When decorating multiple bedrooms in your home, it can be tempting to simply purchase the same curtains for each room to create a cohesive look. However, there are several benefits to selecting unique curtains for each bedroom.
Reasons to Use Different Curtains
- Reflect the personality and style of each resident
- Add visual interest and avoid a monotonous look
- Highlight the unique architectural features of each room
- Reinforce the purpose and activities associated with each room
Tips for Coordinating Different Curtain Styles
Choose a coordinating color palette – Select 2-3 complementary hues to tie the different curtains together. Neutrals like white, ivory and tan tend to work well as base colors.
Mix and match patterns carefully – Pair solids with subtle prints or layer multiple patterns using the same color scheme. Be cautious of overpowering combinations.
Incorporate varying textures – Consider pairing sleek satin curtains with cozy cotton in another room for an eclectic blend.
Maintain cohesion with metals – Brushed nickel, bronze and antique brass curtain rods can anchor the look across bedrooms.
Repeat tie-back styles – Uniform curtain tie-backs provide consistency and reinforce the overall coordinated aesthetic.
Examples of Complementary Bedroom Curtain Pairings
Traditional bedroom – Rod pocket pinch pleat curtains in floral chintz
Rustic bedroom – Grommet top tab curtains in buffalo plaid cotton
Contemporary bedroom – Ripplefold drapes in solid eggplant purple
Nautical bedroom – Cafe curtains with nautical stripes and anchor accents
Shared kids’ bedroom – Patterned blackout curtains on one window; solid colored on the other
Curtain Length Considerations
To keep your curtains cohesive while still being unique, you may want to maintain uniform length and fullness proportions even if the styles differ. Some guidelines include:
- Floor or sill length for drama and elegance
- Puddled length for romance
- Cafe length for casual cottage vibe
- Same width and fullness so scale remains balanced
When to Use Matching Curtains
While mixing curtain styles offers many advantages, using identical curtains in some scenarios can provide that polished, pulled-together look. Matching curtains make sense if:
- The rooms are used for a similar purpose
- You have many small bedrooms
- The architecture, style and size of rooms is identical
- You desire a calm, monochromatic palette
Ultimately you can’t go wrong playing with different textiles to make each bedroom uniquely yours while selecting complementary colors and metals to tie them aesthetically together!
- Choose different curtains to reflect personalities and architectural nuances
- Coordinate colors and metals between rooms
- Mix textures and patterns thoughtfully
- Maintain cohesion with uniform lengths/fullness
- Matching curtains work well for similar rooms and monotonous color schemes
Decorating bedroom windows does not need to follow an all or nothing approach when it comes to matching versus mixing curtains. By thoughtfully planning colors, patterns, textures and proportions, you can easily create a cohesive yet distinctive look across bedrooms. Just ensure selections reinforce the functional needs and design style of each space. Feel free to take risks and have fun at the same time! Your private rooms should be as unique as you are.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What color curtains go with green walls?
Some great colors to pair with green walls include cream, tan, light yellow, plum, blush pink or mossy green. All complement without overpowering.
- Should living room and dining room curtains match?
The living and dining room don’t necessarily need matching curtains if they flow together well stylistically. However, using the same colors and similar patterns/textures can help the spaces feel more connected.
- Do all exterior shutters need to match?
While matching exterior shutters promotes harmony and symmetry, it’s also common to have different shutters styles that coordinate through color or architectural style. Be creative!
- Do all rooms need curtains?
Curtains aren’t essential in spaces like kitchens, laundries and bathrooms. But they allow privacy and light filtering for more comfortable spaces. Use window treatments liberally!
- What length curtains should I get?
Base curtain length on room purpose and personal preference. Floor or sill length provide elegance. Cafe length suits casual rooms. Anything in between like puddled also works beautifully.
- How do I choose curtain rods?
Select curtain rod diameters at least 1.5 times the width of curtains for optimal gathering. Finish/color should coordinate with room decor. Extend rods 2-3 inches past window frames for a custom look.
- How wide should curtains be?
For adequate light control and gathered volume, panels should be 50% wider than the window. However for a lighter look panels can be as narrow as 1.5 times window width.
- Do bedrooms need blackout curtains?
Blackout curtains block outdoor light helpful for sleeping. But darker spaces can make rooms feel smaller. Layer lighter sheers under blackouts for adjustable day/night light control.
- What color curtain goes well with a gray couch?
Gray is versatile, pairing attractively with palettes from neutral taupes, whites/ivories to rich purple, golden yellow and sapphire blue shades. Use existing accent colors in the room.
- What fabric is best for bedroom curtains?
Light filtering sheers like linen/cotton suit bedrooms. For darkening, choose opaque fabrics like velvet, faux silk or brushed cotton in solids or subtle patterns befitting the serene atmosphere.
- Should kitchen curtains match appliances?
No need to match kitchen appliances and curtain finishes exactly. Instead pull an accent hue like brushed nickel or chrome into your curtain rods or hardware for a subtly polished look.
- Do curtains in living room need to match couch?
Tying living room curtains to the couch color or pattern isn’t essential but can provide a tight designer touch. More importantly maintain harmony with room style and color palette.
- Do drapes need to match couch or wall color?
Drapes don’t necessarily need to directly match couches or walls as long as the color palette, tone and style complements the existing decor. Select drape hues from secondary accent colors.
- Should curtains frame the window or wall?
For a clean look many mount curtain rods extending past the window frames to “frame” the walls instead. But personal preference reigns – do what works for your space!
- What color curtains go with beige walls?
Colors like burgundy, deep green, caramel, mustard and charcoal gray beautifully accent pale beige walls as darker colors pop against the neutral backdrop. Crisp white also keeps it fresh.
- Should curtains match headboard?
Matching headboards and curtains can make bedrooms feel intentional and posh. But don’t be afraid to pick complementary patterns and solids between beds and windows for eclectic personality.
- Do I need separate sheers and drapes?
Sheers nicely filter incoming daylight. Drapes in darker opaque fabrics block maximum light for sleep and privacy. Layer both on separate rods for double duty window dressing!
- Should curtains be wider than window?
Curtains should be up to double the width of windows for optimal light blocking capacity and a romantic billowy aesthetic when drawn. Excess width conceals edges for a custom framed in look.