CHALLENGE: My client owns a historic home in a beautiful neighborhood and her design team is in the process of sprucing up the exterior as well as the interior.
As the decorator, my main concern is the window coverings and how they will affect the front exterior of the home, as the curb appeal is very important in this historic neighborhood. Could you please offer some treatment suggestions that will enhance the exterior appearance of this home?
SOLUTION: You are absolutely correct in assuming the front of the home is of the utmost importance. Curb appeal means so much to a homeís residents and to their neighbors.
Letís look at the first area you see as you look at this home (photo). There is one set of windows on the second story above the door that is approximately six feet wide by about four feet high and it is a major part of what makes this exterior so attractive. So much of the overall affect will depend on the color scheme that is decided on for the exterior. I would suggest a soft, yet striking color scheme such as mint green or soft blue in two different shades.
The current window treatment inside the space is non-descript. I would like to see a window treatment that would peak through and be seen from the outside. It should show off the texture of the material used, whether it be in the form of a dramatic swag and cascade or as a simpler treatment such as a soft shade but with a dramatic valance.
Also, try to picture a shutter application on both the upper and lower stories that would add to the continuity of the exterior by presenting the same look at the front of the home in all the windows regardless of size. If using shutters, I would make sure I used a dramatic color on the exterior of the home such as the ones I mentioned earlier that would make for a dramatic effect, yet remain soft.
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Sharon L. Anderson has more than 20 years experience in the residential and commercial areas of interior design. She is currently a faculty member at two Southern California colleges. Anderson has been featured in numerous books and publications.