I thought of designing some type of drapery panel on a pole that could be used along with decorative hardware. The panel would drop over the exposed angled window, which is currently untreated. I had also suggested window tinting for the glass, which the client then could dress up.
This window is located in a room that contains quite a mix of styles. There is a lot of outdoor animal art in the room. There is leather under the window and a sitting area on the opposite end of the room that has two wingback chairs and a chair-and-a-half in a tapestry fabric. There is a floral area rug. The wall color is white.
My client's budget for this project is between $800 and $1,200. I would appreciate help in this matter.
SOLUTION: This room definitely has a lot going on! I would suggest you steer the client into some type of continuity in her decorating style decisions.
The Silhouette window shading is a wonderful window treatment. My first suggestion would be to repeat it on the upper angled window. If the lower window is an inside mount, I would continue that thought on the upper window. Because the wall is nine feet high, operating the treatment will be a problem unless you strongly suggest a remote operated motorized system.
Dressing up the window will have a dramatic effect on the room. I would suggest using a flowing sheer fabric designed from the center angled portion of the wall at the ceiling. A rosette or decorative pole placed at the top in this area is also a possibility. Tiebacks, possibly using a rosette or decorative holder, could be used to repeat the style.
Always be vigilant for additional design or style ideas for your clients' windows. Be sure to check out photographs that appear in advertisements placed by industry suppliers. The January 2001 issue of D&WC includes a wonderful treatment idea on page three. In the photo, decorative tassels lend an elegant feel to the room without taking away from its furnishings.
If you would like additional protection from the sun when the window shadings are open, consider a room-darkening lining, which can prolong the life of any fabric you consider for the overtreatment.
As you have indicated, there is a lot already going on in the room as far as color, style and accessories. Whenever a room is enveloped with many types of styles, the key to a successful design scheme is to bring continuity into the space. The use of neutral colors will help tone down this busy room.
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