What a great treat for me this month. A client chose to begin the design with window treatments in their bedroom! This rarely happens. It's usually the last space people choose to spend their money, if the bedroom makes the cut at all!
It takes hours to install a project with five panels and a matching cornice board. This patient couple kept popping in to see the progress. First, I install the brackets & rods with elbows in between the windows. A great way to design a bay window is to treat it as a single window. Here, there are five panels between four windows. With shutters as their main source of light and privacy adjustment, the fabric softens the space and gives balance to the room.
Next, was sewing the rings onto the pleats. Inverted pleats create a tight stack at the window with fabric flowing forward instead of back, as pinch pleats do. Traditional, yet modern, inverted pleats are the best of both worlds. My favorite to hang because it takes one inch of fabric per pleat, where as pinch pleats take 3-5 inches. Full and simple, inverted is a great choice.
Next, I iron the drape before hanging on the rod. As with most of my installs, I do an onsite hem. I pin & mark, double fold & pin - to get that "just right" look for each client.
The window portion of this project ended with the cornice board over the bath tub. A shallow design was picked with the same fabric as the bedroom. The geometric pattern really shows off its style on this flat surface! The 50" x 18" of padded, fabric inserted into all this marble & glass in this space, adds warmth & continuity between the two rooms. Simple is a sweet choice!
As usual, pillows were added to this project to finalize the simple look on the bed. Grey silk for the larger pillows and 2 yellow, geometric neck rolls with cording to add a little sunshine to the room.
It's great seeing the home owners reaction to their fabric & design choices. Well chosen people, well chosen!
My very first client had me create these flat fold Roman shades over 15 years ago for her sunroom. There are ten windows total! The average change out is about seven years! Needless to say, we were about 8 years over due to make the change.
Still loving the striped look for her sunroom, we kept the basic design idea with an updated, bolder stripe but came back with the softer London shade for a fuller treatment with depth. She loves the update without losing the original concept!
An unlined, linen relaxed Roman shade filters the west light coming into this kitchen without weighing it down. The urge to do more can be tempting, but in many cases you need to consider what is most important. Highlight the window or allow the beauty of the space to be enhanced by the drapery. Kitchens with great style don't required a big bang on the window. If your space is covered in cupboards, then wow factor comes from the window treatment. Finding balance for your kitchen and style is easy to do with fabric.
Window Treatments are sometimes the toughest commitment to make to a room. I believe if we follow our instincts and do what's right for the space, a person can't go wrong. If we find the right treatment, we won't second guess ourselves. Drapery or shades warm and cool a room physically and emotionally, let your needs to guide you.