Matching Blackout Curtains for Sliding Glass Doors to Your Bedroom’s Theme

A bedroom with a large bed and sliding glass doors.

Sliding glass doors are a beautiful addition to any room. Okay, maybe not the bathroom.

They allow natural light to flood in, connecting your indoor space with the outdoors. But you may not want that connection at 6 AM on the June solstice, or late at night as brilliant beams from the nearby street light plague your sleep.

For bedrooms with sliding glass doors, blackout curtains can be a lifesaver. They offer privacy, block out light, and reduce noise for a more restful sleep.

They’re by no means a subtle window treatment. They demand to be noticed, and that can be a problem in your grand interior design theme.

An all-white bedroom? White blackout curtains might be a dream, or a bit much. Earth toned, grounded theme? How about some muted grays or beige? Or maybe red curtains would bring a splash of much-needed excitement.

You’ll want a set of blackout curtains that complement your room’s aesthetic and your lifestyle.

Read on to discover the factors that should inform your selection.

What Are Blackout Curtains?

Blackout curtains are specially designed window treatments that block out light and reduce outside noise. They’re made from thick, densely woven fabrics that effectively block sunlight from entering a room.

Unlike regular curtains or blinds, blackout curtains have an additional layer of fabric or lining attached to the back, creating a barrier against light and sound. This makes them ideal for bedrooms, where you want to create a dark and quiet environment for optimal sleep.

Selecting the Right Colors

If your room features a neutral color palette, opt for curtains that match or contrast tastefully. For example, if your walls are a cool shade of gray, consider adding warmth with beige curtains or keep it sleek with a matching gray.

If your room has bold green accents, try deep green curtains for a cohesive look. Or, make a statement with contrasting shades like mustard yellow.

Patterns & Designs

Curtains with classic patterns like damask or floral can enhance a traditional motif. Modern and contemporary themes work well with geometric patterns or simple, solid-colored blackout curtains.

Choosing the Right Fabric

How much light do you want to block? If you prefer total darkness for sleeping, thicker fabrics like velvet or cotton blends are your best bet.

But if you want to let more light in during the day, sheer curtains can do the trick while still providing privacy. Or, you can go with dual-layer curtains: blackout and sheer.

Finding the Perfect Length

Length is crucial for blackout curtains. You want them to hang just above the floor or even a few inches longer for a dramatic effect.

Too short and they’ll look off, ruining the aesthetic (like flood pants). Too long and they run the risk of picking up dirt from the floor. Measure your sliding glass doors carefully and choose accordingly.

1. Go Long

The longer the curtains, the more elegant the look (up to a point). Sliding door curtains need even more length than window curtains. They should start a few inches above the door and reach to the floor. This affects function and not just appearance; the curtains should touch the floor to block out light completely.

2. Go Wide

You’ll need extra width for the same reason. Give yourself a couple of extra inches on either side of the door. Depending on the panels you choose, you may have to pay more than you originally expected, but that’s better than having blackout curtains that don’t black out.

3. Go Bold

Accent walls are trendy these days. With bold curtains, you can achieve the same effect — and you won’t have to paint the room to do it.

Evaluate your bedroom’s theme (let’s hope it’s not dirty laundry) and pick the most vibrant or stand-out color for your curtains. It might be a complementary color, i.e., orange curtains in a blue room, or a striking contrast, like black curtains in a white room.

Patterned curtains are another good option. But they can be risky! A small patterned area serves as an accent; large patterned areas can overwhelm a room. Unless you’re a gifted designer and can visualize things clearly, you might need to bring in the pros for this one.

Installing the Right Hardware

Choosing the right hardware is like accessorizing your outfit. You want the accessories to stand out, but not be too flashy.

A curtain rod should extend beyond the glass door frame on both sides for full coverage. And if you have heavy blackout curtains, your hardware must be able to handle the weight.

Customization & Personalization

Sometimes, the perfect match is a custom one. Custom-made curtains can be tailored to your exact needs and preferences. You can choose the fabric, style, and dimensions, and add details like grommets or tiebacks.

Don’t hesitate to make your blackout curtains a reflection of your personality.

Ready to Get Started? Call Aeroshade in Los Angeles

Aero Shade is LA’s most trusted supplier of window treatments. We’re also one of the oldest, and we offer a wide range of products, including custom blackout curtains and drapes.

Call us for a free in-home estimate, or visit our Los Angeles showroom to see and test working models of our products. We can customize anything in the store.

If you hanker to take your sliding glass doors from boring to beautiful and get better sleep when you do, we’re the folks to talk to. Contact us today.

FAQs: More about Blackout Curtains

Q: Can blackout curtains be stylish as well as functional?

With the right choice of color, material, and design, blackout curtains can enhance your room.

Q: Are blackout curtains suitable for all room themes?

Yes, you can find blackout curtains that suit any room theme. Just make sure to choose a color and design that complements your existing decor.

Q: Do I need special hardware for installing blackout curtains on my sliding glass doors?

We recommend sturdy hardware for heavier blackout curtains; ultimately, it depends on the weight of the curtains.

Q: Do blackout curtains block all outside light?

Blackout curtains block most outside light, ensuring a dark and private room.

Q: How do I clean blackout curtains?

Follow the care instructions. Most blackout curtains are machine washable.

Q: Can I use blackout curtains in combination with other window treatments?

Blackout curtains can be paired with sheer curtains, shades, or blinds for an appealing layered look.

Q: Are blackout curtains energy-efficient?

Yes, blackout curtains can help regulate room temperature, reducing energy costs.

Q: Can blackout curtains help with noise reduction?

Yes, to a degree. Thicker blackout curtains can dampen outside noise, though they aren’t as effective as dedicated soundproofing treatments.

Q: Can I use blackout curtains in a nursery?

Blackout curtains can create a dark, quiet environment ideal for nap time.

Q: Do blackout curtains only come in dark colors?

No, blackout curtains are available in a wide range of colors, from light to dark. The key to their light-blocking ability is not the color, but the tight weave of the fabric.