I have a client with three windows in her living
room about 48 by 64 inches each with about 24 inches in between
each window. The wall on which these windows are placed is large.
The ceiling is high, and 10 feet up is a half-circle clerestory
window. I think three individual treatments would not look right.
I think I need fabric to soften the wall and am thinking tab tops
to keep the lines simple. What is the best way to tie all three
windows together, or do you think I should just do three separate
treatments and forget it?
You want the best for your client’s windows as they
usually serve as the focal point in the room. You need to consider
their visual affect with window treatments, as they can be an asset
to any room! The best way to give continuity to an area that is
busy with architectural and decorative elements is to create an
even flow of color and texture. A treatment consisting of one overtreatment
that starts on the left and continues without a break will bring
continuity to the wall.
The undertreatment also can be designed as one. It could have a
center opening or a one-way draw, depending on the type of treatment
chosen. For example, if you chose to design center opening verticals
or center opening panels of fabric, the treatment would appear as
one and hide the break in between the three windows.
As visitors walk into the entry of my client’s home,
they immediately see vertical blinds on the opposite wall that take
up much of the space. The client does not have the budget now to
change the windows and is in a dilemma. What affordable options
can I offer?
Think about taking down the verticals and making creative
changes to them. One idea is to paint the vertical blinds using
a color that will enhance the space. There are specialty paints
now, such as Krylon, that adhere to plastic. Be sure to conduct
a test first on an area on the back of the product.
Another creative change would be to adhere wallpaper to the verticals.
Using a subtle tone-on-tone paper that would blend with other elements
in the room would ease the effect of seeing a large expanse of vertical
Also, try adding a top treatment such as a decorative arched valance.
It will work wonders!
I’m working with a client who just moved into a
new home and she has no idea what she’d like me to do with
a bay window, which measures 117 inches across by 63 inches high.
It is in the middle of the wall, and the window faces south.
The other furnishings in the room consists of a television, two
leather sofas and a matching fabric chair. Could you please help
with some suggestions for the window treatment? This client is open
to just about anything!
This is an important challenge! This window is over 12
feet wide and about five feet high and, as it is located in the
center of the wall, it certainly will be the focal point in this
room. Designing the correct window treatment is of the utmost importance!
There are two ways to go with this: 1) Choose color and texture
for the window treatment that will draw attention to the window
and make it stand out using the wall as a backdrop. 2) Choose color
and texture that will blend in with the surrounding furniture and
wall color and make it become a part of the room.
The style of treatment you choose needs to be energy efficient as
well as beautiful because the window faces south and will receive
much strong sunlight all year round. Some choices to consider would
be pairs of wood shutters, soft window shadings that offer fabric
vanes and sheer fabric to control the light, or vertical blinds
that could visually add to the height of the window as it is so
much wider than it is taller.
I would definitely include a deep decorative valance. This would
also add height to the window treatment and soften a hard treatment
if chosen. Remember, too, that pinch pleated draperies and valances
have come back onto the scene. Fabrics always soften a wall, as
do soft shades and shadings.
But remember, the color choice is definitely an important part of
this window design decision, especially because it is a large window
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