Choosing just the right color curtains can complete the overall color scheme of your room. This guide contains curtain color advice.
By Neha 1
We recently purchased taupe couches which have sage green and gray pillows. We went with a sage green bold area rug. But I am confused about the curtains, we have very high ceilings. I want to do sheer curtains. I have my mind set on sheer white or sheer ivory curtains, will that work?
By Sweet T 1
I have black leather furniture, very light green walls, a black granite fireplace, and a rug. The rug has the following colors light green, rust, and black lines. I do not know what color the curtains should be. I am at a loss. Please help.
By Dazee N. 1
My husband and I just bought our home and we have a gray sofa-sectional, but are debating on the colors for our curtains. Eventually, we want to stain our floors darker and paint our walls a very light gray (almost white). We want to have 2 levels of curtains. I think we should have a sky/light blue curtain with white sheer curtain in the back, but my husband wants a medium to dark gray curtain with the white sheer curtain in the back. I don't know if there's a term for the sheer white curtains or not. I was also thinking of white curtains. Our living room is really small. A lot smaller than it looks in the picture. Please help. Thank you!
November 12, 2015
I agree with Louise about draperies the same color or a shade darker, making the room appear larger. The reason this happens is, if you have draperies near the same color as the wall, there appears to be an uninterrupted view across the entire wall, creating a sense of spaciousness.
By Trevor 1
We have a lounge with deep yellow walls all round and an a joining dinning room which is light green all round. The carpet throughout is light green, and the lounge furniture is terracotta plain covers.
Please advise best color or perhaps colored pattern for this room.
By Liette L. 1
What color curtains would you get if my walls are light grey and my sofa and chair are brown?
I am thinking brown since the wall are gray the curtains would
mesh with the couch, and I would try to get as close to the brown color to match as possible. Linda H.
Can you please suggest a curtain color for a pink wall?
November 3, 2015
I had reservations about the black rod, too....And of course, you're right. Here is your burnished brass rod finished in a color to match the draperies. Two heads are better than one. Thank you.
I have dark reddish brown hardwood floors and dark beige walls in the living room. My couches are black, but we might change them soon. We wanted red curtains, but it made the room really dark. We prefer colored curtains rather than neutral. What shade would you recommend? Will lime green or yellow look good?
I think picking a color curtain that matches or blends in with your wall color allows the eye to see a beautiful open airy look. I would also add a white and tan or white and brown leaf design sheer to go behind it. This way the light will come through the sheer leaf design adding light.
The side curtain panels will blend in with the walls and will look nice with your floors. It will also look great with your sheers. Bringing nature into the home is always soothing to everyone's spirit. In addition, the white and tan or white and brown leaf design coordinates with the wood floors. Adding accent colors such as a cream colored sofa with cream, tan pillows, yellow, or green sofa pillows would look very nice. Displaying green plants everywhere adds light and ties everything in. Using 3 colors such as brown, cream, tan and then adding pops of color in green and or even yellow is great.
By lacey_08 1
I have a black and beige sectional couch and I was wondering what colour curtains would look best with it. I just bought red ones and put them up, but I don't think they look that good. Thanks!
I need help choosing the right color. I love red and my kitchen is a deep barn red. It is open to my living room that has light tan walls. The furniture is dark chocolate brown leather and the tables are a deep mahogany. Accents in the room are red and brown. Currently I have deep red curtains on top of white blinds. It is too dark. Any ideas?
I absolutely love red and white gingham checks... the 1/2 inch size checks. Just a valance would make your kitchen cozy and friendly.
I have tan walls, brown furniture and one blue accent wall. What color should I use for curtains? I'm thinking white because it is safe and goes with everything. Any other ideas?
By Amanda B.
A deeper or brighter blue might work. What color is the wall where the window is located? I would suggest keeping the curtains in the same color family as the wall, and using white for accents repeated throughout the room - pillows, large pictures, vases, throw rugs, lamps, etc. General rule is not more than three colors, but you can play with the intensity of the color - bright, shiny brown, bright blue, pale blue.
By Melinda 1
My husband and I just bought a house. I'm not much of a decorator and so something as simple as picking out curtains freaks me out. The living room walls are a pale yellow, we took up the carpet to show the hardwood flooring, and all the trim throughout the house is white. We have no furniture in there as of yet but my husband wants curtains for our bay window asap.
If anyone has any suggestions for curtain colors I would appreciate it. :) Also, our kitchen is very small and connected to the living room - it is a really pretty blue color, cabinets will be painted white very soon. We have three small kitchen windows and I want to get black and white window valances. Should the black and white valances tie in with my bay window curtains in the living room?
