I am working with the most beautiful fabric from Scalamandré
for draperies for four large windows in a client’s room. My
question is this: Would it be too much color and too busy if I were
to choose to use additional fabric on a wall in the room that does
not have a window, but opens to another room?
As it is, the fabric will be used in large quantities. As I stated,
there are four windows, each is seven feet high and five feet wide.
Two windows are located together as a pair in the center of one
wall, and the other two windows are across the room, one on each
of two walls. The fourth wall—the one without the window—enters
into another room. This is the wall I mentioned that I would like
to upholster for the client.
Overall, the home’s floor plan is very open and ostentatious.
SOLUTION: The use of strong color is definitely a trend
now. I am envisioning the room you are working on, and as I see
it, it will look dramatic.
This fabric is an exquisite selection that will never go out of
style. I also can envision a beautiful high-end window treatment
such as one using swags and cascades, or a treatment incorporating
a fancy valance treatment with a pair of draperies on each window
with fancy ornate tieback hardware or fabric design.
I also would line this fabric, as you want to protect the deep rich
colors from the harmful rays of the sun. Another suggestion to add
formality to the treatment is to add fancy rope ties and bring the
fabric onto the floor by puddling it, if you are using a pair of
draperies as your treatment.
If at some time your design proves to be a bit too dramatic for
your client, later on, if you want to tone down the room, the fabric
used to upholster the wall can be removed and you can repaint!
Take a critical look at the fabric you are using for the draperies.
I would suggest you paint the walls that will not be upholstered
a soft gold, picking a color from the background of the fabric.
Also, consider having crown molding installed along the ceiling
and wall line. I would suggest you paint the molding a soft off-white
to complement the room and not take away from the beautiful fabric.
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