For a finishing touch on a farmhouse style space, you'll want to add window treatments to pretty much any room in the house. Beyond their practicality — they are, of course, helpful for privacy and blocking out light — they're a great way to tie an entire room together.
Need some inspiration as to what type of curtain works well with a modern farmhouse aesthetic? Check our top ideas here.
1. Solid White
You can't go wrong with solid white curtains, as Katie Hodges of Katie Hodges Design demonstrates in this living room. Just as there are all different types of white paints, there are also all sorts of solid white curtains, varying in opacity and hue. Both opaque and sheer white curtains work in farmhouse spaces, as they perpetuate the lightness and brightness that the style is known for (though, if you're going opaque, style them on the sides of the windows to let as much natural light through as possible). As with paints, err on the warmer side of the white spectrum — it feels cozier than cool whites, which are better for more modern, minimalist settings.
If your space is skewing toward the minimalist side of farmhouse, you can go a little bolder with the window treatments. Floral curtains, like the ones in this dining room, tie in to the natural theme that's so common in farmhouse style rooms, while adding some pattern to break up the solid woods and white walls. Don't go too crazy with color, though — neutrals are always a safe bet. And be sure to pick a pattern that doesn't feel too heavy. Again, keep it light and bright!
3. Solid Neutral Colors
Pure white too boring for your taste? You can also go with a nice solid neutral tone, whether that's oatmeal, gray, blush, or even a pale blue. Farmhouse style is all about keeping things calm and cozy — a neutral certainly helps with that. We love how this color palette almost adds a touch of midcentury to the farmhouse look.
4. Canvas or Linen
Add some texture to your room through your window treatments, opting for materials like canvas or linen. Again, stick to neutrals — the warm natural colors of both materials are ideal for farmhouse style rooms. We love the billowing look of the curtains in this living room.
Get the look: West Elm Cotton Canvas Bomu Curtains, 84 inches, $69
As with florals, stripes are a good way to add a touch of color and a little bit of pattern to energize an otherwise neutral farmhouse space. These blue and white curtains definitely have that rustic farmhouse feel — you can certainly picture a towel in the same pattern draped over the kitchen sink in a bucolic country home.
Lace curtains have a sheerness that allows light to permeate a room while adding a touch of femininity. Curtains don't necessarily have to be just for windows — you can use them in your rustic bedroom, too.
7. Plaid or Gingham
Plaid and gingham are quintessential farmhouse patterns, but be careful not to go too kitschy with them — you don't want to be Dorothy in Kansas. That's why we're partial to a sheer, white curtain, which offers a subtle texture without being too in your face.
We love the French inspired touch that a toile curtain brings to a farmhouse style room. Consider layering patterns, textures, and colors to create a super cozy space that looks as if it could be in Provence.
Get the look: Overstock Classic Toile Black Curtain Panel, $40.87
Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.