Lighten Up Your Home With These Eye-Catching Curtains

Beat the heat and give your house a refreshing dose of color at the same time.

It's July, it’s hot out and the last thing you want to think about is layering your home with thick, heavy curtains. We totally get it. But when the sun's harsh glare becomes too much to bear, it doesn't hurt having at least a little coverage over your windows.

To keep your favorite spaces comfortable all summer long, use brightly-hued, lightweight curtains that will gently reflect the sun. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for inspiration.

Rehab Addict: Bright and Fresh Sunroom After Restoration

Rehab Addict: Bright and Fresh Sunroom After Restoration

As seen on Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis removed pink curtains to allow the big, bright windows to let in lots of light. The white curtains and furnishings make the sunroom feel more peaceful and relaxing.

From: Rehab Addict

Photo by: Mark Teskey

Mark Teskey

By replacing dark pink drapes with billowing white curtains, Nicole Curtis opened this sunroom to soft, natural light, making it feel peaceful and airy from morning to night.

Coastal Dining Room With Aqua Decor and Ornate Chandelier

Coastal Dining Room With Aqua Decor and Ornate Chandelier

A light, beachy vibe penetrates this dining space thanks to an expanse of large windows and an abundance of aqua furnishings. A beautiful chandelier dresses up the casual, coastal dining table and chairs.

Photo by: Jenna Buck Gross

Jenna Buck Gross

Because dark colors absorb more heat than others, it makes sense to choose curtains in softer hues during the summer. That's why we love this design by Jenna Buck Gross; not only do the floor-to-ceiling aqua curtains redirect the sunlight, but they also give the white walls a cute, coastal touch.

Modern Bathroom With Rustic Wood Paneling

Modern Bathroom With Rustic Wood Paneling

This master bathroom was designed to take in the treetop views via bright, open windows. The knotty pine walls keep it feeling like a quaint cabin, while the updated wetstyle vanity and tub put a modern twist on the rustic aesthetic.

From: KellyBaron Design

Photo by: KellyBaron Design

KellyBaron Design

Another way to cool down your home is to decorate with white lace curtains, like these beauties by Kelly Baron. Because the fabric is less dense, air will flow easily through the curtains and keep your space breezy and comfortable.

Transitional Neutral Living Room With Polka Dot Curtains

Transitional Neutral Living Room With Polka Dot Curtains

Two upholstered bamboo chairs with custom striped pillows and orange cashmere throws frame the large bay window in this transitional living space. Dressed in blue and white polka dot curtains, the window allows plenty of natural light to fill the room for a light, airy feel.

White curtains speckled with blue polka dots? Sign us up. In this living room by Chango and Co, the curtains add energy and color to the space and are just translucent enough to keep the room well-lit.

Dining Room: Historic Craigmuir Castle in Wenatchee, Wash.

Dining Room: Historic Craigmuir Castle in Wenatchee, Wash.

Tasseled bubblegum pink curtains and a matching pink tray ceiling add a lovely touch of color to the formal dining room. Elegant furnishings, including an antique buffet accentuate the highly sophisticated design.

Photo by: Windermere Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Windermere Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Bright and beautiful, pink is an ideal color for summer. Windermere Real Estate infused a formal dining room with this fun-filled shade, making the space seem calm and inviting.

Bright Green Bedroom with Floral Curtains and a Detailed Media Cabinet

Bright Green Bedroom with Floral Curtains and a Detailed Media Cabinet

Colorful floral drapes add a touch of whimsy to this vivid green master bedroom, featuring a bright white media cabinet with fretwork and glass doors. A lovely fuchsia chair and pink accents exude feminine flair.

Photo by: Claire Doster

Claire Doster

Nothing says summer quite like florals. In this bedroom by Gail Barley Interiors, two pairs of floral curtains easily complement the slipper chair and throw pillow and give the bedroom some gentle coverage.

Vibrant Outdoor Space With Hanging Daybed and Draperies

Vibrant Outdoor Space With Hanging Daybed and Draperies

Quick and easy updates brought springtime charm to the covered deck of the 2015 HGTV Spring House.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

This design by Brian Patrick Flynn just goes to show that curtains work well even in outdoor settings. For extra shade during the day, wrap your porch in warm orange-red tones to create a vibrant yet relaxing seating area.

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Neutral Elegance

Nothing says elegance like floor-to-ceiling window treatments in a neutral tone. Designer Jamie Herzlinger gave this grand bedroom a Hollywood Regency look with dramatic ivory draperies adorned with a gold Greek key design on the valance.

Elegant Yet Simple

To match the scale of the formal dining room, designer Lori Dennis hangs heavy brocade curtains right below the tray ceiling. A simple ring heading is used to balance the luxurious fabric, while silk ties hold the draperies back to allow natural light into the space.

A Breezy Look

Window treatments aren't only for indoor rooms. HGTV magazine experts suggest using them outside to create a relaxing indoor feel in a backyard. Pick outdoor-proof or easy-to-wash fabrics.

Photo By: David Tsay

Layers of Pink

Layer a mixture of curtains to create an updated design. Designer Andreea Avram Rusu pairs vibrant striped sheers with deep pink panels for a bright and contemporary bedroom.

Bold Contrast

A grommet heading, rings inserted into the top of the curtain fabric, is a contemporary and clean solution for hanging drapes. Make a bold statement with black and white stripes, like the Horizon in Shantung panels from Wildcat Territory. Photo Courtesy of Wildcat Territory.

Curtain Combos

Valances provide a streamlined look by hiding drapery hardware. Designer Troy Beasley pairs a valance with cream panels trimmed in brown to add warmth to the bedroom while still letting in a little natural light.

Bold, Colorful Pattern

Roman shades aren't as dramatic as floor-to-ceiling window treatments, but they can add just as much color and punch. Pick a bold pattern, such as ikat, in a vibrant color palette. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Sleek and Blue

Designer Lori Dennis maintains the contemporary look of the living room with sleek panels hung close to the wall. Hidden hardware gives the window treatments a streamlined look.

Full of Frills

Creative Treatments

Windows aren't the only place for beautiful draperies. Designer Tracy Morris fills a luxurious bathroom with soft pleated curtains hung along the walls to add warmth and to create different spaces.

Pretty and Practical

Combine panels with blinds for privacy and to add warmth to a room. For a natural and unique touch, designer Jennifer Duneier uses a bamboo rod to hang the panels.

Flowery Style

Floral patterns don't have to look outdated. Look for ones with a large print, like the black-and-white Roman shades designer Erinn Valencich uses in this modern bedroom.

From: Erinn Valencich

Nursery Draperies

Window treatments don't have to necessarily cover windows. HGTV fan Decorography flanked her baby girl's crib to create a dramatic focal point.

Keep It Simple

Simple shades and panels in a modern geometric pattern frame the view of this stylish study. Designer Troy Beasley says, "Keep windows open and light. Don't dress up the windows with jabots, swags or other old-fashioned, fussy treatments."

From: Troy Beasley

DIY Valance

Give your window treatments a custom look without any sewing required. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn monogrammed this valance by simply using stencils and paint.

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