Ah, the dreaded question. What colour draperies should I have?
Part of being a decorator is making informed decisions about design. Keeping current with trends through reading and viewing is a must, but trend knowledge is not enough. You have to understand what affect your choices will have on a space.
I posted this picture on Designing Home Facebook Page as an example of a style board I create for clients. I am not one for vivid colour, but I didn't have to live with the colour, a young lady who loves rich colours did. Should I have argued with her and said you shouldn't have bright draperies. NO! I have to balance my client's likes with the principles and elements of design.
Let's look at what this colour choice did for this room.
You can't ignore this window treatment, it's not only the vibrant colour, it's the placement and amount of it. That means a lot of colour jumping forward in the space. The draperies also serve to frame the artwork and the sofa. The more muted sofa is anchored and held captive, and you need an equally vibrant art work to compete with the windows. When you look at this space blue is primary and everything else is secondary.
The overall effect is focused and the room appears smaller than it actually is. That's a great tip if you have a large space that you want to appear smaller/cosier. Go for darker/brighter window treatments that draw the eye.
I see this as a lively, energetic scheme that is equally matched to a sparkling, vivacious young lady.
On to number two example....