Need help in picking out curtains and a rug

Sami Topiwala
by Sami Topiwala
1) I have a light blue leather sofa in the living and need suggestions on curtain color and Rug that will contrast with light blueish.
2) Breakfast area has off white sofa with green bright carpet. I just need suggestion on Curtain that would go in that room. I need the living room to flow towards breakfast area. Attaching pictures.
q need help in picking out curtains and rug, home decor, window treatments
q need help in picking out curtains and rug, home decor, window treatments
q need help in picking out curtains and rug, home decor, window treatments
  33 answers
  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Oct 18, 2016
    If you want the living room to flow towards breakfast area you need to move the longer sofa which blocks that main entry area. Will you keep the white shades? The clock by the kitchen table is hung too high and looks odd by itself. Can you add some framed pictures along with it? See pics of my ideas

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 18, 2016
    Just my opinion I think the natural color works just fine. I do agree on switching the long couch.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 18, 2016
    I agree the clock is too high, blue sofa should be flipped to face other room if you want flow. The '70's pea green' rug does not go with anything, it should be taken out. The sample above is a good idea, but a neutral with some movement might work best. Curtains should be basically neutral with some patterns of the blue in it. Other colors may not work too well, but browns/neutrals can provide 'flow', 'movement' in patterns also help the flow, and the other two primaries are yellow and red, there lies your 'contrast.

    • Sami Topiwala Sami Topiwala on Oct 19, 2016
      Thank you . I understand the Green doesn't go with anything but our back yard is full of trees so its full green out and in. I think that was my husbands idea. To match I was thinking neutral curtains for show. Lets se..

  • Pam Lewandowski Pam Lewandowski on Oct 18, 2016
    Yes, to the samples above. I too think the clock is a little high. Green rug, is the wrong shade. Maybe when you add some window treatments, etc. take a color from those and put the same colored vases in the small windows above clock. That will help take the color from floor to ceiling. BUT I will say, it's beautiful and such an amazing space for family and gatherings!!!!

  • Dee Dee on Oct 18, 2016
    I love your furniture. I like the roman shade look in the sample, but that rug in the sample is way out there. I could not live with it, too many colors. You do need to bring your clock down, go to Kirklands or Home goods and get something for the sides of the clock, looks a little lost. Home goods also has some nice rugs, as well as Tuesday Morning and Pottery Barn. Take a pillow with you and see what you like in the way of rugs. It is a beautiful space.

    • Sami Topiwala Sami Topiwala on Oct 18, 2016
      Thank You Dee... The clock down. Funny comment. Yes once I find something suitable I will repalce. We just moved in, slowly trying to decorate. :-)

  • Heidi Heidi on Oct 19, 2016
    Find a pair of paintings to hang where the clock is and use the colors from the blue sofa and red pillows to highlight that area and bring it into the kitchen. Mount your curtain rods a couple inches below the ceiling and use a taupe colored curtain or one with a small beige accent Need to replace green rug. Love the color of the blue couches. Could add some larger accent pillows.

  • Annespradlin Annespradlin on Oct 19, 2016
    I would use the green rug somewhere else and go with either a bit darker blue or, my favorite-a gray for curtains and carpet. The lattice design seems to be popular right now. The gray is neutral and can coordinate with anything.

  • Sandra. Jackson Sandra. Jackson on Oct 19, 2016
    As you already have a light coloured rug with the blue suite then have a cream coloured curtains or blinds , that way it would blend in together

    • Sami Topiwala Sami Topiwala on Oct 19, 2016
      Light colored rug is just there to make it look little better (from the old house). I need a huge rug for this room but before I make that decision, I need to know the color of the rug.

  • Kat11862308 Kat11862308 on Oct 19, 2016
    I would go bolder with a print with the light blue of the sofa and darker blues with maybe a pop of red or maroon (can't tell which it is in the picture). Rug I would go with a soft fluffy white or cream. Your home looks lovely already, well thought out and inviting!

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    • Sami Topiwala Sami Topiwala on Oct 19, 2016
      Good point. Red and blue wud be patriotic :-)

  • Mar3772327 Mar3772327 on Oct 19, 2016
    Hi. You can use a gunmetal gray cafrpet with a softer grey curtains Will give you that wow factor

  • Cindy Manganello Cindy Manganello on Oct 19, 2016
    I'd use a nice natural fiber rug and some roman shades in a neutral color. Then you can accessorize with a color to blend with kitchen and living. I'd move your sofa and chairs around to have fireplace as a focal point of room. I think you can do this and still see the TV. Go with a darker neutral LR rug and perhaps a bit larger as well. You don't need blue in the rug, you can accessorize with pillows, etc.

