A good pair of curtains can transform the look and feel of a room. Like accessories, curtains add colour, pattern, texture and personality.  Curtains can also enhance a space, giving the illusion of height, visually expanding the size of a window and enhancing the way light flows into a room.

Selecting a curtain style and pattern is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to adding curtains to your decor.  Measuring for the right size and hanging your curtains in the correct way will make all the difference in how the curtains look and function in your room.

With various depths, materials, shapes, prints, and colours, curtains really set the tone and style of a room. To open the whole wide world of curtains, we have created a simple glossary of the best types of curtains depending on your style and lifestyle.

If you look closely at the top of curtains (a.k.a. the header), you’ll notice that some are pinched at the top while others are strung through the rod itself. You’ll also notice a great variety in the style of pinching. These pinches create different types of pleats, thus, defining the level of fullness, shape, and volume of the curtains.

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Ripple Fold

Usually installed on a track, this type of header makes curtains super easy to open close and then soft flow of the folds make them a modern yet classic look. This style is very popular at the moment.

Pinch Pleat

Pinched at the top, this type of header will create fuller pleats and a gathered look extending down the face of the curtains. You can use pockets or rings to hang them.

Goblet Style

While the aforementioned headers are pinched at the tip-top of the fabric, the pinch drops down a few inches with the goblet style.

Tailored Pleat

Tailored pleat drapes are similar to a Pinch Pleat, but the pleat starts at the very top of the fabric and falls from there. It is a less fussy more stylish pleat. Tailored Pleat Curtains work best when made with a substantial fabric, lighter weight fabrics definitely will need lining to look good if being made into curtains with a tailored pleat.

Tie-top

This is when the curtains are attached to the poles by tying bows or knots at the top. They’re great for evoking a bohemian, romantic, or laidback atmosphere.

Grommet/Eyelet

These refer to the type of curtains that have holes at the top so they can be strung on the rod directly so parts of it are exposed. Weaving over and under the rod, grommet curtains have larger, softer ripples.

Inverted or Box Pleat

Also known as a Box Pleat, the Inverted Pleat is one of the more contemporary curtain headings. The pleats are hidden at the back of the curtain, creating a wall of fabric at the front.  It is a fashionable choice as it creates clean lines and a neat look when they are drawn. For a simple and modern style, the Inverted Pleat is the perfect choice.

Tab Top

Like the above, these curtains come with loops on top so they can be pulled right over the rod. Similarly, much of the rod remains exposed with tab tops, but the rounded pleats are typically narrower.

Rod Pocket

For those of you who want the rod totally obscured, opt for a rod pocket header. Because the insert is hidden and the way they envelop the rod, these curtains typically require tie-backs and are a little more stubborn when opening and closing. Like headers, the material used for curtains plays a large role in how it hangs, but the material also determines how much light and noise penetrates the curtains. Get to know the different types of curtains based on up light filtration level below.

Sheers

As the name suggests, sheers are pretty much see-through and don’t offer much privacy. But they also offer a beautiful flow thanks to their lightweight nature. And because they so much light through, they can also cast a soft ethereal glow throughout a space.

Semi-Sheers

A bit more private than sheers but still pretty see-through, semi-sheers are great in communal rooms or over shades in a bedroom or bathroom.

Blackout

As per the name, blackout curtains provide the most privacy and insulation. The fabric is usually backed with a liner to make them thicker and more opaque.

Window Swags

Framing the top section of a window and usually falling in a billowy fashion, these are mostly just decorative and can be stand alone beautifully or enhance traditional curtains for a more layered, elaborate look. Also known as swags, these are loose fabric wrappings over a curtain rod that soften the appearance of a window treatment and add a casual, sometimes sophisticated note, to a room’s decor. A swag may be used alone on a window that gets no shades or curtains, or it can be layered over drapes instead of a formal valance.

Ripple Fold

Usually installed on a track, this type of header makes curtains super easy to open close and then soft flow of the folds make them a modern yet classic look. This style is very popular at the moment.

Pinch Pleat

Pinched at the top, this type of header will create fuller pleats and a gathered look extending down the face of the curtains. You can use pockets or rings to hang them.

