DO BLACK CURTAINS LOOK GOOD?

Black sheer s-fold curtains

Black curtains make a bold statement in the home, and certainly aren’t for the faint-hearted. For those who take the plunge, the results can be spectacular! Here’s our top tips for choosing the right black curtain for your home.

OFFSET BLACK CURTAINS WITH COLOUR

Black curtains are going to be dramatic. Why not steer into the curve and create even more drama with a bold colour? The look can be very glamorous and chic; There’s a reason the signature style has helped designers like Greg Natale have become household names. The curtains in the image below have been offset with a gold pelmet and tassel fringing. It’s a dramatic look, but it brings the room together into a Versace-esque masterpiece.

Black curtains with tassel fringe gold pelmet

BLACK SHEER CURTAINS

Did you know black sheer fabrics allow better visibility through than white sheers? We’ve surprised our clients time and time again with the proof! White textiles generally allow more light penetration, sometimes resulting in glare, while black textiles absorb the light, reducing glare. You can see the spectacular outside view clearly in the image below.

Black sheer s-fold curtains

Pictured above: Curtains for a home designed in collaboration with James Treble & Camelot Homes

PATTERNED FABRICS

If you want your curtains to be a feature, but not dominate a space, look for fabrics with small-scale patterns. They can stop black fabrics looking too harsh or overwhelming. The image below features a black fabric with a subtle champagne trellis design; perfectly complementing the Art-Deco inspired furnishings!

Black patterned box pleat curtains on a bronze rod

MEDIA ROOMS & HOME THEATRES

Black is fantastic to use in a home theatre or media room! Black absorbs light better than any other colour, which means it won’t reflect the light from your screen around the room. We usually recommend velvet for theatre curtains as it has the added bonus of absorbing sound & improving acoustics. Your small home theatre will feel like a genuine cinema!

CHARCOAL IS A SAFE BET

Charcoal is a great step back from dramatic black for curtains. You still have beautiful & dramatic contrast but toned down a little. It’s incredibly easy to decorate around charcoal curtains as it doesn’t pull as much focus.

Charcoal pinch pleat blockout curtains with white sheers

WHEN BLACK CURTAINS ARE NOT THE BEST OPTION

We recommend steering away from black if your home is compromised for natural light as it will make spaces feel even darker and enclosed. If you have pets who shed copious amounts of fur (Golden Retrievers, Huskies, Pomeranians, etc.) then we advise heading for lighter colour options that won’t show up stray hairs.

If black curtains aren’t your preference, you can read our post about choosing curtains colours, or our post on white curtains.

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