Help Me Choose Curtains for My Office, Lovecats!

Okay, I’ll admit I had high hopes for finishing my office makeover by last Tuesday …and boy was I off. While I do have my new shelves and desk system all set up and am LOVING it, I just cannot decide what curtains to go with.Originally I thought I wanted this room to be very glam and very feminine and very white and had my mind completely set on white curtains. And while at Bed Bath and Beyond the other day, I immediately fell in love with a pair of white silk panels and dropped them in my cart asap. However, I also found a really gorgeous set of metallic/gold panels that tie in my antiqued green/gold secretary desk I’m using for all of my accessories. And now I can’t decide which I like better. I’m leaning towards one over the other …but tell me Lovecats, what do you think? 

White?

white silk curtains + purple orchid + window

white silk curtains and window seat

 

or

Metallic?

 

metallic curtains and window seat
metallic curtains + window + orchid

* Obviously, they both look better in person where you can really see the textures, but I can’t invite you all over to help me decide, now can I? …though it would be super fun!


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.

110 Comments

  • Marina :)

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    White :)

  • JulieR

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    In context of the pictures rather than the effect of the entire room, I like the white better. It has such a nice clean look.

  • Meli22

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

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  • Meli22

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    changed my mind- white is better honestly : )

  • Naomi

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Love the white…but you might as well keep them both so you can switch them out whenever you feel like a quick and easy change :)

  • Anonymous

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Because your office windows don’t go all the way up to the ceiling, the metallic frame emphasizes their shortness and therefore makes the space look smaller. I also think metallic curtains are a little dated to be abso honest. I vote for white, white also looks fresh, and open and will make the room look larger.

  • Craftmaker

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I like the white ones better, the other ones darken the room.
    I would be fun to visit you and see them in person, though ;)

  • Rachael

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I would stick with the white! It makes the space so much fresher and brighter!

    Rachael
    http://everydayconfetti.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    white!! they look amazing.

  • ashy

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I think I would like either pair of curtains if they were hung a little higher. I personally don’t care for curtain rods right above the window itself, but that’s simply personal preference. I also like the way the white ones site on the rod, more than the large grommets found on the metallic curtains, so I vote white.

  • Di Brito

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I like the metallic myself. But whatever you decide I recommend that you extend the pole by 10 inches and pull the drapes so they fall straight up and down (framing the window, allowing the entire window to be unobstructed). As opposed to wrapping around the bench. If you have not already purchased the curtains I would consider longer drapes and raise the rod above the window. I can send pictures of an example that designers do. This increases the size of the window.

  • Amanda

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone seems to be leaning toward the white, and normally I am all about white…but I actually love the metallic ones more. I don’t agree that metallic is dated – metallics are actually pretty trendy right now. Additionally, they add an interesting contrast to the room. I don’t see how they would darken it, either…unless you’ve got them pulled shut!

    I think it depends if you want something more defined (metallic) or something more flowing and open (white).

  • Full Figured Diva

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Love the white! Makes the space look larger and very bright and airy!

    http://Full-FiguredDiva.blogspot.com

  • Di Brito

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Oh one more thing…consider replacing the mini blinds with a nice bamboo shade, or paper shade. They make them so very very nice these days.

  • ...love Maegan

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I would have liked them hung higher as well …but I wanted them to touch the floor and not be “high waters” lol …and they didn’t have longer panels …only 84inches

  • Megan

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I love the metallic!

  • Jordyn

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    White for sure!!! Love!

  • ...love Maegan

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    even as I look at them, it’s a hard decision … the metallic really frame the window nicely and make it a focal point …thought the white sort of blend in with all the other white in the room and make the window less of a focal point …and I like both!!!

  • la reina cotilla

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I prefer the white but I see you have a zebra rug, why not put a big black bow on each side of the curtains? maybe I would give a theatrical touch.
    Ana

  • Brittany

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    White, definitely white!