Goblet Style

While the aforementioned headers are pinched at the tip-top of the fabric, the pinch drops down a few inches with the goblet style.

Tailored Pleat

Tailored pleat drapes are similar to a Pinch Pleat, but the pleat starts at the very top of the fabric and falls from there. It is a less fussy more stylish pleat. Tailored Pleat Curtains work best when made with a substantial fabric, lighter weight fabrics definitely will need lining to look good if being made into curtains with a tailored pleat.

Tie-top

This is when the curtains are attached to the poles by tying bows or knots at the top. They’re great for evoking a bohemian, romantic, or laidback atmosphere.

Grommet/Eyelet

These refer to the type of curtains that have holes at the top so they can be strung on the rod directly so parts of it are exposed. Weaving over and under the rod, grommet curtains have larger, softer ripples.

Inverted or Box Pleat

Also known as a Box Pleat, the Inverted Pleat is one of the more contemporary curtain headings. The pleats are hidden at the back of the curtain, creating a wall of fabric at the front.  It is a fashionable choice as it creates clean lines and a neat look when they are drawn. For a simple and modern style, the Inverted Pleat is the perfect choice.

Tab Top

Like the above, these curtains come with loops on top so they can be pulled right over the rod. Similarly, much of the rod remains exposed with tab tops, but the rounded pleats are typically narrower.

Rod Pocket

For those of you who want the rod totally obscured, opt for a rod pocket header. Because the insert is hidden and the way they envelop the rod, these curtains typically require tie-backs and are a little more stubborn when opening and closing. Like headers, the material used for curtains plays a large role in how it hangs, but the material also determines how much light and noise penetrates the curtains. Get to know the different types of curtains based on up light filtration level below.

Sheers

As the name suggests, sheers are pretty much see-through and don’t offer much privacy. But they also offer a beautiful flow thanks to their lightweight nature. And because they so much light through, they can also cast a soft ethereal glow throughout a space.

Semi-Sheers

A bit more private than sheers but still pretty see-through, semi-sheers are great in communal rooms or over shades in a bedroom or bathroom.

Blackout

As per the name, blackout curtains provide the most privacy and insulation. The fabric is usually backed with a liner to make them thicker and more opaque.

Window Scarfs

Framing the top section of a window and usually falling in a billowy fashion, these are mostly just decorative and can be stand alone beautifully or enhance traditional curtains for a more layered, elaborate look. Also known as swags, these are loose fabric wrappings over a curtain rod that soften the appearance of a window treatment and add a casual, sometimes sophisticated note, to a room’s decor. A swag may be used alone on a window that gets no shades or curtains, or it can be layered over drapes instead of a formal valance.

VALANCES

The valance, formerly known as a pelmet may be just the thing to pull your window décor design together and give your curtains the finish you’re looking for. Attached over your curtain rail, they conceal the suspension mechanism and, depending on your choice, you can create a contemporary, modern look, or something more classical to a totally glamourous look.

Valances and cornices provide an elegant finishing touch for your windows. Our versatile top treatments are available in a wide range of materials and styles: soft, flowing rod-mounted valances; crisply-tailored board-mounted valances; and stately, architectural fabric-wrapped cornices. Whether complementing other window treatments or installed alone, valances and cornices lend sophistication and style to any room.

ROD-MOUNTED VALANCE

Top treatments can help you make the most of your window designs, whether paired with other window treatments or installed alone. Our stylish rod-mounted valances—also referred to as pole-mounted valances—are available in designs that range from contemporary and casual to more traditional and formal. With hundreds of materials to choose from, our expert design consultants can help you select the perfect rod-mounted valances to suit any mood or complement any decor.

FABRIC CORNICES

Constructed from wood on all sides and skillfully upholstered in your choice of hundreds of beautiful materials, our fabric cornices add the ultimate finishing touch to any window design. Fabric cornices feature a sculpted, architectural look that provides depth, contrast, and drama to any room. Whether layered atop existing window treatments or used alone, fabric cornices draw the eye upwards and add height and grandeur to your windows, making an unforgettable statement.

Accessories

A large variety of window treatment accessories are available from finials, rods and tassles to various tracks and valances

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