Minimalism, Japanese curtains and a natural palette – in this collection we have collected all the top curtain trends of 2022-2023 in the design of living room windows.
Textiles add personality to the interior, making it complete and cozy. But beyond that, window decoration should regulate the amount of natural light in the room and ensure a comfortable stay. Are you planning to update the textiles in the hall? In this article, we show the latest fashionable curtains for the living room 2022 and talk about trends with photos of beautiful examples.
Main curtain trends 2022-2023
In all areas of design, there is a steady trend towards nature. This also applies to textiles – now more and more people prefer natural materials. Moreover, it does not have to be fabric: blinds and window panels are made of bamboo, wood, rice paper, matting.
The main idea is to create a comfortable and environmentally friendly environment inside an apartment or house. When choosing beautiful curtains for the living room, pay attention to the following natural materials.
Cotton and linen are the most popular choices for curtains. Suitable for textile decor in ethno, eco and Scandinavian interiors. They are not electrified, hypoallergenic, keep clean for a long time and practically do not collect dust.
Wool – used not only for clothing and cozy blankets, but also for window textiles. The texture is different: soft and fluffy, dense and thin. It is a durable, almost non-creasing material that retains heat for a long time (important in the cold season) and allows air to pass through well. Of the minuses, it requires careful maintenance and absorbs all the smells, so it is better to use woolen curtains not in a combined kitchen, but in a separate living room.
Silk is thin and smooth, but at the same time highly durable fabric originally from China. Natural silk is expensive, so such curtains are usually chosen for premium interiors. The elegant material with a mesmerizing sheen blends perfectly with grand classic and neoclassical living rooms.
Atlas is also one of the most expensive fabrics, created using a unique weaving technique. Initially, it was made exclusively from silk thread, but today natural or artificial fibers are almost always added to satin to reduce the price and increase strength.
But the environmental friendliness of materials does not mean choosing an exclusively neutral palette. Another trend for the coming years is deep and saturated colors, with the help of which you can revive the color scheme of the interior.
You can experiment with any color, but there will be a wide variety of natural stories trending.
earthy shades (brown, gray, beige, brown)
plant motifs (all green variants)
colors of natural materials (dark gray, beige, terracotta, brown, black)
cold spectrum (shades of blue and light blue, foggy gray, gray)
gems (emerald, dark red, gold)
If you want to use color accents in textiles, it is better to choose not pure colors, but their deep, slightly dusty shades – they look noble, play beautifully against the background of the rest of the palette and do not tire the eye.
Another general trend that captures all areas of interior decoration. Minimalism in this case does not mean radical asceticism, but a deliberate approach to housing. There should be nothing superfluous in the room, and what is, provides comfort, and does not make life difficult.
In this regard, the rejection of complex textile compositions that require careful maintenance and for the most part are simply decorative. Curtains should be durable, hypoallergenic, simple in shape. Visually head for monochromatic fabrics that stand out for their texture. If they have a pattern, then it should be restrained, preferably low-contrast (unless you have a living room in shabby chic or Provence styles). In the top – abstraction, geometry and stylized floral motifs.
In order for a modern minimalist room to still remain cozy, it is possible – and even necessary – to combine several textures. Velvet and tulle, cotton and organza – any experiments for which your imagination is enough are possible.
You can combine fabrics of different density, as well as textures of the same order, as well as natural and artificial materials. In order not to be mistaken with the combination, it is better to select similar textures, avoiding dangerous contrasts: dense matte corduroy with organza, chintz with brocade, etc.
Styles for living room curtains 2023
Above, we examined the general trends in window decoration. Now let’s tell you in more detail what curtains are now in fashion for the living room. Take note of ideas.
Classic curtains never go out of style – they are a versatile choice for any style. Depending on the design of the room, these can be heavy velvet curtains complete with transparent fabrics or lighter curtains made of natural materials.
