What color drapes would you hang against these green walls?

artemis78December 31, 2008

We're struggling with what shade of drape could work well in this room---the walls are a light sage green (Benjamin Moore Pale Celery). We didn't choose the color or light fixture, but like both fine so we're working around them. The wall color does have an odd habit of changing shades with the light, though, which has made it tricky to settle on a drape color.

One big constraint is that the drapes in this room need to block light and sound, so we're looking at heavier/darker fabrics than might otherwise be appropriate. (The brown drapes in the photo are actually thermal.) Any thoughts on what color scheme might work? Do you have a similar wall color with a complementary shade that looks great?

So far we've explored chocolate brown and various oranges and reds, but are stuck. We've pretty much decided to go with the shorter length for both the sheer and the drape, so it will end just below the window sill.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!!

Diana

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mjlb

To broaden your options, you could use a blackout type liner with any drapery fabric -- even a light colored one.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 2:08PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
graywings123

I'm not seeing a photo.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 2:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mjlb

These are from Restoration Hardware:

Whatever you choose, I'd let them hang all the way to floor.

Here is a link that might be useful: Restoration Hardware Link

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 2:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
artemis78

Thanks---I hadn't thought of the literal cut and paste, but that's a terrific way to get a sense of colors! I should've added one more constraint---this is a double window, so it's too wide for most of the Restoration/Pottery Barrel drapes (though we've found several nice ones there and contemplated trying to sew them into something workable....but are back to ordering custom at this point, hence the color commitment issue). I'm tempted to get a set and try to color match, though.

I also much prefer floor-length, but DH thinks it makes the room look smaller than it actually is (because they just about meet the bed). Isn't that counter to the normal drape rule of thumb, though? (I would think that longer makes the ceiling seem higher?)

The blackout liner is also a good thought---we'd found one custom place that could do that, but I'll have to keep looking for others.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 6:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mjlb

Are you sure about the size? RH sells panels separately -- either 50-in. wide or 100-in wide. Your windows don't look wider than that? But RH panels are pricey -- you might do better with custom.

I think drapery to floor looks more elegant. Also, because the drapery doesn't stop at the sill, the wall is less broken up, and thus reads larger (IMO).

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 7:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
artemis78

I'll check on that---100" would be more than fine. I thought they only had 50" for some reason (but maybe that's just what they had in the store when I asked?) If so, that would be perfect (and way easier). They're pricey but it might be worth it to be able to try them out/change our minds---that's been the issue with the custom orders. Just afraid to take the plunge until we're sure of the color, since there's no going back.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 7:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

Drapes that go to the floor would definitely look better in my opinion also. To make the room look larger I would choose a light color, perhaps to match either the wall paint or the white trim. The firm Country Curtains has heavy linen-like drapes with a vinyl backing which I have in two rooms that are very reasonably priced and come in very wide widths. They have very good insulating qualities. You can order on-line. I'll attach a picture.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 11:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
les917

I think your ceiling would seem higher if you painted the same green above the picture rail, and do the ceiling as well. For sure go full-length with the drapery.

You can buy separate blackout liners from JC Penney that simply hook on to the back of the drapery panels.

thermal/light liner

You might also consider these, in the light green/natural colorway. I think the texture would be nice, but the overall feel is simple, and light. Being thermal lined would solve your light and insulation issues. And as you can see, they come in a wide range of sizes that should allow you to avoid custom. I could see the box pleat valance being a nice touch, too.

jewel-tex thermal drapery

JCP also does made to measure, which are cheaper than true custom drapery.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2009 at 2:18AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
star_mimi_yahoo_com

try a beige or gold block out panels or the ones posted on dec 13th

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 12:10AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
House exterior - cedar siding alternative?
I love the look of horizontal cedar slats, and would...
juno_barks
Hardwood floors and adjoining room, help please
We are sanding and staining the wood in our living...
jtaime2
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - I hate it!!
I'm painting a few pieces of furniture for my daughters...
aggierose
Why do you decorate?
I'm sure this has come up a million times before ....
anele_gw
School Medical exams - personal
My kids' schools require annual back to school physicals. What...
mtnrdredux_gw
Sponsored Products
Brynmar Large Outdoor Wall Mount
$319.00 | Bellacor
NFL 12 x 15 in. Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers Player Plaque - 1215JNELSON
$32.99 | Hayneedle
LBL Lighting | Celeste Pendant Light
YLighting
Emrick Single Bath Light
Signature Hardware
Sonneman Dianelli Modern Contempo Wall Sconce
1800Lighting
ZYZX LED Energy Efficient 5 1/2" High Outdoor Wall Light
Euro Style Lighting
Dawson Oil Rubbed Bronze LED One Light Bath Fixture
$138.00 | Bellacor
Southern Expression Sign Set
$27.99 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™