The same colour wheel that art teachers through the decades have taught their students about can prove your greatest ally in choosing the right shade of curtains for your black and red room. The colour wheel will help you winnow down your options and determine the look you're going for.
Complementary colours take to heart the old adage "opposites attract." If you want your red and black bedroom to pop with colour, opt for a complementary shade. Black is a neutral colour and not normally found on a colour wheel, so you can dismiss it from consideration for the time being. Finding the complementary shade for red involves locating the colour directly across from it on the colour wheel. In this case, that colour is green. The trick in implementing green as a complementary colour is to choose a shade that's the same intensity as the red in your room. For instance, if you're using a bright, lipstick red, opt for a bright, vibrant green. If the red in your room is a darker wine red, opt for a darker shade like forest green. When the intensities match is when complementary colours do the most for each other.
Analogous colours are those that are located directly next to red on the colour wheel. Violet and orange are analogous to red and, in the proper intensity, would work well as curtain colours, which makes sense if you consider that the three primary colours, the colours from which all other colours spring, are red, blue and yellow. Violet is a product of red mixing with blue, and orange is a product of red mixing with yellow. Violet and orange both have the colour red at their base.
A monochromatic colour scheme is achieved by layering in varying shades of the same colour. If you want to create this sophisticated look, you can work from the black or the red in the room. The only way to get another shade of black is to add a little white, which gives you grey. Gray curtains will not only give the room a clean monochromatic look but will also help the red stand out even more. As an alternative, you can choose a red that matches the red already in the room, or use a lighter or darker shade of the colour for your curtains.
Just as black is a neutral colour, there are other neutral shades that can safely and easily fit the decor of your space. Think of crisp white, dove grey or light sandy beige. Any of these neutral shades will dress your windows while ensuring that the black and red decor are the real stars of the room.
If your black and red room predominantly consists of solid colours, break it up by introducing drapes full of colourful patterns that enhance your decor. Beige drapes with bright purple and orange squares will give the room a contemporary flair. Snow white drapes with solid black stripes will give it a modern edge. Drapes covered in a multicoloured floral pattern can add a traditional or funky feel to the decor, depending upon the pattern you choose.
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