Latest Curtain Designs in 2021
by ALPHA ARTICLE
It may seem all too easy, but homeowners can give almost any room a facelift by changing the curtains.
Of course, we don’t just mean switching colours; although that’s always an option. By changing hardware and the style and fabric of curtains, their home can look brand new. Plus, hosts can make a statement when they experiment with layering. However, window treatments aren’t just about looks.
Malaysia’s homeowners are well aware of the difference that the right curtains can make in the country’s hot and humid climate, which can make a home unbearable in the middle of the hot seasons. Thus, it’s just as important to consider how well curtains will keep a home comfortable in the extreme climate. The following curtain design trends take both form and function into consideration.
When it comes to colour, neutrals reign supreme in 2021. Shades of brown and tan and other earth tones have quickly replaced bold colours, and curtains are no exception. Homeowners also notice that sage, mustard, dusty rose, and steel blue are popular choices. These colours work well with many palettes, so decorators don’t have to worry about matching curtains to furniture or wallpaper. And if the wallpaper features a busier print, monochrome curtains are a better option than patterned curtains that will compete with the wallpaper.
As always, white curtains remain popular, and it might be the best option for Malaysian residents interested in curtain design for living room areas. This is because white doesn’t absorb heat like darker colours – which can make a room less comfortable for its inhabitants. Whether they opt for neutral curtains or a muted colour, homeowners can create a space that’s soft and inviting, rather than one that’s imposing or abrasive.
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Romantic floral and plant motifs are the latest curtain designs to take the world by storm, further complementing sheer, layered panels’ softness. However, homeowners aren’t limited to these patterns. There’s something for everyone, even those people who prefer clean and simple curtain designs to busier patterns.
Stripes, especially those that are horizontal and chunky, are an appropriate choice for curtains this year. The clean lines work well with minimalist decor. On top of that, Austrian and Scandinavian curtains that feature elegant prints offer more options to buyers while simultaneously showing off their sophisticated sense of style.
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Among the main curtain trends for 2021 is an ambiance that’s airy or light. Heavy and thick curtains can make a room look and feel much smaller. Homeowners might not realise that some guests may even feel claustrophobic in a room treated with bulky curtains, especially if the room isn’t large to begin with! Still, this is good news for anyone trying to survive the heat and humidity in Malaysia because thick fabrics retain moisture.
Layers, ruffles and other decorations that take up a lot of space should also be sparsely used if consumers want to keep up with curtain trends in 2021. However, lambrequin can add a sophisticated touch to any curtains without adding bulk. While chic and sleek fabrics and accessories are an option for this year, homeowners should remember that less is more, even when it comes to the curtains that frame their windows. Some have even predicted that this will be the year of minimalist interior design.
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Move aside, heavy drapery! It’s linen’s time to shine. Linen is an organic material, which is one of the reasons why it’s turning heads in 2021 as a luxury window treatment. Like sheer panels made from organza, curtains made from linen are light and airy, which makes them perfect for tropical climates. However, linen doesn’t allow quite as much light to filter through and diffuses the light a bit more. The result is a look that’s soft and romantic. Of course, if the goal is to block more light, homeowners can install a separate curtain behind their linen panels to achieve the desired effect, but a single layer of linen curtains will float softly in the breeze when it’s cool enough to open the windows or patio doors at night!
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Another natural fabric option for curtains is silk. Curtain designers have been using this fabric more in 2021 than in the previous years. Silk is always sophisticated and luxurious, so it easily works in the more formal rooms of a home. There’s no need to sacrifice function for form, either. Silk curtains are as effective at blocking heat as curtains made from other fabrics. Plus, silk won’t absorb moisture like cotton curtains, which can develop water stains from the humid environment.
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Of course, this type of curtain is essentially necessary to block the bright sunlight when living in Malaysia. The lined curtain prevents sunlight from entering a room and heating it up. By blocking heat, blackout curtains can reduce the need to run the air conditioning. For this reason, these curtains are sometimes known as thermal curtains. They also offer the additional benefit of blocking noise from the street.
However, many blackout curtains are made from cotton, so homeowners might opt for a blackout liner that hangs behind curtains made from more appropriate fabrics for the hot and humid climate. Still, blackout curtains, especially those made from lighter colours, may be the best option for keeping a Malaysian home comfortable all year round!
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Layering has a few advantages. First, homeowners can combine blackout curtains without sacrificing the lightness or luxury of other curtain styles. Plus, a person can really make a statement when they show off their good taste by successfully layering multiple curtains. Homeowners can experiment with different colours, patterns, textures, and fabrics to find the right effect for a window’s dressing.
