Relaxing in the comfort of your home in the evening is the stuff dreams are made of. Picture this: As the sun bids farewell to the day, your home is cast in a golden light, and a gentle, warm breeze cascades through your halls. The only thing that could make it absolutely perfect is if that bright sunlight was just a little bit to the right or left because it’s getting just a tiny bit too warm in your cozy spot.
Adding linen curtains to this luxurious sunset routine is the answer to keeping things cool and breezy while also allowing a certain amount of sunlight to brighten your home. With linen drapes, you no longer have to find the balance between privacy, light control, and impeccable style. Whether you’re searching for a practical option or want an over-the-top addition to your décor, linen drapes will make your space stellar.
What are the Benefits of Linen?Linen is a multifunctional, extremely versatile fabric with dozens of positive attributes. We love linen for its simplicity and classic style, but there’s so much more. Linen is naturally hypoallergenic, meaning your linen curtains will help repel common household allergens like dust and pet dander.
Additionally, linen wicks moisture away easily. So, whether your home is humid or you accidentally leave the window open during a storm, your linen curtains will not hold on to moisture and will keep everything nice and dry. The temperature-regulating properties and breathability are our favorite things about them because they mean that the curtains can help keep your home cool in the summer and nice and cozy in the winter.
Finally, the longevity of linen curtains is unmatched. Linen is an investment, but one that is worth it. Your linen drapes won’t break down, fade, or exhibit other signs of wear over time. The only reason you’ll ever have to replace them is if you want to change up your style.
What are the Eco-Friendly Aspects of Linen?
The process of creating linen naturally uses fewer resources, making it an extremely eco-friendly, sustainable choice for your home décor. Linen is spun from the soft fibers of the flax plant, which requires very little water to grow. It also doesn’t take very much time to grow and harvest, so it’s a renewable, sustainable crop. Not only are the crops themselves renewable, but since linen products are durable and extremely versatile, you won’t have to constantly replace items and waste money on new pieces of décor every time you turn around.
Additionally, linen is timeless. Styles may change over time, but linen curtains are simple enough to always go with your décor. Your investment in linen ensures you are supporting the planet while treating yourself to the very best home products.
How Do Linen Curtains Differ from Other Window Treatments?
When it comes to window treatments, the array of choices can be overwhelming. Blinds offer practicality with their easy raising, lowering, and light filtering. However, they often lack style. Valences are pretty but lack function. Each option holds its own unique appeal as well as some drawbacks. Among these choices, linen curtains stand out as a distinguished and beloved window treatment with their own set of remarkable qualities that set them apart from other options.
Linen drapes boast a distinctive allure that stems from their natural origins. Because of the weaving process, linen curtains have a textural weave that exudes a rustic, organic charm. Unlike synthetic materials, linen curtains feature differences in their surfaces, giving them a sense of authenticity and character. This difference adds warmth and coziness to your space.
Linen curtains are also one of the only window treatment options that can help control temperature, thanks to the properties of the fabric. During hot summer months, linen drapes will help keep your space cool, and during harsh, cold winter months, the curtains can help trap heat inside and keep your house cozy.
How Do I Choose the Right Style and Color of Linen Curtain?
When choosing linen curtains, it’s important to think about your current décor and what type of ambiance you’re trying to achieve within your room. Are you trying to complement your current décor, or are you looking for a full design overhaul? No matter which option, the color and style of your linen drapes can elevate your room in the best ways.
First, consider whether you’re interested in ring hooks or a simple curtain rod without hooks. There are benefits to both – ring hooks can add interest and extra length to your curtains, while a simple curtain rod opening is classic and has a clean look. Regular linen curtains, as well as blackout curtains, have both options, so feel free to experiment with different looks throughout your home.
Choosing a color is perhaps the most exciting part of buying new linen drapes, and we have tons of options. Since linen is so versatile, you can accent just about any style. If you love a colorful, lived-in look, this red linen drapery allows you to add an extra layer of that cozy vibe to your space. For a bright, happy feel, we love this aqua green linen curtain. You can even choose to mix and match different color combinations with a different set of curtain tiebacks.
3 other aesthetics for linen curtains are:
- Colorful children’s rooms
- Moody, gothic atmosphere
- Minimalist spaces
What Size Linen Drapes Should I Choose?
The size of the linen curtains you choose entirely depends on your preferences, but there are a few tips and tricks you can use to help elevate the look of your space and make your linen drapes even more functional. For example, adding length to your linen drapes can make your window look larger and, therefore, make your space seem even more roomy. Simply add four to six inches to the top of your curtain measurement and hang the rod higher than planned.