Standard fabrics are usually used in combination with some other type of curtain: curtains with tulle, blinds or blackouts with sheer voile, etc. The number of different materials for one opening depends on the size of the room and the style of the interior. The smaller the room, the easier the window design should be. Classic assumes an abundance of dense and complex fabrics, but minimalism and hi-tech – on the contrary.
But Japanese curtains are a novelty that will only become more popular. They are sometimes called panels and screens due to their structural features. They are a structure of several rectangular canvases that move to the side according to the principle of sliding doors. A weight is attached to the bottom edge of the panels, which prevents them from wrapping. Since the sliding panels are arranged in 3-5 rows, they need a special cornice – a profile with several tracks and moving elements for each canvas.
This type of window decoration originated in small Japanese apartments and has now spread to western interiors. Most often, the canvases are made from natural fabrics, but the matter is not limited to them – any materials of medium density are used, for example, rice paper, bamboo plates, jute, etc.
Japanese panels are suitable for any home, whether it be a country mansion or a small apartment – manufacturers offer a large selection of sizes. The colors of such screens, as a rule, are neutral, in a natural range: in the top there are shades of beige, gray and brown. There are both plain and with an ornament. Suitable for interiors in modern, oriental, boho and eco-style.
Increasingly, designers are choosing stylish blinds instead of traditional curtains in the living room in a modern style (photo below). This is especially true for minimalist and modern interiors, where the amount of decor is reduced to a minimum, and the need to create coziness in the traditional sense – with the help of an abundance of multi-layered textiles, disappears.
Blinds are made from a variety of materials: plastic, bamboo, wood, aluminum, fabric, and even paper. Structurally, they can be vertical or horizontal. The first ones move in one direction or from the middle in different directions, the lamellas can be rotated 180 degrees. The second ones rotate around their axis, adjusting the amount of light entering the hall, and rise upward.
By the principle of operation, they are similar to blinds, but in structure they are closer to classic curtains. Their main advantage is their compactness, so Roman blinds can be used in the living room of any size. They cover only the window opening, without overloading the space. A laconic look allows you to fit them not only into the classics, but also into most modern interiors.
There are two main types.
Classic – a smooth fabric that gathers upward on a lace.
Cascading – the material, even when opened, forms a drapery.
Any of these types can be used as the only window textile, or combined with curtains, tulle and any other curtains.
Choosing the latest curtains for the living room
What you need to know when choosing window textiles for the living room?
Consider the general style. You can pick up fashionable curtains, but if they look foreign in the general atmosphere of the room, they will not only not decorate it, but also spoil the impression of the interior. It is not necessary to thoroughly study the canons of each style – common sense is enough. Heavy expensive fabrics, complex draperies are suitable for a traditional hall, but hardly for a small Scandinavian living room.
The location of the room is important. If the windows face south and there is always a lot of sun in the room, the main task of the curtains will be to restrict the flow of natural light. In this case, you can safely take dense materials, and in addition you may need blackouts. If, on the contrary, there is not enough sunlight, do not block it – use light, translucent, flowing matter.
The smaller the living room, the simpler the textiles should be. Instead of floor-length satin curtains, it is better to choose simple curtains made of cotton, wool or a high-quality mixed fabric. Another option for small spaces is compact Roman or Japanese curtains.
Combine with other elements. If the fabric on the windows is monochromatic, it is desirable that its color be repeated in the general palette – or at least there were similar tones. If the curtains are patterned, it should to some extent coincide with other ornaments in the living room.
Don’t forget the details. Curtains are not only a piece of fabric, but also complementary elements: cornice, tie-backs, etc. Beautiful fittings can transform a window opening. For example, recently, curtains on eyelets – fasteners in the form of large or medium rings – have become especially popular.
A question of accents. Finally, the role of the curtains in the room is important. If you want to draw attention to the window opening, then you can safely choose bright, complex curtains or accent blinds. If the textiles should be a neutral background (especially if you do not want to focus on small windows), then choose curtains of simple cut and neutral tones that will practically merge with the decoration.