Doorway Curtain Ideas

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In most houses, a doorway is either open or shut, but curtains provide a number of other intriguing possibilities. Using curtains, you can control the boundaries between rooms with a subtlety not afforded by doors and walls. Hang curtains alone in doorways to create a semi-solid boundary between rooms. Combine diaphanous curtains with glass doors, and you can create delicate boundaries which allow traces of light through while blocking images.

Beaded Curtains

  • Hang beaded doorway curtains to give your room a sense of exoticism. Doorway bead curtains consist of multiple strands of beads hung close together to create a movable barrier. They come in a variety of colors and textures. To divide up multiple rooms in your house, hang beaded curtains in a color sequence to create a sense of motion from room to room. For example, hang red curtains between your kitchen and living room, orange curtains between your living room and dining room, yellow curtains between your dining room and front hall and so on to create a rainbow effect.

French Door Curtains

  • French doors combined with curtains allow you to control how two rooms are connected. Install French doors with a translucent curtain made of a thin material such as muslin and a second, heavier curtain such as a Roman shade. Open the door to open up the two rooms completely. Close the door, draw the Roman curtain and tie back the translucent curtains to visually open the space between the two rooms. Lower the translucent curtains to create a thin layer of privacy while letting light through. Lower the Roman shades when you would like to separate the two rooms with a substantial privacy barrier.

Front Door Privacy

  • A glass front door creates an open, welcoming look to your house, but sometimes it can be too public. To preserve your privacy, install curtains between top and bottom curtain rods. Use a lace curtain for an intricate, artistic mesh design, a toile curtain with an appealing print on it, or any other material that blocks part of the view while letting the light through. If the curtain alone does not preserve enough privacy, install frosted, opaque or tinted glass in the front door.

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