How to match curtain color to a room

How Do You Match A Curtain Color To A Room?

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Whether you want to draw attention to a particular area of the room or just set a calm, neutral tone for the area, matching the curtain color for the room will be the key to achieving your goal for the space. The color of your walls and your decor, such as curtains, can make or break a new remodel of an area. It is crucial to select curtain colors that are going to help you meet the mood and the look that you are going for, whether that be choosing curtains for a living room, dining room, or bedroom.

If you are still unclear about what color curtain you need for your room’s new look, keep reading for a few ideas.

How Do You Match A Curtain Color To A Room

In addition to determining how long your curtains need to be for the room, you also need to decide on the color.

One thing that I like to do when deciding on the color of an accent I’m about to purchase for a room is to go to a hardware store and get paint swatches to bring back to the space and see what complements the existing decor or wall color of the room.

If you have a distinct piece of furniture or decor that you’d like to highlight, use that piece with the swatches to determine what you want. This accent color can be one that is found in your piece, one that compliments the colors of the piece, or a color that it contrasts.

Another option that you have when it comes to matching a curtain color to the room is to base the curtain on the wall color of the room. Again just as the piece of furniture or decor, this color can be one that matches the color, compliments it, or contrasts the color of the wall.

How to Choose a Curtain Color for A Living Room?

Living rooms can be a bit tricky when it comes to selecting the right curtain color. The most important thing to consider is the natural light in the room, as this can drastically change what kind of look you’re going for.

If there are large windows with lots of sunlight coming through, chances are you’re going to want a lighter curtain color and material so they don’t stand out too much from the rest of the room. On the other hand, if there is a lot of dark or dim light in the room, you’ll want to use a deeper color and a bold material that will really draw attention to the window.

Another factor to consider when designing curtains for living rooms is where they will be hung in relation to where you need to make the most impact. For example, if you’re thinking about hanging curtains on two different sides of your room to create two separate areas, select one curtain color for each of those spaces so they don’t work against each other.

If you’re shopping for curtain color ideas for your living room, here are some of the best shades to choose from:


Alternating shades of gray create a cool, sophisticated, and neutral look, but add a touch of interest to any space. Gray is also a great addition to a living room because it’s difficult to find any other color that works as well with bright light. Rich gray curtains will pair perfectly with gray furniture or black and white accents in the room think velvet armchairs.


Silver has been seen on-trend in living spaces for years, but it’s not limited to just those areas. It can easily adapt to different styles and looks, making it the perfect curtain color for neutral bedrooms or a bathroom that features shiny chrome fixtures.

Gold or Yellow

Not only an accent color in the room, but gold is also a bright, bold addition to any décor. Although vibrant, it won’t overstimulate your senses and hide imperfections in the room too much.

Gray & White

This combo creates a warm look with pops of white here and there throughout the curtain. The result is a soft, contemporary look in the room that doesn’t overwhelm.

How to Choose A Curtain Color for a Bedroom

Bedrooms are an extremely personal space and tend to be the most overwhelming when it comes to curtain color selection. Choosing a curtain color for your bedroom can be done by matching the decor of the room, picking a complementary curtain color to the bedding, contrasting or complementing the wall color, and the list goes on.

What Should Curtains Match In A Bedroom?

Although you may think that the majority of your décor is white, it’s important to have a range of different curtain colors on hand just in case something changes or you need to make a quick change.

Consider these curtain color matching tips when shopping for curtains for your bedroom:

Purple Curtains in a bedroom


While many tend to gravitate towards a neutral color that can easily accentuate any space, purple is a great alternate choice for bedrooms and even a bathroom (as
long as they aren’t too pink-toned). Purple is known for making you feel relaxed and peaceful, which could be beneficial if you’re having trouble sleeping at night. Having relaxing tones in the bedroom can help your mind and body unwind before falling asleep.


Unlike most other rooms where white is the strongest accent color, a white curtain for a bedroom can actually make a boring bedroom look bright and fresh. This is especially true of a large open bedroom space where large windows allow lots of light to come in during the daytime.


If you’re really struggling with the smartest way to use color in your bedroom, black is a great option color for curtains in a bedroom. It is a bold color and adds a unique element to the room. Another great benefit of black curtains in a bedroom is that they can add more privacy since they tend to be thicker and make it harder to see through from the outside.

Black curtains can also be an option if you have black sheets that you are looking for complementary decor in for in the bedroom.

Gray curtains in a bedroom

Gray & White

Gray and white curtains can be a perfect combo of colors for large bedrooms that have tall ceilings. They can help add light and contribute to the airiness of the room. Another bonus of gray curtains is that they can blend with the natural light in the room, while still adding a touch of depth.


Yellow is a great color for curtains in small bedrooms that really need to pop out from their surroundings, but you don’t want them to look too stuffed or busy either.

How to Choose A Curtain Color for A Dining Room

There are many ways to pick out a curtain color for a dining room. You can pick a new color that you want to bring into the dining room decor, use white curtains to help brighten the room, match the color to the furniture in the room or even the rug. You can also select a shade of sheer curtains to allow light to filter into the room.

If you want to highlight the color scheme of the dining room, consider the following curtain color options:


To create a warm, rich and elegant dining room, red is an excellent choice. It’s bold enough to stand out from the rest of your design choices but doesn’t make the room feel too stuffy or chaotic. Red curtains can easily brighten up even a small dining room as long as they’re not overwhelming.

Opt for red curtains with white sheers if you don’t want any light to reveal itself through the curtains.


This is an excellent color for keeping the room feeling warm and cozy, especially in the winter months when you need a little extra warmth in your home. It also pairs well with most wooden tables and chairs, making it a great choice for smaller spaces and apartment kitchens.


It’s important to have curtains on your dining room windows that can still let some natural light in, so this color is a great choice because it’s not too overpowering.


If you’re looking to add a bright and lively element to your dining room, yellow is the perfect color. When used with white or beige, yellow can also make a small-looking dining room look bigger than it really is.

Consider using yellow curtains with a floral or geometric pattern if you want to take the “bright” factor up a notch, or go with gold or white to add some warmth.

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