One question that is frequently asked during renovations and redecorating is whether window blinds should match the color of the walls or whether they should contrast. The short answer is no, they don’t need to match, but there are some things worth considering to ensure that you’ve made the right choice. Start by defining what your personal style is – do some research online and in magazines.
We understand the desire to make the right choice before any sort of financial investment, so here are some of our top tips to help you reach a decision:
1. Match the trim or moulding
If you prefer a more classic design style, matching your blinds to your window trim and/or moulding is a good option. This will allow the windows to fade into the background, so you can make the focal point whatever you desire. Another bonus is that this look won’t be going out of style anytime soon, so you won’t have to worry about the space becoming outdated.
Tip – Remember that all colors have either warmer or cooler undertones, so get some fabric samples in your chosen color to see whether it matches your trim and/or walls.
2. Match the wall color
Matching your window blinds to your wall color can help to create a seamless look, which is a great option if you’ve opted for a more unusual palette. Another option is to choose the same color, but in a tone that’s a few shades lighter. This will help to reduce some of the ‘heaviness’ of the covering.
Tip – Knowing the specific name of your wall color will be a help when selecting fabric for your blinds.
When do I choose a lighter color?
Blinds that are lighter than your walls can create a really beautiful contrast. They’ll brighten the room, soften your windows, and reduce the chances of clashing with other features of your décor. They will also give the illusion of space, which is ideal for making small rooms feel larger.
When do I choose a darker color?
Blinds that are darker than your walls are best suited for bigger rooms or spaces with lots of windows, as they can help to add a sense of depth and coziness. Darker colors are also more dominating, which can add to the visual strength of the room. Just be mindful when choosing your accent colors.
3. Match flooring or other fixtures
One way to tie your room together is by carrying the colors of your permanent fixtures (such as flooring or cabinetry) through to your impermanent ones (such as your blinds). You could also match them to your accessories, from cushions and accent chairs to rugs and even books. A different tone or shade in the same color family will also work well.
4. Match existing window coverings
While there’s no rule that says all the blinds in a house must match, many people are concerned with how they will look from the outside. In this case, ensuring that they match will create a more uniform appearance. Keep in mind that passers-by will really only notice the front-facing windows, so those behind the scenes can be whatever you like.
5. Choose a contrasting color
If you prefer a more modern design style, a pop of color in your blinds could be just what a neutral space needs to tie it all together. Going for a bold palette is a great way to introduce a modern feel to any room. Think a dramatic red, a regal purple, a bold teal, a sunny yellow, or even an earthy green – the options are endless.
Tip – Contrast can exist in a more classic style by keeping things monochromatic. A black covering in an all-white room, for example, can create a high contrast.
6. Consider the fabric
The fabric you’ve selected for your window blind makes a big difference to the design and overall feel of the room. If you’ve opted for natural timber, however, you won’t need to match it to your wall – the great thing about natural fibers is that they’re neutral, so they will work with basically any color combination.
7. Consider the type of blind
There are a number of options available when it comes to window coverings, including: roller, dual roller, roman, venetian, panel and vertical. Keep in mind that the type of blind you have chosen can affect its coloring, so ensure that you get samples specific to the type of covering that you’re interested in installing.
Tip – Not all blinds are made from fabric. If you’re after a more neutral look, you can’t go wrong with something like timber or aluminum venetians.
At the end of the day, the decision to match your window blinds to your wall color is completely up to you. There are many options to choose from, all of which will provide your home with an aesthetically pleasing look. If you’re still not quite sure what will work best for your home and the design style you want to achieve, give the team at Amaru a call or drop us a line – we’d love to arrange an obligation-free consultation to discuss your options.