While I realize that there are more important things happening in the world than my bedroom curtains, I can’t even begin to tell you what a frustrating process it’s been to find the right ones for this space.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I ordered six different fabric samples and at least fourteen different panels to try (I don’t want to think about how much I spent on shipping and return shipping.) No matter what I tried nothing seemed to work.

Although picking out curtains has always been a somewhat challenging task for me, this time has been particularly difficult. In the past, when I’ve designed a space for my home, fabrics (including curtains) where one of the early decisions that I made in the design process. It seems that making these types of choices after the room is painted and other details have started to fall into place is where the challenge arises. So while I can’t go back in time for this process, I have learned a valuable lesson from all of this.

And, in all honestly, I should have known better. I learned a long time ago from one of my favorite designers, Sarah Richardson, that it’s smart to look at the fabrics for a space at the beginning of a design project.

At this point I’m chalking it up as a lesson learned. However, I am happy to report that I’ve narrowed things down to two choices (If you follow me on Instagram you may already know this.) While there was a clear favorite on Instagram, I thought I would poll all of you before pulling the trigger and ordering five more curtain panels.

First, a couple things to keep in mind. The room is not really decorated. I added in a few things here and there so you can get the idea of how things might look, however, lamps, linens, rugs, furniture, etc will most likely be changing down the road.

I’m going to use different rings / clips on top. These were just a set I had on hand to show you how the different panels look.

Again, as I mentioned before, I want the overall feel of this space to be light, breezy, masculine, comfortable, and serene. The other colors that will be introduced in the space are jewel tones – emerald, deep purple, and navy .

I think that’s all you need to know. Haha. Let’s do this. I took pictures from a few angles and from both rooms.

First up, Dove Gray Velvet Curtains from West Elm. Currently on sale for $69 per panel.

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Master Bedroom Curtains | Inspired by Charm

Master Bedroom Curtains | Inspired by Charm

Then we have the Magical Thinking Chevron Curtain from Urban Outfitters. Currently on sale for $33 per panel.

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Master Bedroom Curtains | Inspired by Charm

So now I need your help. Please use the poll below to cast your vote. Which do you prefer? If you have a strong opinion for either option, I would really appreciate any additional information in the comments below.

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Thank you sooooo much! Hopefully, if all goes well, I’ll have some new curtains by next week!

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  • Angela at

    When I saw these on instagram I liked the navy ones better. But that I see more photos and have the overall feel in mind I think the gray ones might be better–more masculine and breezy I think. Either way, both are fab! You have wonderful taste, I love following along with all your projects. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Angela!

      xo Michael

  • Linda at


    Love your closet ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks!! (more on that soon!)

      xo Michael

  • Beth of designPOST interiors at

    I am partial to the navy bc I have actually been eying them for my own project but I am also a sucker for pattern. The dove grey are great though too if you are going for a more serene look. Obviously I am a HUGE help when it comes to making decisions ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. Any input is great! I appreciate it!

      xo Michael

  • Amanda M at

    My choice is navy and here is why; I think the gray, although beautiful, have too much of a brown undertone against the cool gray walls. And yes, you have brown elements, but I think for some reason it still clashes with the tones coming from the dresser and bamboo shades. I love the look of the navy, even if you are going for light and airy, because it seems to ground the space better. It’s also nice having the pattern against the solid walls instead of solid on solid on solid. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love seeing the progress!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I really appreciate your thought process. I was hoping this poll would help, but it’s only making the decision harder. Yikes!!

      xo Michael

  • Lauren P at

    I love the dove gray! Which I voted for. On Instagram the gray looked dull and bland, but in real photos they look thick and gorgeous with the light hitting the velvet. Seriously made me want velvet curtains. I feel like the navy is trendy and I’d get tired of those after awhile, but the gray velvet is timeless

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s very true! I was actually surprised at the overwhelming response on IG. Thanks Lauren!

      xo Michael

  • Lauren P at

    What about the west elm velvet curtains in Navy?!?! Best if both worlds!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. I thought about that. I’m a little nervous they might be too dark though. Eek.

      xo Michael

      • Lauren P at

        I thought about the too dark, but I think they are photographed in a darker room and blues change so much depending on light. Navy is by far my favorite color!

        Good luck with your decision!

  • Karen at

    Dove Gray = meeehhhhh
    Navy Chevron = cha cha cha yes please

    Although I’m also curtain challenged also. I know in the end whatever you choose is going to be fabulous because your kind of fabulous like that.

  • Karen at

    Hi Michael,
    I was torn at first and thought I liked the blue best, but then decided on gray because you were looking for breezy and masculine and I thought the calmness of the grey was a nice backdrop for you to introduce the jewel tones. But, I looked at the pictures again and went with my first instinct. The navy makes your wall color and furniture “pop.” I think the gray competes with the beautiful tone of your wall color. Also, the design in the navy panel adds an interesting graphic element. I love your website and all of your pins sent my way on pinterest.
    Good Luck!

