Window treatments are designed to dress the window and make it look better. Just as we seek the “right fit” in clothes to flatter our body, there is more to putting up new drapery and window treatments than color choice. A new belt could take an dress from looking like a tent giving you that hour glass figure. In the same light, the height of your window treatment mount can take your window from small and plain to large and extraordinary.
I will demonstrate what I am talking about with some room sketches that I created. Notice the size of the window in the sketch. Its just a normal window in a room with ten foot ceilings. We want to allow that window to continue letting in the maximum about of light with as little blockage as possible. How do we do that?
When mounting our new window coverings, in this case a Roman Shade and new Drapery Panels, we want to cover as little window as possible. Look at how much larger the window looks now because we can’t tell where it begins and where it ends. By mounting the window treatments at the ceiling, we create the facade that our window continues to the ceiling. By stacking the drapery just before the window casing, we allude that the window is wider than it really is.
The treatments also soften the casing of the window. The before and after is stunning, and this is just a digital mock-up. Imagine the difference it would make in your home!
See how we executed this concept with orange and gold fabrics to the left. This window was tall, but thin, so we aimed to make it appear wider to maintain proportion in the room.
Mounting at the ceiling is not appropriate for every room. Mounting height is just one of the considerations that we take when designing custom drapery for our clients. Keep it in mind for your next window project whether your a DIY girl (or guy) or working with a professional window designer. Let us know how it turns out!
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When your filing your 2013 taxes, don’t forget to ask your accountant about smart energy savings for energy efficient products. Like changing your air conditioner, boiler, furnace and more, switching your window treatments can lead to big savings on your heating and cooling bills. We’re proud to carry the complete Hunter Douglas line of energy smart blinds, shades and shutters, some of which are eligible for up to $500 tax credit for energy efficiency.
Not only will these products help you save on your energy bills, but they can also help you save on your tax bills. Ask us about Alustra® Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades and Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades with the LiteRise TrimKit for beautiful, functional and efficient window treatments!!
Want custom drapery but don’t love the price? Consider a stationary panel.
What is your goal for drapery? If your intent to open and close the panels for privacy and to block light, then this post is not for you, but if you’re simply looking to dress your windows, soften the edge of the frame and hard treatment and add color to your room, we love a stationary panel!
Let’s start by discussing the purpose of drapery. The goal of drapery is to provide softer lines around a window; to take something hard and square and make it feel warmer and softer. Hard treatments like blinds and shades provide privacy and light blocking. Drapery is usually complementary to the hard treatments. A stationary panel will not open and close like traditional drapes, but it does provide the softening effect and a splash of color around your windows.
A stationary panel frames a functional blind or shade perfectly, dressing the window, while using less fabric than traditional drapery, thus bringing down costs. We love a stationary panel because it blocks very little light coming into the room. Less hardware also keeps the window feeling open.
Lately, I have been filling my down time watching HGTV’s “Love It or List It.” It’s great seeing design dilemmas get solved for client’s who think their home is a lost cause. Secretly (or not so secretly), I’m always rooting for Hilary and waiting for the client to say, “We’re going to love it.”
Have you ever noticed that the windows in the finished home all look like the picture to the left? That’s because Hunter Douglas donates gorgeous Silhouettes to the show for the remodels.
Silhouettes are one of our favorite Hunter Douglas products. They are beautiful yet functional which is what we look for in a window fashion. We consider it a crossover product because it provides the functionality of both a shade and a blind. The name “Silhouette” tells you a little bit about how the product works. When closed, the figures behind the sheer look like a silhouette, meaning that you can make out a figure but can’t tell anything about it. Therefore, the sheer provides privacy; however, it does not block light from entering the way a traditional shade or blind does. Note in the external view how you can make out the indoor lighting, but nothing else. Yet when the vanes are open, light is diffused. This allows the sunlight to be distributed through the room still providing up to 87% UV protection preventing fading and discoloration of your furniture.
On Love It or List It, the Silhouettes are usually the sole window treatment, and by themselves, they look great! But I usually like to pair a Silhouette with drapery. The Silhouette acts as a sheer panel that is then framed by the fabric. You could use stationary panels since the Silhouette already provides functionality and privacy so you don’t need the drapery to be functional, just beautiful.
It is our philosophy that custom product is where beauty meets function, and Hunter Douglas Silhouettes are the epitome of that philosophy.
Look for them the next time you’re watching HGTV!
There are a few words that no designer wants to hear, “I really like the look in the Pottery Barn catalog.” Don’t get me wrong, those room colors are nice and understated, but they are so vanilla, so safe. For me this quote sums about how I think about design:
“Life is about using the whole box of crayons.”
Color! Pattern! They’re what take a room from plain and ordinary to extraordinary. Yes, sometimes when you take a risk, it might fail, but its worth the chance. Try a bold color. Pick a new pattern. Use the whole box of crayons, and don’t be afraid to color outside the lines. Life is too short to live in a beige house with a beige sofa with white walls. That’s not to say we like to mix every color in the rainbow on a project. We find that one strong color in varying tones provides a bold fresh look while remaining classic and understated. See the room pictured below. We chose orange (yes, orange) as a pop of color in an otherwise neutral palate. The orange is complimented nicely by a soft blue chair with a strong pattern. Note most of the other pieces in the room are neutrals which allows the orange to make a statement without being too “in your face.”
Window treatments finish a room, which is why we always urge our clients to “dress those naked windows.”
However, the wrong window treatment or and outdated design can leave a room feeling dark, heavy and out of date. Updating your window treatments can make a world of difference in a room. Consider these ideas when planning your window treatments to keep your home feeling fresh and bright.
1) Think minimal. The idea of a drapery is to soften the woodwork, but not to block all the light.
2) Mount it high. Make your windows feel larger, and let in as much light as possible by mounting your drapery and valances significantly above the top casing while still covering the casing with the bottom on the treatment. Its an optical illusion.
3)Consider your hard treatment carefully. You want to let light in while maintaining privacy. Don’t choose something so heavy that it blocks all of your natural light. We love Hunter Douglas Silhouettes because they filter the light and provide sheer privacy while open, but close to provide privacy for any room.
4) Pick a current color or pattern, but think about how long you will keep these treatments. If you are spending a lot of money on custom window treatments, choose colors and patterns that will age well. You don’t want to look at your windows in 10 years and think, “That’s so 2013,” the way we see pink bathrooms and say, “that’s so 1980!!!” If you plan to change your treatments in a few years, then its the place to go crazy with the hot colors and patterns like grey, turquoise and yellow!
5) Consider some curves. The point of the treatment is to soften the window casings, so try to avoid more hard lines.
You don’t want to spend money heating the outdoors. Keep your heat in and the cold out with Hunter Douglas window products!
Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. All Hunter Douglas window fashions provide window insulation, offering your home increased protection against heat loss during the winter, as well as minimizing the sun’s heat or “solar heat” during the summer. More specifically, here’s how Hunter Douglas products help conserve energy at the window in these three significant ways:
Insulation: Our window fashions reduce heat flow (both heat loss and heat gain) through the windows.
Solar Heat Control: Our window fashions help tocontrol solar heat (heat generated from the sun) by allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer.
Daylighting: Our window fashions enhance daylighting (the use ofnatural light) by diffusing
and dispersing sunlight deep into a room, reducing your need for electrical lighting.
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