What Color Curtains Go With Blue Walls? (Find Out Now!)
Did you know that blue is the most popular color in the world? It’s true, and it seems like people love to deck their homes out in their favorite color, too. It’s amazing how many homes around the world have blue walls. With beautiful wall colors comes a responsibility to get amazing decorations to bring out that color. The best place to start working your blue walls is the curtains, and you’ve got plenty of colors to choose from…
There are plenty of amazing curtain colors that can match with blue walls. Though you still need to find the best color for your shade, these colors below are often the safest bets:
If you’re a true fan of blue, then you’ll be happy to know that this is a remarkably versatile wall color option. Let’s talk about how you can max out your home’s appearance, shall we?
The Best Curtain Colors For Blue Walls
You don’t need to be Eiffel 65 to love the color blue on everything. This is a color that makes any room pop. Pairing it isn’t tricky, either. The colors below regularly get used as companions to a wide range of azure shades…
Blue on blue might seem a little redundant, but it’s not. Unlike most other colors, blue works wonders when it comes to showing itself off—even if the two shades of blue used have different undertones. This is a great choice for people who want to add a little twist to a blue-grey wall, or for people who want to play up the oceanic vibe in a room.
If you use blues that have a similar undertone, then you can also get an amazing monochromatic effect. If it matches identically, then you get a pairing that adds extra flow to your room. Either way, blue on blue rules. This curtain color choice is particularly popular with coastal, tropical, and nautical homes.
Is there any combination that’s more iconic than blue and white? We think not. This is the ultimate dynamic duo, acting as a cornerstone of coastal and nautical interior design. White is the best choice for people who want to brighten up their room immensely and add an airy touch.
If your walls are “Greek blue,” then white is an obvious choice. The contrast between the deep blue and the crisp white has been a staple among Mykonos resorts for centuries. On a similar note, sky blue and white can give your home the feeling of a little castle in the clouds. No matter what look you’re going for, this is a safe bet.
Beige is the kind of neutral color that truly goes with everything. To a point, I like to call it the “universal softener.” The soft warm tones of beige make everything feel softer, warmer, and more touchable. This is why it works well inside bedrooms and other blue-painted rooms that need to feel cozy.
If you choose a light beige, you can use it in traditional, modern, Scandinavian, or French-styled rooms pretty well. If you want to have an edgier look, you can go for a dark beige. In most cases, pairing beige and blue can also work on coastal home designs too. After all, beige is the color of sand, and that makes it amazingly beachy!
Brown and blue can seem like a counterintuitive pairing at first, but once you see the two together, you’ll understand why it’s a safe bet. Neutral browns offer a bold contrast to blue, often bringing out the brightness of wall color in a way that few other colors can. Because most people don’t think of this combination, it’s also a choice you can rely on for compliments and comments.
With that said, this is the kind of curtain color that tends to work with a select handful of room styles. If you are looking for a way to add a Southwestern touch to your room, this’ll be great. The same can be said for homes that have a pointedly rustic look, or for homes that have a strong trendy-feminine look to them.
With all the focus we’ve had on neutrals and cool shades, it’s easy to see why many people tend to assume that warmer colors are totally off the table. Blue walls obviously won’t match well with red or hot pink, but that doesn’t mean that all warm colors are verboten. Yellow is a good example of a traditionally “warm” color that can go well with blue walls.
The reason why it works is simple: it has contrast that brings blue out. While it does offer a nice level of contrast, it’s not such an extreme contrast that it will make your room visually jarring. To make sure that you get the right shade, avoid making your yellow darker than your blue walls. At the most extreme, you can match the darkness of the yellow to the darkness of the blue.
Yellow curtains that remain darker than your walls can be a little strange to look at. By matching or lightening them compared to the wall, you make sure to keep the flow of your room good.
Before we get too deep into this, we’re going to point out that gold is not the same as yellow. Yellow is a flat color, while gold has a metallic shine to it. Moreover, gold tends to have a slightly deeper, richer color than what most people typically ascribe to yellow. In a word, gold is shiny and yellow isn’t.
Gold works for all the reasons that yellow does. It offers contrast, but doesn’t overpower. It adds dimension and warmth, but isn’t an eyesore. The only difference between gold and yellow is the effect it has on the ambiance of a room. Gold adds a certain level of luxury that most other colors don’t, which makes it excellent for homes that want to bring out the sophistication of a room.
