Charcoal panels are an exaggeration of the lighter grays on the chairs and rug in this office. The moody curtains are dramatic against white walls, while the natural wood desks contrast the curtains. The effect is one of sophistication.
In this living room, long and slender floor-to-ceiling panels cozy up a rather large space. The taupe hue picks up on the color of one of the sofas.
One way to liven up a darker panel is to choose one with a print — preferably one that incorporates a lighter color. At a glance, the panel contrasts against white walls, but upon closer inspection the print brings pattern and interest to the room.
Black curtains aren't just for neutral spaces. This colorful kid's space wears them well. Paired with white walls, a painted turquoise fireplace, red accents and a playfully patterned rug, black curtains lend a graphic element. It's also worth mentioning that they help to block out early morning sun, encouraging wee ones to sleep in past sunrise. Hallelujah!
In this open living space, the dark curtains pick up on the glossy black pendants suspended above the dining table. Repeating the use of black from room to room promotes cohesion.
Deep navy curtains in this bedroom mimic the stripes found in the area rug. A lighter blue on the walls keeps things cozy yet still provides a contrasting backdrop for the curtain panels.
I once read that using darker colored curtains to frame windows can distract your eye from an undesirable outdoor view. See how in this room, the eye travels around the room, rather than beyond it. The warm gold panels mix well with the other warm tones in the interior design. Notice the pumpkin color on the bottom third of the panels too. It helps to bring the panels and the height of the ceiling down for a cozier feeling.
Here is another good example of using a dark printed fabric for curtain panels. Having at least one more black element, the black sofa table, is the key to making these curtains work well in this room.
Plum panels match the tufted velvet on the chaise and give this simple room a luxurious look. To keep things from looking heavy and drab, the velvet is paired with light walls and shiny accents: metal floor lamp, leaning mirror, Lucite table.