Modern layered curtains have divorced from the heavy cascades and swagging curtains of before. Consumers should consider layering two or three lighter curtains instead of hanging heavy and thick draperies. Interior designers are even incorporating sheer, narrow curtains that sit in front of traditional curtains as a way to add texture to the window.
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Pom Tasselled Curtains
Homeowners don’t need to look far to tell that curtains with pom tassels are in style in 2021! These decorations add flair without a lot of weight. Plus, tassels look great with the aforementioned linen curtains! They’re feminine and flirty, which makes them suitable for the bedroom. However, tasselled curtains also work in nurseries or any room with a Bohemian theme. For just a touch of Bohemian fun, consider tiebacks or lambrequins that feature only one or two pom tassels. Homeowners can even hang pom tasselled curtains as room dividers to complete the ambiance.
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Roman shades are once again back in vogue. These shorter curtains can be pulled up and secured by cinching the shade and tying a length of ribbon or fabric around it to create a small bustle. The ribbon may be laced through the curtain or simply wrap around it. The overall look is charming and traditionally fits with rustic decor. However, modern prints and fabrics have brought Roman shades into the 21st century. Roman shades work especially well with shorter or odd-sized windows because owners can customize their length by tying them up. These shades are trendy when it comes to kitchen curtain designs.
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For the past several years, Japanese curtains have been popular with designers, decorators, and homeowners alike. It doesn’t look like that’s going to change in 2021. Instead, consumers can expect to see these flat, narrow panels continue to adorn windows in the coming year. Made from thinner fabric – often bamboo – and without ruching, curtains of the Japanese style follow many of the 2021 curtain trends already mentioned in this guide. Try them in the nursery or living areas.
Café Style Curtains
Another curtain option for those homeowners who want to leave part of the window exposed is cafe-style curtains. These curtains are much shorter and hung around halfway down the window, allowing light to stream through above while filtering light from the lower half of the window. Although this style of curtain has often been paired with a valance, that is no longer a necessity. A valance means added bulk and less light, so a café curtain can certainly hang by itself. Café curtains work especially well in kitchens and bathrooms. Modern designs may be hung from the top of the curtain or attached at both the top and bottom with a drawstring in the middle.
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Curtain Rings, Loops and Ties
Looking past curtains, shoppers will notice some trends in curtain hardware, and we don’t mean the rods! Specifically, curtain rings, loops, and ties are in. These accessories may be made from plastic, metal, or even fabric that connects a curtain to the rod, allowing there to be slightly more space between the two. Often, these loops clip to the curtains. However, homeowners will find ties that secure to the eyelets pre-cut into the fabrics. Rings or ties can also be used with grommet curtains.
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Beaded curtains are no longer only for moody teenagers and far-out hippies! Modern beaded curtains are more sophisticated than the plastic beads that baby-boomers may remember from their youth. They come in chic patterns made from materials such as wood, metal, or plastic and can work well to divide a room, even if they’re not the best at blocking light. Shoppers can choose beaded curtains if they are looking for ambiance and a conversation starter instead.
Faux Wood Blinds
Although not technically curtains, blinds are a popular option for coping with the heat and humidity, and for good reason! Faux wood blinds more effectively block light than mini blinds made from plastic or metal. They also have a more sophisticated appearance that blends well with the latest curtain designs when the blinds are drawn. And because these blinds aren’t made from natural wood, homeowners don’t have to worry about them absorbing the moisture from the humid environment, which can cause warping and other damage.
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Another option to consider is indoor shutters. Shutters are effective at blocking light without impeding airflow, which makes them ideal for Malaysia’s hot climate. As with blinds, homeowners will want to stick to faux wood options to prevent warping from the moist climate. Both are great options for homeowners who are concerned with privacy, too. Unlike blinds, shutters are typically installed alone, without curtains. However, shutters come in various styles and colours, including café style, full height, and tiers, which makes them appropriate for any room or decor.
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While solar shades may not be as beautiful as some modern curtain designs, but they offer a practical solution for windows that face the sun’s hot rays. Made from lightweight synthetic materials, solar shades are excellent at blocking the sun’s light and warmth without succumbing to the humidity that Malaysia is known for. Although solar shades are typically rectangle and won’t fit unusual windows, they are available in several colour options and come in varying levels of translucency. Solar shades can be hung from the top or middle of a window if buyers still want to allow some light to enter the room. Plus, homeowners can combine them with other window treatments if they are unwilling to sacrifice their desired aesthetic for solar shades’ functionality.
It’s clear that consumers in Malaysia or abroad have plenty of options when it comes to curtains that will keep their homes comfortable and stylish throughout 2021 and beyond.
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