  • Debbie Debbie on Oct 19, 2016
    For the light blue furniture I would use taupe or cream carpet with darker shade of same color for the curtains. For breakfast area, if you keep the green carpet push it further under the love seat. the carpet is too large. Actually, if you want it to flow with the living room i would get rid of the green and consider using the same drapes from living room. the living room rug could possibly be used in the breakfast room.

  • Muse4me Muse4me on Oct 19, 2016
    Since you want flow between the rooms and the breakfast area has a green carpet, I would incorporate hints of green and possibly a darker blue into the living room. In the breakfast area, I would include hints of blue (in the curtains and/or throw pillows). For red tones, I would go with a tangerine or apricot in the living room as it is complimentary to the light blue. The breakfast nook would benefit from a warm red tone but tangerine would go there as well. I would probably go with pattern on the curtains (unless the rug you choose has a busy pattern). I love this living room's use of blues and greens in BHG:

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 19, 2016
    Husband needs green indoors?...Houseplants! ;)

  • Kat9749069 Kat9749069 on Oct 19, 2016
    I would agree with muse. Take the green from. The carpet and soften that into a more pastel green - that will work nicely with the pale blue. Also add some navy. Navy and light lime are lovely together and those colors can be brought into scatter cushions. Good luck with your project

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Oct 19, 2016
    I would love a bright raspberry !

  • Leisa Yeager Leisa Yeager on Oct 19, 2016
    Blue and grey are the new need color, I agree with Kathleen as above any color will work..blank slate just sprinkled with accessories the cooler or colors you choose

  • Sandra. Jackson Sandra. Jackson on Oct 19, 2016
    You could get a large cream rug instead of what you have as it would blend in with everything else.

  • Vickie Vickie on Oct 19, 2016
    I would change lampshade colors. An easy, inexpensive fix. Some pillows that pop color, maybe raspberry and green.

  • Blu11356773 Blu11356773 on Oct 19, 2016
    A traditional Persian rug would be beautiful in there. As they have several shades of blue and of course red, off white and bits of green. You can get a nice on on ebay. I'd put a 10 x 13 in that room. A little color on the walls would be nice. Move the chair away from the fireplace and dress up that area. In the dining area, remove the small clock and replace it with a 4 foot clock. It needs a large scale focal point on that wall. As far as window treatments, you can hang wide blinds if you want to keep it more on the contemporary side. If you decide to paint, a very light taupe paint or very light gray would make that room pop. If you want draperies for a more formal look, I'd go with an off white - the same color white that's in the Persian rug. Start with the rug and pull colors from it. You can find a Persian rug for well under 1,000 dollars. They are an investment and will never go out of style. For the price you'll pay for a fad rug, you can have a beautiful rug that will increase in value.

  • Judy Judy on Oct 19, 2016
    I would suggest you pick a small floral or print with soft blues, browns and greens for drapes.

  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Oct 19, 2016
    As you can see both rooms at the same time, I would suggest you use the same colours in both rooms. I see nothing at all with the rug choices. As the green mat is the prominent colour in the white lounge I would consider taking a pale tone of green and using that in my curtains. I would then replicate that in the blue room and add cushions matching the curtain fabric and place them on the blue and white couches, hence you are bringing the pale greenish tone into both rooms.

  • Janice Janice on Oct 19, 2016
    By these pictures, the blue appears to be close to a pastel blue. The chartreuse green is in distinct opposition to this blue colour and the type of furniture in both rooms. I would go for a more neutral rug in the kitchen sitting room, perhaps a blue with some tan in it as well as in the living room a tan/not cream (with blue). The kitchen area could be a bit more vivid in the design of the carpet and a more solid/subdued in the LR. With the current colours, I don't think you can blend them with the two rooms since they are so opposing. Otherwise, simply go two distinct rooms, juxtaposing the other, eg. keep the green carpet but use a vivid yellow carpet (perhaps with white in it) or a white with distinct 'dark' blue design in the LR with yellow/red (no green) patterned (no floral) pillows. Preference would be the neutrals with soft tan, almost wheatgrass curtains in the kitchen, large grommets (brass). I think you are more neutral in your taste. The green carpet is beautiful, but maybe not in that room with the blue next door. Good luck.