Melinda from Wenonah, NJ
If you plan to use draperies, I would go with white draperies and yellow sheers. I'm not a decorator, so you will probably get better advice. Everybody likes my home decor which I always do myself. My floors are also wood (oak). My walls are very light beige, dark brown leather furniture. Throw pillows, etc. are turquoise, brown, green -- all tropical decor. I live in FL.
By Servin 1
My living room is all neutral colors with high ceilings, my couch is a taupe color, my walls are a goldish tan color and my fireplace has a green marbling in it. My living room and dining room are open to one another and I need help figuring out what color curtains to add to my living room along each side of the fireplace. Attached is a picture of my living room and dining room. Any suggestions?
By jbrandon 1
My wife and I can't seem to figure out much together when it comes to home decor. Any advice on curtain colors for a family room and dining room? See attached pics.
Note: the family room is attached to our kitchen which has light beige paint and valences with red and khaki. The dining room has gold paint, brown furniture, plus curtains and a chandelier that need to be replaced. Thank you very much for any help :)
By Debbie E. 1
I am a little scared of bold colors so I have gotten stuck in a rut of neutral colors. I have medium brown carpet, a chocolate brown couch and love seat, and egg shell walls with an almost olive green trim. I have tan curtains now, but I am so over all the neutrals. Is there a color choice for curtains to start brightening up my life? Or do I just move and start over?
I have a lot of earth tones in my house. Many rooms are painted with Benjamin Moore's historical colors. You may want to look on their website and try different colors in the sample rooms you can "paint" online. You can see what colors look good with your existing furniture, wall, trim, and rug colors by painting the room those colors and adding different ones. Good luck!
What color/style curtains should I go with? My walls are Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and the sofa is Wasbi green with a Taraz Lagoon accent chair, and Taraz Lagoon pillows from Rooms to Go. Should I go with green or bring out the navy from the pillows and chair?
Thank you all so much for your help. I will take the pillow with me as well as paint color card! Your ideas have encouraged me to not be afraid to go with what I like. I will post a picture when I decide and get the room finished! Thanks again, DJ
I have brown couches, tan carpet, and white walls. What color should I go with for curtains? Also, I have lots of black frames and a black entertainment center. Help!
By Ambr L from Colorado Springs, CO
This is a very neutral pallet. You could use just about anything with those colors. Pick a print or pattern that is in a color you like - blue, pink, green, golds - whatever, and that incorporates the tans that you have, and use the colors for drapes, or on throw pillows, and use solid drapes in the accent color.
Another way to go, if you like to have lots of artwork on your walls (not just one or two pictures, but lots -I have twelve paintings in my living room), is to use another neutral on the drapes, and then just showcase your artwork and knick knacks for the color. I have white sheer drapes.
By coldelray 1
I moved into a studio apartment with Mexican floor tiles. The tile pattern has some with a dark blue and sunny yellow design. I have a grey comforter (neutral). The studio is small and I need curtains, but I can not decide what to do for them. I can't decide between grey and yellow, solid blue, solid yellow, or orange for the Mexican tile. A few ideas will help, thank you.
Go bold to complete your look. Bright golden yellow or orange. Or depending on the size of the windows you could put a sheer one in the middle-white or yellow & orange on each side & tie back with silk braided rope or fringed braided rope. This will brighten it up! Good luck & have fun.
I have a burgundy carpet and light cream walls. I just don't know what colour curtains to buy that will go with the room. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.
I am having burgundy carpet installed and sand walls. I'm swagging burgundy and dusty rose together on the windows with sand sheers. You can go to a fabric store, buy the fabric, hem it and save loads.
By Lisa 1
I'm looking for some help to decide on a curtain colour for my front room as I'm not very good at matching things. I have magnolia walls, cream/beige carpet, and a red fabric couch. I have a big bay window and a smaller window and can't decide what colour curtains. I have been thinking of a deep olive green shade, but that's just a thought. Any ideas at all would be greatly appreciated:)
November 10, 2015
Thank you, Louise. The thought of Christmas came to my mind as well. I think you explained the whys and wherefores rather nicely.
We have dark red chestnut hardwood floors/woodwork and light green walls. What colour curtains should I go with?
Decided to go with a wide wall coverage of a darker green and add cream sheers as an accent instead of a valance so the stained glass would always be visible.
Thanks for the input!
By Jeet B. 1
I have pink walls in my bedroom. 3 are light pink and 1 is dark pink. Which colour of curtains should I opt for in that bedroom?
I think white would look great. Or, you could go with a shade of pink that matches either of the walls, or is lighter or darker. If you like prints - geometric or flowers, a print in shades of pink and white, and perhaps some other colours (say yellow and green, if you went for a flowered print), might be nice.
