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Curtains are often likened to the eyebrows of a room. Much like how eyebrows frame a person's face, curtains help frame a room. That's why decorators tend to treat curtains like they need to match...just like eyebrows! But do curtains really need to match? A little sleuthing revealed something that might surprise some of the more adventurous design fans.
The safest way to make sure that your room looks unified and put-together is to match your curtains. Most design experts would argue that it's best to keep your curtains' look uniform unless there is a significant reason why. If you want to mix curtains, it's best to mix two patterns or colors evenly.
Trying to get your window treatments to frame your room is never easy, especially if you can't decide on one specific pattern. To make things a little easier, read over what our advice suggests you should do.
Why Matching Curtains In A Room Is Best
When you look at all the different ways you can mix and mismatch curtains in a fashionable way, you might wonder why most designers tend to match all the curtains in a room. Truth be told, it's a fairly simple reason. When you match all your curtains, it's an easy way to guarantee a certain level of uniformity. It's a clean, crisp look 100 percent of the time.
Choosing to mix and match your curtains could turn out good, but it's a big risk in most cases. The chances of your curtains turning into a visually jarring mistake is real, and it can throw off the overall flow of your room. Most people who are in the middle of designing don't want to mismatch curtains, only to realize it doesn't work and then have to go back to the Home Depot for a new pair.
Since it's easier and safer to do so, matching is the way to go. If you do decide to make the leap for mismatched curtains, make sure that you have a keen eye for design before you do.
Can You Mix Window Treatments In One Room?
While you can mix your window treatments, the safest option is generally to stick to one look for all your treatments. With that said, there are a couple of different ways you can mix and match your curtains. Let's take a look at them below.
The easiest way to make sure your room looks cohesive is to match all the window treatments you have. It gives your room a clean look, helps your room look put-together, and also helps you make it easier to coordinate everything else inside. When in doubt, go for uniformity. Professional designers swear by a total match most of the time, simply because it works with every aesthetic.
Using Different Curtains To Frame Your Room
If you have a room privy to a lot of light, sometimes having two sets of heavier, bulkier treatments can be a smart move. Here, you can see how using a heavier, darker material helped frame a specific wall. It works particularly well you're trying to figure out if your curtains should be lighter or darker than the walls.
Same Pattern, Different Treatment
If you decide to switch up window treatments, you will need to have some semblance of similarity between the two. Here, we see a good way to use the same material pattern without using the same treatment type. One's a Roman blind, and one's a regular curtain. This gives uniformity, but at the same time, switches things up.
The easiest way to mix up curtain styles is to match a pattern or color with items in your room, then slowly transition it to a more monochromatic look. Here, we see polka dot curtains in varying shades in one room. This ties the room together while also giving your room a nuanced twist.
Same Color, Different Pattern
Another interesting way to mismatch curtains is to stick to a particular color, only changing things up by switching up the pattern or material. Here, we see how differing curtains featuring the same color as the room's overall theme works to add a pop of color all while keeping things pretty easy to see.
Clash The Room, Not The Curtains
Curtains are excellent for creating a seriously powerful focal point in your room. Here, you match the curtains in your room to each other but purposefully choose a pattern that tastefully clashes with the room around you. To do this properly, you will need to make sure the rest of your room is properly matched. Otherwise, you will end up with a mismatched room.
If you're a fan of mismatching, it's important to make sure you do it artfully. The easiest way to do this is to use the magic of alternating patterns and colors. Alternating your curtains offers a good way to balance out two different patterns or colors, all while keeping a nice level of unity to your home aesthetic.
Unique Matching Situations
We've gone through many interesting ways you can mix and match curtains, but it's still important to realize that there are a ton of situations where matching may not always be so easy. Or rather, there are other things to consider when you're putting together a plan for your curtains.
Trying to come up with your own window treatment plan is not easy. The questions below tend to be more pressing to know the answers to while you peruse curtain ideas for your home.
Should Curtains Match In An Open Floor Plan?
For the most part, the answer is a resounding yes. Open floor plans tend to need a certain amount of uniformity, and if you want to have curtains in that room, you should focus on keeping them matched. Moreover, open floor plans tend to do well with light, sheer curtains. It further expands the room.
If you choose to mix your curtains up, it's best to stick to a monochromatic look or to maintain a specific theme to the curtain pattern.
Should Curtains Match The Sofa Or Carpet?
Much like matching curtains to pillows, whether or not your curtains match the sofa or the carpet is totally up to you. Most people find that matching both can easily turn your room into a totally coordinated aesthetic.
Looking for an either/or? Many people find that having items match closer to the windows you're covering tends to look better in smaller rooms. Meanwhile, larger rooms tend to look more coordinated with a matching carpet.
What Color Curtains Should You Get?
There's no special formula that you should use to figure out your ideal curtain color. A good rule of thumb is that you should try to match your curtains to your sofa, wallpaper, or carpeting. If your room has a specific color theme, such as blue or yellow, matching the curtains to the theme is a smart choice.
Of course, you don't have to stick to your room's theme if you don't want to. If you want to go for a clashing look, you can. If you just want some curtains that won't fly in the face of your design, going with a neutral color like white or cream is always the safest option.
If you're currently shopping around for curtains, then you have a lot of options to choose from. No matter what color, material, or pattern you choose, one of the biggest decisions you'll make deals with matching your curtains. Unless you're a professional interior designer or have a clear-cut idea of what you want to accomplish with your curtains, it's best to stick to a matching look.
Should you choose curtains that don't entirely match one another, it's still important to coordinate them, either through the color palette, materials, or something similar. If you're just feeling lost and don't know what you should get for your curtain look, just stick to solid neutral colors. It's the easiest way to make sure your room will have a complimentary, put-together appearance.