I am not a big fan of curtains. It seems that they are always either too formal or else they are too cutesy, casual, country, etc. With these curtains, I did not have that problem. I bought them for my "living room' which, because our house is small and has no den, is really more of a den. They work just great with my casual decor yet I didn't have to resort to something like denim or gingham checks to avoid a overly formal look on the windows. The best thing about these curtains is that I also think one could go the other way with them and put them into a more formal decor and get just as good a fit. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, they are also well constructed and the fabric is of excellent quality!