Our clients love white curtains! In fact, we get asked for them on a daily basis. White curtains look amazing when you select the right fabric and style to coordinate with your home’s décor. Here’s our top tips for choosing the right white curtains for your home.
WHITE OR IVORY?
There are many shades of white curtain fabrics designed to suit different colour schemes. At first, you may want the whitest white fabric, to find it makes your walls look yellow and the fabric look blue or grey. It’s important to know white wall paint is usually warmer-toned than you think. For instance, Dulux’s Vivid White is an untinted white, but far warmer than Lexicon quarter with its drop of black to cool it down.
LEXICON QUARTER HOME
This home is painted in Dulux Lexicon Quarter. We chose an ice-white sheer, which is a perfect match to the wall colour.
VIVID WHITE HOME
This home is painted in Dulux Vivid White. We chose an ivory sheer, which is a perfect match to the wall colour.
Two different shades of white, however both images are a perfect example of white curtains in the context of the home’s décor.
WHITE CURTAINS AS A CONTRAST
Our clients often have beige, grey or coloured walls instead of white. This is where white curtains can become a contrasting feature. The image below features gorgeous grey walls with white and ivory details throughout.
USING TEXTURE & PATTERN
Texture and pattern are key elements in decorating with white, and curtain fabrics are a great way to use them. Linen and linen-look textiles have beautiful woven textures, while other fabrics have sheen or pearlescent effects (like the image below) to give them depth.
Patterns can be bold or subtle… in fact, we love self-patterns on curtains. They add interest without overwhelming the design or pulling focus from the other features of your home.
Pictured above: Curtains for a home designed in collaboration with Designing Inside Out
WHEN WHITE CURTAINS ARE NOT THE BEST OPTION
While you might love the look of white fabrics, sometimes they’re just not practical. We advise against white curtains in areas frequented by small children as accidents can happen. Pets are also a consideration, especially if they love to hide behind curtains (like our poor old labrador did); unfortunately the oils in their fur can transfer grubby marks onto your pristine curtains.