Curtain treatment ideas for glass front doors

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Curtain treatment ideas for glass front doors
Glass front doors invite visitors to look inside; the right curtain treatment maintains this welcome feeling while providing privacy for residents. (green door image by hazel proudlove from

Glass front doors invite passersby to look inside, creating a welcoming effect for your home or business. But when privacy is required, a glare is unwanted, or when multiple doors and windows create a draft during colder weather, curtain treatments provide a practical solution. Curtain treatment ideas for glass front doors range from modern to quaint while adding versatility to your entryway.

Functional Curtains

When considering curtain treatments, evaluate the problems you need to address. If a glare during daytime hours interrupts work on a computer or obscures the visibility of a television screen, your curtain treatment should block light well. If you want to deter people from looking in, but absolute privacy isn't essential, lacy or translucent curtains could do the trick.

Curtain treatment ideas for glass front doors
Abundant glass on and around doors may be draughty; curtains provide the option for additional insulation during cold weather. (open door image by Dubravko Grakalic from

Decorative Curtains

When evaluating curtain treatments for your glass front doors consider them as a design element for your exterior as well as your interior. If you live in a modern home, think about monochromatic curtains, or woven patterns in keeping with the look and feel of your current design. Antique-laden interiors might get a boost from lace or silk curtains. Be certain to examine both sides of the material, as both will be on display, rendering lined curtains or those patterned on only one side awkward to look at.

Curtain treatment ideas for glass front doors
At best, lace curtains add a Victorian feel to a facade; at worst, the look is grandmotherly. (old shop image by Tomasz Wojnarowicz from

Alternatives to Curtains

Curtains might be too fussy-looking in some homes with glass front doors. Alternatives include the strategic placement of a decorative screen so that the door opens, but the interior is obscured. This effect can be achieved by hanging rice paper, or another paper that gently transmits light, over the frame or even gently frosting the glass.

Curtain treatment ideas for glass front doors
Rice paper is a sleek modern alternative to curtains. (Handmade rice paper image by Dmitry Rukhlenko from

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