How to Coordinate Bedding & Window Treatments

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Sometimes getting curtains or drapes to match your bedding can be quite a task, especially if you are one of those people that cannot remember a specific shade of a color. Maybe you think you know the right color to buy, but when you bring it home, you find that it does not match at all. Once you learn a few tricks to coordinating the fabrics from your bedding and your window treatments, you will see that it is a breeze and your home decor will shine.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric for either bedding or the window treatments
  • Paint chips
  • Choose one of the fabrics for either your bedding or your window treatments, preferably the one that you want to have the most color or pattern.

  • Visit the paint section of your local hardware store or any store that has paint. Select a few of the paint chips/swatches that you think might go with your fabric-- selecting different colors from the fabric. Choose a few paint chips that you are unsure of as well, as you may surprise yourself later on.

  • Take the paint chips home. Spread out your fabric on the bed, so that you can get a good look at it. Lay the paint chips on the fabric to see which ones coordinate and which ones do not look good.

  • Pick out any paint chips that stand out too much, as you want your bedding and your window treatments to blend well.

  • Choose more than one paint chip that you like and rate them from least to greatest. Take them to the store to pick out window treatments trying to find the color that you like best first. Use the other colors you liked as backups in case you cannot find anything in your first choice color.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Fabric Farms Interiors website states, "Look for a specific, closely matched color that can be the element of continuity from one fabric to all the others. This color should be very similar in temperature (cool versus warm), intensity and identity."
  • If you choose a floral bedding, you may want to go with a solid curtain -- or go with stripes that are the same color as some of the colors in the floral bedding. You probably do not want to put two different florals together in one room. Choose large prints for the curtains if you have a small print for the bedding.
  • If you purchase fabric to make either the bedding or the curtains, you can always take a piece of this to the store to match up colors instead of picking out paint chips.

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