To use curtains or not to use curtains? That will forever be the question. With the right pattern and fabric, they have the power to completely switch up a room’s aesthetic. If you’re still undecided on the room accessory, take a look at these 10 living rooms that put fabric to good use.

Calming green can help you sleep Adding green to your bedroom is calming after a hectic work day and is easily done with some leaf curtains.

Framing the room Good curtains will soften the look and feel of a room in a way that no other window treatment will. Curtains can ‘play’ with the proportions of a room, frame a pretty outlook or shield a bad one.

Heading tape or eyelets are also used, and this determines how the curtain will hang. The type of heading tape you use can sometimes determine the curtain’s character, and deliver either a contemporary look or something a little more traditional.

A combination of white and grey makes for a crisp and clean interior, but is also the perfect backdrop for a neon blitz – in curtains or bed linen, for example. These stunning three-tone curtains keep the three colours in balance with just enough of neon chartreuse to make the room come to life. This treatment works brilliantly in bedrooms with a subdued base of colours.

It’s a classic look that remains timeless and won’t need redecorating any time soon, but the effortless blend of sable, buttermilk, dove grey and mink can also be layered to remarkable effect, especially in a mix of rich fabrics and plush textures. Sumptuous, full-length curtains, a buttoned headboard and layers of silk, velvet and cotton are warm, inviting and opulent, while wall-to-wall carpet enhances the luxe factor that little bit more.

During the summer, simply closing curtains – particularly lined curtains – can reduce heat gain inside by up to 33 per cent. TIP: Lined and interlined curtains will insulate even further and provide a total ‘blockout’ that can help to prevent textiles fading from the sun. Lined curtains also help the fabric drape and fall more evenly.

Lengthen your curtains In a similar vein to fitting tall doors, long curtains will work wonders in a low-ceilinged room. Instead of installing a curtain rail at the top of the window frame, position it flush to the ceiling. The curtains will hang down from the top of the wall to the bottom and make the ceiling appear higher.

Diffuse with soft curtains – For added amour and soft light in your boudoir, try sheer curtains made from voile or muslin. These floaty drapes can be paired with lined curtains or practical blackout roller blinds for after dark. A fixed pelmet like this does double duty, hiding the workings of your window coverings and adding a sleek architectural detail to a room.

Deep navy curtains in this bedroom mimic the stripes found in the area rug. A lighter blue on the walls keeps things cozy yet still provides a contrasting backdrop for the curtain panels.

If you aren’t overlooked, no problem, but if you want some privacy, or to block early morning sunshine, the only way to go is bespoke. Curtains, blinds and even shutters can be made to fit the space so they don’t spoil the lines of the glazing, so it’s well worth forking out. See versatile ways with shutters.

Curtains are a great example of accessorizing with textiles — for comfort, function and beauty. Did you know that puddling the curtain on the floor originated centuries ago, when textiles were so expensive that only the very rich could afford them?

These are roman shades. Also very nice combined with curtains instead of bamboo shades.

The curtains add vibrancy. Simple wall colours with decorative features that are vibrant in colour.

No modern closets. The bedrooms do not have closets, which was typical of a casual cracker-style house and a fishing-camp-style cottage. Instead, niches covered by curtains have dresser drawers at the bottom, space to put a suitcase on top and a rod overhead for hanging clothes. Wall-mounted reading lamps save space when there is no room for nightstands.

Double up – Particularly popular for bedrooms and living spaces, a double curtain can both keep the sunlight out of an evening, and let the light in of a day without compromising your privacy. With a sheer curtain for during the day and a heavier curtain for the evenings, the two curtains can feature contrasting colours and patterns, or keep within the same colour palette.