Whether you find yourself moving into your very first - and extremely tiny - apartment, or you’re preparing a new home for your family, there’s one piece of home decor that is always going to be a necessity: curtains.

There’s the obvious use for curtains as traditional window coverings, adding a bit of a flair to an otherwise dull space. But if you get a little creative, you can use curtains for a variety of different things, from hiding an unsightly closet to creating a little more privacy in your sleeping area.

First and foremost, a great set of curtains can truly brighten up a living space. But if you’re dealing with a small room, it’s best to choose drapery with minimal print or none at all. This is where going with something like the Advantage Plus Drapery Panels is your best option because of the multitude of colors to choose from. Payless Decor also makes it easy to select the perfect size curtains. Simply measure your windows and plug in the measurements after selecting a color.

Just remember: when you’re deciding on a color for your curtains, make sure it doesn’t conflict with your other decor. If you have neutral-colored furniture, you can get a little crazy with the curtain colors. Have bright furniture? Opt for off-white or any other muted color instead.

Anyone who’s ever discovered the difficulty of having to decorate a small space - be it a studio apartment or a one-person bedroom that needs to be made into a two-person bedroom - knows how important curtains can be. No one likes to have their privacy encroached upon, especially when they’re sleeping.

With some cable wire and screw-in hooks, a studio apartment can be transformed into a pseudo-bedroom and living room. And if you’re wanting extra privacy, be sure to order curtains with a blackout lining instead of a regular, sheer lining. 

Aside from letting you decide when you want light to shine through your household windows, curtains can give you even more coverage when placed over sliding doors. Even if you have curtains over all your windows, you still might find yourself in an overly bright area and may need even more ways to block out the sun. Or maybe sun isn’t the issue, and you’re just looking for some extra privacy. Either way, sheer, white curtains or a solid neutral will look best in front of sliding doors. 

Another way to brighten up a space while also making your room look tidier? Hiding areas like open closets or a washer and dryer with fun, brightly-colored curtains. No one wants all their belongings out on display, but installing a door is just too much trouble. Attach a curtain rod to your wall, hang a curtain that matches your room’s decor, and voila - a simple, yet chic way to make your space look more put together.

This technique can be used in a multitude of situations. Have a washer and dryer set that sticks out like a sore thumb? Put a curtain in front of it. Have a certain area of your living room that your child loves to play in so it’s constantly in disarray? Put a curtain in front of it.

Decorating your new space can be a difficult task, but because of the versatility of curtains, it doesn’t have to be.