  • La Petite Olga

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Would go for the white ones, somehow like the white ones better. And I’m somebody who doesn’t love white that much…

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Sarina

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    the white curtains look better!

  • ...love Maegan

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    love your opinions!!!

    …more food for thought : I’d LOVE to remove the blinds but since this is a rental, I’m gonna leave them. And they don’t KILL me so I”m okay …saying that, I don’t like the top and the curtains at this height disguise them a bit.

    …this because I noticed that they do make a 95″ version online that they didn’t have in-store so if I wanted to wait, I could raise the bar, but again, I kinda like how it hides the top of the blinds.

  • Nadine

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I like the white ones better. Can you make the curtain rod longer? When the curtains are open they need to be completely clear of the window, and with the shelf below the window they are hanging at an angle.

    (Are you sorry you asked, now that you are getting bossed around like this? What if you decide to go metallic, when most votes are for white??? lol)

  • Ashe @ Dramatis Personae

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I’m personally a fan of the white… makes the space seem really vibrant and fresh!

  • Mitali

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I think the metallic ones look better….they kind of give a nice contrast in the room..they would look even better if you tied them up with a tassel…this way they would fall perfectly…

  • Anonymous

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    METALLICS for my choice, just a little more texture & not too muh colour but adoring them! white is alright!! moomi in england

  • Susan

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    White

  • jules

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I thought it was obvi.. in favor of the metallic .. but it seems from the comments most people like white.. I say def Metallic..it adds dimension

  • Kb_Mal

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Not sure why but I am feeling the white – especially serene, laid-back maybe?

    Katy
    http://www.savvyinthecity.com

  • Lauren K

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    The white curtains make the space seem bigger and much more elegant – it’s a beautiful room so I’m jealous either way!

  • Hillary

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I LOVE the white curtains! i dont know why,but im more drawn to the white ones.Maybe its because it just looks more bright,clean,fresh,which i really like in a room!

  • EarthMommy

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    love the clean, crisp look of the white.

  • Jessica

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Could you raise the rods but then add a whachamacallit drapey trim thing to hide the top of the blinds?

  • *amanda*

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Metallic gets a vote from me!

  • Vivienne @ the V Spot

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I like the white better (right this spring minute) but in the fall I will wish I had voted for the metallics. (Which are NOT out of date, btw.) Can you just keep them both and change them out seasonally?
    I do think you should 1) raise the rod above the height of the window and 2) extend the rod so that the drapes flank the sides of the window. It’ll make the room look bigger.
    You could always buy gorj fabric in the right length and use that instead. I just did a tutorial on new-sew drapes. My project was around $40
    http://viv-spot.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-sew-with-glue-gun-dont-you-judge-me.html

  • mani

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    white looks way better!

  • Zarna

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    i like the white! clean & chic :)

  • Brittney

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    white!!

  • Jennah Watters

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    white! esp in a dressing room to keep things nice and clean and fresh.

    I second hanging them a bit higher (I wish I’d done that, but my ceilings also aren’t very high), but I’d more hang them WIDER, so that they don’t get bumped out by he shelf thing below and will sit comfortably on either side. Them flaring out like that at the bottom would drive me insane!

  • Cara

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Metalic!

  • Collections

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    oooo idk they’re both so beautiful! I think my vote is for the metallic.

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  • Lili

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    White, definitely :-)

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  • nicole

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    i like the white… especially with the pink orchids!!

  • krissy

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    I actually really like them both, but I guess I’d lean towards the white. That said, I don’t think you can go wrong with either so pick your fave!

    My only piece of (unsolicited) advice would be to purchase 2 sets of whichever colour you decide to go for, so that you can put 2 panels on each side. Right now, it looks a bit skimpy with only one panel per side. 2 panels would really give some body and lushness to the window.

  • Anonymous

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    white so pretty :)

  • Trissta

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Metallic! :) I’m very much in love with the texture. :)

  • wilybrunette

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    white, white, white!

