Coordinating Wallpaper and Drapery Fabrics

Coordinating Wallpaper and Drapery Fabrics

When it comes to coordinating wallpaper and drapery fabrics, it’s all about striking the right balance. Things to consider include colour palette, print and scale, and, of course, your personal decorating style. Here’s how to fit these elements together with confidence.


Decorating style:

The first thing to consider is your personal decorating style.

Do you prefer a minimalist décor scheme?

If so….

  • Avoid heavy contrasts when coordinating wallpaper and drapery fabrics. Reinforce your minimalist sensibility with wallpaper and drapery fabric from within the room’s existing colour palette. Feel free to push the envelope with a bold, patterned wallpaper or drapery fabric. But only one, not both, to stay within the to design zone you know and love best.

Or is your preference a more eclectic or dramatic scheme?

If so….

  • Your wallpaper/drapery fabric choices are limitless. You probably already have a knowledgeable eye when it comes to combining colours and patterns, but read on for our tips.


Colour palette:

If you have a monochromatic palette, you’ll want to try coordinating wallpaper and drapery fabrics from within the same colour family. (Make it easy by pulling from the same designer collection.)

Prefer a complementary or analagous palette? You’ve two options: embrace a monochromatic walls-and-windows palette, as above, letting other room elements introduce contrast. Or emphasize contrast and pattern, by coordinating wallpaper and drapery fabric from different colour families. Remember to pull from colours already dominant in the space to keep the look dynamic and not scattershot.


Print and scale:

Mixing prints is a delicate art. It’s easy to go overboard, so err on the side of caution. Don’t forget that you can pump up the pattern quotient via low-commitment cushions, throws, or an area rug.

The “safest” way to introduce a bold print or pattern is to limit it to wallpaper, pairing it with a solid-colour drapery fabric. Don’t stress: that’s not as boring as it sounds!

You can use borders, tassels, trims and dramatic hardware to enhance the look of solid drapery fabrics, so they’re eye-catching, not ho-hum. Thick borders are the most effective way to amp up a solid colour window covering; they create an on-trend colour-blocking effect, without the “busy-ness” of many prints.

For those who don’t want “safe,” a couple rules for coordinating higher contrast wallpaper and drapery fabrics:

  • Work within the same room palette;
  • If unsure, fall back on classic mix-and-match prints that always look great together: large-scale florals and vertical stripes, stripes and damask, wide stripes with narrow stripes, checks and stripes.


Need help coordinating wallpaper and drapery fabrics? Visit National Drapery and meet with a design expert for private consultation.