Can I use these curtains with this rug? Pattern Conflict? or Not?

beekeeperswifeJuly 10, 2012

Imagine the curtains pictured below in orange, instead of gray. Like this.

I was waiting for my gray pair, that will go in my master bath, to arrive to see the size of the pattern. They are here now, so I hung them on hangers to get a visual of them in this room. I really want to use orange in the curtains in this room. Can you tell me what you think about the pattern with this rug.

I have taken several photos, moving the curtains around to hopefully give you a good view. The room will have a couple of white chairs with either the pictured turquoise pouf (this one is auditioning) or an orange leather one I have my eye on.

So, take a look and let me know what you think:

outside the room view

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My3dogs

I adore orange, and fondly recall pipdog's 'sheet' curtains in orange that we all raved about, so I'd go for these in a heart beat. The RUG is amazing! Where are you getting these things?

The fuzzy pouf isn't my fave; do you have a pic of the orange leather one?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:20PM
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Boopadaboo

Love, love love that rug! Where did you ever find it!?! My whole downstairs is in orange, blue and green. I need that rug. Phew, got that out. :) I think the drapes will look great! I can't wait to see the finished room. I would love to see the orange pouf too :)

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:26PM
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Fun2BHere
    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:26PM
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beekeeperswife

Thanks my3dogs. The rug is from Hautelook. Totally took a gamble buying a rug online without seeing it in person. It just spoke to me. Here's another photo of the room, you can see the lamps I bought from Home Goods. They match the blue in the rug perfectly.

The blue pouf was a whim today while shopping. I thought I'd give it a try, but personally, I'm leaning towards the orange pouf...

Oh, and the curtains are from ZGallerie. Did you see the photo of my bathroom? They match the tile perfectly. How lucky was that?

here's the shower that they match

and here's the window they are going to surround

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:29PM
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beekeeperswife

Fun2bhere--that is awesome. I did that on an inspiration board but wasn't able to tell if I ever could get the pattern the "right" size. Thanks!

So, is that a yes or no from you?

:)

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:31PM
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Fun2BHere
    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:31PM
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sherrmann

I say YES!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:34PM
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Fun2BHere

I don't know. I really like mixing patterns, but you have a lot of pattern in the room already with the window muntins, coffered ceiling, rug and furniture overlays. I think I would prefer simpler linen draperies that are as close to the color of your walls as possible. Of course, I always defer to the person actually standing in the room.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:39PM
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Fun2BHere
    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:43PM
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Boopadaboo

That visual helps a lot. Now I am thinking no. Something softer, more lush, but still with a pattern.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:45PM
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tinam61

Ohmigoodness!!! First let me say, orange is one of my least favorite colors. (I only say that so you will know this is high praise from me LOL.) That said, I adore the way you and pipdog both use it! Your styles are completely different from my cottagey look, but you both do such a great job - I greatly admire your styles! The drapes look fabulous in the room and that rug is to die for! Love the leather pouf, would look fantastic in turquoise. That room is going to look lush!

tina

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:48PM
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beekeeperswife

But I waaaant orange curtains.....whaa

If I had a ZGallerie located near me, I would buy them, bring them home, and check them out and just return if they won't work. But their shipping is $17, and I just paid it for the 2 gray ones. I'd hate to buy 1 panel in orange, decide "yes" and have to buy the rest and pay AGAIN for shipping.

I wonder if they would waive the what-I-think-is-outrageous fee for shipping....

I could call.

Any ideas on another orange curtain? Or any other ideas?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:51PM
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oakleyok

I like the orange a LOT, and I'm not an orange fan either. Once they're up they'll look a lot better than the mockups. Go with it!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 4:59PM
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Boopadaboo

It is hard for me to tell, Are your walls off white? whit? I love these, but not sure of the bacground color.

Here is a link that might be useful: orange drapes

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 5:00PM
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beekeeperswife

My walls are BM's Gray Owl. (Which is technically an Off-White. (Very soft gray/taupe).

Those orange curtains are quite interesting boopadaboo, but at that price....yikes. I need 7 panels at least. Don't think that's going to get through the budget committee.

Thanks though for the link, it's good to see some other options.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 5:06PM
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marcolo

You know I hate the word "busy." Don't make me say it.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 5:26PM
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chickadee2_gw

I think orange curtains would work in the room, but that pattern, especially with 7 panels is just too busy ( sorry marcolo )with the rug. 'Love your new house.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 5:53PM
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DLM2000

Love the rug. Love the mirrored console. Love the doors/windows and view beyond. Love the ceiling. Love the curtains, too....... but am feeling a bit schizophrenic trying to find a place to rest my eyes and brain with everything worthy of star status. You have exquisite taste and find the most wonderful pieces, I'm sure you can find something for your windows that will be a great supporting character in that gorgeous room.

That said..... please tell me about that tub!!! I LOVE the ledge and have never seen that feature in that type of tub before. I'd design an entire bathroom around it - maybe you did!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 5:55PM
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hellokitty

Love your rooms! I am in love with your rug and the curtains are too die for!!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 6:19PM
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chispa

Bee is a decor enabler!! Thanks to her I now have to check hautelook.com every morning. I haven't found anything I want to buy yet, but I know it will happen very soon. LOL.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 7:04PM
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jterrilynn

I like the curtains But I did see some white or off white curtains with a bit of orange trim that would also look real nice. I think I saw them on Anthopogie but not sure.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 7:24PM
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blfenton

No. I'm sure a lot of people have said go for it but frankly the answer is no. While the rug appears to have a larger pattern than the curtains it doesn't. When you look at the rug as an overall what you probably see is long sweeping lines but if you look more closely at the detail there is much more detail than the sweeping lines. The detail pattern is the same size as the pattern in the curtains. You can mix large patterns and medium or small but not two patterns of the same size. You need curtains with a small pattern - perhaps a small dot (avoid plaid or check because the same thing will occur) or fine vertical lines.

My 2c.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 8:27PM
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massagerocks

I love orange, and your room is stunning. The curtains are nice, but to my eye, they dont belong in that room. Your rug is such a beautiful focal point. With those curtains, there is too much going on in the room, and beauty of each of your well-chosen furnishings seems diminished.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 8:53PM
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Boopadaboo

Sorry beekeeperswife, I should have realized the anthropologie curtains were expensive. I have had my eye on a set that is on there for a long time and can't get myself to pay that much and I only need 4 :)

I don't supposed you might know the brand name of your gorgeous rug? I went on the site you mentioned and since it is one of those specials site they of course didnt have any. Funny I saw butterfly rugs similar to the kind I got for a steal on horchow's website 2 christmas's ago. Now I will be like chispa and checking all the time! :)

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 9:22PM
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gmp3

I like it, it looks too stark in the mock ups, but will look great IRL. Amazing rug.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 10:49PM
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deedee99

Oh bee! Your new place is beautiful. Have I missed other posts of the new place? I want to see more!

Like others, I think the pattern is a little to strong. What about something like this? I don't have a link for price or know who makes them (they look expensive!) but I think they are graphic enough for the room without too much pattern. Should be easy to duplicate. What do you think?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 10:55PM
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sserra85

OK, now I am obsessed with that rug. It makes such a great statement in your space. I can only dream to someday have a home as beautiful and put-together as yours.

Because the rug is so whimsical and dramatic at the same time, I do think the pattern of the curtains is a bit much... but that's not what worries me. Another poster mentioned the pouf... I hate to say it, but to me it comes off a bit juvenile.. cookie monster-esque. The orange may work better, but i'm still not convinced about the brightly dyed leather.

Of course I really have no clue about anything in this field really. I am only now trying to carve out a sense of style and get my bearings.

and again, what really caught my eye was that rug. Oh the rug!! Love it!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 11:15PM
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anninthedistrict

I like the curtains with the rug. I think either pouf could work but like the leather better.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 11:26PM
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Pipdog

Who says you can't mix the patterns which are similar sizes? I see it on Houzz all the time. I say yes! That rug is a knockout and the curtains are so fun.