  • Cheryl Sager at

    I too loved the dark blue on Instragram, but with the additional colors you are pulling into the room, I think I like the gray better. The focus will be more on the accent pieces than the drapes. I believe the dark blue will pull away that focus to the drapes. But then, I can’t make these decision for myself either!!! Good luck. Everything looks fabulous so far. . . so go with your gut instinct; hasn’t steered you wrong yet!.

  • Patty at

    I LOVE the navy drapes. I am getting so tired of grey -it is every where and I am sick of it.

  • monica at

    When I saw the photos on Facebook, I definitely liked the blue patterned option. However, since I saw them next to your closet, they look too busy.

    • Dee at

      Hi Michael,
      I agree with Monica. The navy curtains look busy next to your closet, while the grey ones give it a more masculine and fresh look.
      (love your dresser btw)

  • girlfromwva at

    LOVE the Dove Gray Velvet Curtains from West Elm. Since you want the overall feel of this space to be light, breezy, masculine, comfortable, and serene, I think the velvet works best to get that accomplished. I think when you introduce the jewel tones to the space, they will all work well with the dove gray. The other ones are pretty, but there is just something about velvet that will richen it up to another level!

  • Lori at

    Definitely the blue ones. The grey looks out of place unless you’re going to repaint and change out all your bedding/pillows. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kelly at

    I really like the gray, mostly because they are a little fuller than the navy. If you are worried about them being too dull (I don’t think so at all), you could always add a stripe of fabric or ribbon down the side for some added color/interest.

  • Karyn Lisk at

    I’m typically a navy and design curtain gal. BUT I love the dove gray and think for the look you are wanting for the room those are the best to accomplish that! Well that’s my 2 cents!

    Good luck and I can not wait to hear what will be staying and what will go!

  • Heather Hart at

    Torn…but here’s an idea! Both! The navy for spring/summer months and gray for fall/winter months! We change out pillows and such with seasons, why not drapes? Then you can use both!

  • Stephanie at

    I agree with whomever said the blue was too “trendy”. the gray are gorgeous and velvet has such a nice texture to it also. I think they would go well with whatever other colors/textures you added. Also, if you ever decide to part with that gorgeous dresser, you call me, mkay?

  • Jill at

    The blue and white would just make me happy to get up in the morning! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Dawn Rene at

    Michael…both sets of draperies do the job…personally, I get more bored with pattern and color than I do with something more simple. I figure that with something like bedspreads and curtains, less is more. Then you punch up the room with accessories. But, you can’t lose either way. XO DR

  • Krystal at

    Definitely the gray!!! It makes the room more light and airy and masculine – basically what you are hoping to achieve. While I do like the blue colour and pattern I do not feel it best suits the look you want – too busy and feminine. It would be a great accent pillow with the gray curtains!!

  • Harriet Clark at

    I like the gray better. It’s calming and leaves more chance to accessorize without clashing. Great idea from a former post–go with the gray and then get a single panel of the navy to use to make pillows. You’re so creative, Michael, that I’m sure whatever you decide will be beautiful!

  • Patty at

    I like them both, but at first look it was the grey all the way! I’m sure this space will turn out amazing!

  • Amanda at

    Tough call! Completely depends on where you want the focus of your room to be drawn to. The bold color punch and pattern of the navy is absolutely fantastic and would likely be the primary “POW” (Batman, anyone?) in your room, but slightly limits to complementing touches elsewhere as not to clash. The gray velvet curtains appear far more luxurious and masculine, and allow you to both incorporate bold color pops and textures elsewhere in the room, as well as change your design scheme down the road should you get bored. Decisions, decisions (feel free to picture Mr. Smithers twiddling his fingers ๐Ÿ˜‰ !

  • Heather at

    I am in love with the Dove Grey curtains! Personally, I feel they are a perfect fit for the room- strong and masculine without being overbearing. The navy shibori-like chevron seems to draw your attention straight to the windows- which may be nice if you are looking to draw the eye away from your ‘closet’. But, the dove grey so perfectly seems to suit your contemporary sense of style. I’m really hoping they win out, but in the end- it has to make YOU happy- so go with whatever your gut says! =)

  • Gwen, The Makerista at

    Ok, I know I voted for the velvet on Instagram, but now that I see more of them, I see why the blue is such a contender. Is it bad to say that I would love a navy velvet? Ha. I like the heavier weight and luxe feel of the velvet, but I do think the navy looks nice in the space (especially with your shirts). ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. I see what you’re doing, throwing another option in there to really confuse me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I thought about the navy velvet panel, but it’s too much blue. With the hint of blue in the walls, I don’t want to feel enveloped in blue. Ya know? Ack.

