There are many styles and decorating themes that homeowners tend to stay away from. Bright, vibrant shades of red and orange often make statements that are a bit too strong, and other colours like green and blue easily clash with existing art and decor. Black, on the other hand, is a fantastic way to add a dynamic touch to virtually all interior design schemes. But it can still be difficult to successfully work black custom-made curtains into a room. Too much black can make a home seem dark and needlessly foreboding, while too little can leave a room feeling whitewashed or overly energetic.
In today’s post, our designers here at QuickFit will provide you with three tips that will help you successfully decorate your home by incorporating some classic black curtains.
How to Decorate With Black Curtains
1. Consider the space
As we mentioned above, black curtains can help you make a bold statement in your interior spaces. For this reason, small rooms and areas without much open space may not be the best setting for black curtains. Contrastingly, rooms with vaulted ceilings, or larger interior spaces like master bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms are the ideal location for black curtains.
If your existing decor requires a splash of something lighter in color, you can always go for a layering effect with black curtains. Purchasing an off-white or tan set of curtains to create a subtle and elegant accent is a great way to work black curtains into a bedroom or living room space.
2. Keep things light
One of the best reasons to outfit your home with black curtains is to draw attention away from the windows and towards something else in the room. Perhaps you’ve invested in a piece of artwork to act as a focal point for your interior space, or maybe you have a set of couches or a designer coffee table that you’re particularly proud of.
No matter what you’re trying to draw attention to, black curtains are a great way to direct your guests’ eyes to an existing focal point in a room. It's important to note, however, that if you choose to use blockout curtains to accent features of a room, you need to be sure that the contents of the room actually contrast with the curtains. As we noted above, a room with too many solid black furnishings may end up looking more like a dark cell rather than an elegant retreat. If you don’t feel like solid black curtains will work with your home’s decor, you can always opt for a dark grey or a deep shade of navy blue to achieve a similar effect. It's all about finding the dynamic and colour palette that works best for you and your home.
3. Add a variety of light sources
Finally, the best thing about black curtains by far, is that they can provide your interior spaces with a unique environment for snapping super high-quality photos. There's a reason why black curtains are commonly used by photographers in their studios, after all. Black curtains are great for absorbing light with ease, meaning that you're always guaranteed to be able to snap a few photos in a room with black curtains without having to worry too much about light glares.
The downside to that, however, is that a room with black curtains will likely require more than one source of light in order to stay well-illuminated. This is in truth, an interior design opportunity in disguise, as you can feel free to place a wide assortment of table lamps, floor lamps, and other sources of ambient lighting throughout that interior space in order to create an environment that plays very well indeed with its light sources.
If you’re looking for a great selection of custom-made curtains for your Australia or New Zealand residence, then head over to QuickFit Blinds & Curtains and browse our catalogue! We carry everything from blockout curtains to roller blinds, and we offer free fabric swatches to ensure that you receive exactly what you’re looking for.