The same can be said for the width of the linen drapes. Adding three to four inches on either side of your window makes them look wider and gives extra room for you to tie back your curtains without blocking sunlight. The goal for the width is to still have your entire window exposed, even when your curtains are tied back. This eliminates any potential for making your window look small and your room dark.
Sizing Blackout Curtains
You should always choose a slightly larger option when measuring for blackout curtains. Blackout curtains are meant to stop light, so the size is very important. You don’t want them too big, or you may accidentally let light in with extra gaps. However, you don’t want them too small, or you may not fully cover your window. Following the measuring guidelines above will help ensure that your blackout curtains do their job.
Blackout Lined Curtains
You’re in luck – Linenforce carries excellent linen blackout curtain options for your home. Whether you’re trying to gain more privacy within your home, keep light out, or even keep the temperature regulated, they offer tons of benefits.
We love blackout curtains for the following scenarios:
- Those working night shifts
- Babies and children’s rooms
- Keeping rooms cool
Why Blackout Curtains?
Blackout curtains offer an extra layer of privacy and light filtration. While we love the translucent, breezy feel of regular linen curtains, sometimes a little more coverage is needed. Blackout curtains from Linenforce still come in all the fun colors and unique heading styles that our regular curtains have but with a thick, solid blackout lining.
The unique lining used will stop light and keep your room nice and cool without compromising the color or style of your linen drapes. For example, the ivory blackout curtain is simple and classic. Even with the blackout lining, it provides a breezy, light and airy feel within your space and opens up your styling possibilities. If you want a bold pop of color with your blackout curtains, we love this mustard color for a fun, unique look.
Cotton Lined Curtains
Unlike blackout lining options, cotton lined curtains are great if you’re looking for a lighter, more see-through drape. The cotton lining allows for extra light to shine through and doesn’t provide a completely opaque curtain. While we love the breezy, translucent feel of cotton lined curtains, it’s important to know that they may not provide complete privacy, especially at night.
Because of the light cotton lining, colors look lighter and have a gentler feel with these traditional linen curtains. If you’re looking for breezy and casual and you don’t need a ton of light control or as much temperature control, a cotton-lined curtain is perfect for you.
Embroidered Edge Curtains
If you’re hoping for something simple with an extra bit of flair, embroidered edge curtains take the beautiful simplicity of a white linen curtain and add a perfect, dainty embroidered detail. The sheerness of the white linen is ideal for gentle light and temperature control, while the embroidered edge can add a subtle pop of color to your space.
Tips for Caring for Your Linen Drapes
Caring for your linen curtains is easy, and they actually get even better every time you wash them. Linen softens over time, so each time you wash your linen drapes, they will get softer and develop more of that luxurious, lived-in feel. This softening over time is what makes linen bedding another favorite linen product for so many people.
Though you won’t have to wash them as often as linen bedding, washing your linen drapes will still be necessary every now and again. We recommend you wash them about once every four or five months. Always wash linen fabric with cool or lukewarm water, and if you choose to use a dryer, make sure you use the lowest setting.
We love the crinkled linen look, but if you prefer a crisp curtain, ironing on low is just fine. Finally – avoid harsh detergents and bleach to keep your linen drapes looking and feeling as good as new for years to come.
Creative Ways to Use Linen Curtains Throughout Your Home
Aside from window coverings, linen drapes have tons of fun, surprising uses around your home. We love using a linen drape to make a fun, do-it-yourself canopy bed. Try hanging your linen curtain from a canopy frame or just suspended on a hook from the ceiling over your bed to create a dreamy, romantic canopy bed. This adds a touch of whimsy and personality to any bedroom! You can even use a blackout curtain for your canopy if you like an extra level of darkness while you sleep.
Another way to utilize linen curtains is to use them as a replacement for your closet door. This works especially well if you have a smaller room because it opens things up and makes your room feel more spacious. We love a crisp white linen curtain as a closet door because it matches everything and keeps a clean, classic silhouette in your room. If you want to make sure no one sees inside, this is the time for a blackout curtain.
There are tons of other ways to style linen drapes and blackout curtains within your home.
Aside from those listed above, some other favorite ideas for curtains are:
- To hide storage
- Backdrop for events or photos
- Room dividers
The Best Linen Options for Your Home
Linen home goods are truly the best of the best – they have properties that make them extremely versatile and help you maintain the functionality of your home, but they are also incredibly stylish. Adding linen drapes of any kind to your home can be a fun way to express yourself and your design abilities.Whether you need blackout curtains for light and temperature control or you’re just searching for the perfect accent for your home, linen drapes add just the right touch. At Linenforce, we pride ourselves on providing only the highest quality, 100% fine linen products for linen lovers everywhere. From linen drapes and blackout curtains to bedding and table linens, Linenforce is the best place for all your linen investments.