Natural light is lovely for creating a warm, inviting environment, but when you're ready for some shut-eye, those rays need to be controlled, says Flanigan. In addition to framing window openings with color and texture, drapery allows you to have direct control over your lighting experience. Invest in high-quality drapery and line your panels with blackout material. This ensures you get sleep at any hour of the day while also protecting your furniture, rugs and art from damaging UV rays.
White blackout curtains are perfect for creating a serene nighttime environment even for the middle-of-the-day nap. For this nursery's reading nook, a fun hanging chair pairs with a bright yellow pouf.
Draw the blackout curtains around this lounge area and voila: instant home theater. The screen lowers in front of the fireplace and plush leather recliners ensure everyone's comfort all the way through a double feature.
Off the pool area in this Florida home is a relaxing guest suite. The opium bed features blackout curtains that provide ultimate privacy. Warm oranges contrasts against the cool blues and greens to create an inviting tropical design.
Soothing neutral hues, a soft area rug and a king-sized bed make the master suite an ideal place to relax. Here, the owners can take in views of the ocean or pull the blackout curtains and cuddle up for a quiet movie night inside.
A play of textures on the walls, floor and bed gives this sleek, contemporary bedroom depth and dimension. Blackout curtains draw to block light and provide privacy. A wall-mounted TV is situated across from the bed, allowing the lush, upholstered bed to double as a cozy media center.
Steel-encased windows run from floor to ceiling on two sides of this modern, urban master bedroom, giving it a breathtaking city view. Variations of gray, blue, silver and gold dominate the color palette and provide a restful contrast to the urban din outside. Custom blackout curtains add pattern as well as privacy.
Evenly spaced recessed can lights truly enhance the gold and metallic hues of this luxurious master bedroom. For additional lighting, four table lamps deliver focused task lighting around the bed and dressers. Plus, dark floor-to-ceiling draperies make it easy to shield the natural light from the window and quickly set the mood. "Think boutique hotel rooms with blackout curtains; augment with a myriad of light sources on dimmers, of course. It'll always feel like you're on vacation at home," says Jamie Laubhan-Oliver of D Home.
A yellow side table and lampshade pop against the gray walls of this transitional master bedroom. The sitting area is ideal for enjoying the outside view, while blackout-lined drapery accented with a yellow satin band allows for total darkness when sleeping.
Add inexpensive blinds, roller shades or ready-made draperies to any windows that aren't covered. A guest in your home is on vacation and will appreciate a dark room for sleeping in. If late nights are part of your plans, consider purchasing blackout drapes, which will more efficiently block out early morning sunlight.