No matter how elegant or classy a room’s furnishings might be, they still should complement the curtains and walls, or the room will be out of sync, and will present a somewhat displeasing look to the eye. Visitors might also have the vague notion that something just isn’t right about the room, or that it feels incomplete in some way. The same feeling is especially true for walls and curtains, given the fact that they are always directly adjacent to each other. The ideas below will help you coordinate colors between walls and curtains or drapes, so your room will have the satisfying feeling of a well-designed, well-decorated living space.
Use neutral colors to advantage
Sometimes the best way to offset strong colors in your curtains is by using neutral colors on the walls. For example, white or cream-colored walls go well with just about any color, and can provide welcome relief from the more powerful and starker coloring scheme elsewhere in the room. The reverse of this idea works just as well, i.e. neutral curtains with strong flooring or wall colors. To make the connection stronger, you can add a touch of your wall coloring to the curtain borders, so as to emphasize their unity.
Complementary color schemes
This is a tried-and-true method of decorating any given room, since colors on the opposite end of the color spectrum have the uncanny knack or presenting great visual appeal. But this is a strategy that you have to play by ear with specific color schemes, because certain color match-ups are better than others, side-by-side. Before you commit to a complementary color scheme, try it out on a small scale, perhaps with color swatches in close proximity.
The monochromatic approach
It’s hard to make a mistake with the monochromatic approach, because colors used in this approach to decorating are always fairly close to each other in hue. While it may not work well using the exact same color throughout curtains, walls, and furniture, it will almost always be aesthetically pleasing when these elements all have colors within one or two shades of each other. This is also a great way to cultivate a themed effect in a room, for example by utilizing earth tones on all furnishings and wall spaces.
This is another can’t-miss approach that can only look better each time you devise a new color scheme. The guiding principle here is to repeat some element of your featured color throughout all the other room components. So for example, if you had red velvet curtains hanging right to the floor of your room, you might choose to have a rose-colored wall, with matching red trim. You might also include some deep red area rugs in the room, and some wall hangings which approximate the shade of the lush velvet curtains.