BUT...after looking at the mockup I'm starting to have second thoughts knowing that you are using 7 panels. I think so much orange and all that pattern might overpower the space. If you are going to have curtains on all of the windows, perhaps you might want to consider something softer with an orange accent (like cream silk panels with orange trim?)

Or...perhaps you could just hang the zGallery panels on the window behind the chair and not on the sliding glass door? I noticed the top of the window is higher than the door. Were you planning on hanging all of the panels at the same height?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 11:48PM
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whitewave41

I'm not sure where these are from (it's an old story), but the curtains in the first two pictures are nice.

Here is a link that might be useful: Orange Curtains

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 11:59PM
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lolauren

For me, it would be too much pattern.... too overpowering.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 12:05AM
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loribee

In a heartbeat....YES.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 6:12AM
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beekeeperswife

Oh brother. I posted right after Marcolo's post, but somehow cyberspace must have eaten it.

I think I'm not going with it. Reason being....you see that wall of sliders when you come in the front door. And as much as I want to do orange in there, I think it will be a bit distracting to the eye as soon as you walk in. I will not be doing that color scheme in my dining room or study which are on each side of the entryway when you come in the door. I think the "should I use these with this rug" question has morphed (for me) into, "should orange curtains be seen as the first thing when walking in the front door?" The answer in my eye is, (unfortunately) "no".

I think I need to look for some sort of lux looking white curtains.

Thank you all so much for all the ideas and opinions. (now I have to get those gray ones hung asap in the bathroom!)

And I'm sorry, I do not have any info on the rug. I have seen rugs reappear on Hautelook, so sign up and just check back on their sales.

pip-yes, the window and doors are not the same height. How in the world I missed that during the construction process I'll never know. But I did plan on doing some sort of treatment that will even it all out--more smoke & mirrors magic.

The blue pouf is going back today.

Thanks again gang!

Bee

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 7:39AM
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arcy_gw

I think the orange is a brave choice. I really like the gray as it hangs there. It all depends on the POP you want. The gray makes the carpet the star. The orange will compete mightily for attention. I am not a fan of the pouf craze but the leather is much improved over the shag one IMHO.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 7:39AM
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caminnc

I think white drapes would be very classy and chic. Your home is looking spectacular darling!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 8:25AM
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artydecor

I just wanted to chime in that I love the drapes and think they'd be great. I love a rich, interesting, busy room!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 9:25AM
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tinam61

I'm sorry - I didn't realize you needed so many panels. That would change my vote I guess - that many panels would probably be too busy looking. Maybe you could do a couple of great orange patterned pillows in the room? I like the suggestion someone else made about curtains with an orange binding/trim/fringe, etc.

tina

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 9:37AM
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bronwynsmom

Actually, I think they look fabulous. And I'm the queen of the neutral palette - but I think you have enough light and air in the room to tolerate all that pattern.

The photoshopping makes them look much more prominent and in-your-face than they'd look in real life. The only concern I'd have is that, because it's "a lot of look," you might tire of it.

But for pure impact, I think they're great, and that they help the room stand up to that marvelous rug.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 9:58AM
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busybee3

love the rug... don't love the curtains with it- i think the pattern in the curtains detracts from the rug...

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 10:08AM
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pricklypearcactus

I think the curtains will work, but I don't think you'll know for certain until you get the curtains and the chairs in the room. Yes, I think it's a lot of pattern, but your plan to use white chairs should help break the pattern up and could really work well. Then again, I'm no expert. I'm absolutely loving your home so far. The bathroom (and kitchen) is stunning and this room is look fabulous as well.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 1:15PM
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natebear zone 10B

No way. The rug is the star. Find some backup dancers. :)

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 1:35PM
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jerseygirl_1

I have the same thoughts as Bronwynsmom. They definitely work but it is a "lot of a look".

My eye sees plainer drapes with a band of color.

The rug is stunning and should be the focal point of the room. I hope you are planning on some type of glass top table so the focal point can be seen from all views.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 1:37PM
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Pipdog

Bee, I know you said you're not going with these curtains, but I was at ZGallerie today and they are on clearance, basically two for the price of one. Just in case anyone else was inspired to jump on the orange curtain train. :)

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 9:59PM
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mitchdesj

I'm glad you decided not to use them, although I can understand the temptation; your room needs, imo, white or off-white panels . They will be the perfect elegant backdrop to frame your decor.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 8:33AM
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beekeeperswife

pip, thanks for the tip. I looked online though, and only the green ones are on sale on their website. Still jealous that you can WALK into one of their stores.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 8:36AM
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bronwynsmom

What about white curtains with a narrow orange border a couple of inches in from the leading edge, and double that distance along the bottom hem? Just enough to add the color somewhere in the vertical plane, but not too much, given the position of the curtains in your whole scheme?

You can easily add a border to stock panels with good grosgrain ribbon.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 10:59AM
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katrina_ellen

Just wanted to say your new house looks beautiful, you are a lucky lady. I love your taste.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 11:16AM
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jennava19

Wow! Lovely rooms, you have exquisite taste! Love the rug too, but I have to agree with some of the others, I think the curtains detract from that gorgeous rug. Something, subtle and elegant is needed............

waiting to see your final choice...........

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 12:28PM
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whitewave41

Something like this would look a little less busy. I found this online.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 6:13PM
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bronwynsmom

Yes, that's like what I had in mind, except I'd like the bottom trim to be higher off the bottom edge. But I am partial to deep hems in drapery panels. I think it helps them hang well

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 6:28PM
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beekeeperswife

Oh, that's lovely, thanks for the picture.

And Pip--not only are the orange ones not on sale on the website....they are NOT ON THE WEBSITE....AT ALL!!!! Guess they didn't want me to use them either.

lol

Bee

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 6:50PM
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Pipdog

LOL, I guess it wasn't meant to be, Bee! Or maybe this thread caused all the orange ones to fly off the shelves!! ;)

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 1:16AM
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karinl

Is there, by any chance, like a brand name on that rug? It is amazing. It looks like Hautelook only sells things for a limited time, so perhaps there is another source?

Karin L

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 7:03PM
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jterrilynn

Whitewave, those are the curtains I had in mind in my above post. Where did you find them?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 7:10PM
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jterrilynn

Karinl, keep an eye on Joss & Main, MYHABIT and The Foundry as well as Hautelook. I have never bought anything from the Foundry though.
P.S Whitewave I hope you see my post above. I'm interested in those in a different color for my bedroom.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 7:26PM
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beekeeperswife

karin1, nope, there is nothing. BUT, I have seen sales repeated on Hautelook. This did not sell out when I bought it, so keep an eye out. If I see it again, I'll make sure to post it.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 8:06PM
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karinl

Thanks for all that in the way of options It seems to be talking to me as well :-) and I gather I'm not the only one!

Karin L

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 9:54PM
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samgminov

I'm just posting this because I happened to be looking at Joss&Main and I remembered how many people had asked about bee's rug. It appears to be for sale right now in the Loloi sale, it's called the "Francesca Rug."

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 10:26PM
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ladeeda

It's also available here
http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/loloi-fc09/red/176FC09BL-P.html

Loloi Francesca in two colorways

I came across it doing a search so I thought I'd also post this info since so many liked the rug, including me ;)

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 6:56PM
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kswl2

Love the orange pattern curtains with that rug--- they are perfect! I hope you use them--- they remind me of a combination Sarah Richardson would come up with.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 7:00PM
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citywoman2012

I think the orange draperies with the rug would knock you into the next room. Lol, just me.

I like the white trimmed in orange and they would be so much easier to work with if you wanted to change colors,off with the orange, on with the blue or whatever.

You have very expensive and exquisite taste beek.
I think those are wonderfuuuuuuuuul attributes lol.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 8:14PM
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Boopadaboo

Darn, I was hoping to see what the final curtain selection was. I love this room! :)

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 9:36PM
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beekeeperswife

hah boopadaboo! wndows are still bare!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 9:41PM
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