Yellow curtains: types, patterns, color combinations and design ideas

Yellow curtains: types, patterns, color combinations and design ideas

Research shows that the design and color palette of rooms – the main color, complementary shades, their combinations – affect people’s psychological state. To add positivity and energy, yellow is often used in decoration in accessories, particularly when choosing curtains.

The psychological impact of yellow color on a person

Yellow color stimulates human physical and intellectual activity. Association with the energy of the Sun instills optimism and self-confidence, improves mental concentration and memory. Those choosing yellow to decorate their homes are usually cheerful and active, often creatively gifted people.

Shades of yellow

According to the world Pantone Color Institute, there are 136 tones of yellow. Of course, such a wide gradation of shades is not used in everyday life, but to choose the right tone, their characteristic features must be considered.

  • Light, unsaturated shades – light, calm, refreshing: wheat, pear, vanilla, baked milk, champagne, and others. Simultaneously, lemon, banana, “yellow chicken” are energetic and active, and neon variations of lemon, lime, and canary are avant-garde and harsh.
  • Bright tones are both catchy and cheerful – buttercup, dandelion, crocus, and softer – chamomile, corn. But at the same time, they remain active, energetic, and expressive.
  • Dark. Dark shades of yellow include “metallic” – the color of old gold and bronze, as well as saffron, amber, honey. They are noble, restrained, and give more opportunities for color combinations.

Color combinations for yellow curtains

Usually, yellow curtains are used when decorating rooms in different colors. There are certain methods to identify the best color combinations in the arsenal of designers, based on which the most harmonious mixes were determined.

Green with all its shades

It is better not to use bright green tones in the vicinity of yellow but to focus on calm, pastel shades – grass, mint, marsh. This combination will not be annoying. However, for lovers of bold solutions, the option with malachite and emerald is also possible.

Blue with its shades

The combination of yellow and blue is in demand due to the bright contrast between the warmest and coldest colors. “Marine” tones – turquoise, sea waves – are best combined with bright and warm shades, colder – with muted, neutral.

Bright orange and red

Red, orange, and yellow are related colors, and red unites them, creating a rich palette with intermediate tones.

The bright orange tone overshadows the more subtle hues, but the muted yellow softens its harshness. Their combination in the interior makes a positive impression.

It behaves similarly to yellow and red. The best combinations of yellow are with dark red, cherry, wine, royal.


Noble brown somewhat calms the lively yellow color, giving it a touch of elegance. Even with a defiant gold, brown will create a balance. A duet of brown with variations of yellow creates warm and cozy interiors.

White and beige

Paired with white, bright yellow acts as an energy source. A neutral white will soften the most intense shades, even gold. Curtains of this color are combined with soft variations of white – cream, milk, ivory.

For a successful combination with beige, soft tones are used – saffron, golden, dark pear. A catchy lemon is best inserted in the form of accents.

Purple and lilac

The lilac color has a wide range of shades – pink-purple, amethyst, purple-lilac, and further, to mix with blue. The combination of lilac with gold is considered successful. The warm gold of curtains and accessories creates harmony with the cold basic lilac tone and gives the impression of restrained wealth.

If you want to add dynamics and a little audacity to the interior, you can use a lemon shade.


Vivid varieties of yellow create a deep contrast with burgundy. To soften it, designers suggest using muted tones – champagne, pear, wheat. This design will look stylish and prestigious, and the combination of burgundy and gold will look majestic and luxurious.

Choosing a style for yellow curtains


An important tool for creating a design is textiles, in particular, window curtains.

The classic style involves long draperies decorated with fringe and lambrequin. Their yellow color must meet certain requirements:

  • too bright colors are contraindicated for a small room;
  • yellow curtains on the north side are a good solution;
  • for a classic style, a rich, even pretentious drawing on the curtains will be appropriate.


In the “rustic” styles, with a clear dominance of white, soft, as if faded in the sun, colors are used.

Here, both primary and secondary colors can be champagne, sand, apricot. These delicate colors fit perfectly into French country, country, Swiss chalets.


The laconic, monochrome atmosphere of the high-tech interior is rational and functional. Curtains for panoramic windows are made of high-tech materials with Teflon impregnation or metalized fibers. The yellow color is present in them in the form of cold or “metallic” shades – gilding, bronze, as well as in black and yellow combination.

In an extremely minimalistic version of the industrial style, window decoration with fabric is not provided; dense plain curtains can be used in a softer version. Mustard, olive-yellow, brownish yellow, ocher, and other complex colors are used.

For eco-style, yellow is the most natural and harmonious color. In such a room’s design, all the nuances of the richest yellow range are often involved.


Strange and illogical, but such an attractive fusion style is a complex jumble of textures and colors. Against the background of the three basic colors – white, gray, and brown – bright spots suddenly appear. Any of the rich, expressive shades are suitable for curtains.

Types of curtains in yellow shades

Classic long curtains

Long curtains can visually raise the ceiling, expand the space and fit into any style. Floor-length yellow curtains immediately catch the eye and are a striking interior detail.


