By: Liz

Window treatments, much like the furniture in your home, tend to be long term investments. So it makes sense that you would want pieces that will be versatile enough to carry you through numerous décor changes and experiments.

This leads to the theory that window treatments should never stray from the pallet between off white to dark beige in order to be considered a smart-investment. However, consumer myself, I can see how the “world of beige” can get listless. I also do not have an extra $500 to spend every six months on new blinds or shades. They need to last.

The problem is that most of the consumer world believes that beige, white, and ivory are all they have to choose from in the neutral family. That’s simply not true and let me explain why.

Neutral, by definition, means a shade or tint that can combine with any other color without competition. Simply put, neutrals go with everything. While white and beige are defiantly great neutral shades, they are not the only option: neutrals include, but are not limited to:

-White

-Any form of “Off- White” such as cream or ivory

-Black

-Beige

-Taupe

-Brown

-Tan

-Khaki

-Grey

-Metals including silver, gold, bronze and copper

If you want to work with colors that are a little more vibrant but are still fairly neutral, you can choose from colors known as “pseudo neutrals”. These colors can combine with almost any other color, much like a neutral. Pseudo neutrals include, but are not limited to:

-Sage Greens

-Rust Oranges

-Wine Reds

-Golden Sunflower Yellows

-Slate Blues

You can use these rich colors in combination with the neutrals mentioned previously to create a color pallet that has character and dimension without being overwhelming. You can still reap longevity out of your window treatments without accepting to live in a world of beige.