indulge in delicious meals. However, your dining room needs to be decorated in a welcoming manner to make these special moments happen! Use our top dining room curtain ideas to create the perfect atmosphere and a gorgeous design.

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Formal or Casual?

When designing curtains for your dining room, you first need to identify whether the space features a more formal or casual feel. This can help you decide on a curtain fabric that best matches the atmosphere of the room:

  • For a formal dining room, velvet and silk are the most opulent fabrics. They feature a heavyweight design and are constructed from the finest quality materials to simply exude elegance.
  • For a semi-formal dining room, cotton curtains can easily be dressed up or down to perfectly match your current décor. When designed correctly, they can offer a well-balanced look that’s not overly formal yet still slightly more structured.
  • For a casual dining room, linen and sheer curtains are gorgeous options. They’ll keep the space feeling light and fresh to add to its laidback design.

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Torcello Cotton Curtains

Acik Linen Curtains

Short or Long?

Next, you need to decide on the length of your curtains.

You should hang short curtains if:

  • Your dining room gets a lot of foot traffic. Long curtains can present a tripping hazard. If you have children who like to run around the house or many people pass through the area, short curtains that end at the windowsill can eliminate this potential danger.
  • You’re concerned about wear-and-tear. Curtains that touch the sill will experience much less wear-and-tear than long curtains that touch the floor.
  • You don’t mind a slightly more casual look. Short curtains are generally more casual in design. That’s not to say they can’t work at all in formal spaces, just note that there are other more formal lengths out there to choose from.

You should hang long curtains if:

  • You want a completely formal look. Long curtains that touch the floor make a dramatic statement that’s undeniably regal. This is especially true of puddled curtains that allow the fabric to rest on the floor in gorgeous bundles.
  • You want your dining room to appear bigger. Hanging long curtains is known to make smaller spaces appear larger than they are. You can intensify this effect by hanging extra-long curtains higher than the window frame, or even going with floor-to-ceiling curtains.
  • You don’t mind washing your curtains more frequently. Since long curtains hang close to or on the floor, they tend to become dirty more quickly. This will require you to wash your curtains on a regular schedule to maintain their look and the integrity of the fabric.

Stand Out or Blend In?

Another point you need to consider is whether you’d like your curtains to be the focal point of the dining room or blend in with your current décor.

Here’s how to make your curtains stand out:

  • Select a bold color. Going with a unique, rich, and vibrant hue that stands out amongst the rest of your décor is a great way to ensure guests’ eyes are drawn to your curtains.
  • Select a medium- to large-scale pattern. If you’d like to hang patterned curtains, a medium- or large-scale pattern will make a bold statement in your space.

Mandarino Silk Curtains

London in Blue Cotton Curtains

Here’s how to make your curtains blend in:

  • Select a neutral color. Neutrals such as white, grey, beige, tan, and brown will tone-down the look of your curtains, ensuring they blend nicely into the space.
  • Go with small-scale patterns. Even if you want your curtains to blend in, you can still select a gorgeous pattern. Simply ensure that it’s a small-scale pattern that features a more delicate design.

Tapakiri Linen Curtains

Morlaix Cotton Curtains

Frequently or Rarely Used?

Understanding how frequently you use your dining room window also plays a key role in your curtain design:

  • If you frequently use your dining room window, consider opting for two, stationary curtain panels that hang on either side of the frame. Stationary panels will beautifully accent the window and never stand in your way when you want to open and close it.
  • If you rarely use your dining room window, we suggest hanging standard curtains. Then, enhance their look by increasing the fullness factor x2 to enjoy bolder, dramatic pleats!

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We hope these top dining room curtain ideas inspire you! If you’re ready to shop, order your custom curtains from Spiffy Spools today. We make it easy to design a window treatment that fits your exact specifications and design style. Explore our site to find the perfect options for your dining room, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

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9 Rental Apartment Decorating Ideas

Whether you’re renting an apartment for the first or fifth time, it’s always fun to decorate! Putting your unique spin on the space is how to really make it feel like home. Use these nine rental apartment decorating ideas to help get you started.