Short curtains visually increase the size of the room and also have several other advantages:

  • practical – less dirty and easier to wash;
  • save space – free space by the window;
  • due to the wide variety of types, they are suitable for any room in any style.

Roller blinds

Of the many types of roller blinds, it is easy to choose the desired option according to the method of attachment and light transmission. New: blinds with remote control, including dimmable option.


Laconic in design and shape, Roman blinds differ in the fold’s shape – it can be loose drapery or rigid straight folds. Such a curtain’s peculiarity is that it can be fixed both outside the window opening and inside it.


French curtains are a cascade type of lifting curtains. Numerous festoon assemblies greatly decorate the interior and do not require additional curtains. Looks best in a spacious baroque room.


Tulle is a traditional material for window decoration. An alternative to nylon tulle can be organza, muslin, as well as “reaper”, jacquard, mesh, from new products – photo tulle and tulle with a pattern.


Filament curtains can be used in any room, both for window treatment and zoning and decorating niches and arches. The assortment will satisfy every taste: plain and iridescent, decorated with beads, bugles, sequins, made of wood, stones.

With lambrequin

It is difficult to single out any varieties in this category since a lambrequin is always a fancy flight, from a flat curtain to complex structures. And if before it was an element of pompous interiors, now it is allowed to decorate rooms with a lambrequin in different styles.

On the eyelets

Attaching curtains to eyelets – rings of different sizes and blocks – is common due to its ease of use and beautiful drapery. The most convenient eyelets are with large rings because the curtain can be attached directly to the curtain rod. For small rings, additional hooks are required to hold the curtain rod and eyelet together.

The choice of fabric for yellow curtains


The blackout fabric is used to make thick curtains that protect the room from sunlight and prying eyes. Such material holds its shape well and drapes effectively. Usually, silk, satin, jacquard, taffeta are chosen for curtains.


Velvet curtains are very decorative and aristocratic. Simultaneously, velvet is also practical: the curtains do not transmit light, provide noise insulation, and are resistant to fading. In the past, being part of a rich interior, such curtains are now used for different purposes and styles.

Linen and Cotton

Due to their breathability and antibacterial effect, these natural fabrics are widely used to decorate children’s rooms, as well as in eco-style and “rustic” interiors. The assortment of linen and cotton fabrics for curtains is very diverse – from dense curtains to transparent curtains.


The veil, light and delicate, can be monochromatic and patterned, with dusting and inserts. Therefore it is often used in the form of curtains and canopies to create a romantic interior. Synthetic additives improve its quality – make it easier to wash and prevent fading.


This fabric is ideal for light curtains: in addition to the aesthetic component, it is wear-resistant, easily withstands machine washing, does not fade, and goes well with other fabrics, which is important when choosing curtains. Spraying, iridescent shine, woven patterns, and even color changes depending on the lighting – all types of organza are very decorative and acceptable in different styles.

Hessian fabric

Hessian fabric is a natural eco-friendly fabric with a beautiful checkerboard weave. It does not transmit light, retains heat, is hypoallergenic while draping beautifully, and looks very stylish. 

Combination of different types of curtains

Tulle and curtains

You can choose a set of tulle and curtains according to the principle of contrast – light tulle and dark curtains, and this is a very effective combination. Other options are curtains in the same color scheme (tulle one tone lighter), with the same pattern on a different background. In any case, you should adhere to the rules of color combinations.

Combination with a lambrequin

Applying imagination, you can create an original composition of curtains and lambrequins:

  • dense lambrequin with a translucent curtain;
  • soft gathered lambrequin and tulle with a similar pattern;
  • combination of a velvet lambrequin of a rich shade and a light curtain.

Short and long curtain

Short curtains and long curtains are a fairly traditional way of window treatment. But even here, you can show originality: combine not only different colors but also textures. In tandem with prefabricated long curtains, you can use light curtains, Roman, French curtains, blinds.

Plain curtains with patterned or ornamented curtains

A plain curtain looks spectacular in combination with a patterned curtain. The set can be chosen in one color scheme or contrast – in the form of fashionable double curtains.

Roman curtains and tulle

To successfully combine Roman curtains and tulle, it is important to choose the color and texture, taking into account the style. For example, in the bedroom, a roman blind will darken the room, and airy tulle will create coziness. In the living room, a set in one color scheme will emphasize the chosen style.

Design, patterns, and drawings on yellow curtains


Plain curtains are an important attribute of a multicolored interior; they soften the play of colors and remove the feeling of variegation. The classical or baroque style usually has a rich texture and is decorated with fringes and lambrequins. In other cases, these are dense curtains or types of roller blinds.


Striped curtains are characteristic of the Country and Pop Art style. In contrasting combinations, this pattern is used in minimalism and constructivism. In the context of blue, they are inherent in the Mediterranean style. But in high-tech and industrial style, this design is not recommended.

Check (Plaid)

In the country styles, plaid curtains are simply a must, and in classic and modern interiors, a check pattern is also appropriate. The yellow check pattern on the curtains is appropriate in fusion, avant-garde, eclectic (mixing styles) styles, and even in the industrial style.

