The Best Way to Choose the Colour of Your Curtain Rods

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One of my lovely readers recently asked if I would write about curtain rods. What size, what colour, which finials? Trendy or timeless? Wood, metal, or something else?

Rods can frame a room, or they can be made to visually disappear. Generally speaking, they should be chosen with contrast in mind. Think of them like eyeliner: they’re there to frame the room and give it depth, but not to command all the attention for themselves.


SIZE
To my eye, slim rods look better than fat ones, so I always look for drapery rods that are close to 1″. Rarely should you go thinner than 1″, that’s when it usually looks cheap and like you bought them from IKEA. Just buy the 1″ rods at IKEA instead. Nothing wrong with buying your rods there!

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These rods would look better if they were closer to 1″, and better still if they were black to coordinate with the ottoman legs and picture frames.


COLOUR
Look at the dark furniture in the room when choosing a colour for your rods.

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The beams, accent chair, and the base of the lamp relate to the espresso rod.

The Best Way to Choose the Colour of Your Curtain Rods | Maria KillamHere again, the thin rods are repeated in the canopy bed and the bedroom accent
furniture.

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These rods appear to be white, which works in this mostly white room.

The Best Way to Choose the Colour of Your Curtain Rods | Maria KillamBrushed stainless rods relate to the light fixture and grey tones in this interior.

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These brass rods relate to the gold tones in the room.

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There is very little brass in this room to relate to the rod. The rod would also look nice in brown to tie in with the accent furniture.

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Sometimes, a full-length rod is unnecessary. Above, there is a panel only the right, and it cannot be drawn closed. There’s probably a matching window out of frame on the left to make this asymmetrical treatment work. Notice the rod is gold, which picks up the accessories and mirrored frame. Perfect.

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Hanging drapery on a track works if you want a clean look and don’t have too much space above your window. It would have been nice if this track was painted the same colour as the ceiling.

The Best Way to Choose the Colour of Your Curtain Rods | Maria KillamIn my living room, I opted for brushed stainless rods because I already have lots of contrast and didn’t need to add more by introducing black rods.


FINIALS

I have crystal finials on my rods because they work with the glam feel of this room, but nine times out of ten, I will choose a simple ball finial. I’m not usually looking to draw attention to the finials, although a lot depends on the way the interior is decorated and how important the window treatments are to the final look and feel of the room.

TIMELESS VS. TRENDY

Which rods are the most timeless? Go for simple and slim, and your rods will look timeless. Go flashy, chunky, and attention-grabbing, and they’ll be as trendy as anything else in your house that can be described the same way. (Did you really think I would say anything other than “simple”?)

MATERIAL

I always use metal over wooden rods. Little-known fact is that wooden ones have to be turned occasionally so they don’t bow, and really, do you want to add that task to your to-do list? Neither do I.

CREATING FLOW

Should adjoining rooms have the same rods? It depends. If you can see all the windows at the same time, then yes. You might even need the same drapery between rooms if your home is very open concept. The more obvious separation there is between rooms, though, the less you need to be concerned with coordinating rods between them.

In a house I’m decorating right now, we have introduced brass pendants in a kitchen that adjoins the living room. The two spaces are separate enough to allow for different rods and drapery treatments, so we will install gold rods in the kitchen to repeat the colour of the pendants, and espresso rods in the living room to repeat the colours of the floor and millwork.

HOW TO RUIN YOUR PERFECT RODS

If you are selecting rods for your home, make sure you read this post on measuring. So many people get this piece wrong, and it ruins the final effect.

So tell me about the drapery rods in your home. What do they relate to? Please share; I’m sure you’ll have ideas I haven’t covered here!

Related posts:

All About Curtains

How to Measure for a Curtain Rod

Easy Way to Create Drama with Curtains

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  1. What do you do in a kids room, or any other room, that will change over time? I was going to relate it to the floor color.

  2. This is the best post on choosing drapery rods…especially useful: “Look at the dark furniture in the room when choosing a colour for your rods” and “look for drapery rods that are close to 1inch”, along with the crystal-clear photo examples. I’ve now come back to consult this post twice when ordering rods.

  3. HI! Thanks for this helpful post. I have a question, actually 2: should the grommets match the rod? Based on your article I’m convinced I should have a dark rod but almost all curtains I find and like have stainless still grommets.
    Another question: All the doorknobs in my house are dark. If I have a room with a dark doorknob, could I go with a stainless steel rod?
    Thank you so much!

    • The colour of your curtain rods don’t need to relate to your door knobs at all. It has to do with what is the finish in the room? Do you have silver lamps for example? Then you might choose silver rods. Do you have navy blue or black accents in the room? Then you might choose a black rod.

      Yes the grommets need to match the rod if you want it to look more custom and less like you picked up some curtains at bed, bath and beyond. Hope that helps, Maria

  4. Maria, my curtain panels are a tan / khaki color but the grommets are brushed nickel. Furniture in room in dark. Headboard is about same color as the curtains with dark antique gold nailheads. Walls are linen white. I was going to use a brown / cocoa colored rod. Would this be the right choice? Im questioning it because the grommets are brushed nickel. Thank you . Gail

    • If the grommets don’t match the rod, they will look like you bought them from a big box store instead of having them custom made. Nothing wrong with that, but technically that’s the look you’ll end up with. However, I agree that the rod should be dark. Maria