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Custom Curtains

Ashwell Park Blackout Curtains

Venice Cotton Curtains

Curtains are a stunning and practical addition to any room:

  • For a bedroom, install blackout curtains to enjoy increased light, sound, and temperature control.
  • For a kitchen, install café curtains. These are half the length of the window and are hung across the center of the pane. Café curtains are not only a cute addition to a kitchen window, but they’re short enough to avoid splashes from the sink and prevent fire hazards.
  • For a bathroom, café curtains are also a good choice. They won’t overwhelm the space, yet still offer enough privacy and will remain protected from bathroom wet zones such as the sink and shower.
  • For a casual living space, cotton, linen, and sheer curtains offer a relaxed feel.
  • For an elegant living space, velvet and silk curtains provide a regal feel.

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Curtain Tie Backs

When you want to keep your curtains open and held away from the window, curtain tie backs are useful to have! This accessory can be created in any fabric option. They’re designed to elegantly and securely keep your curtains swept to the side of your window so you can easily open and close your curtains to enjoy natural sunlight as you please. Simply unlatch the tie back from its hold to close your curtains back in place.

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Roman Shades

Roman shades are another great window treatment for an apartment. They’re made out of the fabric of your choosing and match the exact dimensions of your window. When closed, they feature a singular piece of fabric so you can enjoy the design. When open, they stack in neat folds and rest cleanly at the top of the window frame, allowing you to fully enjoy your view. Minimalistic and easy to use, you can’t go wrong with roman shades in your apartment!

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Trim & Tassels

Curtain Trim

Curtain Tassels

Whether you’ve selected to hang curtains or roman shades, you can enhance them even further with trim and tassels:

  • Trim. If you want to add depth and detail to your window treatment, including a trim is a simple way to do it. From cute pom-poms and fan edges to geometric trims, grosgrain ribbon, and more, you’re sure to find an option that best matches your décor. Shop Now.
  • Tassels. Embellishments such as tassels can make a dramatic impact on your window treatment. Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous beaded option or an intricate criss-cross design, tassels will look amazing lining the bottom and sides of your window treatment. Shop Now.

Valance

A valance is a charming, stationary window treatment that covers the top fourth of the pane. Valances come in a variety of styles and designs to match your existing décor, and they beautifully soften incoming light.

Valances look great as a standalone look. However, you can also layer a valance over your curtains to enjoy the best of both worlds. Note that this is also a smart way to conceal your curtain hardware!

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Bed Runner

Want to glamorize the look of your bed? Then consider adding a stylish bed runner! This thin, rectangular piece of fabric is meant to lay across the foot of your bed to help incorporate added color and character. You can design a bed runner in any shade, fabric, or pattern that you desire to give your bedding new dimension!

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Cushion Covers

Another way to liven up your bedding is with the addition of custom throw pillows. Again, this is a great way to work in a variety of hues from your room’s color palette to bring the space together. You might also consider designing custom throw pillows for your couch, as well. No matter where you put them, they’re sure to bring both style and comfort!

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Table Runner

If you have space for a table in your apartment, it will greatly benefit from a table runner. This accessory beautifully accents your table to transform it from drab to fab. A small but dramatic detail, you’ll love the extra flair that a table runner provides!

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Order Custom Décor from Spiffy Spools

These nine rental apartment decorating ideas are sure to enhance your space! At Spiffy Spools, we make it easy to create custom curtains and décor that fit your unique style and measurements, with over 1,000 fabrics and patterns. Explore our site to find gorgeous options that will add plenty of character to your new room—and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have along the way!

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Dorm Décor Ideas for Guys

Looking for a way to liven up your dorm room? There are plenty of items you can add to your space to help you show off your sense of style and taste. View these dorm décor ideas for guys to get started sprucing up your new room!

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Custom Curtains

Doulton Blackout Curtains

Sea Holly Curtains

Hanging curtains in your dorm is the ultimate way to transform your room. They add an instant pop of color and can be as simple or vibrant as you’d like—whatever best matches your current décor. Here are some tips for helping you select the best curtains for a guy’s dorm room:

  • If your current décor features patterns, choose curtains in a solid option. Clashing patterns will make the space feel cluttered and disorganized.
  • If your current décor features solid colors, choose curtains in a pattern to add more character to the space.
  • If you want to block sunlight, purchase blackout curtains. In addition to coming in a variety of fabrics and designs, they also block 100% of the sun’s rays, ensuring your room stays dark to help you sleep. They also offer total privacy because not even a shadow can be seen through the fabric. Shop Now.

