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How to match your curtains and blinds

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by Emily Booth

In-home Advice Expert

Published: 04/05/2017

Updated: 05/12/2019

Get the perfect look in your home with curtains and blinds from our collection. Read our handy guide to matching curtains and blinds, and discover how to combine colour, pattern and texture to create a stunning finish at your window.  

Do blinds and curtains go together?

Combining blinds with curtains is a really easy way to mix and match colours, textures and patterns and create a gorgeous focal point for any room. It’s also great for layering practical solutions with more stylish ones, so the finished result not only looks stunning, but works hard too.

Play with pattern

Pattern is a great way to add interest to your decor. When matching plains and patterns, select a colour from your patterned blind or curtains and use a similar or related colour for your matching plain fabric. Here, we’ve chosen teal as the background for emerald green patterned curtains, which complement each other well.

Loxley Emerald Curtains with Malone Velvet Teal Roman blinds in a dining room window

Combine function and style

If you’re looking to solve a problem such as light levels, privacy or temperature control, try layering one of our specialist blinds with curtains. This wide window lets in plenty of light, so a sheer Roller blind helps diffuse some glare, while curtains soften the space and make it cosy at night.

George Clark_Acacia Ice_motorized_Roller blinds_with_Bardot Grey_curtains

Should all the blinds or curtains in my house match?

There’s no hard and fast rule on matching the window dressings in your entire home. Some prefer to let their creativity loose, with distinctly different looks in every room, while some prefer the uniformity of matching window dressings from the outside.

Add kerb appeal with matching windows

If a matching scheme is more your thing, we’d recommend either Wooden blinds or shutters in a neutral shade. The clean, crisp lines of the slats look super smart and they come in waterproof options so they can be used in every room around the home.

What should I match my curtains to – the walls or the furniture?

Curtains are a great opportunity to incorporate colour and pattern into a room. However, matching them to the exact shade of your walls may make them look a little too recessive, so we’d recommend going for a shade or two’s difference. Alternatively, statement furniture or accessories might provide inspiration for adding a pop of colour.

Create synergy with a single shade

By using the same colour scheme throughout a room, you unify your colour scheme, creating a harmonious and balanced space. In this dining room, we’ve taken inspiration from the golden honey shade of the walls and picked an oatmeal hue for the curtains and blinds.

Delizia Taupe curtains and Lindora Linen romans in the dining room
Breathe colour into a room

Coloured furniture or accessories are an easy way to inject colour into a neutral decor scheme, which you can then reflect in your window dressings. We’ve chosen grey curtains in a similar shade to the walls, and matched the Roman blind to the burnt sienna shade of the chair and cushion.

A dark desk and bright orange chair sit in front of a window with a orange blind. The blind is combined with grey detailed curtains. There are also two fabric wall hangings on either side of the window.
Should I have the same window dressings on every window in a room?

If you’ve got a room with multiple windows or doors, you might find that one type of window dressing might not be suitable for them all. In this case, you can still have plenty of fun mixing and matching different window dressings, while still keeping your room looking pulled together.

Colour and function

Large areas like kitchen diners often have multiple windows and doors. Windows in a kitchen area may need to be more practical to withstand heat and steam, while dining spaces might call for softness and style. In this kitchen, we’ve opted for a wipeable, moisture resistant Roller blind by the sink, and introduced a vibrant teal with curtains at the door.

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