Stripes Verses Patterns

29 May

If you want to make a strong design statement, then strong contrasting colours in your curtains or window blinds will automatically achieve that, with the thickness of the lines also making a significant difference.

Many designers feel that stripes and patterns, a bit like blue and green should never be seen. Personally I think that as long as the colours are of the same hue, you can mix and match lines and patterns, it offers visual interest. Make sure however that one or other of the effects take command – if you have bold stripes on the wallcovering then go for a delicate print on the window treatment and vice versa.

curtain fabric with matching wallpaper

Mix and Match your Walls and Windows

This fabulous wallcovering from Harlequin fabrics breaks all the rules with a stunning effect.  The single bold floral stripe co-ordinates with the curtain fabric and whilst giving height to the room will also make a feature wall without the need to decorate the wall in an alternative colour to the rest of the decor.

Tiny stripes such as a pin stripe may look great in the pattern books or online, but will not establish a vertical theme in the room as the eye will see the pattern as one colour.

Two tone vertical stripes with white as one of the colours used in any volume will definitely become overwhelming unless that is in fact the look you are seeking.  The long term association of blue and white or green and white with deck chairs and summer days at the beach will make it a great colour combination for bathrooms in particular and as a fun design for children’s rooms whether used for the window treatments or for a feature wallcovering.

nursery blinds

When there is a lot ” going on ” in a child’s room, particularly if the curtains are very colourful, then I should opt for a plain white curtain pole such as the Speedy Country Wooden curtain pole. Not only is this pole wonderful value, but it will tone with the window frames, leaving the curtain fabric to stand out as the main window detail.

The sharp contrasts also makes this type of fabric the most popular choice for outdoor sun blinds, bringing a bright sunshine feeling to your garden even on a cloudy day or a balmy Mediterranean mood on a warm summers evening.

awning blinds fabric

A tone on tone curtain or blind fabric will be far more subtle and a contrast in the texture such as shown in this attractive roman blind is a great way to introduce lines to a room and avoids a dramatic contrast created by different coloured stripes.

roman blind with self coloured pattern

Vertical blinds are a great window treatment and the uniformity of the vertical blades of the blind will also give some unity to a room with awkward shaped windows.

Vertical blinds are available in a vast array of colours but in this particular room a deep colourway would definitely bring the windows into the room and rather than being breathtaking would become overwhelming.


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