Window treatments make an easy addition to any space, but choosing the right ones can be tough. Once you’ve figured out where the window treatments should go and what you need them to do, you have to find a set that looks genuinely great in your home. And that’s a hard thing to pull off—even when you’re drawing inspiration from one of the most popular design styles around.
In recent years, farmhouse style has become an absolute fan favorite (seriously, farmhouse is the most popular design style in 26 states—that’s more than half the country). But, popularity doesn’t always make the design process easier. In fact, if you’ve tried to craft a charming farmhouse of your own, you’ve probably realized that popularity is both an asset and a drawback. On the plus side, you’ll have loads of farmhouse design ideas to sift through as you shop for curtains. At the same time, getting through all that inspo could take a while—and you’ll probably end up seeing the same ideas over and over again.
To save you from the endless inspo scroll, we’ve rounded up some farmhouse window treatment ideas worth bookmarking. Ranging from classic (hanging frilly curtains in your kitchen) to creative (draping curtains from sticks), these ideas should give you all the variety you need to find the perfect window treatments for your cozy farmhouse.
Set the Scene With a Pretty Print
Since curtains tend to draw the eye, they can be a great way to set the tone in any room. Consider how you want your space to feel, and snag a set of curtains that gets you there. If a room starts to feel too sleek, cozy it up with a set of printed curtains. By sticking with a traditional print—like a delicate floral—you can score some classic countryside charm.
Add Texture With a Woven Roman Shade
In farmhouse design, you’ll find all kinds of different textures—shiny metals, rustic woods, cozy textiles, and more. So why not let your window treatments in on the fun? Add some texture to your space by hanging a woven Roman shade over your kitchen window. In addition to helping you block out that late afternoon sun, the shade should add a dose of rustic flair to your space.
Keep It Simple With Sleek White Drapes
White curtains make a classic addition to any home, and they should look particularly good in a light-filled modern farmhouse. The sleek curtains should blend right in with crisp white walls, and thanks to their traditional feel, the curtains should also play well with the most rustic elements in the room.
Add a Pop of Color to Your Kitchen
Curtains can be a great way to add a pop of color to a room, and that pop of color can be as subtle or as striking as you want it to be. For a softer approach, consider pairing a white-filled interior with a pastel Roman shade. Since the curtain’s color will be pretty light, it should add interest to your space without overwhelming your palette.
Hang Your Curtains From a Branch
Want to go all in on rustic style? Hang your curtains from a branch. Scour your backyard for suitable sticks. Then, hang each stick above a similarly sized window. Depending on how your sticks are shaped, you may be able to mount them on curtain rod brackets. You can also try suspending them from ceiling hooks and ribbons.
Bring a New Pattern Into Your Space
Your curtains don’t have to match anything else in the room. So don’t be afraid to play with new patterns and colors. Use your existing space as a starting point. Then, look for colors and prints that will complement what you already have.
When in doubt, stick with something traditional: gingham should look good in just about any farmhouse, especially if it’s rendered in a washed-out shade.
Hang Matching Blinds on Every Window
Curtains can be a great way to segment your space. By hanging textured shades in one room and printed curtains in another, you can make each room feel distinct, even if they blur together as part of an open floor plan. Once you’ve settled on the perfect shades for your dining nook, make sure they line every window in the space. Then, create a visual boundary by hanging different curtains in your kitchen.
Leave Your Curtains Unhemmed
For a really rustic look, consider leaving your curtains unhemmed. Sure, hem may be the last thing you think of when shopping for curtains. (After color, print, texture, and length, hem may not even make the list.) But the surprising detail is bound to make your space feel more textured and more rustic.
Add Warmth With Ivory Roman Shades
White may be a classic curtain color. But if warmth is what you’re after, consider hanging ivory shades, instead. Since ivory has yellow undertones, the curtains should warm up your space from the moment they’re hung. And once light starts streaming through them, they’ll really get a chance to shine. As sunlight passes through your shades, it should take on some of ivory’s warm undertones—filling your home with a soft, buttery glow.
Hang a Frilly Swag in Your Kitchen
While you might not have heard of swag curtains before, you’ve almost certainly seen them. Swags—high-low curtains that are short in the center and long at the edges—are a favorite in traditional country homes. And hanging a frilly option in your kitchen window is a surefire way to make your home feel cozier.
