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How to Choose The Right Curtains for Your Living Room

It's incredible how much difference curtains make in a room's overall appearance. Drapes make an otherwise unfinished room appear complete when matched with sofas in various ways.

Choosing the appropriate color of curtains for your living room may enhance your home's aesthetic. When the colors of the sofas and drapes blend in well, your living room is stylish and gorgeous.

Beginners may feel overwhelmed when it comes to matching sofas and curtains. However, you can get the look you desire with a little effort.

This post will discuss whether your furniture should match the curtains. We provide tips for matching the couch and curtains and a list of things to consider when selecting the color scheme of your living room curtains.

Follow these simple tips to get started.

Do curtains have to match your furniture?

Curtains don't have to match your furniture. Still, if they are the same style, texture, or color or are in colors that complement your couch, they can add to your desired look and achieve a unified look. That also speaks for the walls.

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Matching sofa and curtains, a shade lighter

You don't want the drapes sticking out like a sore thumb from the room's style and visuals. Remember, curtains take up most of the living room visual space, so if they are drab, they would be the first wrong thing to notice when you come in.

Traditional furniture matching traditional curtains, like a window valance, gives your room a polished look. If you go for modern furniture, contrasting curtains will add a bit of edge to your space.

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide whether your curtains will match your furniture or not. If unsure, ask an interior decor professional for help.

How to choose the color scheme for your curtains

There are a few things to consider when choosing a color scheme for your curtains: walls, sofa, decor, light, privacy, style, and habits.

The base color of your sofa

To achieve a harmonious and stylish look, you should take into consideration the base color of your sofa when choosing the curtains. We will discuss the best color combinations in detail in another section below.

Accent colors such as rugs and decor

Match curtains with other accents in the room. You could choose the color of your curtains to match the large area rug, for instance, the throw pillows or the artwork in the room to obtain outstanding decor.

The color of the walls or ceiling

The color you decide to put on your walls is also important when choosing curtains.

For example, if a living room has a lot of beige walls and dark blue furniture, choosing drapes in shades of orange like marigold, honey, or bronze can help make the room look more balanced.

Intention to make a style statement

Classic, modern, country, or contemporary styles influence your color scheme choice. The decor’s overall style also determines drapery style.

Decide if you want the curtains to blend in with your decor or to make a visual statement. If you want the curtains to blend in, you'll want to choose a color scheme similar to your room's colors.

If you want the curtains to make a statement, you'll want to choose a color scheme contrasting with the colors in your room. Contrasts make a room feel alive, and complimentary colors (opposites) on the color wheel should guide you.

Remember, for a relaxing, calming effect, go for neutrals-shades of purple, green, or blue. For an exciting theme, warmer tones of shades of yellow, orange, brown, and red hues will do the trick.

Use lighter-colored curtains in the background and darker or more vivid-colored curtains to make a style statement.

Light in the space

Sometimes the perfect finishing touch is a well-matched set of drapes. Still, the amount of light let in by the curtains is a deciding factor.

Curtains that allow a lot of natural light to enter work well with sofas in bright colors like red or yellow. When your drapes are the perfect mix of transparency and darkness, neutral-colored sofas like grey will shine.

Also, consider how much direct sunshine your living room receives versus indirect sunlight. If you have found a curtain you adore, but it lets in too much light, you can try layering it with blackout material to reduce the amount of light that gets through.

Another thing to consider is the purpose of the room. If the room is for relaxing, then you'll want to choose calming colors. If the room is for entertaining, then you'll want to choose more vibrant colors.

Do you need more light in the space, or is it already bright enough? Choose a curtain color to make the room look more lit or dark.

Privacy to keep away snooping neighbors

For privacy purposes, sheer curtains are an excellent option for houses with modern or contemporary decor and neutral-colored sofas.

Frequent changes in furniture and decor

If you quickly get bored and are constantly changing your furniture, large area rugs, repainting walls, and the overall space color scheme, choose neutral or pastel colors for the curtains.

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Should curtains be darker or lighter than your sofa?

When choosing brighter or darker curtains than the sofa, think about the size and location of the windows.

If the room has tall windows that almost reach from the floor to the ceiling, there will be a lot of curtain fabric hanging from them. In this case, the curtain color should be lighter so that it doesn't take over the room and take attention away from the sofa.

If the windows are small, like 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide, the curtain color may be darker than the sofa to match the room's color scheme.

Tips to match your couch with the curtains

It can be challenging to determine what will complement your furniture. Follow these simple guidelines to find the perfect curtains quickly. Consider the overall style, color scheme, drapery style and patterns, and accent throw pillows.

Consider the room's overall style

Look around your room and try to understand its overall style. Your space could have a contemporary, classic, eclectic, or romantic theme.

