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Are Curtains Out of Style?

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Curtains are not outdated. They are keeping up with the trends and can my used in modern as well as traditional interior design. Curtains are classic decorative and functional window treatments. They are multifunctional, versatile, affordable, and efficient to use for our windows.

To get a better understanding of why curtains are not out of style, here is a list of some of its unique benefits.

Reasons Why Curtains Are Not Out of Style

Curtains are Multifunctional

Curtains offer several functions for our home which includes the following:

For Added Privacy

You can use curtains to cover the windows inside your home. This will obscure visibility giving you and your family the privacy that you need.

Acts as an Insulator

Curtains can act as room insulators. It can reduce heat gain and heat loss in a room using its different fabric layer properties. They are twice as effective in controlling room temperature than window blinds.

Use to Control the Flow of Natural Light

You can use curtains to block all light and prevent it from entering a room. Likewise, you can use it to control the flow of natural light according to your preferences.

For Modifying Room Size Appearance

Besides controlling the flow of light, curtains can change or alter the visible size of a room.  To make a room look bigger, you can use curtains with colors identical to the tone of the walls. It doesn’t have to be the exact color but it needs to have the same degree of color intensity.

Now, if you want to make it look smaller, you can use strong colors that contrast the colors of the walls. You can also use heavier fabrics to produce a cozy environment that large rooms lack.

Buffer Against Noise and Sounds

Curtains can serve as noise and sound buffer like what carpets can do. It can help improve the quality of sound and reduce vibrations in whatever room that you install it in.

For Decorative Purposes

Curtains have the ability to make your home look gorgeous. It can change the feel and appearance of a room to make it more stylish and elegant. It is one of the easiest and more affordable ways to enhance the beauty of a room.

Curtains are Versatile

Unlike other window coverings, curtains are versatile. They can accommodate large windows that other ready-made window treatments can’t cover. Plus, they are easier to clean and replace than blinds, shutters, or shades.

Curtains are Affordable

Curtains are much cheaper than other window coverings. It offers a variety of materials, designs, and styles to match your home decorations. They are cheap enough to allow you to buy several sets without breaking your budget.

Curtains are Efficient to Use

Among all available window treatments, curtains are the most efficient to use. It is multifunctional, low maintenance, and convenient to install or replace when needed. They are lightweight, practical, and can blend well with any theme or decorative style.

Other Types of Window Treatments Available

Besides curtains, here are the other types of window treatments that you can use for your home


A blind is a type of window covering that is usually made of plastic, wood, or metal. It has several horizontal or vertical slats that you can move side to side or tilt open and close. You can operate it using a track system through remote control or manual operation.

This type of window treatment has different categories. This includes Roman blinds, Venetian blinds, Japanese blinds, pleated blinds, and vertical blinds.


Shades are like blinds. But instead of using slats, it uses a single piece of soft material such as cloth. It operates through stacking, folding, or rolling the soft material to open or close the shade.

This window covering has four different types. This includes Roman shades, tie-up shades, roller shades, and balloon shades.


Another type of window treatment is the shutter. This window covering is usually installed in the frame of a window. It features horizontal slats made of wood or polyresin materials. These slats are either stationary or adjustable to allow or prevent air and light into a room.

The two types of shutters available are the wood shutters and the polyresin shutters.

Modern types of window treatments have become more and more popular over the year. But, even though curtains are from the past, they will never go out of style. They are classic window coverings that can adapt to modern design and style.

Advancement in fabric technology helps provide new ways to use curtains in our home. This will allow us to continue to use curtains for generations to come.

Photo: Sutro Architects

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