5 curtain trends to transform your space in 2024 and beyond

interior shot of a sitting room sofa and coffee table with flowers
5 curtain trends to transform your space Rachel Whiting

You might be surprised to hear that curtains went out of style when grubby nets and grandmother florals were used purely to block out the light and provide privacy. But now they are back, and the latest looks are modern and style-led.

Not only do draperies serve a practical purpose, but they offer a window of opportunity to introduce colour, pattern and texture into a room’s design. Once considered dated, the latest looks have become the newest must-haves with concealed rails, wide-width lengths and patterned panels making a hot appearance.

We speak to Marie Goodwin, head designer at Prestigious Textiles, to get her expert advice on the top curtain trends for 2024 and beyond.

1. Wave top headers

This curtain style can be integrated into your ceiling so you can't see any rail or pole at all. It creates a seamless, floating, contemporary look that's perfect for larger expanses of glass, such as bi-fold doors. If you don't want to integrate your curtain into your ceiling, you can choose a specially adapted pole to create less 'gather' for a more compact, flatter look.

2. Patterned sheers

Sheer curtains are a practical choice as they let in light while providing privacy and create an airy, delicate feel. Patterned styles are having a moment, with everything from florals to cloudscapes, and they're also available in soft, muted colours.

modern office area with tropical print curtains
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3. Wide-width curtains

Huge news in the interiors world right now, wide-width drapery provides the benefit of no join lines for a sleek and seamless look. Especially well suited to larger, taller windows, they're a contemporary take on a classic curtain. They can also be used in the centre of a room to divide the space or over a door to keep draughts at bay.

a chair and a table in a room
Harmony fabric, Prestigious TextilesPrestigious Textiles

4. Sunset hues

Emulate glowing summer skies on the gloomiest of days with sunset shades of yellow, dusky pinks and glowing amber hues or take it right through to ochre and rich auburn to encapsulate the most vivid sunsets. When pairing curtains in sunset hues with other shades in your scheme, opt for colourways that sit opposite them on the colour wheel, such as teals or cobalt blues.

yellow curtain hanging in the window
Rachel Whiting

5. Florals

As well as looking pretty in their own right, floral curtains can transform your window by creating a visual link between the indoors and outdoors. Ranging from delicate ditsy prints to dramatic full-blown florals, these works of art provide so much more than just a frame for your windows.

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