The prevailing trend is to paint walls with neutral colors in apartments and houses. Renters and homeowners are left wondering what color curtains to use with beige paint.
The answer is any color. For example, shades of darker or lighter beige and even white complement beige walls.
Neutral colors make a room look bigger. They’re calming colors. Neutral colors go with any style of decoration, from rustic to contemporary and from minimalist to classic.
Neutral colors form a background for splashes of color. Furnishings, accessories like throw pillows, and paintings, or other works of art show up to good advantage against beige walls.
Curtains, however, are a different story. Homeowners choosing the wrong style, material, and color can spoil the look of the entire room.
Styles Of Curtains
- 1 Styles Of Curtains
- 2 Types Of Curtains
The first thing consumers should know about curtains is that they differ from drapes.
Curtains are made of lighter textiles with no backing. They’re sold in pairs of panels of different lengths and widths.
Like drapes, curtains are hung from a rod. With that said, here are the styles of curtains.
The valance is a decorative piece of material hung over curtains already there. It’s sometimes scalloped, sometimes puffy, but at all times, it’s used to give the windows a focal point.
Valances come in everything from pinch pleated to scalloped, from corniced to waterfall, and from tie-up to buttoned. They come in every color known to man as well as almost every pattern.
Valances are made to highlight, so use bright colors to complement beige walls. If bright yellow, green, and blue match or complement your furnishings, then they’ll do well with beige walls.
2. Window Scarf
Usually a sheer piece of material, a window scarf is woven over and under the curtain rod and left to hang at differing lengths down the window.
It’s a delicate and pretty appearance hungover blinds or shades.
Even if your window scarf is a solid material instead of sheer, any colored scarf would complement beige walls.
At one time, the fashion was to weave silk flowers and greenery amidst the weave of the scarf.
Some homeowners weave two different colors or one solid and one sheer colored window scarf on the same window, all of which goes well with beige walls.
Swags are much like window scarves, with two exceptions. Swags can be made with both solid and sheer materials, and they are much shorter than window scarves.
Swags only hang at the top of the window, with their sides coming only partway down the window, unlike window scarves that come farther down the window.
Swags come in every color and pattern under the sun. Depending on which room homeowners are using swags, they can be placed over shades, blinds, or sheers.
They can be bright in colors like orange, yellow, or red, or they can be quieter colors such as blue, green, and violet.
4. Austrian Curtains
Available in panels, swags, and valances, these are the curtains seen in cartoons and period dramas. They’re usually one panel of scalloped material from side to side and top to bottom.
They’re beautiful and formal, but they’re not right for every room.
These are usually seen in velvet or satin and in colors like burgundy, navy or royal blue, and English racing green.
Any of these would complement beige walls. However, if homeowners wanted brown or perhaps gray, these would look snappy against beige as well.
5. Cafe Curtains
These are almost always seen only on kitchen windows above the sink. They’re part valance and regular part curtain, only shorter.
Think of the red and white checked cafe curtains in some restaurants, and you’ll know what will go well with beige walls.
You’ll see some cafe curtains in plain cotton, some in linen. Some are eyelet while others are lacy. You’ll see them ruffled as well as plain.
Most are brightly colored, such as bright yellow and red. Even the floral or patterned cafe curtains are bright or light, but they all go well with beige walls.
6. Single Or Pair Of Panels
Some windows, such as bedroom windows, aren’t wide enough for two panels of curtains. One panel will stretch across the whole window.
In other rooms, like the living or dining room, though, windows are larger. It will take two panels to cover them.
In bedrooms, homeowners want nothing bright or flashy against their beige walls.
This would keep the occupants awake. Muted colors like medium blue, grass green, dark plum, and peach dress up the bedrooms nicely as well as complement the beige walls.
Living and dining rooms are where people gather. The colors tend to be brighter and form a focal point.
Curtains will complement the colors of the furnishings while still blending in with the wall color. Neutral only exists in these rooms on the walls.
Here is where the bright colors will thrill and delight visitors. Use your bright blues, yellows, purples, and pinks here.
Pair the panels with a valance or swag for an extra wow! factor.
Types Of Curtains
Curtains can either be formal or casual. In bedrooms, kitchens, and sometimes bathrooms, casual curtains are common. It’s in living and dining rooms as well as studies or libraries that more formal curtains are seen.
People choose casual curtains in fun colors and patterns, while more formal curtains are usually one color and usually a dark color like burgundy.
The type of curtains hung in rooms are often classified by their type of attachment. Here’s what we mean.
7. Eyelet Or Grommet Curtains
A rod is threaded through large or small grommets or eyes. The rod shows through the eyes and at the ends.
These curtains are made of cotton, linen, or lightweight polyester. They’re casual, modern, lightweight, and draw easily.
Casual curtains are more fun because they come in numerous colors and patterns. Any of them would go well against beige walls.
8. Rod Pocket Curtains
A rod is passed through a pocket until the curtain drapes from the rod. The pocket can be atop the curtain panel or hidden in the back of the panel.
Casual curtains have their pocket at the top of the panel. More formal curtains have theirs behind the panel out of sight.
Rod pocket curtains are lightweight, casual and can be used with blinds or shades. Use colors that complement the blinds or shades.
Most blinds or shades are wood or white, so the colors can complement the furnishings. They will certainly go with beige walls.
9. Tab Top Curtains
Tabs like a small portion of the strap on a backpack or the shoulder portion of a girl’s summer shirt are attached to the top of the curtain panel.
It’s commonly made of the same material as the curtain. The rod goes through the tabs and is then hung up. Tab top curtains come in cafe curtain size, valance size, or single and double panel size.
The ease of use highly recommends this type of curtain. It’s a more casual look, although it goes in the living and dining rooms nicely.
Tab top curtains come in all kinds of colors and patterns. Even if homeowners buy them in shades of brown, beige, and white, they will still go well with beige walls.
These are the most common type of curtains. They’re suitable in any room, in any color or pattern, and for casual or formal décor. It’s the type of pleat that gives pleated curtains their definition.
10. Pinch Pleats
The most popular of the pleated curtains, pinch pleats range from two to five fingers width. They’re stitched at the bottom of the fingers so that the curtains flow prettily to the bottom.
The fewer the fingers, the narrower the flow. The more the fingers, the fuller the flow.
Pinch pleat curtains are best suited to bedrooms and family rooms. They come in all patterns and colors, so they’re suitable for beige walls.
11. Box Pleats
These are folded in order to simulate a box shape and then stitched across the bottom of the fold. The effect is an elegant, full fall. Just like a pinch pleat, the rod goes through a pocket at the top of the fold.
The curtains are best suited to formal rooms such as a formal living or dining room.
Box pleat curtains are usually found in single colors instead of patterns, but informal surrounds, formal colors are recommended.
Thus, dark or royal blue, dark green, burgundy, and old or antique gold are colors best suited to this type of curtain. They’ll go well with beige walls.
12. Tuxedo Pleats
Very popular curtains, tuxedo pleated curtains are gathered and stitched behind the panels, providing a full flow to the bottom of the curtains.
The rod pocket is behind the pleats. This type of curtain looks best hung on a decorative rod. They are best suited to formal rooms like a library, media room, or formal dining room.
Since this type of curtain goes best informal surroundings, then formal colors would be best.
Dark blues, dark greens, burgundy, brown, and dark beige or white would be the best colors to use. All would complement beige walls.