Should your window blinds match your wall color? If you're redecorating a room, this may be a question you've asked yourself. And you want to get it right before you spend the money on new blinds or a new paint job. We researched this topic to find out what the consensus is amongst the pros.
The short answer is no. Your window blinds don't need to match your wall color. There are considerations you'll want to take into account, however. The first is your interior style, and second, the type of blinds you want for your interior.
So let's take a more in-depth look at general considerations when choosing blinds and paint colors for your interior.
Window Blinds And Wall Color: To Match Or Not To Match
When choosing blinds, you'll want to consider your style. Are you contemporary, transitional, or classic? Next, what type of blinds are you choosing? If you're going for wood or natural fiber, then your color choices may be limited to those tones natural to the wood or fiber colorations. If you're choosing fabric blinds or metal blinds, your color options will be more varied. So let's talk a look at what this means in terms of color choices.
Natural Fiber And Wood Blinds
In the case of choosing natural-toned blinds, like the bamboo blinds shown in the photo above. You do not need to select a wall color that matches your shades. Bamboo and wood tones look beautiful with all neutrals, and then depending upon their tone, you can find colors that work well with them. It's a good rule of thumb to keep to a warm tone for your walls when using these types of blinds.
These cordless bamboo Roman shades come in two beautiful colors, Driftwood, as shown here, which looks gorgeous with this soft grey paint color, and also a more vibrant Espresso color. Available in numerous sizes, these add a homey feeling to your space.
With fabric blinds like Hunter-Douglas or other brands, the fabrics available are all that limits you. If you love a modern or subtle look, then the best rule of thumb is to match your blinds to your trim color rather than your wall color.
Here the blinds match the white columns, not the olive green walls that dominate the space.
Here's another example where the white blinds match the trim color in the grey room, and the curtains closely match to the wall color. This look works well for a more traditional design.
This room has taken a color family to work within for the walls, trim, and fabric blinds. By using variations of yellow, green, and cream tones, the look is cohesive and soothing and would work equally well in a transitional or contemporary interior.
Metal Blinds are available in a wide range of colors, from neutrals to bright poppy tones. They are a great choice when you might want a simple blind instead of curtains but still want something that catches the eye. In the case of these bright pink shades, they match elements of the furnishings, not the paint colors at all.
In this next photo, we see a lovely bathroom interior where the blinds have been chosen to match the wall color, which lets the element of dark tile stand out and make a statement. Again, this tone on tone example is seen here in a modern interior.
Aluminum mini-blinds are available in a vast array of colors, sizes, and widths for every window application. You might start by picking out a blind color and work your entire room around that premise.
Should All Blinds In A House Match?
No, your blinds don't have to match if your rooms vary in styles. However, one thing you may want to think about is how your windows are seen from the outside. If you have a super symmetrical facade and your blinds are wooden on one side and light-colored fabric on the other side, this might bother you.
Here's an example of blinds that match from the outside. This is a real consideration when choosing blinds as they must work for both interior and exterior views.
Another consideration is cost. Sometimes you might be able to get a deal if you order your entire home's blinds to match rather than putting together your window coverings in a piecemeal fashion. But that will depend upon the seller.
Should Blinds Be Lighter Or Darker Than The Walls?
Again, this is all a bit of personal preference, and as we've seen, you can choose blinds that match your walls. So let's look at a few examples of what others have done.
In this space, the darker wooden blinds play well against the richer-toned blue walls. Dark blinds like this will block out more light than some other types of blinds.
These gorgeous sheer blinds let in glorious sunlight into this bright bathroom. The light color plays very well against the lightness of both the outside and the interior space.
An excellent example of a relatively monochromatic color palette for blinds and walls, the blind color plays perfectly off of the lower wooden well. Each is a rich mahogany color that is only enhanced by the glimpse of sunshine through the slats.
Blind Color Choice Is Really Up To You
As you've gathered, there are no absolute rules when it comes to your blind colors. But some general rules of thumb are that if you want a clean, modern look, then keep things monochromatic. If you're looking for more of a classic look, then match your blinds to your window trim color. If you like a transitional or individualistic style, then throw the rules out the window and simply choose based on what you love.
We do have a few other posts here at HomeDecorBliss.com that may help you with your window treatment questions. Please do take a look and see if there's more information you can use to inform your decisions: