We recently redecorated our dining room, and the only thing left to do to the room is window treatments. No matter what room I decorate, it seems that the window treatments are always left until the last minute. In reality, itâ€™s because I have no idea how Iâ€™m supposed to match them to the rest of the room. Everything else makes sense, you do a carpet thatâ€™s not too light, so it doesnâ€™t show too much wear, you choose wall colors based on the size of your room, and you choose furniture to pull all of the elements of your room together. So I set out to figure out how to match your window treatments to everything else youâ€™ve done in my room, and it turned out to be quite easy.
It seems that a lot of rules of decorating, if not all of them, apply to window treatments as well. For instance, if it is a small room that I want to feel more open and airy, I should go with a lighter color, If it is a bigger room I can get away with a darker color because I donâ€™t need to brighten it up.Â Another rule seems to be, if you are worried about cleaning too often, a neutral color â€“ not too light, not too dark â€“ is best at hiding dirt.
Â As far as what to match to, there actually isnâ€™t a right or wrong answer for that either! If you want to be safe, you can match it to the trim of the windows or the floor â€“ because those elements are less likely to change, but if you want to be more daring you can match to the fabrics that are in the room â€“ because they will really pop, and draw attention to the windows.
Applying my new knowledge to my dining room, I knew I could go with a darker color, because there are six windows, and they were huge so I could get away with something darker. But because I hate dusting, I didnâ€™t want to go too dark â€“ the dust would stand out too much. So I decided to go in between and match to the gold tones on the upholstery on my chairs. The treatments are much more daring than what I would normally chose, but they really finish the room off nicely!