  • Kez

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    White :)
    It’s fresh, clean and brightens the room up x

  • Tart and Heathered

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    White! So fresh and perfect for spring!

  • Aims

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    I have to agree with the general consensus and say white. Love love!!!

  • Natalie {Where North Met South}

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Ooh, from these pictures I say metallic, but I feel like I may change my mind to white if I could see the whole room. Sorry, not much of an answer! You can’t go wrong either way! Can’t wait to see the finished space!

  • Melissa

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    I like the metallic curtains:)

  • gigiofca

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Metallic. White is clean, but they look a bit plain. I think the metallic adds some dimension to your space.

  • Kate

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    I think the white is great and it looks like something that would come out of a magazine. :)

  • Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    The white brings in much more light…..I love sunlight and daylight……..

  • Liz

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    If you are going for feminine and glam, go with the metallic… It definitely adds a wow factor and I think you’ll get bored really quickly with white!

    P.s. I think the fact that 90% are saying white is an absolute warning sign!! I would want to be different than everyone else!

  • Jody

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    So of course I have to comment on both… the white make the space look open, airy, light, and modern and the metallic add a pop of color, and makes the room fun yet modern still. Hmmm….. love both, but leaning toward white.

  • Lorraine

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    white Maegan. c: It looks heavy with the metallic. With white, it looks breezy. I hope I helped.

  • Stephanie

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Metallic! It looks more interesting and has more dimension. The darker colour would also make the room look more cozy.

  • Sheila

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    White! It’s so airy and beautiful, and helps the other patterns and textures pop.

  • kimmie

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    That’s a hard choice. When I looked at the photos on my phone on my reader, I liked the metallic, but then now that I open it up on my computer to comment, I kind of like the white better.

    Either one is fantastic :)

  • Annekas

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Metallic

  • Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Metallic! You are all about the accessory and white curtains are nnot accessories. The metallic curtains look like earrings handing from the window!

  • Summer

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    ahhhhh, curtain choices are the worst!!! we’ve been in our house for 6 months and I still don’t have any on our bare windows.

    that said, i like both, but lean toward metallic. it’s adds some depth and i love how it frames the light coming in.

    obviously i’m in the minority though. =)

  • {julee}

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Usually an all-white color scheme wins 10:1, but in this case, I love the metallic ones better. It gives the wall a focal point and it brings out the pink better in your orchids :) The white kinda washes things out.. white walls, white windows, white bench, white magazines. Go with the metallic!

  • Nelly

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    the white ones!!

  • { aggie }

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    White, please! It looks chic with your office!

    Also, I may have been influenced by the pretty white Jimmy Choo couture shoes I saw in person yesterday ;)
    (See it here!)

  • Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    valge!!!!

  • Cindy

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    i pick white! <3

  • Kari

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    white, for sure! and I would hem them so they would be more light and airy … move with the window.

  • Absolutely Mrs. K

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    the white looks better in spring, they look perfect int he sunshine and it looks a lot lighter. you can definitely combine it with bright colors like the pink to make sure that it is not too clean. cozy materials and color will be the total finishing touch. love the drapes because they are long enough. so white for this season and the metallic for winter

  • LivligOnline

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    White White White!!! Look no further… Just go with the white ones! :-D Though I understand why you’d love the metallic ones (I’m a metallic fan as well, so stylish and “chique”), white definitely looks better in your room.

  • verully

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Definitely silver! Love the diference between white wall and silver curtains… <3

  • Deborah

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Definitely white!

    Now come to my house and help me finish my new room! I’m having such a tough time making decisions and it’s making me hate my living room.

    Your house is lovely. I enjoy the house posts always.

    WHITE!

  • Flaf

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    White, definetely!
    I’m loving the look!

  • mirelle

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Branco.

