Does Bedding have to Match the Curtains?

If you take time to look at discussion forums and blogs about decorating your home, and in particular, bedrooms, you’ll almost certainly see this question: “Should my bedding and the curtains/drapes match?”

Because bedroom furniture, decor and lighting is very much a matter for individual taste, I hesitate to dictate what you should or shouldn’t do. But if you insist I will say that the bedroom bedding (including pillowcase, luxury duvet covers from French Connection, throw, and fitted sheets) do not have to match the curtains, blinds, drapes or whatever. But there is a but coming… But it must fit within and compliment the overall bedroom  scheme and not clash with it.  In fact when everything matches, I find it a bit too overpowering! Give us some shade and not just all or nothing please!

A few basic rules of interior design may help you decide whether to contrast the colour of your curtains with your walls, or match those curtains to your wall paint. The right choice is not always about the colour. First off, evaluate and assess your room For example, narrow rooms will appear longer and narrower if the window placement is on each side of the room and the curtain is a contrasting colour.

Rooms which have their only natural light source opposite the room’s entry is considered back-lit. Curtains will likely appear darker during the daylight hours and the true colour won’t be discernible. A contrasting colour with the wall may not be visually evident and could leave the room looking heavy and off-balanced. Nightmare! Think of taking a photograph of a person who is standing with the sun to his back. Without the use a fill light or a flash, the photographic reproduction of the person’s face will be dark and lack detail; the background light will overpower his image.

Regardless of light source, if you’re dressing small rooms, to give the illusion of greater space, use a monochromatic colour scheme and match your curtains to the wall. Select a colour that’s two to three shades lighter or darker than the wall, but not enough colour difference that it stands out dramatically from the wall colour. Don’t make things too fussy. Fussy=crowded!

The opposite is often true if you want to visually bring a room together and create a harmonious atmosphere. Large spaces can look cavernous and disconnected when using a monochromatic color scheme; bold contrasting colours, however, can bring a large room to life. Reds. turquoises, lime greens etc.

For splashes of colour at the windows, use contrasting drapery accessories to brighten the window décor. Tiebacks and trims add excitement and bring a cohesive element to the overall design. Window dressing is expensive. When you buy a curtain that contrasts the room colour, you’re stuck with that colour scheme. It’s less costly to change out accessories than to re-do your windows-you can change your color scheme without having to replace the curtains.

The bedding doesn’t have to match the curtains, but if they don’t, have one heavily patterned and the other not. Two different patters can present confusion and may make you have trouble getting off to sleep!


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