Balancing the intensity of your orange room with a carefully chosen curtain color is key to an eye-catching design. Balance orange by muting it with a bolder contrasting color, letting it take center stage with a softer color, or framing it with grays, blacks and white or cream tones. Ultimately, the curtain color depends on what you already have in the room. Use the curtains to accentuate a small element found elsewhere in the room or bring a completely new color accent in.
Use a Contrasting Color
If you've used orange on a large wall or in large furniture pieces like a sofa, bedspread or rug, make that color pop by going with a contrasting color for your curtains. This option works well if you want a dramatic visual style. Contrasting colors for orange include purple and green hues. The exact shade you'll pick depends on the orange you've picked throughout the room. If you chosen a bold, burnt red-orange to paint the walls, a muted, soft blue for the curtains works well. You've provided contrast in color and value, because the orange is brighter and has more intensity than the soft blue. On the other hand, a light sherbet orange may do well with an eggplant or even indigo violet panel.
Keep Things in Harmony
For a less dramatic statement, choose curtains in a color near orange on the color wheel. Choosing what's called analogous colors typically mimics the color combinations seen in nature, giving a more subtle look. This works especially well for curtains, since they're there as a backdrop, unless you've decided they're the room's focal piece. If not, reds and yellows are your main choices. These colors are warm, so they create an intimate, inviting atmosphere, whereas cooler hues open up and invigorate a space.
Take Some Color Away
To get the most out of bold spots of orange or an intense wash of this color in the room, break up the color palette with gray or black and white curtains. A black-and-white paisley fabric can freshen up the room and add a balance of dramatic mod or delicate vintage style. Slate gray curtains or a shimmery pewter curtain panel can add elegance and refinement to a playful room decorated with orange accents. White or cream curtains can cool things down and let more light in the room.
Instead of curtains, go with shades or blinds in a wood finish. Bringing wood into the room gives it a natural look, and depending on which finish you choose, a sleek or cozy effect. Hang bamboo or rattan roll-up shades for a beach or tropical touch. Dark brown finishes like walnut can ground a larger room where a lighter orange dominates. If you want a natural-looking material but want to avoid blinds, go with linen, hemp, bamboo or organic, unbleached cotton panels. They add just a touch of rustic style and are eco-friendly.
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