Another point to keep in mind when it comes to dorm room curtains is how you can hang them. Many dorms prohibit tenants from drilling into the walls, and if you do, you may incur a fine. To avoid this, try a no-drill hanging method, such as those that use the following:

  • Command Hooks
  • Tension rod
  • Kwik-Hang Brackets

These promise to keep your wall free of destructive holes! Check out our blog on How to Hang Curtains in a Dorm Room for more tips.

Curtain Tie Backs

To enjoy an unobstructed view out of your window, consider adding curtain tie backs to your dorm room curtains. These handy accessories will hold your curtains away from the window to allow in plenty of natural sunlight. When you want to close your curtains, simply unhook the curtain tie backs from their hook and pull your curtains shut. These are extremely useful for allowing you to control the level of light and privacy in your dorm room.

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Roman Shades

Flat Fold Roman Shades with Back Slats

Flat Fold Roman Shades with Front Slats

If you’re not interested in the look of curtains, roman shades may be right for you! These offer similar functionality to blinds, but the mechanism for opening and closing is slightly different. They are also much more visually appealing! This is because they feature a single panel of fabric that matches the exact dimensions of your window when closed. When you’re ready to open them, they stack from the bottom in even folds and rest crisply at the top of the window frame.

The two best kinds of roman shades for a guy’s dorm room include:

  • Flat fold roman shades with back slats. These provide the most minimalistic look. The horizontal slats are stitched into the back lining so there are no visible seams in the fabric when the shades are closed.
  • Flat fold roman shades with front slats. These feature visible, horizontal panels that evenly break up the fabric when the shade is closed.

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Cushion Covers

Transform your boring, bland pillows with vibrant cushion covers in any color, fabric, or pattern! Consider matching your cushion covers to your new curtains or roman shades, or select an option that complements them. Adding a few stylish covers that work with your dorm room’s color palette is a great way to tie the space together.

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Bed Runners

As a finishing touch, purchase a sleek bed runner to complete your dorm room. A bed runner is a thin, rectangular piece of fabric that’s placed across the foot of the bed as a decorative element. Similar to the curtains, we suggest selecting a bed runner in a solid if your bedspread features a pattern, and vice versa. Alternatively, you could pair a solid bedspread with a solid bed runner in a complementary color. This small décor item is sure to make your dorm room stand out among the rest!

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Purchase a Gift Card!

Are you looking to help furnish someone’s dorm room? Consider giving them a gift card to Spiffy Spools! On our site, they’ll find all of the custom décor they need to transform their space.

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Order Custom Curtains from Spiffy Spools

These dorm décor ideas for guys are sure to enhance your space! At Spiffy Spools, we make it easy to create custom curtains and décor that fit your unique style and measurements, with over 1,000 fabrics and patterns. Explore our site to find gorgeous options that will add plenty of character to your new room—and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have along the way!

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Dorm Décor Ideas for Girls

Decorating your dorm is one of the first things you’ll do as a college student, so you’ll want to make sure it looks perfect! Explore these dorm décor ideas for girls to gain some inspiration. There are plenty of items you can add to your space to make it stand out.

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Custom Curtains are a Must!

Wishing Well Velvet Curtains

Southwold Blackout Curtains

One of the best ways to decorate your dorm is with the addition of custom curtains. There are so many styles to choose from, and each selection offers its own unique benefits. View some of the top curtain selections that will look gorgeous in your new room:

  • Blackout curtains. These are the perfect option for your dorm room. Blackout curtains block total sunlight to ensure your room stays dark while you rest. Plus, they’re completely opaque, providing you with maximum privacy. Choose from a variety of colors and patterns to match your space! Shop Now.
  • Linen curtains. Perhaps your dorm room doesn’t get much natural sunlight, so it feels a little too In this case, linen curtains may be your best option. Their lightweight design will make the space feel breezy, while their light-filtering effect will help illuminate your room. Shop Now.
  • Silk & velvet curtains. Want to transform your space from drab to fab? Silk and velvet are the most luxurious fabric selections, exuding a dreamy, elegant feel. If you really want to make a statement, silk and velvet curtains are a great selection! Shop Now.

