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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Drapery Color August 13, 2019

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Drapery Color, Milford, Connecticut

Window treatments influence the appearance and appeal of any space. Drawing the eye upward and to your walls, they can make a room appear finished and elegant. That’s why it is essential to coordinate your curtains with the rest of your decor. If you’re on the market for new treatments but aren’t sure which color or pattern to choose, there are a few guidelines that may be helpful. To help you pick curtains you’ll love, here are a few ideas for selecting their shade.

How to Pick Your Curtain Color

1. Have Them Blend In

Curtains don’t need to stand out to enrich your living space. If you can’t decide on a color, consider choosing window treatments that blend in with the walls. Don’t worry about matching the shade precisely—any pattern that’s a touch lighter or darker than your paint or wallpaper will still appear complementary. Solid colors or semi-sheer curtains are subtle enough to blend in while adding some texture.

2. Use Complementary Colors

Complementary colors are a valuable tool for interior designers. Using a color wheel, find the shade of your walls and look for the color on the opposite side of the diagram. For example, if your walls are blue, a soft orange tone will make it stand out. If the colors are bright, choose curtains that incorporate neutral tones like white and gray into their pattern to offset the bold contrast.

3. Match Your Decorwindow treatments

In most cases, window treatments are added after the room is furnished. If you want to create a cohesive palette, match your curtains to prominent colors found in your home decor. For instance, you may pull inspiration from accent colors in your rug, sofa, wall art, and decorative pillows. This will help the space appear cohesive and well-planned.

4. Consider Privacy

How your curtains look from the inside should be your main concern, but their appearance from the outside of your home may also affect your decision. Do they give your family enough privacy? Even though they look pleasant and let in a generous amount of natural light, sheer curtains may need solid drapery, blinds, or other window treatments to keep your interior concealed when necessary.

5. Go Neutral

If you’re at a loss when it comes to colors, going neutral is a safe bet. Shades of white, gray, and brown all coordinate well with most wall and furniture tones. These shades are also universally appealing and effective for toning down bolder wall colors or design elements.


Whether you’re replacing old window treatments or giving your whole room a makeover, the design experts at Inside Living Style will help you build the stylish space you’ve always wanted. Serving Milford, Orange, Stratford, Fairfield, Westport, and Woodbridge counties in Connecticut, this home decor boutique allows you to create custom pieces for your home, including curtains, bedding, pillows, and upholstery. Learn more about their services online, or call (203) 301-4939 to set up a free in-home consultation.

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