Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Dress My Window
Window treatments are practically an essential. Whether it be for privacy, to block out UV/glare, provide warmth - almost any commercial or residential space needs some sort of window coverings. In most all my projects, it is certainly the one item we address at some point. There are many options to chose from in deciding window treatments.
Sheers add a nice touch whether it be in addition to other window treatments or as a light weight contrast to a silk hem.
The String Panel system from The Shade Store makes for both a room divider and a window covering.
Available thru The Shade Store by Chilewich, these wood grain roller shades are something really unique and different.
Solar Shades (such as these from The Shade Store) are great for commercial/working spaces.
Relaxed Roman Shades look great and as they are aptly named - have a more relaxed (less tight) feel. Also great for windows that do not have any molding where they can be outside mounted.
Flat Roman Shades with a cornice is really charming.
Drapery panels always seem to add elegance with a hint of formality based on the fabric. There are so many styles and designs for drapery too. Mounting the drapery rod up high extends the height of the windows and the room.
Solar Roman Shades are great for spaces such as a window seat, they are light weight and a bit translucent, but do their job in filtering strong rays.
Classic Roman Fabric Shades lend a more tailed look to a window and are especially nice and streamlined for inside mount windows.
I often do wovens like this on a slider - having a valence straight across the top with the shades split in the middle. This allows for one panel to stay fixed and another to be opened to access the door if necessary. It also gives flexibility in opening and closing at different heights depending on how much light or privacy is needed.
Woven shades are great,especially for places like a kitchen/breakfast room as they allow light to filter thru. Since they are a natural fiber, there is less concern for smell and stain absorption from cooking.
Christopher Lowell flat Roman Shades from Smith & Noble: