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Fabric Window Treatments: To Match or Contrast

Should you choose fabrics that match or provide contrast to the rest of your decor?

Window treatments made from fabric have been part of various decors for decades. Fabric blinds will remain a staple for years to come as they are timeless and offer a wide selection of colors, textures, and patterns. Here are the reasons why, and the cases where, we suggest you complement your decor with contrasting or similar tones.


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Velvet curtains in French Blue paired with cellular shades



Contrast creates an indirect hierarchy by highlighting the most important aspect of the room. When decorating your rooms, the goal for many is to add visual weight to the room and to attract the attention of one's guests. To do so, go with colors that have high contrast; for example, black and white. Contrast is used to bring attention and life to a room by making it dynamic and lively. This can be achieved in various ways by going on opposite sides of the color wheel, varying in textures, patterns and even materials.

MATCHING
White and light grey bedroom with grey roman shades with classic fold
CONTRASTING
Blue roller shades with blackout lining in a child's bedroom

In cases where our clients want to add contrast to their spaces, design consultants will base themselves on the client’s interior design style. For example, minimalist decors often have white, black, or different tones of grey as base colors with little to no texture and sleek designs. Our consultants may direct you towards colored cellular shades as they are light and textured, roller shades with colorful patterns to attract the eye or colored draperies to soften the raw look of a minimalist home and add movement. In a scenario where a client’s room is light grey and white, black or navy-blue blinds will create contrast.

Another example would be that of the bohemian style; such decors often involve plants, light rugs, exposed string lights, and wood. Overall, these are spaces with a lot of texture and depending on your needs, different window treatments may be suggested. Our consultants may advise you to go with neutral-colored roller shades if you want to focus on your decorative pieces or to go with roman shades to further add color, texture and emphasis to your surroundings. In a scenario where a client’s bohemian style involves light beige and wood tones, blinds that have a touch of bright blue or red are perfect.

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MATCHING
Woven wood shades cover four side-by-side windows in a modern, bohemian bedroom.
CONTRASTING
A contemporary living room features white linen drapery and unlined woven wood shades in a beautiful natural wood tone

It is important to note that certain clients are not fans of high contrast decors, and that is fine since our design consultants can easily answer their needs. To do so, our consultants will stay within the same color scheme by playing with intensity, or the same texture scheme. For example, rural and rustic decors often involve heavy wood, brick and rock exposure; however, many clients adore that decor style and would rather emphasis it or supplement it by installing fabric blinds with the same rustic or rural feel. Usually, these clients are looking to match their decor on a monochromatic level. Therefore, our consultants may direct you towards our bamboo shades or our “Naturally Inspired” roller shades that include textures and colors like that of woven wood shades. This will not only attract your guests’ eyes to the centerpieces of such decor but create uniformity and a feeling of familiarity between rooms.

Overall, window treatments made from fabric can easily be used to create contrast or uniformity by playing with colors. Contrasts may be created by adding bolder colors and patterns; uniformity may be created by looking for textures and colors resembling that of your home.

- Jade Moubarak, Design Consultant

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