How you choose to dress your windows is of great importance. Not only do curtains control the amount of light that enters a room, but they are also considered to be an important design element. The choice between antique and new is often a tough one, and arguments can be made for both.
There are several benefits associated with antique linens. The top one being that they are unique. Having curtains that are not at all similar to what your friends and family have offers you a sense of pride.
If there is a drawback to antique curtains, it is that they are becoming increasingly hard to find in good condition. That said, most antique curtains are extremely well made, many by hand, and if you can find them, they will last a long time.
New curtains have the benefit of being available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. They also tend to be quite affordable. They can easily be found in many retail stores, as well as online.
Keep in mind that you are not locked into choosing all new, or all antique. Designers consider it acceptable to have one type in the living room, and another in the bedroom. Design is about what is pleasing to you, and whichever curtains you choose will be absolutely fine.