I am making a new curtain for our bathroom window. The walls are white, the window and grids are white, and the window trim is stained walnut. We have blue and light green towels and the shower curtain is shades of blue and blue/green in thin subtle stripes. I had a white tie-up curtain, but that was just too much white in the bathroom. I tried one that was supposed to be taupe, but it's too dark and blocks the light. So now I am going to make my own. I think it should probably coordinate with the shower curtain.
The curtain only needs to cover the top half of the window since the bottom half is frosted and I'd like it to allow as much light through as possible which is why I went with a white curtain originally. It's also high enough off of the ground that no one would see in so I just need the allusion of privacy. So what type of fabric, color, pattern/solid would you recommend?
Could you use a lace curtain? If not, go with a light colour of blue or green, or a print that matches the colours of your shower curtain and towels. I would not use the same material unless you love it. It might be too "matchy, matchy". Could you use a sheer material for the curtains? That would let in light, and provide the illusion of privacy.
By Mhy B. 1
I would like to redecorate my living room. Can you please help me with what color of curtain should I should choose. And also some ornaments that I can put on the tables.
Use color. Make the curtains 'wall to wall'. Here's a very quickly thrown together example of what color in the curtains, rug and a larger wall decoration could do.
By Charu V. 1
We just moved into this new apartment. And I am going crazy about what color to choose in regards to the curtains. When I browse curtains online and see "cool white" or "white" colors, they look very bright/shiny white with my walls, which are not true white. And to me, those too-white curtains look poor-quality in front of off-white walls, even though these curtains are very expensive. What color should I choose? Please help.
The light shade on your walls I don't think would compliment well with pure white curtains regardless of textured fabric unless you have other colors in it that would merge such as a bit or orange, rust,yellow, etc. in the fabric. But that is just my opinion or preference. You didn't state what color flooring and furniture you have for that area and if you have more artificial or natural light in the room. Don't go over three colors or the room will look too busy. There are other colors that would look good with your walls too, such as blue, green, cream combination.
I have vintage lace wallpaper by Crown in my bedroom; this is the feature wall. It has a white background and a light pink pattern. The other three walls, which includes the window wall are white. What colour curtains would look right? Thanks.
By Max W
I would go with either white or solid pink - either light or dark, or a pink and white print. If you want room darkening curtains, be sure you have solid ones that are lined. Alternately, you could put mini blinds in the window to darken the room, and then lace or sheer curtains to keep the light airy effect of the lacy patterns in the room.
By Mommy2013 1
I have dark beige walls and ivory crown molding and ivory molding trim along my huge windows. I have an ivory sofa, with oak floors. What color drapes should I do? I was thinking teal, but am not sure?
If it were me, I would get curtains that have at least one or more of the major colors in the room and add color along with them, such as a print. Maybe a dark floral. Also, if the curtains have a lining, this gives it a richer look. I hope this helps.
My living room wall colour is light green and dark green (3 walls have light green and 1 wall has dark green). Please can anybody give me a suggestion for curtains colour.
By Kanchan from Jabalpur, India
Your windows look lovely as they are. But, if you want to cover them, lace would be pretty.
Is it OK to put "cool white" curtains on windows with off white trim? My gut is telling me there is an unwritten rule about this. Help!
Yes. It is called "white on white." Add another shade or shades of white and you have a beautiful room!
My living room wall paint is green and orange. What colour can I use for the rug and curtains?
Hi Grace, you have two options here. If you have green and orange on the wall, you can use either complimentary colors for the accessories (curtains) or you can use triad colors. These options are found using a basic color wheel, like the one below. To use complimentary colors you will select from the colors alongside green and orange. You will see this includes lighter shades of the green and orange already on the wall, or you can also select yellow, which is the color between green and orange. But what I recommend for you is to go with the triad approach. This method lets you break the wheel into 3 parts and each part is represented in the room. I recommend this approach because you already have two parts of the triangle represented in the room. The third color will be violet and I think that will really set things off nicely for you. Hope this helps!
I just painted my bedroom walls Benjamin Moore Nimbus Gray, which is really blue. On my bed I have a solid quilt in a pink, almost watermelon color, with blue and white toss pillows. I have light maple furniture and a cream colored carpet and white cellular shades. I wanted to add curtains, but am stumped as to what color they should be.
From your photo, it seems that you have white blinds for privacy. I like that look just as it is. However, if you want curtains as well, I would go with white sheers. I think with the dark walls, and the bright colours on the bed, you do not want to add another dark colour nor any kind of pattern. I think that would be overdone. I think the room looks very nice just the way it is.
I have a white walls, a black desk up against the window, a black entertainment system, and a dark brown futon, chair, and coffee table set. What color curtain should I get?
Thank you so much!
By Deanna D
Go for BOLD. I'd choose orange for a nice contemporary pop. A big print would be good, with orange as the primary color. Something like this:
I have a dark brown sofa set, very light gray walls, beige ceiling and ivory flooring. What is the best color curtain? Also, what color would be good for throw pillows?
