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Drape Dilemma

Posted: September 30th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

HELP!  I’m in need of your advice!

I have wanted to soften and lighten up our bedroom and I thought a good place to start would be with the window treatments. Our wall color is a dark tan, our bedding is chocolate brown, our floors are hardwood…you get the picture…dark, dark, dark.
So my plan was to buy fabric and fancy up some window mistreatments - but then came my trip to Walmart. Seriously. They have some beautiful window treatments. I have always loved the look of the Buzzing of a Queen Bee and Nesters Buffalo Check, but have searched for the fabric and no such luck.

At Walmart - jack pot. 

I found the Better Homes and Garden’s Durham Check panels in two different tones, neutral and black/gold.

Here they are attached to rings which I need to add a couple more but you get the point.

So your choices are:




or Black/Gold:



Which one would you choose?


I had an instant favorite, I thought…but it wasn’t screaming at me. Is one screaming at you?!

♥ Katie

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25 Comments on “Drape Dilemma”

  1. 1 Andrea said at 12:31 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    Tough one. I think (think) that I like the one with black in it best. It provides more contrast yet it doesn’t look DARK. The other one sort of blends in, but it certainly lightens it up. Both looks are good, though. I’m interested to hear what your favorite was! (Maybe have a fall/winter combo and a spring/summer combo. Then you don’t have to choose!) :)

  2. 2 Katie said at 12:43 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    Well now wouldn’t that be nice?! Tempting but I must make one choice…unless I find $40.00 on the ground somewhere?!

  3. 3 Lorie said at 1:27 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    Black and gold!!!! Much more of a satement. The nuetral makes it look like you are trying th hide the drapes.

  4. 4 Valerie said at 1:39 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    Hi Katie.

    I too really like the black and gold. I know that you said you wanted to lighten up your room, but that black and gold really jumped out at me!

    BTW…LoVE the new Better Homes and Gardens line out at the Walmart! Seriously…I’ve got my eye out on a new kitchen table and chairs set…just too cute!!!

  5. 5 Beckie Farrant said at 2:21 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    I am a fan of the black and gold also. It stands out more and adds a little more pizazz.

  6. 6 Lindsey O. said at 3:07 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    Depends on why you were originally changing them. Wasn’t it “dark, dark, dark in there?” I like the light ones. It seems to brighten everything up. But it does look more beachy and summery and they do not look bold. They seem to blend in. The darker ones do make a bolder statement. I would pick the neutral because I’m in brighten and lighten mode right now at my house so they caught my eye. Both are beautiful tho. Go walmart. You got something right.

  7. 7 Tamara said at 4:53 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    I think for your room I like the black and gold ones…. and I think I like the silvery ones for mine!! ha Yet another item I may have to copy you on!!xoxo

  8. 8 Amanda@ImperfectlyBeautiful said at 5:52 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    I love them both, but the black and gold one IS screaming at me. I seem to be drawn to dark colors though. Hello…deep dark chocolate brown walls? Really, I think either one would look FAB!


  9. 9 queenbee said at 6:22 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    I prefer the neutral curtains best, because they give the room a more spacious feeling. The black ones are nice, though it depends on what mood you want to set.

  10. 10 Katie said at 7:01 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    You guys are so awesome!!! I LOVE all the comments. But we do have a problem. I really take my husbands opinions into heavy consideration and he has told me he likes the “green one.” Really? Do you see a green one?!
    Let’s just say–keep them coming because although I agree with all your comments…I still haven’t made up my mind! Although if I buy both of them, I know Andrea and Tami will buy the lighter ones from me!

  11. 11 Adrienne said at 9:51 pm on September 30th, 2009:

    Black and Gold - more dramatic!

  12. 12 cindy said at 12:36 am on October 1st, 2009:

    The black ones make a statement, but if you’re going for brighter, I like the lighter one. Tough choice! LOVE your wall color btw :o)

  13. 13 Sheri said at 4:12 am on October 1st, 2009:

    Black/gold without a doubt.

  14. 14 KellyB said at 4:47 am on October 1st, 2009:

    The dark “pop” more, but I think the lighter is more what you seem to need for your room. How about some trim down the edge or bottom to give them a little more weight.

  15. 15 Laurel said at 1:17 pm on October 1st, 2009:

    I like the light colors and know I’m in the minority there - just my opinion. You have a lot of dominant pieces in there, I like that the light are beautiful but aren’t in your face.

  16. 16 Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick said at 4:45 pm on October 1st, 2009:

    I LOVE the black and gold! It gives great contrast against the wall. Love them both though. :)

  17. 17 Carol Ann said at 10:58 pm on October 1st, 2009:

    The black and gold blends in with your wall better, and from the picture seems to work with your bedding also. Now to throw in other ideas to finish off the drapery look properly…I agree with KellyB above, I would add a block of plain colour fabric (the deepest colour) from the pattern and add a 18″ boarder to the bottom of the drape…raise the curtain rod a few inches so it is half way between the molding of the window and the ceiling…change the ring holders for ones with a shorter drop between the rod and the top of the drape so the wall is not showing as much…and then make sure you have atleast double the width of the window in drapery width even if they are kept to one side, oh boy and hear is the hardest to say…paint out the window trim to match the wall, the high contrast is taking away from the drapery pattern. What I have my clients do if they do not believe me is cover the frame with green painters tape really well! then paint over the tape and then live with it for a few days, you will notice the difference it makes right away, if not, take a picture of the 2 windows…sorry but it would bother me if I did not mention all the extras above. Any questions, email me…
    Regards, Carol Ann

  18. 18 Andrea said at 11:22 am on October 2nd, 2009:

    Have you decided??

  19. 19 Priscilla said at 2:22 pm on October 2nd, 2009:

    Black and gold!

  20. 20 pj said at 2:50 pm on October 2nd, 2009:

    I personally like both and would use both in different seasons
    But in reality and my pocketbook… I would choose the dark ones because they are the ones yelling to me
    You have a beautiful blog!

  21. 21 Erica said at 3:00 pm on October 2nd, 2009:

    Hey- I found my way here through Just a Girl :)

    I would totally go black and gold - they scream spicy to me - I love them, I’m actually looking at something like this for my living room :) Good Luck!

  22. 22 Gina said at 5:42 pm on October 2nd, 2009:

    I second everyone else. The black and gold is way better for your room. :)

  23. 23 Lisa said at 10:13 pm on October 2nd, 2009:

    Black Gold!!! :D

    I’m new here and excited to look around by the way.

  24. 24 Clean and Classic Interiors » Blog Archive » And the Winner is…. said at 6:46 pm on October 4th, 2009:

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  25. 25 Janice said at 8:58 pm on October 9th, 2009:

    I’m late to the “decision party” but just had to weigh in that the black/gold panel is definitely screaming at me…

    Even if you keep the rest of your room lighter, I think you need the “definition” from the darker panels.

    I’m so surprised that you found such beautiful panels at WalMart. I have similar in a red/gold color and LOVE them.


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