Can curtains be the same color as the walls or different?

Carla Husband
by Carla Husband
We recently painted our livingroom Aqua and now I want to hang curtains. Im not sure if the curtains should be the same color, or a similar color or a different color. Maybe a color to match the furniture? Im really stuck. Thank you

  10 answers
  • Joanie Joanie on Jun 23, 2017

    My paint in my Rec Room is Aqua and white trim. I have up a curtain on dbl. windows, which I made: Peach, colors of aqua, peach and aqua wheat design, hard to explain, but they match perfect. To go the same shade, or a shade that is in the same color group. Stripes or floral would add, even if you made tie backs or a valance. Think out of the box and it will all come together.

  • BillieandRob Linhart BillieandRob Linhart on Jun 23, 2017

    I personally would not use the exact same color. If there is even a slight difference in the color though that would be perfectly fine.

  • Shirley Shirley on Jun 23, 2017

    Same color curtains will blend to the walls. It may make a smaller room appear larger. Personally, I like patterned curtains that blend with the wall & furniture colors. It's more interesting.

    • Carla Husband Carla Husband on Jun 23, 2017

      thank you. The ones I got are solid, but I will look for a print and maybe I will like that better. Thanks

  • You can go either way, depending on the look you are trying to achieve. I would suggest a couple shades darker to provide contrast or the same shade if you want them to blend in. Or go with a print or pattern that incorporates the wall color for a different look. If purchasing, I always buy a bunch of options, try them all, keep what looks good and return the rest.

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Jun 23, 2017

    You can use any color you like. It is your home, and you should feel free to hang curtains that you love. Matching curtains will blend in and make the room look larger, but non-matching curtains will add a pop of color and contrast making the room more interesting. It's your choice!

    • Carla Husband Carla Husband on Jun 23, 2017

      Thank you and I agree. I will hang them and see what it looks like. I can always return them anyways.

  • Lora Lora on Jun 23, 2017

    You can use a matching color or a contrasting color. I personally like to use contrasting colors. I usually like to use a print as well. I like to have solid color couch and love seat and sometimes a print/stripe accent chair. Then the curtains pull in those colors. Right now I have brown leather couch and love seat, and a subtle brown and rust paisley print chair with rust orange accents around room, tan walls and the curtains are a natural color with orange, brown and green printed tab tops on them. Sounds dark but they are big windows so lots of light. Saltillo tile and lots of green plants.

  • FL FL on Jun 23, 2017

    What about a soft sand color? Aqua is a strong statement color so a sand color would complement and soften it a bit? Have fun!

  • Carla Husband Carla Husband on Jun 23, 2017

    Wow your room sounds gorgeous. Im trying to do a beachy theme, thats why I went with the aqua walls. The couch and chaise Im getting are a sandy color and a set of white tables. Im just not sure about the curtains. I think I will hang what I bought and see how they look and if I dont like them I will take them back and look for something else. I do like the print idea since Ive always had solid curtains. Thank you.

  • FL FL on Jun 23, 2017

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Jun 23, 2017

    Hello Carla; I would suggest that you take a paint swatch, and go shopping!!

    If I were looking for new curtains that is what I would do!!!

    This little thing will make your life easier, if you are trying to match/find colors which will work with your furniture and what you currently own.

    Please purchase what you like, and enjoy. Start slowly, and add things that make you happy!!! (Antiques & even old fabrics are a nice choice)

    I hope that this will help you. Take Care!!!

    • Carla Husband Carla Husband on Jun 24, 2017

      Thank you so much for your answer. I appreciate your time as well as your kind words. Thats exactly what I will do. Thank you for the idea.