These 6 Dining Room Curtain Ideas Are Perfect If You Need a Quick Refresh

For a space where people often gather for good food and conversation, the dining room should feel warm and inviting. And one easy, yet often overlooked, way to achieve that goal is to add (or spruce up already existing) window treatments.

From roller shades to drapery panels to Roman shades, if you want to change the look and feel of your space, here are a few dining room curtain ideas to consider:

1. Roller Shades

A classic dining room curtain idea, roller shades are a great way to outfit the windows in your space. And we especially love the way they they almost disappear in this design by Brittni from Paper & Stitch. The earthy, natural tones and mismatched vintage Eames chairs impart a chic midcentury vibe that pairs beautifully with the flood of warm natural light.

2. Statement Curtains

dining room curtain idea with chandelier and blue chairs
credit: Studio McGee

Curtains are obviously practical, but that doesn't mean that they can't be a part of your decor, too. Consider how the drapery in your dining room will complement the furniture, especially if you're designing a colorful or eclectic room, like this space by Shea from Studio McGee. The floor-to-ceiling, patterned drapery panels make this blue-and-white setup feel playful yet elegant.

3. Cafe Curtains

white dining room curtain idea with green accents
credit: Sklar Design

This dining room curtain idea crafted by the team at Sklar Design works particularly well if you're going for a farmhouse look. Use dark trim and sheer cafe curtains to infuse your space with charm and natural light. This way, you can take advantage of the natural light pouring through the windows, but still keep a bit of privacy. Pair with an all-white table and chairs and warm wood accents.

4. Neutral Floor-to-Ceiling Curtains

If you love natural materials and minimal decor, go for this modern dining room curtain idea. The neutral floor-to-ceiling drapery panels selected by Andrea Rodman Interiors really tie this look together, making the space primed and ready for a dinner party. The window coverings also lend an air of elegance to the space, beautifully framing the picturesque scenery.

5. Relaxed Roman Shades

dining room curtain idea with table with white walls and chandelier
credit: Brady Tolbert

We love the idea of mixing traditional and modern styles, and opting for relaxed Roman shades is a good first step. There's something classic about this dining room curtain idea employed by Brady Tolbert, yet with a statement chandelier and a few gold accents, it feels refreshingly modern. Additionally, this style of window covering is a great way to control how much natural light you choose to let in, and it won't distract from the food on the table.

6. Curved Curtain Rod

Although curtain rods might not seem like the most chic feature in a room, they can actually work to your advantage. Emily Henderson kept the original French curved rods around the bow window in this dining room and paired them with picture-perfect curtains to help lighten the space. Even the finish of the drapery hardware matches the trim of the swoon-worthy cane dining chairs, giving the room a cohesive and sophisticated look.


Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos is an associate editor at Hunker. You can reach her at eva@hunker.com.