With a pattern or ornament

Yellow curtains with an ornament or pattern all over the canvas can become a “highlight” if matched with the overall style. A few tips:

  • contrasting combinations are recommended for use in a room with plain walls;
  • dull patterns can coexist with catchy wall decoration, echoing with it in tone;
  • geometric patterns add solidity and elegance and are often used in study rooms and classic living rooms.

With an image

Vegetable and floral prints add a romantic touch, images of fairy-tale characters will appeal to children. In the kitchen, cheerful pictures will contribute to the hostess’s pleasant work and the family’s appetite.

With 3D photo printing

With modern technologies, you can turn curtains into a picture, moreover, a three-dimensional one, using the 3D technique. At the same time, the design of the room should be restrained.

Decor for yellow curtains and draperies


Carrying out the main function – to keep the curtains – these accessories also have decorative value. When choosing this accessory, you need to consider both the room’s style and the curtains’ weight and texture. There are many types of holders – from small and light to massive decorative items.


Clips are used to attach curtains to the eaves and to fix them in the desired position. Like holders, clips can be an original decoration, continuing the theme of decorative accessories.


You can originally drape the curtain and give it the desired position using grabs in the form of ribbons, brushes, rings, twisted cords. The grips placed at different heights can visually enlarge the window, raise the ceiling, and adjust the room illumination.


The fringe texture for curtains should match the curtain itself – massive for heavy fabrics and lightweight for light curtains. The bottom or side edge of the curtain and the lambrequin are decorated with fringes. Often this accessory acts as a pick-up or decorates it.

The right combination of yellow curtains with furniture and textiles

Yellow curtains will successfully fit into the interior if there are two main factors – matching the style and color balance.

In trendy styles, monochromatic curtains are welcome – straight, roller, Roman, made of natural materials – flax, cotton. Cotton and linen in bright yellow and light yellow tones are also typical for country styles. The classic prefers muted halftones and golden tones. Colorful fusion uses vibrant hues, especially gold and lemon.

To maintain color proportions, designers offer the following methods:

  • color wheel – a circular spectrum in which a square or triangle is inscribed, their corners show possible combinations;
  • formula 60/30/10, where 60% is the dominant color, 30% is additional, 10% is other shades;
  • the law of three colors – the selected 3 colors are present in various combinations.

The curtains’ color should echo either with the furniture’s upholstery, or with the floor (carpet), or with accessories and textiles.

Suitable color of curtains for the yellow walls

Optimal combinations of different shades with yellow:

  • green – pale green or juicy green curtains are suitable for light yellow walls;
  • blue – the combination with blue shades is pleasant and comfortable, with bright blue – dynamic and creative, you can also combine a blue background with rich blue patterns;
  • orange curtains are appropriate in spacious, light rooms; drawing or ornament is welcome;
  • white curtains will visually enlarge the room, and the golden pattern on them will overlap with the color of the walls;
  • brown curtains look noble and expensive on a yellow background, especially with a pattern in the same tone;
  • purple and pink curtains on a yellow background – a combination of romantic, sophisticated, and mysterious.

Recommendations for the use of yellow curtains in different rooms

Living room

The general color scheme determines the shade of yellow curtains in the living room. Light yellow curtains will suit almost any furniture color, but the color should be repeated in small details and accents.

Bright colors are also possible, and a combination of several colors inherent in a given setting is appropriate. This can be expressed in a stripe or check pattern on curtains. Curtains made of two multi-colored panels are also in fashion.

Kitchen and dining room

Choosing curtains for the kitchen, you should take care not only of beauty but also of practicality. It is better to decorate a window in a small kitchen with roller blinds or roman blinds, but you let your imagination run wild in a spacious dining room.


Bright, saturated colors are not suitable for the bedroom, but there are calm, relaxing hues in the yellow palette. The most practical set is a lightweight tulle or yarn curtains and heavy blackout curtains. The yellow color of the curtains can be replicated in cushions, bedspreads, or other details.


A positive, sunny yellow color is perfect for a nursery. However, too bright, aggressive shades should be avoided. Sand, pale yellow halftones are appropriate in the children’s room. Psychologists also recommend combining them with pink, green, blue, purple.


There are only windows in the hallway of private houses. But even in a city apartment, you can decorate such a room with yellow curtains – hide a niche or open shelves, zone the room. If the entire hallway is decorated in yellow, the same curtain will fit into the overall cheerful background, and among hundreds of other shades, it will be a bright sunspot.

Home office

Yellow stimulates mental activity, so its presence in the office is desirable: a muted, non-distracting shade of yellow will promote concentration.


In addition to splash protection, bathroom curtains are a zoning tool and aesthetics. Even small splashes of yellow invigorate and charge with optimism for the whole day, and in the evening, the yellow warms and relieves the feeling of fatigue. Therefore, yellow curtains and attributes are increasingly appearing in the interior of bathrooms.

In 2021, there is a trend towards unconventional design, mixing styles, and bright colors in the design of residential premises. The yellow color, sunny and cheerful, is increasingly being used in decor, and yellow curtains are becoming an adornment for a wide variety of interiors.

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