30th May 2024

The Different Types Of Drapes And Curtains For Your Home

The Different Types Of Drapes And Curtains For Your Home

Long gone are the days when curtains were just functional pieces of fabric. Curtains are now an essential element of interior design and can quickly and cost-effectively transform a room.

There are so many types of drapes and curtains available. This can make choosing the right curtains both exciting and overwhelming. At The Mill Shop, we understand the importance of making the right decision and taking your time when picking the perfect curtains for your home.

Blackout curtains

Blackout curtains are ideal for light sleepers as they help to block out sunlight and street lights. They provide maximum privacy and are perfect for creating the right atmosphere for an at-home movie night without glare.

Some of our favourite blackout curtains include the Spencer Faux Wool Lined Blackout Eyelet Curtains (pictured above), the Canterbury Chenille Lined Blackout Eyelet Curtains, and the Lucia Thermal Interlined Eyelet Curtains (pictured below).

We believe all bedrooms benefit from a feminine touch that helps them exude romantic charm and a sense of calm.

Thermal curtains

Thermal curtains are great in winter as they trap heat inside with their special insulating material. They also work well in summer by blocking the heat out. Thermal curtains can reduce energy bills and enhance your comfort.

We offer a whole host of thermal curtains. However, we had to showcase our stunning Mabel Thermal Lined Eyelet Curtains. The grey colour can seamlessly integrate into a plethora of themes.

Eyelet curtains

Sleek, modern and easy to install, eyelet curtains feature metal rings (eyelets) along the top edge, allowing them to glide effortlessly along a curtain rod. These curtains offer a contemporary aesthetic that blends seamlessly with many decor themes.

No matter which style of eyelet curtain you opt for, they all effortlessly marry modernity and functionality. Our Warrington Faux Wool Lined Blackout Eyelet Curtains are available in red, grey, blue, green and ochre, ensuring they suit all aesthetics.

The stunning pattern is great in modern and traditional settings but looks exceptional in period properties and cosy cottages. We also offer matching cushions to create a cohesive look.

Pencil pleat curtains

For a classic and timeless look, pencil pleat curtains are an excellent choice. Characterised by tightly-gathered folds at the top, these curtains add elegance and sophistication to any room. Pencil pleat curtains are versatile and can be easily adjusted to achieve the desired fullness.

These curtains look fantastic in large dining rooms, feminine dressing rooms or glamorous bedrooms. They’re extremely versatile.

We love how many shades our stunning Buckingham |Metallic Pencil Pleat Curtains come in - from bold navy to futuristic alpine, traditional duck egg blue, and natural cream. These traditional curtains look wonderful with the addition of a pelmet and tie-backs.

Patterned curtains

Patterned curtains allow you to add personality to any space. Express your style, create visual interest, and turn an otherwise dull room into an interior design haven.

Patterned curtains work brilliantly with plain walls and colourful accessories. Our floral curtains allow you to bring the outdoors in, creating an airy and tranquil atmosphere.

We have a vast array of patterned curtains, however, our Vermont Tapestry Chenille Lined Pencil Pleat Curtains are among our favourites. While they’re called Vermont, they remind us more of beautiful French chateaus. How blissful to be transported to a stunning holiday destination every time you walk into your living room!

Door curtains

Doors are often overlooked, but they can easily become a focal point of a room with the right dressing. Door curtains aren’t just stylish, they can offer much-needed privacy and insulation.

Opt for our Woolacombe Thermal Pencil Pleat Door Curtains for added insulation properties - helping you reduce energy usage during cooler months and save money when you need it most.

Children's curtains

A child's bedroom is often their safe space - somewhere they can express themselves and decompress after busy and sometimes overwhelming days.

Children’s curtains that match the decor and allow your kids to showcase their personalities are a great way of making the room appear inviting.

The Dotty Woven Blackout Eyelet Curtains are the ideal choice for children’s bedrooms. Available in fun blue, pink or green to suit your child's preferences. These dotty curtains are the perfect print to grow with your child, ideal for nurseries, toddler rooms and even as your child progresses into their ‘big kid’ bedroom.

The fact they’re blackout is an added bonus, ensuring your little one a sound night's sleep even during the summer months when the sun sets later and rises earlier.


Net curtains are lightweight and translucent, allowing diffused natural light to enter while maintaining privacy. These curtains are perfect for adding a soft, ethereal touch to windows.

Available in so many beautiful patterns, there is something to suit all rooms. They can also be styled with heavier drapes for added privacy and warmth.

Lace has always been a popular choice. The Amy Lace Net Curtains are a modern take on a traditional-style curtain.


Elegant and delicate, voile curtains are crafted from sheer, lightweight fabrics that drape beautifully and filter sunlight gently. These curtains add a touch of femininity to any room and are ideal for creating a romantic and dreamy ambience.

We offer a range of voiles in so many colours, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you want a neutral tone or something bold like black, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our range of slot-top, tab-top and eyelet voiles.

Choosing the right curtains for your space involves considering factors such as functionality, style and personal preference. Whether you go for blackout curtains for optimal sleep or patterned curtains to showcase your personality, the perfect curtains are easy to find at The Mill Shop.

For more information, please contact a friendly member of our team on 01623 445480. 

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