Interior Design Tips & Tricks  

Jun 30

Guidelines for Choosing the Right Color for Drapes and Blinds

Posted by Kristin Hibler on Friday, June 30, 2017

Many of our clients come to us for help with choosing the color for their drapes or blinds. Window treatments are a big undertaking, and we completely understand the desire to get it right the first time! In this post, we wanted to share some of our recommendations for choosing colors for window treatments. If you still have questions, though, don’t hesitate to call us—we’d love to hear more about your particular design dilemma and see how we can help.


Functional Blinds

The first thing to keep in mind is that blinds are more functional than drapes. Whereas drapes are often decorative, blinds serve the very specific purpose of blocking light and providing privacy. With that in mind, blinds are not typically changed up very often, which is why we recommend going with a neutral color. Blinds that are a light color are popular because they allow more natural light while still providing privacy. White, off-white, tan, gray, and beige are some of the most popular colors, and we like them too because they go with a variety of colors and allow you to change up the decor in a room without changing out the blinds.


Decorative Drapes

As the more decorative part of the window treatment, drapes are where you can make a statement. Bold, rich colors and patterns draw the eye to the windows and lend vibrancy to a room. Keep in mind, though, that if you choose to make a big statement with the drapes, you’ll want to keep the rest of the decor in the room fairly neutral. Otherwise, the different pieces will be competing for attention, thus creating a lot of visual noise.


Tone-on-Tone with Texture

Another option for drapes is to choose a neutral color to complement the blinds, and add a pop of color elsewhere in the room—a turquoise sofa or large, vivid painting. We love the current trend of using texture to add interest to neutral colors. Tone-on-tone with variety of textures is a subtle way to keep neutral window treatments from being too bland.


We love helping our clients bring their beautiful spaces to life. Check out the wide variety of drapery fabrics we carry, as well as our huge collection of Hunter Douglas blinds and shades. When it comes to window treatments, we’ve got you covered!