I once heard somewhere that windows are the eyes of the house. If that's the case, then curtains must certainly be the mascara. A pretty pair of flowy linen drapes or bohemian sheers can really become a focal point in a room and tie an entire space together. Upgrade your space from 'meh' to marvelous with these picks that are all less than $100 a pair.
Syssan at Ikea, $59.99 for a pair
I'm a big fan of anything Josef Frank related, so when I stumbled upon this lined linen pair, I was jumping for joy at the similarities of the hand drawn leafy pattern to the late artist's work. What makes these even better is the versatile ways they can be installed; hung on a rod or on a track with rings or hooks.
Curtain Panel at H&M, $35.98 for a pair
These rod pocket panels have such a soft, organic feel about them and the graphic blush, plum and sage floral pattern make this pair feel less grandma-ish and more youthful and sophisticated.
Mid-Century Cotton Canvas Etched Grid Curtain at West Elm, starting at $58 for a pair
I really love the grid print of these rod pocket curtains and at $29 per 84" panel, you really can't beat it. These also come in a subtle white and slate hue if you're in search of something with a more muted palette, but the cheery yellow just does something for me.
Gina Single Curtain Panel at Birch Lane, starting at $90 for a pair
I love the block printed nature of these cotton panels as they feel very John Robshaw to me, but for a fraction of the price. Reviewers rated these panels with 4.5 stars, raving about the quality, sharpness of the print, and overall look.
Cloudscape Curtain at Land of Nod, starting at $78 for a 84" pair
Don't underestimate kid's decor sites for their ability to have cool home decor pieces, as decor finds are usually a fraction of the price compared to their parent sites (Crate and Barrel). I love the bold graphic brushstrokes of this pair that were designed by artist Jenny Pennywood. They come in teal, navy, and pink, although I find the blue tones look more grown-up.
Nate Berkus Fringed Herringbone Curtains at Target, $69.98 for a pair
Can Nate Berkus design anything wrong? I think not. I was strolling the aisles of Target and stopped at this pair for its nice weight and color, but did a double-take when I noticed the subtle herringbone design and playful fringe at the bottom.
The Emily & Meritt Tassel Sheer at PB Teen, starting at $98 for a pair
I'm a big fan of Serena and Lily, but I just can't get my budget to agree with my heart. Thankfully when I stumbled upon this pair that are similar, yet a little more budget friendly, to their French Tassel Window Panel, I was ecstatic. These are great on their own or behind another pair of curtains and lend just the right touch of femininity to a space.
Zuse Curtain Panels at CB2, starting at $99.90 for a pair
You really can't go wrong with the classic color pair of black and gold. Bold brushstrokes of gold upgrade a basic black and grey print into something so striking and these would be doubly amazing hung on brass rods.
Tamara Curtain at Urban Outfitters, $78 for a pair
The pretty bohemian pattern on these soft sheers is so beautiful and reviewers agree, rating them at 5 stars. Offered in cream, black, or mustard, the design is just bold enough to be noticed, but without competing with other prints in your home.
Navy Gingham Wide Buffalo Check Rod Pocket Curtains at Etsy, starting at $70 for a pair
Maybe it's because I grew up in the South, but gingham has always been a staple whether in the home or wardrobe. Case in point that gingham is an amazing print and not overly country: This Architectural Digest project. If you need anymore convincing that gingham would look great in the home, look to designer Caitlin Wilson or any of the products from Draper James.