Pair Complementary Prints
Like any decorative accent, curtains offer you the chance to make your space more dynamic. And playing with different prints can be a great way to do that. If your bed is topped with a beige blanket that’s lined with brown stripes, consider hanging a set of beige and brown curtains. But instead of matching your prints exactly, spring for a complementary print, like subtle polka dots.
Take a Risk on a Dark Curtain Color
Dark curtains may seem out of place in a charming farmhouse. But if your home is full of light colors like white, light brown, and mint, dark curtains can ground your space in coziness and add contrast to your décor scheme.
Since dark curtains can skew dramatic, you might not want to hang them on every window. But they can make a striking addition to a light room or a bare corner.
Pick Curtains That Match Your Throw Pillows
Matching your curtains to other décor isn’t necessary, but it can make a small corner—like a reading nook—feel tight and cohesive. Start by identifying the smallest decorative accent in your space, then match your curtains to that. Craft your shades from the same exact print and color, or keep things interesting by switching up one of those elements.
Add Privacy With a Window Tier
Depending on why you’re hanging curtains, you may not need a full-blown set of drapes. If your goal is to add privacy to a bathroom window, for example, you may just need a simple window tier. Window tiers are curtains that cover the bottom half of a window—giving you privacy without blocking out too much light. And if you snag a sheer white option, you can let even more light in, while establishing the private feel you want.
Soften Your Bedroom With a Sheer White Valance
A valance is a short curtain designed to cover the top of a window. But if there’s an extra-short window above your headboard, a valance may be long enough to cover the whole thing. Thanks to its short length, a valance will deliver the coverage you’re looking for without giving you that floor-to-ceiling curtain feel. And if you score a sheer white option, you can keep the light in your space feeling soft and ambient.
Add Texture With Macrame Curtains
Macrame curtains may have a beachy, bohemian feel. But pair them with a rod iron bed frame, some rustic wood furniture, and a couple floral throw pillows, and they’ll feel farmhouse-friendly in no time. Since the curtains are so sheer, they won’t do much to block out light. But they will add a touch of cozy texture to any room.
Snag Shades That Match Your Walls
Your window treatments don’t have to make a statement. If your shades are purely functional—if they’re only there to block out light—consider snagging a set that matches your walls. The shades will blend right in, whether you have them up or down. And if you really want to bring the room together, score the shades in a texture that matches the other materials in the room.
Add Flexibility With Roll-Up Blinds
When it comes to your blinds, don’t be afraid to get a little rustic. Snag a set that rolls up to give you plenty of flexibility, and leave your blinds unrolled at different lengths. In a window-lined room, it can be tempting to make sure your blinds are rolled up pristinely—in one even line. But a more haphazard approach will give your home that cozy, lived-in feel that makes farmhouses so charming.
Cozy Up Your Bedroom With a Blackout Curtain
If the morning sunlight streaming through your bedroom window is simply unbearable, then cozy things up with a blackout curtain. A dark curtain will get the job done most effectively. But if you want to stay true to your farmhouse aesthetic, there are some lovely beige blackout curtains you can score, as well.
Let Your Shades Span Several Windows
If the biggest windows in your home are made up of smaller windows that have been clustered together, you have a couple of options. You can hang a small shade over each of the windows, or you can hang one large shade over all of them.
Several smaller shades will make your set-up more flexible. You can cover one of the smaller windows, while leaving the others exposed. But using one big shade will make your set-up more cohesive—and often, more dramatic, too.
Color-Coordinate Your Hardware
Your curtains have to hang from some kind of hardware. And if that hardware is visible (it usually is), it’ll affect the look of your space. To keep things streamlined, consider taking cues from the other hardware in the room. Match your curtain-hanging hardware to a nearby metal light fixture—or even to the metal frames lining your walls.
Mix and Match a Few Different Options
Curtains and blinds aren’t mutually exclusive. So when choosing your window treatments, feel free to double up. A woven Roman shade can offer texture and coverage, while a set of white sheers adds a pop of delicate décor. Start by asking yourself what you need your window treatments to do. Then, stock up on the combination that gets you there.