A good rule of thumb when choosing a curtain color for a room with blue walls is to look to nature for inspiration. Blue reminds us of the sky, the ocean, as well as some flowers. In most parts of our world, green is always found pretty close to blue in one form or another. Unsurprisingly, this turns out to be a natural color scheme for interior design, too. Our brains simply find it to be soothing.
This is a combination that works very well in rooms where you want to relax in, such as a bedroom or a meditation room. This combination also happens to be an excellent choice for a gender-neutral kids’ room, such as the one above. If you tend to be prone to panic attacks, then pairing light green curtains with a light blue wall can help calm you down.
Teal is that perfect mix between green and blue, with a touch of grey. Since green works well with blue, and blue bolsters itself, it’s obvious teal will be a good match, too. With teal, your room design will get a very aquatic feel to it. This is true, even if you’re using traditional French furniture like the room above.
Getting teal curtains is a great choice if you want to emphasize an oceanic feel in your home, or if you want to bring out an exotic look to your home. If you’re not sure your walls can handle a color this bright, go for a muted teal or a curtain pattern that contains teal in it. You can thank us later.
In recent years, grey has become a major neutral color for just about every room. Grey kitchens, grey bedrooms, grey living rooms…We’ve seen it all. Though painting a room grey might be overkill for many people, there’s something to be said about pairing it with a cool wall color. One of the oldest pairings for a blue wall is to use grey curtains.
Grey and blue go together like peanut butter and jelly—it’s an awesome, snackable combo. The cool shades that are typically found in grey complement the blue. Overall, this gives your home a calming ambiance that is perfect for the bedroom, a home spa, or lounge room. If you’re upgrading your she shed, grey is a great go-to for a blue interior, too.
What Curtain Colors Don’t Go Well With Blue Walls?
In the world of interior design, the unwritten rule is “never say never.” In other words, any design rules you hear are made to be broken. For the most part, there will always be an exception to every rule. However, the thing that most people forget is that you have to break the rules the right way. Most of the time, DIY designers won’t be able to make exceptions. That’s why we suggest avoiding these curtain pairings below…
- Black Curtains. Unless you have navy blue walls, the idea of pairing black curtains with blue walls shouldn’t even come into your mind. Most of the time, this pairing looks very dreary and depressing at best. At worst, it looks like a visually jarring nightmare.
- Orange Curtains. While there are exceptions to this rule, the truth is that orange is too loud a color for most blue walls. The red undertones tend to be too bright, and mismatching the undertones can cause your room to look wonky. Unless you’re going for a very pale orange patterned design, don’t even think about this.
- Red Curtains. Red and blue might look good on a sofa, but it is usually way too much for wall and curtain pairing. In many cases, it will make your room feel like it belongs to Captain America.
- Hot Pink Curtains. If you thought red was going too far with the contrast, then this will be even worse an idea. Hot pink and blue pairings can actually cause physical pain in some people’s eyes. This makes it a literal eyesore.
Should curtains be lighter or darker than the walls?
The answer to this depends on the overall room setup, but there is a guideline that can help you choose. Most of the time, curtains should be at least one shade lighter or darker than the walls. If you want to make your room feel larger, brighter, and more open, then you need lighter curtains. If you want to add coziness or dimness to your room, stick to a darker shade.For the most part, people tend to prefer lighter colors for their curtains. However, it’s up to you to make that call.
What color curtains go well with blue-grey walls?
If you recently painted your walls a blue-grey or a slate grey, then you have a fair selection of curtain colors to choose from. The key to getting a good pairing is to avoid colors that are overtly warm. After all, both blue and grey are cool tones, and that means that having warm tones will clash.The best way to make sure that you get a good match is to stick to neutrals and colors that have a soft touch to them. Good options include white, light grey, beige, seafoam green, and light blue. Dark colors are too gloomy when paired with this color!
Should I paint my walls blue?
Blue is one of the most popular colors among interior designers around the world. Along with being a favorite for people who want to channel nature indoors, blue works well to help soothe people. Studies show that staying in a blue room can reduce anxiety and improve sleep.Of course, there are other perks to having a blue room. Blue helps open up a room, and also can add a certain level of brightness to your place. This is a good way to make sure that you get the illusion of more space through your room.
Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.
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