How To Choose the Right Drapes for Your Bedroom

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Choosing the right curtains is an important step in designing any space. Aside from being a wonderful solution for keeping light out of a room and maintaining your privacy, curtains can be a beautiful aesthetic addition to your room decor. 

Styled mindfully, your curtains can bring the design aspects of your room together to form a cohesive portrait. That’s why we want to make sure you have all the knowledge you need to complete your space with the ideal custom curtains. 

We’ve put together a list of steps that will help your bedroom look fashionable while staying functional.

How To Choose the Best Bedroom Curtains in 10 Steps


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Consult an Interior Design Expert

Don’t overexert yourself when researching how to pick out the perfect bedroom curtains. Pepper Home offers plenty of design resources to help you plan your custom design, including Fabric Swatches you can use to visualize your potential patterns in your space and a variety of Style Guides to provide inspiration.

For personalized advice, you can consult our design experts for Complimentary Design Assistance. Our professionals can help you with any project, no matter how large or small.

Measure the Bedroom Windows in Your Space

Finding accurate measurements for your windows is absolutely crucial when purchasing custom curtains. If your curtains are too long or too short, they may distract from the other design elements in your room or prevent your curtains from functioning effectively. 

First, you want to measure the width of the window, including the molding. Then, you will need to measure from the curtain rod all the way down to the floor. 

For this reason, we recommend either installing your curtain rod or marking where you plan to install it prior to purchasing your curtains. This will ensure that you purchase the correct size for your curtains.

To help take the guesswork out of curtain measurement, look to our helpful Curtain Calculator and our Curtain Measurement and Installment Guide.

Find Inspiring Curtain Ideas Online 

The internet is teeming with websites dedicated to providing design inspiration, Pepper Home’s Style Guides being one notable example. Social media websites like Pinterest and Instagram can also help give you ideas for your space, especially if you can see how like-minded individuals have styled statement pieces you already have displayed in your room.

We recommend browsing through the tagged photos on our Instagram profile to see how others have styled their curtains and get ideas on how you can style yours.

Opt for 100% Light-Filtering Curtains in the Bedroom

Different rooms have unique needs when it comes to determining what type of curtains to install. It’s important to your sleep schedule to have a place for a restful night’s sleep. 

Light can interfere with the quality of your sleep, whether it’s artificial lights from traffic and streetlights or simply sunlight. Because bedrooms and nurseries are meant for rest, we recommend installing blackout curtains. 

These curtains’ linings are made from 100% opaque cotton, which will ensure that no light enters your room when your curtains are drawn. Using blackout curtains helps ensure you have a deeper and undisturbed sleep.

Match Your Curtains With Your Bedroom Decor

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An important part of the bedroom design process is ensuring that all of your pieces complement each other. 

Consider larger items such as your bed, your curtains, rugs, and chairs when designing your curtains, or choose to purchase larger items with your custom curtains in mind. The colors, patterns, and materials of these pieces should flatter each other, whether you adore a maximalist design style or want to find a more subtle central aesthetic.

No matter your taste, finding complementary colors will help your designs stand out for the right reasons. For a bedroom, choosing calming central colors like blue may help facilitate a peaceful state of mind before sleeping — but more on that below.

A wonderful way to ensure your decor matches seamlessly is to purchase customized decor. Our pillows and wallpaper options can easily complement our custom curtains when you’re looking for the perfect pair.

Choose Between a Solid Color or a Pattern

The best step to take when debating between a solid color and a pattern is considering whether the rest of your room’s decor is patterned or not. 

If you’ve got a bed set that is intricately patterned, you’ll likely want to opt for a solid-colored curtain in a color that compliments the pattern on the bed but does not detract from it. However, if your room is already quite neutral, we might recommend a patterned curtain to add an interesting piece of statement wall art.

Choose a Peaceful Color Scheme

We already talked about the importance of blackout curtains to promote healthy sleep, but that’s only one step in the process of making your room a wholesome place to sleep. It’s no secret that colors affect your mood in different ways. 

For that reason, we suggest implementing a color scheme that promotes relaxation so that you can quickly slip into a night of restorative sleep. Cool colors like shades of blue and purple are wonderful choices for a bedroom because they promote feelings of calm and peace. 

A soft, solid-colored drape in a light blue or purple adds color to your walls without overwhelming the senses. Pastels are also an excellent choice for bedroom curtains. Their subtle nature allows you to incorporate interesting patterns in your room without overstimulating yourself.

Pepper Home’s custom curtains include many trim options, including pom poms, tassels, rick rack, and bands in a variety of soothing and attractive colors to help tie together the color scheme you’ve chosen for your space.

Install Curtain Rods

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Installing a curtain rod too low or too high can have the same awkward effect as buying curtains that are too small or large — it will make the design look off at best and detract from the room at worst. 

That’s why making sure you know where to best position your curtain rod is crucial. The traditional height is about four inches above your window, and allowing about three inches on either side of the window will let adequate light to get through when your curtains are open.

Likewise, picking construction options that suit your space is crucial when creating your custom design. Pepper Home offers tailored pleat, grommet, pinch pleat, rod pocket, and ring top construction choices, so everyone can find their ideal match.

Add Matching Home Decor to Your Bedroom

Adding small accents to your bedroom that match your curtains is a great way to give your space a polished and professional look. 

We recommend considering how your wallpaper blends with your curtains. After all, these two parts of your room literally overlap. With all of our custom wallpapers, we’ve curated perfectly paired wallpapers to make this step a breeze for you. 

The same goes for our custom pillows. Between the three, you can efficiently harmonize your space.

Decorate With Custom Pillows

Customizable pillows are an effortless way to spruce up your space and add coordinated accents to your bedroom. There are so many opportunities to incorporate pillows into your bedroom, the most obvious being the bed. 

We’ve already talked about the importance of complimenting your bedspread with your curtains when choosing colors and patterns. In the same vein, you can add customized pillows to your bed that ties all three together. Although this is an effortless act, it will make your room look expertly put together.


Your bedroom is a sanctuary for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. 

Making sure to cultivate that peace and calm is vital, and your decor absolutely plays a key role in this. This is why we’ve created this guide to picking out the perfect bedroom curtains. The type of curtain you install is an essential step in this process. We highly recommend blackout curtains for the bedroom for a night of deep sleep. 

Choosing the correct color scheme and pattern is a crucial part of this process as well; this will help determine how your curtains flow into the rest of your bedroom decor. Making sure to correctly measure and install your curtains will ensure that they don’t look clunky or distract the eye. 

Lastly, adding matching accents throughout your room with ornamentation like pillows and wallpaper is a great way to tie your bedroom together. We hope we’ve equipped you with all of the knowledge and tools you need to tackle this exciting design quest.



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What Happens To Your Body When You Sleep With Blackout Curtains | Health Digest

The Psychology of Color and Graphic Design | Platt College San Diego