Asked on May 14, 2015

Curtain matching

by Paul
Would like opinion on which window curtains to match together. Have 2 LR windows, 1 dining room, 1 kitchen. Open floor plan. Kitchen is opened to living room and would like to know which windows should match. First pic is kitchen, second is LR. Long counter is where they meet. Living room joins behind the chair.
  12 answers
  • Sabrina Friend Sabrina Friend on May 15, 2015
    Look at families of fabrics. Perhaps toss pillows in the living room use kitchen fabric.
  • Danielle Danielle on May 15, 2015
    Even though it's an open floor plan you have 3 spaces divided by function. I'm guessing your wall color either flows all the way through the space or changes at the living room to a complementary color. Do the same for the curtains. Do the two living room windows to match each other, then choose curtains that complement them for the kitchen and dining room. There is no reason you can't go with three different patterns, one for each space. It will even add a lot of visual interest.
  • Dawn Snow Dawn Snow on May 15, 2015
    I agree that things don't necessarily need to match perfectly but be consistent with your colours throughout. Mixing patterns and textures is fun and gives alot of visual interest. One thing to keep in mind is that the outside of your house should also be consistent so whatever you buy should be the same colour to the road. Lined curtains will keep the consistency of the outside of your home as they will all be white or off-white when looking at the house. Good luck!
  • Tegma Tegma on May 15, 2015
    I don't think the curtains have to match either, just co-ordinate. In fact, nothing needs to match anymore in furniture design, so forgetvthe "matchy, matchy" idea altogether in designing your rooms. Just be sure you have at least one of the same colors in your fabric design the same and everything will go together just fine. For example, if you have a blue moroccan pattern in one room, you may have the same blue stripe in another, or a floral in one room, and a checked in another. This co-ordinates, yet isn't boring looking.
  • Shanandoah Shanandoah on May 15, 2015
    I would definitely match the livingroom curtains together anyways. They will probably have a bigger, maybe darker, more striking, solid kind of look. The furthest away kitchen/diningroom window can be different -- small, thin, light, white, fluttery/lacy, whatever. Something kitcheny. The inbetween window should probably be matched with the living room to tie in UNLESS you have the two rooms painted/colour-schemed to be clearly two separate rooms, in which case you can tie in with the block the window belongs in (kitchen/diningroom).
  • 861650 861650 on May 15, 2015
    Kitchen curtains don't have to look like "kitchen curtains." I have white sheers in mine that flow to the floor. The window over the sink has the same. I agree that everything does not have to be "matchy matchy," but do make sure they have similar colors. I have an open concept and my living room and dining room have the same sheers, plus my home is soft contemporary. You may like the look of solid drapes/curtains to match your wall color? Also, if you use fabric with a pattern, you could make a table runner, place mats, even cover your seats of your dining room chairs using some of the same pattern and also with coordinating patterns. And to go a little further, use a large, wooden cigar box and cover it with same. Could use it on your coffee table or anywhere else in the three rooms.
  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on May 15, 2015
    They really don't need to match exactly but I would match them with the same color wave. Pick a color from the living room curtains to use in the kitchen so that it all makes sense.
  • Cheryl @ Artzzle Cheryl @ Artzzle on May 15, 2015
    Paul: Not knowing the size of the windows, or your decorating personality - formal, casual, those kinds of things, I'll stay generic. I agree that kitchens don't have to be "Kitchy" with the window treatments, and that everything should coordinate, but doesn't have to be matchy-matchy. Have some fun. I think you're saying that no two windows share the same wall,right? OK, first, your kitchen window is ALL kitchen and the other two windows are LR. If you're a casual guy, all 3 can be similiar. If you want formal in the LR, match those two treatments up in some way. If one is a large window and one a lot smaller, you could use drapes with sheers or blinds on the big guy, and on the smaller window just a short sheer or blind/ or a blind with a valance matching your drapery panels on the big window. You could have fun with the kitchen ... you don't need formal drapes, but just coordinate the fabrics and colors with your other areas. Are you making (or having someone make) or buying pre-made treatments? Your sewist or the fabric store people can be tremendous help (and you'll have someone IN PERSON to talk too :) Otherwise, shop around at dept stores, asking for help there too. If you've got paint samples or an idea board, take it with ya! Post again and show everyone your finished project. Have a great weekend!
  • Jim L Jim L on May 15, 2015
    Hmmm...interesting...I would use plantation shutters in the kitchen over the sink. Then something with pattern or (stripe) in the living room. Now for the dining room, use neutral lined and have a band on the leading edge and bottom of the panes...this will look so nice and not "contrived. Good luck. (I would like to know what you decide and to see photos of the finished project.)
  • Paul Paul on May 15, 2015
    Thanks for all the ideas. I now need to wait until closing to see which I will do.
  • Cheryl @ Artzzle Cheryl @ Artzzle on May 17, 2015
    Be sure to post your results for everyone :)
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Oct 30, 2016
    I agree with Sherry. If your drapes have multiple colors in one of the drapes just have others compliment that. Since I like solid drapes in living room and dining room which is L shaped those will be solid, in my family room which is one of long room next to eat in kitchen then kitchen here something will be wild and others will be solid. But still in color scheme of living room and dining room so it's cohesive.