Contemporary Curtains for the Modern Home

These days most modern homes are fitted with vertical blinds or wood panel blinds, that can sometimes lack substance and style. Curtains don't have to be for the traditional household, they can work just as well in a modern apartment with floor to ceiling windows. Contemporary curtains come in all styles, colours and fabrics. When it comes to modern curtains there are an abundance of styles to choose from. They can look just as effortless and understated as blinds but with added style and versatility. Interior designers love to use curtains as opposed to blinds, as there is so much more to choose from.

Types of Contemporary Curtains

There are literally hundreds of styles to choose from when it comes to contemporary style curtains. This can make choosing them more difficult, however in the end you will probably be more likely to find something to suit your needs and the style and décor of your chosen room and window.

Gliding Panel Curtains

This type of curtain is perfect for a modern minimalist apartment. They are a great alternative to blinds and they are simply long straight panels of fabric. Usually made out of polyester or cotton, although cotton is probably best for floor to ceiling windows. Due to the fact that, where there is a lot of glass there is normally an abundance of heat. Due to the fact that the sun reflects off the glass causing a greenhouse effect. Therefore cotton would be the best choice of fabric, as it allows the air to circulate thus keeping the room cooler than it would have been if the windows were left bare or another fabric used instead of cotton. The gliding panel curtains, are usually connected to a specially designed gliding system that is fitted close to the ceiling. They can usually be operated by using a chord or in some cases a remote control.

Wave Curtains

Wave curtains are an excellent choice when it comes to contemporary curtains. They look best when sheer or semi sheer curtains are used. The curtains are mounted using a special ceiling mounting system which gives the curtains an everlasting wave pattern. Again they are perfect for a modern house or apartment with large windows and an abundance of space and light. They usually look best in white, however it really does depend on the overall décor of the room.

Eyelet Curtains

Eyelet curtains can come in any fabric, although they look great when silk fabric is used. They are called eyelet curtains because they have eyelets at the top of the curtain, this is where the curtain rail is fitted to create an easy gliding window treatment. These kind of curtains do not require any special sewing or hooks to hang them. Thus making them perfect for contemporary home.

Contemporary curtains come in a wide range of fabrics, the most common being cotton, although polyester can be used as cheaper alternative to cotton, cotton is the most common fabric used when it comes modern curtains.


Cotton is often used because it is not too overpriced but it can keep a room cool in the summer and warm in the winter, especially when lined. They are also really easy to wash and iron, and they do not require any special washing instructions. Most cotton fabrics don't have special care instructions either so they make looking after your curtains effortless.


Polyester is often used as an alternative to cotton, as it is much cheaper than cotton, however as polyester is a synthetic fabric the quality is obviously lower than that of cotton. However they are a suitable for most contemporary styles.


Silk is probably the most expensive out of these three fabrics but it is the best quality and it can give your house or apartment that luxury style that you might be looking for.


Although it might be safe to say that velvet is better suited to a more traditional home, however you will be surprised to know that they can fit right in to a modern setting. Contemporary curtains can look great in a velvet fabric. Again velvet is more expensive than cotton, but if you want a luxurious look coupled with modern décor then velvet is the way to go.