Inspiration: Bold-Patterned Draperies

Inspiration: Bold-Patterned Draperies

Susie Nadler
Apr 6, 2009
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After moving into a new house last year, we decided at first not to worry about window treatments in the living room; why not enjoy the view for a while? Soon, however, we realized that our little block, because it connects to a scenic staircase, is part of a popular walking tour, and so our afternoon napping and dog-playing and Dexter-watching has been on display for a steady stream of tourists. Think it’s time for some curtains, don't you? We’re usually drawn to bold prints on draperies, but since this can be a tough look to pull off, we went in search of some inspiration… Here are some rooms we discovered, and the ideas we gleaned for making bold-patterned curtains work: FIRST ROW1 Of course, keeping the rest of the room simple and uncluttered, like this kitchen from Dufner & Heighes (via Houzz), will make a printed curtain stand out in a good way. • 2 Matching a curtain print with the wallpaper, lampshade, or upholstery is a bold choice that unifies a room. Designer Jamie Molster does it here with Ikea fabric. • 3 Similar idea in this living room from House Beautiful; the diamond pattern is repeated in the texture of the fiber rug. • 4 Choosing a pattern with just a touch of color, and then echoing that color throughout the room, can create a harmonious look. Nicole from Making it Lovely picks up the red from her Marimekko curtains in her sofa fabric and in the small artwork hanging alongside. • 5 In a dramatic room, why not go for long, dramatic printed curtains? The windows in this palatial dining room from Elle Decor are a statement in themselves, so the designer plays up the drama even further with the drapes (and with the crazy oversized light fixture). SECOND ROW6 Layering different black and white patterns and accenting them with pops of color (like the red lamp and poster in this photo) creates a chic look. Photographer Kimberley Hurst used Target curtains in her office. • 7 Or you can reverse the idea, and go with a bold color for your curtains, sticking to black and white in the rest of the room. Photo from the Marimekko blog Always Mod. • 8 In this vignette from Galbraith and Paul, different patterns in the same colorway are layered, tying the curtains in with the rest of the room. • 9 Anthropologie's catalog layouts always contain lots of print and pattern inspiration. We love the way the curtains here are paired with a wallpaper that contains similar shapes, but contrasting colors. • 10 This look seems like an inevitable success: a print with lots of bold colors paired together with natural linen furnishings. From De Sousa Hughes. For all our fellow print and pattern lovers: Do you have curtains in bold prints? How do you make it work?
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