By Celi from Philippines
This is a pretty neutral pallet. You can go with just about any color you like. I agree that blue would look nice, but shades of green, or a floral print curtain and then pick up the color with solid cushions, say pinks and yellows. Really, you can go with just about anything.
Another way to go, if you have a lot of colorful accessories - paintings, photos, vases of flowers,mosaic topped tables, etc. you could go with a light airy beige or cream curtain, similar for the cushions, and let the accessories in the room provide the color punch.
I need help with curtain color for my living room. Our walls are a tan color, our tables are mahogany, couch, loveseat, and chair are chocolate brown and our carpet is a variety of colors, (brown, tan, ivory). My formal dining room is attached. We have accented the walls with 2 large gold framed pics of poppies. The curtains we placed there are gold to pull out the frame color. The table is mahogany as well.
By Kay J.
You have such a neutral pallet with tan and brown, go for something really bright. What's your favorite...red, green, orange? I would use turquoise for a cool room or red for a warm room. Buy some toss pillows, candles, etc. in the same color and the whole room is coordinated. Sounds like a beautiful room. Have fun!
I just bought brown sofas, more like a chocolate color cushion and dark brown leather. I have a black entertainment center and coffee table. What color curtains will go besides blue, yellow, and orange?
By Meli Mel
With brown and black, I would use blue, not a bold blue, but just enough to where you can see the lighter blues. That would look lovely with browns and black. think red would be nice as well, just make sure you have lighter colors to compliment. Then again a lot of homeowners might walk in there and not like darker colors. That is why I would stay with neutrals, using the blue would be a safe bet. My bedroom is light blue and brown. I have pictures, candles, etc that compliment the room and I just love it.
By Narrelle 1
I have a long narrow bedroom and want to paint the wall opposite the door a dark burgundy-type colour to bring it in a bit. The other walls will be a cream/stone complimentary colour. However, that is the wall with the window and I am now stuck as to what colour curtains to get. Somehow curtains a lighter colour than the wall just don't seem "right". Any ideas?
Narrelle from UK
By sally s (Guest Post) 08/07/2006 Flag
use cream coloured material to drape across the window then use some plain cream coloured curtains to compliment the other walls !
I have white walls, a green sofa set, and a cream chaise lounge. I've had green curtains before, also brown, what other colours can you suggest?
The room in the previous posters picture is lovely, but too much red and green will look like Christmas the whole year round. I'm not sure I'd care for that.
My wall is as seen in the picture attached to my problem. All I need is just the color of the curtain that suits the color on the wall. Thankx
The corner window definitely calls for bright colors and vivid colors go well with black to make it pop. I'd stay away from pale, tinted and muted earth tones.
By Andrea F. 1
I have purchased a new sofa that is cream with a lemon yellow and grey formal pattern. My walls are a country white. I am thinking of either using a yellow and grey curtain or solid grey. Any suggestions?
By Jen C. 1
My now-ex, who I was with for almost 9 years, became very angry and abusive when I ended the relationship. He raised my daughter from 9 months old to almost 9 years of age, and requested that we change her last name to his, and then spoke of adopting her.
When I left him, he was only physically abusive once, and refused to leave, I stuck it out another 5 years. Then I put my foot down because I just didn't love him any more. He became very very angry and abusive. I'm unsure if he was abusive during the relationship or if it all began when I ended it.
It does not appear that you are asking a question so not sure why you have posted this.
Maybe you feel "guilty" about leaving him?
Maybe the real question is "why did you decide to leave him"?
You say you no longer loved him so maybe (if he had done nothing wrong) he was angry because he could not understand your "reasons" for leaving.
Did you find someone new?
It appears that he loves your daughter and must have been a pretty good father or why would you let him adopt her? (assuming you did)
Maybe you should give your post another look and decide what it is you would like an answer (or help) to.
I want to paint my living room, zigzag lines in yellow for one wall and the other three walls a middle grey, not too light but not too dark. Two of my walls have windows, both of those walls I want to paint grey. So what color curtains can I put?
Gray curtains and maybe zigzag gray/yellow valance you could make yourself or have made to break up all the solid gray. The zigzag pattern is a bold statement, so I wouldn't add too much more than that unless it is a toss pillow on sofa in that pattern and the rest gray and yellow solid colors.
By G.B. 1
I just painted my bedroom. The main wall is dark sky blue and the other 3 walls are a lighter blue. My carpet is a tweed in a grayish blue. I would like advice on colors for a comforter and vertical blinds.
That's a lot of blue, so I'd pick a bright color like yellow to accent those different shades and have white blinds. If you don't like the vivid accent color; then a soft cream would work.