What Color Curtains Go With Brown Furniture (40 Ideas)

Often, it only takes a simple change of color to spruce up the look of your living space, and one of the most challenging yet rewarding endeavors is finding the right curtain to go with your furniture. Furniture in brown hues is common, as wood and leather are favored furnishing materials due to their look and durability. Moreover, brown furniture, especially in dark tones, is often picked because it won’t’ easily show stains or damage. 

Living room with brown leather furniture grey curtain colors

As a neutral hue, brown, like gray or cream, can complement many primary and secondary colors. The following are color curtains to go with brown furniture.


Choosing Curtain Color With Brown Furniture

room with brown couch, chair, wood floor, indoor plants, white walls, and curtains

While brown furniture can go with most colors, only a few curtain colors can make that impressive look, with other elements, such as the colors of the wall, ceiling, and floors.

The ambiance and theme of your interior are another consideration when picking the right curtain colors to go with brown furniture. 

White-colored curtains are both versatile and timeless, making them the most sensible option when you’re unsure of what color scheme to go forward with. When matched with brown furniture, especially with yellow and red undertones, the white color balances the color temperature.

In addition, white curtains give an illusion of space, which offsets the overbearing presence of a lot of brown furniture in your interior or when layering these tones.

room with brown furniture, couch, side table, curtains, coffee table, and window

The disadvantage of white curtains is that they are higher in maintenance, as white can easily show dirt or damage. Depending on the curtain fabric types you’re using, white curtains can darken over time.

The following are other colors that look great with brown furniture. 

Autumn Colors

From rosewood tones to muted forest greens, the autumn colors create a casual and inviting ambiance. The color scheme is usually rich in nature’s earthy tones with muted forest greens.

Modern living room with brown sofa earth color curtains

Lavender, gold, and autumnal yellows or oranges are great options for your curtains. Autumn Colors work well with white to light beige walls. 



Muted oranges and yellow


Dusty lilacs 

Golden shades

Cottage Home Palette

A cottage home color scheme often uses a layer of browns in white shiplap wall cladding, which gives off that rich traditional vibe.

The crafted wood furniture and stone-clad architectural features can look overbearing, and a cool and light-colored curtain color is a great option to put off the visual weight. Palette colors are lavender, pink, mint, and tan. 





Shades of Gray

A simple way to add that modern air to your leather brown sofa is to choose a gray tone that’s lighter in tone compared to your furniture. The softer gray works well in contrast with your wall color, so white, beige, tan, or a light gray backdrop give your elements a neutral canvas.

When you want a blackout curtain where your gray curtain is in one solid color, use a different texture for your curtain in contrast to your furniture. With a plethora of gray shades, it is easy to mix and match with any brown shade. 

Popular Gray Shades: 


Ash #564C4D

Ash #564C4D

Dove 7C6E7F


Dove #7C6E7F

Pewter #696880

Pewter #696880

Silver #ADADC9

Silver #ADADC9

Charcoal #232023

Charcoal #232023

Cloud #C5C6D0 

Cloud #C5C6D0 

Haute Bohemian Palette

Orange, yellow, or buddha gold; madras or yellow-green; and orange or tawny are certain colors that can create a carefree and fun bohemian vibe. A bohemian palette is an opportunity to explore curtain options with different patterns and colors.

Choose curtains with patterns or a textile that has a unique texture. Furniture in Bohemian themes mostly uses lighter and rustic quality wood for their furniture, and having a vibrant and bold color to go along with it makes the room feel more energetic and contented. 

Buddha gold #C39800

Buddha Gold #C39800

Madras #504500

Madras #504500

Tawny #CD5700

Tawny #CD5700

Curtain Colors To Go With Dark Wood Furniture

Dining room with dark furniture, table, chairs, chandelier, carpet, and curtains

Cherry, mahogany, walnut, and dark stained furniture go best with lighter-colored curtains to provide contrast and allow light to enter the space. Dark wood furniture, especially with a matte finish, can make a room look gloomy as there are fewer reflective surfaces for light to bounce off.

However, if you have a room with a dominant light color, a dark-colored curtain will do fine as it balances off the light elements.

Remember to consider the intended mood or the room function when choosing the curtain color that goes with your dark wood. Bedrooms will desire a moody and relaxing atmosphere, while a living area will require a lighter and welcoming vibe. 

Ebony-colored wood is considered one of the darkest wood furnishings, which can appear dramatic with light beige or white types of curtains, especially when it has a glossy finish.

Pastel colors such as peach, teal, or baby blue can be pulled off with very dark, almost black wood furniture as it allows each element to pop out when placed together in one scene. 

