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How to choose the right curtain colour for the living room

  • Curtains
Aug 04, 2022
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From natural fabrics to multi coloured curtains—the right curtain colour combination can transform the living room

There’s always an accessory or décor piece that finally ties a room together like a missing jigsaw piece that completes a puzzle. It could be a rug placed under a coffee table that complements the rest of the furniture or a set of furnishings that brighten and open up a room.


With its potential to set the tone and mood in a space, control its natural lighting and even add visual intrigue and height, the right  curtains are the unsung hero for uplifting a room’s décor. Here are some tips and rules to find the best curtain design for every room in your home.

1. How to Mix and Match Curtain Colour Combinations and Styles for the Living Room

Thick, long blackout drapes? Translucent curtains? Or modern Roman window blinds? The options for a curtain design and colour combination are never-ending and can serve multiple purposes. In this stylish living room, the brown curtains stand in harmony with the rest of the room’s refined taupe and beige colour palette. Complementing it behind are sheer drapes that let light seep into the room while also allowing privacy.



We love the trick of keeping the sheers drawn through the day to let light into the room, while leaving the thicker drapes mostly open. This showcases the curtain colour combination while also leaving the space well-lit through the day.

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2. A Curtain Colour Combination that Brings Out the Rest of the Living Room’s Décor

While multi coloured curtains or drapes in bright shades can infuse personality and spirit in a room, certain curtain colour combinations can also quietly work to highlight the rest of the décor. The light yellow curtain colour in this living room brings out the vibrance of the art on the walls, as well as the cushions on the sofa. The warmth in the shade of this curtain colour also echoes the warmer hues in the rest of the furnishings around the room.

3. Find the Best Curtain Colour Combination for the Living Room

When picking a curtain colour combination for the living room, there are a plethora of options to choose from. The curtain design you pick should be well thought out to work with not only the aesthetic, but the functional requirement of a home. It is always important to consider the size of a room along with the natural light and ventilation it receives. If you’re planning for a smaller space with limited lighting, sheer curtains or diaphanous blinds may help open up the entire room, while larger spaces can work with thicker floor-to-ceiling drapes.



You can control the strength of light in your living room interior design with different types of curtains. From completely darkening the room with thick velvet drapes to letting in just the right amount of light to brighten up the room, the curtain design you choose can make or break a room. A mix of two styles of drapes—sheer and thick— allows for controlled lighting within a space. This works well for different moods and situational requirements. You can completely blackout all the lights with thick curtains for movie night when hosting guests, while the harsh afternoon sun can be controlled while leaving the room well-lit with the diaphanous drapes.


Sofa set & upholstery in living room interior design - Beautiful Homes

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4. Picking the Right Height for the Best Curtain Combination

With the range of designs and curtain colour combinations available in the market, which is the right one for your home and what’s the right height for hanging it? How high is too high? What is the most budget-friendly option for the room? The rule of thumb is when hanging curtains, floor-to-ceiling drapes will add height to the room and add the illusion of higher ceilings. In an Indian home, however, where dust poses a big problem, make sure to end the curtains slightly above the floor to avoid it gathering dirt over a period of time. 

Looking for a cost-saving option? Consider Roman blinds to frame only the length and breadth of the window.



The curtains you choose also lend their colour to the theme of the room. The white curtains in this living room echo the rest of the space’s all-white aesthetic. In contrast, picking brown curtains for living room curtains would make the entire room look mismatched.


5. Infuse more Colour in the Living Room with the Curtain Colour Combination

These sunny yellow curtains immediately create a happy mood in this living room. For a minimalist who’s tired of the all-white or monochrome décor across the home, a vibrant curtain colour combination can infuse some colour in the space. If you’ve added a bold and daring shade to your drapes but aren’t sure if you’d like to see them every second of the day, fear not. When drawn open, they will lend their charm to the living room. Once pulled back to a corner, you won’t have to see the entirety of the print or melange of colours in the room. You can have the best of both worlds!

Floor to ceiling yellow curtains for living room design - Beautiful Homes

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Styling a room can be a tricky. If you’re looking for interesting or well-designed pieces and furnishing, such as multi coloured curtains or the best curtain colour combinations for a living room, step in to an AP Homes store in your city. With a curation of products and solutions from a family of brands, AP Homes is your one-stop shop to create a home or space that tells your unique story. Whether you’re looking to quickly spruce up your home with a few décor updates or undertake an entire renovation, AP Homes houses everything from furniture and furnishings to fixtures and home automation solutions.

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6. A Curtain Colour Combination can Create a Theme for the Entire Room

If you have a theme or colour scheme in mind, use your curtains to work it into the living room. Since a floor-to-ceiling drape will probably end up being the tallest element in the room, it also has the potential to visually draw the eye to it first. Here, the blue curtains for living room pair perfectly with the upholstery on the sofa set. If you feel scared to use or mix bold colours, textures and prints (and are worried about overkill) remember to keep the rest of the room—especially the walls—in a solid light colour. This will act as a blank canvas for the rest of the furnishings.


If you’re picking a colour for a room, start with a single colour for the drapes and then work it into the rest of the furnishings, linen, accessories and décor.

7. The Right Interior Design Service for the Best Living Room Ideas

Any home renovation or room makeover project needs a reliable and seasoned designer and contractor. While we all dream of a beautiful home, taking time out of our daily schedule and finding the right people to work with is often easier said than done. With this thought in mind, India’s largest paint giant Asian Paints created the Beautiful Homes Service. Enlisting expert interior designers, who’ve worked across the length and breadth of the industry, the Beautiful Homes Service takes care of executing every task in your home renovation from start to finish. 

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This ensures a hassle-free and time-saving experience for anyone with a vision to remodel their home (or redesign a particular room) but lacks the time or patience to coordinate and project manage between an army of people required to finish the job.


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