CHALLENGE: My client is building a new house, which includes a large family room with built-ins surrounding a fireplace. This house design creates a bit of a problem for me: how best to treat the family room windows and atrium door.
These windows and the door are located in a lower-level walkout and privacy is needed during the evening and nighttime hours. I’m concerned about two things: how to ensure privacy and how the treatments will look from the inside and the outside. I am doing two-inch white plantation blinds on bedroom windows, which are located on each side of the family room windows and door, so all of the windows are seen at one glance from the outside.
SOLUTION: For the sake of continuity for all areas that will be visible at one time, it is often a good idea to keep with the same design theme, either using a similar color or a similar style of treatment. In your case, I would suggest to continue using the same type of window treatment, if it is feasible, or to design a similar window treatment that is conducive to the type of window. An example would be a white pleated or cellular shade to complement the two-inch blinds.
I also like the idea of either two-inch or one-inch blinds for the windows. Either choice will be pleasing to the eye when viewing all the windows at once.
CHALLENGE: I am treating a large arched window in a client’s living room. I would like to have a treatment that would open in the arched area. I would like to be able to see through the arch as well as the lower part of the window. Do you know of a company that provides these kinds of treatments?
SOLUTION: You’re in luck! These days there now are several operable treatments for arched windows, including horizontal blinds, top-down pleated shades and even operable shutter sunburst that will allow you to open the treatment—fully or partly—to bring in light or create a view out.
Most suppliers and manufacturers will work with you on creating treatments for a custom window shape. But you might want to be sure to use a company that specifically handles this type of specialty shape.
CHALLENGE: I am trying to locate a source to purchase the Visual Results room-planning template you mentioned in a previous article (see D&WC, May 2001, page 20). Can you provide the information?
SOLUTION: The room planning drafting system contains six templates and corresponding white backgrounds. It also includes instructions, practice sheets and an index. The company is located in Brookfield, WI; (800) 593-7555
Keep those questions coming!
Editor’s note: This is a continuing series of articles written by Sharon L. Anderson that will answer some of the many questions we receive at Draperies & Window Coverings as well as questions Anderson has encountered in her own business. If you have a question you would like Anderson to address, please send it to:
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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.