The overall style makes it easier to select curtains. For instance, Austrian curtains work best with a traditional overall style.

Decide on the color scheme

Consider a muted or tonal color scheme if you have a more modern or contemporary room. If you have a more traditional or traditional space, you may want to go with a more colorful or vibrant scheme.

Pick a shade similar to your throw pillows. Curtains can be a shade darker than the walls or a shade lighter.

Decide on the style and patterns

Style and patterns fulfill the decorative function of curtains. Curtains with interesting patterns may add a lot of character to a space.

Depending on your preferences, they can be fun and festive or more subdued and classic.

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You should opt for patterned curtains if your couches are a single color or have subtle textures and patterns. It adds a touch of fun and can help keep the room's aesthetic in check.

Carefully select patterns because however lovely the couch may be, the space will look cluttered and unwelcoming if the curtains are excessively busy.

Curtain styles

There are numerous curtain styles to choose from for your home. Here are some of the most popular designs:

  • Sheer curtains are excellent for allowing natural light in and maintaining privacy. They're also great for layering with different kinds of curtains.
  • Blackout curtains are best to achieve complete darkness.
  • Grommet curtains feature large metal rings threaded through the fabric. This style is best for a more modern appearance.
  • Other curtain style options include a tab top, window scarf, café, pleats (pinch (the most common), valances, Priscilla, goblet, pencil, box, cartridge, Austrian, and tuxedo.

Use throw pillows to tie the look

Adding throw pillows on your sofa can give your home a touch of curb appeal without much spending. Remember to tie the throw pillows to the curtains and other accents in the room.

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Throws and throw pillow covers in a similar accent

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Best color combinations for sofa and drapes

The best color combinations for your sofa and drapes achieve a harmonious and stylish look.

Choose a neutral sofa, beige or gray, and then pair it with bold and colorful drapes for a classic and timeless look. It's an excellent way to add a splash of color to your space without going overboard.

Try a black or white sofa with bright and vibrant drapes if you want something more modern to make a statement.

For a fun and quirky look, choose a bright and bold sofa and pair it with patterned or printed drapes to inject some personality into your space.

See more excellent sofa and drape color combinations:

Blue hues and white

Blue and white is a timeless color scheme that always looks chic and elegant. The blue color will add sophistication to your living room, while the white color will make it appear brighter and airy.

Grey sofa+ shades of grey or white curtains for a monochromatic look

Go for different shades of grey to complement the grey tones of your sofa. Other options are white or light cream.

A grey sofa and bold colors

For a contrasting style, match grey hues with a pop of color. This combination is best when there is plenty of light. You could go with deep greens or lime green with pink and light yellow shades.

If your home receives a lot of sunlight, you can try out bright hues like pale yellow. Light mustard curtains, which are not too bright, can add a halo-like, cozy glow to a living room by reflecting light off the windows.

Choosing a bright color like yellow for your living room walls will visually divide the space and pull eyes to the world beyond. If your living room has sliding glass doors that lead to a garden, patio, or other appealing outdoor location, this might be a terrific choice of curtain color.

Pink sofas and all shades of grey curtains

Pink and grey is an elegant color scheme that is stylish and classy. The pink color will add a sweetness to the room, while the grey color will make it appear more mature and elegant.

Brown sofas and blue, red, or pattern drapes

Go for cool shades of blue for a sleek look, and steer away from blacks and greys.

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Brown is a neutral color that you can pair with a variety of other colors to create a variety of different looks. For a traditional look, pair brown with white. This color combination is classic and timeless. To add interest, try using patterned white fabric for the drapes.

If you're looking for a unique color combination, pair brown with red. This color combination is bold and eye-catching. For more character, try using patterned red fabric for the drapes.

Red sofa and neutral drapes

Red sofas are outstanding, and your choice of curtains should draw attention to them. Go for muted hues of red or neutrals like whites, creams, and shades of black.

Other color combinations

  • Hunter green and red curtains or orange and olive green for a mid-century-styled look.
  • Hunter green drapes and brown sofas
  • Deep green and white
  • Brown and white for a traditional look. Try using patterned white fabric for the drapes
  • Brown and black for a modern look.
  • Bold and eye-catching brown with red.
  • Light blue +aqua
  • Deep green and charcoal grey
  • Blue+lime
  • Dark brown+plum

Wrapping up

Curtains don't necessarily have to match sofas, but they must blend in or contrast beautifully. The overall style of your space dictates the color scheme, guided by the color wheel. Style, pattern, and throw pillows also come into play when choosing curtains.

Remember, the best color combinations complement or contrast in warm, vibrant, or neutral tones.

Check out Viesso for a wide selection of sofas, choose the one that matches your house’s style and pair it with the suitable curtains following the tips provided in this article.

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