      (You were my voice of reason on IG by the way. Haha.)

      xo Michael

  • Michelle Vincent at

    They are both great but I like the velvet gray best! Your closet is awesome!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! The closet turned out so well! I can’t wait to share more on that.

      xo Michael

  • Kris at

    Well, I am thankful I don’t have to be the one actually choosing! Blue is my favorite color and I love chevrons, but…..The bedroom is a tranquil resting space (or probably should be :-)) and the velvet grey is just more soothing and a bit more high end looking to me. I like them both, mind you, but I think the grey provides a myriad of options for decorating the rest of the room and even adding some temporary embellishments to the curtains themselves when you’re in the mood to jazz things up a bit . To me, the blue chevron is very busy and rather jarring for a bedroom. But if it’s a pop of excitement you want, blue is definitely your best bet!

  • linda at

    I was extremely surprised to read in the comments that the gray was velvet. I loved the color, but did not like the way they hung. They looked flimsy and inexpensive to me. So altho I preferred the color I chose the navy because I thought they looked well made and a lovely contrast to the walls. Also liked the pattern.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yeah – they are both hung kinda poorly at the moment. As I mentioned above the way the winner will be hung will change.

      I appreciate the input! ๐Ÿ™‚

      xo Michael

  • Linda at

    I am no designer, but I really liked the blue. With the walls grey and the bedding white, I just thought they showed themselves better. The bed is white, the walls are grey. I just think they pop and they aren’t overpowering at all.

  • Cindy at

    I voted for the blue, but now I am not sure. The grey probably lends more of a sophiscated look, well as I am thinking that the blue are a bit casual. As one reader said the blue may be too trendy and you will tire of them. So maybe the grey is a better choice and you will be able to change accessories easier with the grey. I change my vote to grey. Let me send this before I think too much and change my mind again!

  • Ashley LaMar at

    Chevron blue! Definitely blue. I do not envy you this decision at all though, we will be doing this in a few months when we move into our new place.

  • Susan at

    Chevron – I really do not like these curtains – much too ‘busy’ and they don’t look all that masculine to me. The terms ‘light’ and ‘breezy’ don’t even enter my mind.

    Dove gray – They look sophisticated, masculine and beautiful. All the things you’re looking for in your curtains are right here.

    Michael – You are so talented that it doesn’t matter which curtains you choose. Your room will be amazing!

    I also love Sarah Richardson ๐Ÿ™‚ and really enjoy her shows.

  • Helen at


    I like the dove gray – restful for a bedroom and any pillows will go with them.
    The Chevron is busy and that is what you will notice when you enter the room – your other decorations will fade away.
    What do you want to see/notice the most?

  • Holly at

    I feel your pain. I’m liking the navy, I’m not a big fan of Chevron but these panels are doing it for me. Here’s my dilemma. I just had vintage oak wood plank tile laid throughout my house. I’m going with SW Navajo White like your “before” bedroom(as we had discussed in a previous email). I now need curtains and a rug. I seem to only like the patterned curtains, no solids and same with the rugs. Can I do two different patterns (in a smallish room) as long as they are in the same color family? Will you come to Phoenix and just do this for me???!!!! I want to poke my eyes out.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Holly – of course you can. However, I’d try and do two different scales of patterns. Like one with a larger pattern and one with a small pattern. Does that make sense? I love this video from Emily Henderson if I’m not explaining it well. Great advice on mixing patterns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4bM2Usq9LQ

      xo Michael

  • Elysa at

    Oh Michael how I feel you pain with choosing curtains. My living room has needed new curtains for at least 2 years and I cannot pull the trigger on what to get. Solid, pattern, light or dark and then I need to somehow coordinate fabric for pillows. I always find this to be the hardest decision. I love the gray! So soothing. I think with the other colors you mentioned will look fabulous and you can bring wonderful patterns in this way, You always pull a room together so beautifully so whatever curtains you choose I am positive this room will look great.

  • pandora's box at

    I wanted to explain my choice of the blue curtainsโ€ฆ..the wood on the chest and window blinds are a warm color and the grey curtains are a cool color, so they don’t match for my tasteโ€ฆthe blue appears to be royal (warmer color) and more casual. like your pillows! Good luck choosing!!

  • Gayle at

    I voted for solid grey…the blue print is nice, but it looks very trendy & “bandwagon”. The chevrons and ikat prints are specific and will be outdated in a few months. Grey velvet is classy. If you’re struggling so much with curtains, you’re not doing yourself any favors with a trend. GO GREY! Love your site!

  • Judy at

    The navy ones sooo fit your personality, They open up a wealth of possibilities for mixing in other patterns and colors. They support not only your house and furniture style, but are fun and trendy. The gray ones are bland, boring, and so not you. They do absolutely nothing to enhance your space.

  • Elin at

    I’m a little late to this party, that’s what happens when you start grad school, but I really like the navy curtains. They offer a little extra something to the room. I thought for certain I would be totally on board with the gray, that’s more my style, but from what I’ve learned about you via your posts, the navy blue chevron is way more you.

    Either way, you can’t go wrong though.

  • Margot at

    Love the dove grey. The navy remind me a little too much of a college dorm or apartment.

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