Victorian curtains are simple yet striking, offering an airy feel to windows to enhance a house interior. Elegant and timeless, Victorian curtains can add a special sophistication to a proper Victorian parlor as well as romance to the bedroom or coziness in the kitchen. There are several styles of Victorian curtains. And several of them including satin, toile and floral styles. Probably most traditional in Victorian decor are formal draperies in luxurious fabrics and deep colours. In addition to the darker colours, these curtains are often adorned with fringes, tassels, embroidery and appliques. They are always full length, may puddle on the floor and may be tied back with ornaments made of metal or jewels. The most appropriate fabrics are solid colour jacquards, velveteen, delustered satin and heavy taffeta. Drapes selected for embroidery with crewel designs are sometimes made of diagonally woven serge in wool or combinations of fibres. The only patterns commonly used for formal draperies might be Jacobean designs.
For more formal treatments, Victorian curtains can come with heavy cotton fabrics such as toile or florals in muted colours. Occasionally geometric designs are available in appropriate Victorian fabrics. Made into floor-length panels, Victorian curtains might be combined with lace or sheers separating the opaque portions. The heavier drapery panels may be open during the day to admit light, but closed at night for privacy.