Tips On Choosing The Right Color
When trying to pick out the perfect window treatments, sometimes the hardest part is narrowing down your search. The color of your window curtains is definitely one of the most important factors to consider. Color is also a great place to start trimming down your search because it forces you to consider a variety of other home decor factors. Pick up some tips on how to match curtains with your home decor, find out what colors are best if you're trying to blend your curtains into the background, and get some additional tips on curtain texture and curtain tiebacks in this how-to guide for choosing the right color window curtains for your home.
Trimming Down Curtain Choices
Picking out the perfect curtain color first has its limitations. Sometimes you should consider other needs before you search for the perfect color. It depends on the room. Selecting curtains to cover the sliding glass door off the kitchen is different from choosing curtains for the living room or master bedroom. Different rooms will require different curtains, both in style and functionality. For functionality, you have to consider curtain technology. For example, if you're choosing curtains for the living room, to cover a sliding glass door, or on any window that brings in a lot of direct sunlight, you'll want to consider energy-efficient blackout curtains. And if you have your heart set on the grommet-top look or curtains with matching valance combos, you should use those requirements to narrow down your search right from the start. Then you can start your quest for the perfect color.
Matching Curtains To Home Decor
Now that you're ready to select a color, the first step is to figure out if you're starting a room from scratch or trying to work your curtain color into your existing home decor. Most people searching for curtains are replacing old curtains (and probably also wondering what to do with old curtains), but that doesn't mean you have to stick with the same color curtains for your replacement. In fact, simple home decor replacements give you the rare opportunity to bring a refreshing new look to a room that's already established. Here are a couple ideas for using your current home decor to select your curtain colors.
One of the best ways to immediately pull a room together with the color of your curtains is to use one of the existing accent colors from your other home decor. An accent color from a round area rug, couch or other piece of furniture can really tie your room together in a brand new way. When choosing the right accent color to pull from, you'll be safer pulling from larger or more permanent home decor pieces like furniture, large area rugs, or even an accent color from a newly painted wall. But don't count out more permanent accent pieces like decorative pillows or wall art for inspiring the color of your curtains.
Complementary colors are a common and sometimes undervalued strategy for choosing paint colors. The same rules for choosing complementary colors for your walls can be applied to the home decor in your room. Using complementary colors in your home decor is particularly effective if you have more neutral paint colors in the room you're redecorating. If the color scheme in your room is dominated by a certain color or group of colors, search for curtains with a complementary color on the color wheel.
If the home decor in the room your choosing curtains for has some bold patterns, it's better to go with curtains that don't have bold patterns. Even if the patterns are similar and seem like they might complement each other, having too many patterns can create a distracting or clashing effect in your room. This is an important lesson for selecting curtains with unique textures as well. Having a variety of textures in your room may distort the overall look, breaking the room apart instead of creating a cohesive feel.
Obviously, you have more options across the board when you start from scratch. This is the perfect time to take a chance on home decor items like curtains that you absolutely love. No matter what color, texture or pattern you select, you'll have a better chance incorporating curtains into any room if they're one of the first home decor items you select. Just remember that whatever home decor furniture or accent pieces you start with will naturally limit your decorating options for the rest of the room.
Blending Into The Background
Choosing window curtains isn't always about making a colorful statement. You don't have to choose a curtain color that ties into an accent color on the rug or adds a complementary color to your room. If subtlety is what you're looking for, it's more effective to choose a neutral color and focus your efforts on finding a curtain design with a subtle texture or design. Semi-sheer curtains are a great option because they won't make a bold statement and will also provide privacy while letting some light into your home. Certain fabrics like elegant lace or embroidered window curtains can also offer a subtle detail to your space.
On The Outside Looking In
When choosing the color of your curtains, your focus should be inside the room. However, if possible, you can also consider how the color of your curtains will complement the outside of your home. It's important to keep in mind the amount of privacy you need your curtains to provide. Decorative curtains that allow light into a room might not be effective at maintaining a high level of privacy, especially at night when the lights are on inside your home.
Tips On Curtain Rods & Tiebacks
Picking out the perfect curtains isn't just about choosing the right color. It's also about the texture, the patterns, the fabric and the functionality. But there are more to window treatments than the curtains. There's also curtain rods and curtain tiebacks to consider. Some curtains will cover up most of the curtain rod when closed, and others, like certain grommet top curtains, will leave them on display. In addition, when the curtains are open, the curtain rod will be in full view. Between it and the curtain tiebacks, it's just another opportunity to complement your existing home decor or provide an interesting accent that will draw eyes to your curtains even when they're not on full display.