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What Color Curtains Go With Brown Walls?


While looking for window treatments for homes, people narrow down their options based on two aspects. These aspects can be broadly categorized as ‘functionality’ and ‘aesthetic appeal’. As with most people, you would also want your window covering to be a useful part of your interior décor while also enhancing the look of your home. ‘Functionality’ in this context, would include something along the lines of light filtration and control, privacy, regulation of temperature and user friendliness (motorized window treatments that can also be triggered by voice command). The other aspect (aesthetic appeal) is basically finding the best and optimal look for your home in a way that the window treatments complement the room and vice versa. There are different stylish options you can experiment with to find something that will be happy to use as your window covering.

Let’s talk about curtains. Deciding what kinds of curtains and which colour curtains can bolster the look and ambience of any room can be broken down to the core to make it simple for you. You will need your curtains to complement the colour of the wall. It is not necessary that the walls and the curtains need to contrast or match. It can be either of the two as long as they complement each other. Another aspect is the colour, position and type of furniture and other interior décor. The final one is the effect of sunlight on the final look of the room and curtains.

The situation with curtains and brown walls

The thing about brown walls is that they give you an avenue to explore with different colours of curtains. The possibilities are endless. Brown colours are considered to be somewhat neutral colours, almost along the same lines as white, grey and beige coloured walls. Brown walls don’t just make it easy for you to choose your curtains or other window treatments like blinds and shades but also reduce the burden on you when you are choosing your furniture. You can almost make any piece of furniture go with brown walls. For instance, you could look into getting teak wood furniture, cherry wood furniture and maybe even patio furniture which can make visitors do a double take and find that the combination is not only interesting, but well founded. If you find yourself asking why the brown colour is so versatile, the answer is simple. Brown has a bit of every primary colour in its mixture, giving it the potential to incorporate different items to go with it.

Even though brown walls offer a lot of room to explore your options, it is the biggest benefit as well as a slight cause for concern if you think about it. The fact that you have so many options means that finding what suits the room, satisfies the people you live with and yourself can be really hard because of the differing preferences. Some wall colours don’t offer that kind of versatility. While this means that you have only one or two types of colours that you can match and contrast with the wall, it does make your job easier right?

But if you had no choice but to choose between not having options and having too many options, you would rather be troubled with a plethora of curtain colours to try right? Fortunately, there is a way to categorize your options and narrow them down further.

A Guide to buying curtains for brown walls

The potential colours of curtains that can guarantee favourable results can be categorised based on the theme of colours and what they kind of represent. Look into these options and see what fits you best –

  • Black and White – You can’t really go wrong with the classic colours. White curtains in particular can go very well with brown. This is especially true with crispy winter white or creamy-white coloured curtains. Even net curtains that have a shade of white can go well with brown walls. The best part about white coloured curtains is that they can go with any shade of brown. If your walls are on the darkish brown side of the spectrum, the white curtains can offer a contrasting look. White coloured curtains are known to be soothing and they provide a calm ambience to your room. On the flip side, black coloured curtains have a royal and somewhat sophisticated look. If you want your room to have some natural brightness you are better off pairing black curtains with light brown walls.
  • Warm colours – Determining what a warm colour is can be simple. In essence, they are stimulants of emotion. The vibe they give off is one that immediately energises a person or lifts a sombre and sullen mood. They give off a sense of warmth and brightness that you can often associate with a happy and happening place. You can use warm colours mainly for rooms where the entire family or group hang out (living rooms, maybe even kitchens?). Your typical options can be cherry red coloured curtains that can pop. A bright orange coloured curtain can also go well with a light brown wall. Even yellow can be a good combination with darkish brown walls.
  • Cool Colours – Homes are not always about being places where you are brimming with energy. Sometimes, you need the comfort of your home to cosy up, rest and gather your bearings. So, in order to balance the warm coloured curtains recommended for living rooms and kitchens, you can opt for cooler curtains for bedrooms, dens and laundry rooms. Your main choices can be green or blue coloured curtains. You can blend the two and have a rich turquoise shade on your curtain if you’re in the mood to switch things up. However, make sure that the darker the brown colour on the wall, the lighter the colour of the curtains should be. Dark brown walls don’t really go well dark cool colours like green and blue.
  • 50 shades of brown – A little bit of brown on brown between the curtains and walls can be surprisingly good. It isn’t something that people try often, making it even better as a unique choice. It might not seem like an interesting choice but you might be pleasantly taken aback once you try it. To maintain a flattering colour scheme, go with a lighter shade of brown for your curtains if the walls are on the darker shade of brown. Conversely, a darker shade of brown will do well with lighter brown walls.

Choosing the best colour for you

Choosing the colour you want is a question of preference. You can get to the bottom of it by engaging in the process of elimination. Decide if you want black, white, warm, cool or other shades of brown based on how you react to them. You can also try a different category for each room based on the function of the room (living room, bedrooms etc).  Now you can compare the different shades of the curtains to finally pick the colour that you think is unique, vibrant and soothing for your brown walls.

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