When it comes to buying curtains, there are many factors that need to be considered such as the room you are installing them in, the curtain header style, the fabric type and whether to go custom made or ready made. Once you have made these decisions, it is time to choose a curtain colour. Whilst this is usually the last decision made, it is also a very important one. It’s best to hold samples of the curtain colours you like up to your window, wall colour and any other interior décor pieces in the room such as your couch, to see how the colour works within the room. Remember to view the samples both during the day and at night, to get a good idea of how the colour will change throughout the day.
Before we take a look at the most common curtain colours, here are the three most common curtain header styles available and the type of décor scheme they work with best.
The pinch pleat style is the most popular curtain style in Australia. Due to its versatility to work with all decor styles, the Pinch Pleat stacks neatly when completely drawn back and offers a uniform look. The Double Pinch Pleat is created by two folds of fabric sewn together to create a pinched look. This style is most commonly used with thicker fabrics such as with dim out or blockout fabric types.
The Reverse Pleat is a sleek and flat curtain style that hides the pleats at the back and works well with subtle and plain fabric styles. The clean and sophisticated lines complement most interior décor styles however are well suited to the minimalist style. This is popular in both sheer and blockout fabric types and these can be used together to create a Day & Night effect.
The Wave Fold Curtain gets its name from the wave like effect created by its soft ripple folds. The Wave Fold neatly folds back when completely open and is a modern and contemporary style which will add a touch of class and elegance to any space. They are commonly found in newer homes in bedrooms or living areas.
Now that you know the different types of curtains, below are the five most common curtain colours and how they may work best in your home.
White curtains are the most common curtain colour chosen by homeowners. There are a few reasons why white curtains are the most popular. The most common reason white curtains are purchased are because they are a safe option. Basically, with white curtains you can’t go wrong. They will suite any décor style, they will blend in with window frames and white wall colours whilst remaining cozy and add texture to a space.
As white curtains are the most popular curtain colour, they are available in all curtain header styles as well as in all curtain fabric transparencies. This means that you can get white curtains in sheer, light filter, dim out and blockout fabrics. White curtains are also available in a range of different white shades to match a variety of common white colours used throughout the home. If you are purchasing curtains for the first time and are unsure on how you can make coloured curtains work with your interior, stick with white curtains to ensure they perfectly match your interior decor.
If you prefer darker colours without going black, then grey curtains are a great option. Similar to white, grey is a great neutral colour that will work with a variety of different décor styles. Grey curtains help to not only add a touch of elegance to a space, they are also a great way to enhance the mood of a room. Grey curtains work well in living rooms and bedrooms, in both sheer and blockout fabrics, where atmosphere is essential.
Grey curtains can come in a range of different shades, from light grey to dark grey and depending on your interior décor style and the type of room you are installing them in, come in a great range of fabric transparencies to suit all privacy and light control needs.
If you like to make a statement with your window treatments, then choosing a bright colour will do the trick. A common brightly coloured curtain is green. If you are wanting to use brightly coloured curtains to compliment red and orange tones in your interior décor scheme, then try different shades of green. When complimentary colours are used together in a décor scheme, they are especially pleasing to the eye.
Complimentary colours are those that sit across from each other on the colour wheel. Commonly green compliments red and orange shades and when used in the right amounts, are a dynamic pair of colours and add life and energy to a space.
Using colour throughout the home helps to make spaces feel vibrant and using brighter colours for window treatments is an easy way to introduce colour into a space. Whether you are decorating a child’s bedroom or playroom or simply love to add pops of colour throughout the house, adding pink curtains to any room will give the space an instant lift. Soft pinks will bring life to a space without being too overpowering and also add a touch of elegance.
Blue curtains, whilst creating a similar effect to the grey curtains, help to add a moody atmosphere to a space but also when used with its complimentary colour, orange, creates a balanced colour scheme.
When using darker colours for curtains, it will help to blockout sunlight however for true blockout, ensure you choose a blockout fabric. When colours are used with fabrics that get direct sunlight daily, the colours can fade over time. Add a blockout lining as well to create an extra layer of protection, not only for your curtain colour but also for insulation purposes.