Special Considerations for Hanging Your Curtains

You may be wondering if it’s even possible to hang curtains in your dorm when there are restrictions regarding drilling. Luckily, there are several ways to put up curtains without altering the wall or window frame:

  • Command Hooks
  • Tension rod
  • Kwik-Hang Brackets

If you want to avoid getting fined for damages, these are the best options for decorating your dorm with curtains! Check out our blog on How to Hang Curtains in a Dorm Room for more tips.

Improve Functionality with Curtain Tie Backs

If you plan to use your dorm room window frequently, pairing your curtains with curtain tie backs is a smart idea. When you want to keep your curtains open for an extended time, tie backs sweep and secure the fabric away from the window so you can enjoy your view and the incoming sunlight. When you need privacy, simply unfasten the tie backs and pull your curtains to the closed position.

Not only are curtain tie backs extremely functional, but they’re also fashionable. They come in three different styles, and you can customize the fabric to suit your décor needs. Whether you’d like them in the same pattern as your curtains or something entirely different, the choice is up to you!

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Roman Shades

Flat Fold Roman Shades with Front Slats

Flat Fold Roman Shades with Back Slats

Roman shades are a great alternative to curtains. In fact, they offer several more benefits in a girl’s dorm room setting:

  • Compact design. Roman shades are made of a single fabric panel. The panel is created using the exact dimension of your window, offering a sleek, uncluttered design that’s great for small dorms.
  • Less wear-and-tear. Due to their compact design, roman shades aren’t as susceptible to wear-and-tear. Long curtains that touch the ground are more likely to become dirty in less time.
  • Ease of use. When you want to open your roman shades, they stack neatly from the bottom and rest at the top of the window frame. To close them, they unfurl in even folds to cover the window.

The two best kinds of roman shades for a girl’s dorm room include:

  • Flat fold roman shades with front slats. These feature visible, horizontal panels that evenly break up the fabric when the shade is closed.
  • Flat fold roman shades with back slats. These provide the most minimalistic look. The horizontal slats are stitched into the back lining so there are no visible seams in the fabric when the shades are closed.

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Coordinate Cushion Covers

Throw pillows are crucial for bringing life and character to your dorm room! Here’s how to make the best pillow selections for your space:

  • Identify the color palette featured in your current décor. What is the primary color? What colors are complementing your primary color?
  • Purchase pillows in various sizes so that you can layer them more dynamically. Note that the back pillow should always be the largest!
  • Purchase cushion covers for each of your pillows. One should feature the primary color, while the others will look wonderful in the complementary colors.
  • Play with patterns and texture. Don’t be afraid to select pillows in a unique pattern. As long as it matches your color palette, the pattern will provide the space with so much additional character. Different textures also provide an interesting element, so try to get creative and go bold when selecting cushion covers for your dorm!

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Add a Bed Runner

A bed runner may be exactly what you need to tie together your throw pillows and bedspread. This decorative, rectangular piece of fabric is placed across the foot of the bed for a lovely accent. Generally, if your bedspread features a pattern, a solid bed runner will pop against the busy design. If your bedspread is solid, either a solid or a patterned bed runner will do the trick. Whatever choice you make, simply make sure that it doesn’t clash with the design elements of both your throw pillows and bedspread.

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Purchase a Gift Card!

Are you looking to help furnish someone’s dorm room? Consider giving them a gift card to Spiffy Spools! On our site, they’ll find all of the custom décor they need to transform their space.

Shop Now

Order Custom Curtains from Spiffy Spools

These dorm décor ideas for girls are sure to enhance your space! At Spiffy Spools, we make it easy to create custom curtains and décor that fit your unique style and measurements, with over 1,000 fabrics and patterns. Explore our site to find gorgeous options that will add plenty of character to your new room—and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have along the way!

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