  • Yvonne Elizona Yvonne Elizona on Oct 20, 2016
    If you want it all to tie in together,you'd be better off sticking to cream or you'll be in danger of having too many different colours.I'd even ditch the red cushions for cream ones.3 colours are enough.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 20, 2016
    I would use off white curtains as close to the wall color as I could find, and put a couple of 3" horizontal stripes about 2' from the floor (attach with stitch witchery) in the green colors in the green rug. The current rug is perfect...or if you are wanting a change, a neutral off white would be pretty ...they make stunning new rugs that look like raggy sheep! A good source for good size material for curtains is a painting drop cloth. Your curtain rods should be just at the edge of the windows. Some people use decorative towel bars for this!

  • Ade7785219 Ade7785219 on Oct 20, 2016
    Check lite and traffic use, do you want to break up the room? Gofor a Black, or Purple Hue, if you are staying in color use a cream color to blend the colors together-

  • Sami Topiwala Sami Topiwala on Oct 20, 2016
    You guys are awesome. Thank you for honest replies. I will try to slowly implement

  • B1doyle B1doyle on Oct 20, 2016
    navy blue

  • Person Person on Oct 20, 2016
    I would either do curtains that are a lighter blue than your couch or white curains

  • Jeani Jeani on Oct 21, 2016
    These would beautiful!

  • Sharon Marie Doughty Sharon Marie Doughty on Oct 22, 2016
    I think a nice robin egg blue would look nice !

  • Mic4827174 Mic4827174 on Oct 24, 2016
    25 years of interior design: First of all, you have a gorgeous home. Great bones and fabulous pieces to work with and SPACE. I love what you have done with both sitting areas. In your living room with the fire place, you have a common issue of 2 focal points. One being the fireplace and the other being the television. For practical purposes you have the sofa facing the television. So changing that arrangement is probably not going to work for the family watching tv. The wonderful thing is that you have SPACE! So I see the solution to having a nice flowing floor plan into the breakfast area is to 1) Move your living room arrangement closer to the television. 2) This opens up the flow to the breakfast area AND reveals that beautiful fireplace as a focal point again. 3) Add a sofa table behind the blue sofa and/or a side board under the windows to the right of the fire place OR add a couple of smaller chairs facing the fireplace as a nice sitting area OR if this area is indeed an entry to this space, which is how I view if from the pics you included, you can do a BIG round table in the center of the "fireplace" room with a gorgeous floral arrangement on it (this would make this area more formal." 4) Now to the real question you had..."What color of draperies for the sitting area?" NOTE: I sense a budget issue as well in your questions. Keep in mind that sheers can do wonders for a little money. You can weave them at the top to make a unique statement or choose more than one color to add excitement. Check out some of the great ideas on Pinterest to keep your costs within your budget. To complete the flow you want from one space to the other, I would continue the blue onto your draperies. It could be the same blue as your sofa or a shade that looks good with it. This blue will be a complementary color to your red you have in the sitting area. Blues and Greens work wonderfully with Reds and Oranges. You will then want to have a smaller piece in the room like replacing the neutral pillows in the sitting room with a beautiful fabric that works with both blues in the sofa and drapery as well as that green that is in the rug. Don't give up that rug. It is the "POP" in your decor. It also gives you the options to go a little modern instead of traditional if you want. I love it! 5) In addition, you will want to pull some of the red and/or the green into the living area either with, again, pillows or artwork. Some other ideas for you: I cannot see the furniture piece you have beneath the windows (with your owls) and the clock but, I would suggest, if you implement some of my other ideas, that you choose a fabulous art piece (a great place for some abstract) or move the wonderful mirror above your fireplace to this wall. That large piece will draw the eye into that space. I would let the beautiful architecture of those windows speak for themselves and once you have draperies and a proper art piece there I think you will see that too. I would then replace the mirror above the fireplace with an enormous, fantastic, can't live without it piece of art or mirror. Again, congratulations on a beautiful home. I hope some of these suggestions help.

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    • Barbara Carrico Barbara Carrico on Feb 10, 2017
      You must be a decorator or former one. Perfect suggestions. I liked that you even say why that would be better. If you live in Ky please let me know. You are the best decorator I have heard in awhile. Very impressed!!

  • Darlene Clonts Darlene Clonts on Feb 09, 2017
    I would find that green color in paint ,and paint the blinds the same color green and then stencil some white leaves on them to match the rug in the room with the white couch and get rid of the stripes then in the room with the blue couch .Change out the frames on the pictures on the wall and put some pretty glass with candles in them the color of the couch also that would be beautiful good luck and happy