Pink curtains have long been a hallmark of a feminine bedroom or nursery. Traditionally, they were all pastel and festooned with ruffles, ribbons and lace. However, there are now so many different shades and combinations of shades available that pink is no longer just for young girls' rooms.

Hot pink curtains in corduroy or velvet can be a nice addition to a teen's room. The bright color combined with a rich fabric is often used as a transition when the occupant feels too "grown up" for pastels but isn't quite ready for an earth tone. Whether you choose pink tab top curtains or a panel style, the combination of simplicity and elegance can be pleasing to even the most discriminating occupant.

Many kitchens can benefit from pink gingham curtains above the kitchen sink. They add a cheerful touch that can brighten the room and make everyday chores seem more pleasant. They will coordinate equally well with white, black or stainless steel appliances.

Pink Curtains (23382)Different shades of pink can be used to create a pretty, soothing bathroom décor. Pale shades blend well with pastel coral, turquoise and yellow as well as basic white in a seashore print. Candy-stripe patterns can also make simple yet attractive shower and window curtains.

If you have the black and white tile that was so popular a few years ago, consider a dusty rose shade for your window treatments. Whether the tile is in your entry hall, bath, or kitchen, this color tends to work well with these neutrals. Normally, the deeper hues are more complimentary than the lighter ones.

For an airy feel, consider a sheer voile curtain in your favorite shade of pink. You can use them over blinds or shades if privacy is an issue. Priscilla styles lend an even lighter feel to the room, whether casement or baseboard length.

Paisley prints have been a perennial favorite for many years. New patterns add colors like sky blue, burgundy and emerald green for just the right contrast. Rod pocket styles, with or without valances, are among the favorite styles for paisley curtains.

Do not neglect the non-traditional types of pink curtain fabrics. Beaded curtains are available in shades ranging from bright fluorescent to the merest tint of color. The beads are available in many different sizes and shapes, from small and round to large and shell shaped. Retro styles, reminiscent of the sixties, are plentiful, but so are patterns and color combinations that are strictly twenty-first century.

If you want to add just a touch of color to your windows, consider an open-weave ecru curtain that has pink, gray and green threaded throughout. You can then use accent pieces, such as throw pillows or rugs, to pick up on the color. It is then easy to change the décor to make more masculine or more feminine as you please.

Most pink curtains will probably continue to be associated primarily with a feminine room. However, with so many different hues to choose from, it is now easier than ever to bring it into common areas in a more gender neutral manner. Today's shades truly offer the best of both worlds.