Vista white #F8ECF0

Vista White #F8ECF0

White lilac #F0F3FA

White Lilac #F0F3FA

Snuff #dbdcec

Snuff #dbdcec 

Soft peach #F6ECEE

Soft Peach #F6ECEE

See more ideas for pairing paint colors for dark brown furniture here.

What Color Curtains For Light Brown Furniture

Bedroom with light brown furnishings, table, chairs, mirror, wood flooring, mirror, indoor plants, windows, and curtains

For light brown furniture, light and soft colored curtains are a great combination, but make sure one should be lighter or darker in tone than the other element. Having the same color family helps in layering the colors, especially when aiming for a monochromatic look.

Light-brown furnishings are common for Nordic or Scandinavian themes where there’s less use of window treatments if not less use of flamboyant curtains. White is a great option, but you can look into lighter shades such as baby blue, indigo, light green, and deep sage. 

Perano #a2b4f0

Perano (Indigo Light) #a2b4f0 

Sage #9aa48b

Sage #9aa48b

Rose fog #EABEC3

Rose Fog #EABEC3

Curtain Hues For Brown Leather Furniture

room with brown leather couch, wood floor, hanging light, console table, indoor plant, curtain, and windows

Leather is often associated with the more traditional or classic look, which is great for formal areas such as the living or study area.

Velvet fabrics with darker colors can make your room look more sophisticated and elegant, while a curtain with a very light color and a wispy quality makes it a great option for living or dining rooms.

Both cool and warm tones are perfect compliments to the relaxed tones. Terracotta and rusty red have that earthy quality, which will match easily when layering your earthy tones. Cool marine shades such as blue and aqua are other curtain colors that go with brown leather furniture.

Falu red #87161D

Falu Red #87161D

Roof terracotta #AF321C

Roof Terracotta #AF321C

Navy blue #000087

Navy Blue #000087

Grey Walls And Brown Furniture

room with grey walls, brown tufted sofa, side table, door, and window curtains

A room with gray walls and brown furniture already has a muted quality, which means adding a color that contrasts against the neutral tones will complete the color scheme.

A bright yellow is a great option with its positive and bright quality. Pink hues are a fun way to add a chic vibe to your gray wall and brown furnishings. 

Ombre-colored curtains are another great way to add color to your gray walls and browns while having a dominant white color.

The ombre design has gradient coloring, usually at the ends or hem of your curtain, creating a blend of different colors. Pastel and light colors or sunset or beach-themed ombre designs are trending today. 

Light yellow #fff4c2

Light Yellow #fff4c2

Sea pink #F19990

Sea Pink #F19990

Vivid tangerine #ffa089

Vivid Tangerine #fff9486

Sahara #C0A10D

Sahara #C0A10D

See more pictures here showing what color curtains go with gray walls.

Beige Walls And Brown Furniture

room with beige walls, brown sofa, accent chair, coffee table, and curtain

Earthen tones are great backdrops for accent elements and can be mixed with both bold and soft colors depending on the mood you are aiming for. A beige wall with brown furniture will look great with their complementary color, which is purple.

You can also explore cooler tones, such as green or blue, to balance the warm vibe. The darker shades of green can easily be matched with a beige wall and brown-toned furnishings as they have earthy colors. White is another staple for earthy-toned rooms, which provides a light and cool character to the space. 

London hue #b098c1 

London Hue #b098c1 

blossom #deb8c2

Blossom #deb8c2

Scampi #6877AD

Scampi #6877AD

See more pictures of what color curtains go with beige walls on this page.

Cream Walls And Brown Sofa

Room with cream walls, brown sectional, curtains, floating shelves, television, and TV stand

Cream and brown belong to a similar color family, and such go together well. The color match invokes a comfortable, friendly, and relaxing atmosphere, but too much brown can make a room look dull and lifeless.

Cream and brown are both excellent base colors as they go along with almost any color, tone, and shade. For dark-colored curtains, black is a great window treatment color as it provides an elegant and contrasting effect to your earthy tones. 

A red velvet curtain can also add a more energetic hue to your muted tones. This will emphasize your windows and is great for floor-to-ceiling windows as it is it can be a striking element, especially when the light comes through the vibrant color. 

Close to the red wine color, burgundy-colored curtains also give off the same elegant look when paired with cream-and-brown. They are less vibrant but have energy and quality similar to red. 

When you want a cool nautical theme to go along with your cream walls and brown-toned sofa, a navy-blue curtain is the perfect curtain color. Don’t forget to add white accents to add a fresh look to your interior. 

Dark burgundy #74090c

Dark Burgundy #74090c

Milano red #9e3332

Milano Red #9e3332

Dark brown #654321

Dark Brown #654321

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  1. I’ve got a dark brown sofa in my living room and I went with light brown curtains and I think it looks pretty good. Throwing in a couple light brown accent pillows helped tie it in together too. I can see white or beige also being nice choices.

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