  • Yana

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    White =)

  • sage61

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    metallic, metallic, metallic, metallic, metallic, metallic,metallic, metallic, metallic,metallic, metallic, metallic…. BECAUSE, some times you actually WANT that dark, sultry look. Besides framing the window beautifully, the metallics provide something mysterious and terribly sexy. And come on… when we think of Maegan, we think sexy! Come on girl, you feel it …. metallic!!

  • Denise

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    metallic!

  • drollgirl

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    i am thinking metallic, but both look SUPER!

  • Sherry

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    I like the white better! Love your little magazine case under the window!

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  • Michelle

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    the metallic is gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    metallic- it makes the room pop a little and gives that extra bit touch the room needs to be completed. white just washes out and isn’t as noticeable.

  • Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    Use white for spring and summer. Then change them out and use the metallic for fall and winter! They both look great!

  • Janelle

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    I love the metallic! But I’m not a huge fan of white in general, so it’s a tad biased. I feel that either will work once you finish it! You’re so good with deco! :)

  • Fred

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    I am leaning towards the white!!!!

  • Tye

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    I love the white curtains..it makes the room look brighter and they just look much better than the metallics..I just love your site..you are FAB and so inspirational :-)

  • Noemi

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    The White curtains make the room look très Chic that is what I would like to do to my office one of these days :) like Tye mentioned it does make the room look brighter!
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  • Elli D.

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    White!!! It makes the whole room look very pure. In case you like clean lines and simplicity, white is perfect. The other one isn’t bad either, though. Oh, and by the way, I love the purple orchid!

  • Molly

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    I like the metallic! Gives it a little variation.

  • As I Grew Older

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    Both are nice. However, based on the season and the color scheme shown, I would say white. If your wall was a warmer color then maybe the metallic
    :)

    Tanica
    http://www.asigrewolder.com

  • illari

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    I prefer the metallic ones.
    Even though, if you decided to go with the white ones, I think you could add the black bows someone suggest. As she said, it would go perfectly with the zebra rug and I think it would frame the frame the window.

    btw: its the first time I comment, I love all your diy projects!!
    I sent you a lot of kisses from Peru :)

  • Jules

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    I really like the metalic curtains.. Though i agree the white one is clean and simple, i think the metalic curtains add a pop of colour that is refreshing against the white background.

  • Yaya

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    Without a doubt, WHITE!!! =)

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  • anhesty

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    i think you def should go with the metallics…

  • Noblekatt

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    Loving the contrasting color of the metalic!! it makes the window area POP!

  • Tea Lady

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    White all the way!

  • Shiriously

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    metallic. I love it.

  • chelle

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    metallic

  • Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    WHITE!

  • Jane Lindsey Norton

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    Both! lol.

  • Heather

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    WHITE! Which I’m actually kind of surprised about.. :)

  • Isabely

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    White!!

  • Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    With the white curtains there isn’t the contrast with the rest of the space, but with metallic curtains it is too much.
    I like the pink petal curtains in silk for your Office, with your pink details of orquidia, is clean and fresh like the white but it is feminine and there is more contrast with the wall.

    Mari (from Spain)

  • Nicole S.

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Could you use both sets of curtains? I can’t tell if they hang the same way, but I couldn’t find enough curtains in the same color for a large window one time so I used 2 different colors and it looks FANTASTIC!! Just a thought!

  • Vixi

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    I think you should go for the metallic or more of a lighter metallic or champagne cream colour and keep them short, the length of the window.
    Otherwise maybe try horizontal venetian blinds the size of the window with curtains at the sides left open and tied back for signature statement rather than functionality :)
    xoxo

  • achmea

    April 14, 2011 | Reply

    Metallic! White are too white :)

  • NICOLE

    April 16, 2011 | Reply

    Metallic, they add a bit of shimmer and they look like they probably change color with the light that changes throughout the day. Kinda like jewelry for the room.

  • Curtain

    December 7, 2012 | Reply

    The author is asking help for choosing curtains for office. Good post

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