I know I talk alot about drapery panels here on my blog. I mean, drapery panels are one of the quickest, simplest and least expensive ways to dress up your naked windows. In fact, my online Ecwid storefront has tons of options allowing you to customize your very own drapery panels starting at just $269 per pair! Go there now!
Sure there are other options for window treatments – cornice boards, swags and jabots, valances, shades and many more. But today I wanted to highlight a project I am finishing up using roman shades to solve a design challenge.
My clients wanted to use this room as their TV room and an area for their young kids to play. The room has 3 very large floor to ceiling windows and gets alot of afternoon sun. It is a gorgeous room, but the challenge was all that natural light made it very difficult to watch TV with the glare, plus the room tends to get a bit too warm, and sun was most certainly going to fade the color of the carpet and furnishings. They also wanted to be able to open and close the shutters without any obstructions
Drapery panels were out of the question since the room was going to be heavily used by their children to play, draw, and paint. My clients did not want to have to worry about tiny fingerprints. Another reason was that there’s not alot of wall space remaining on the window wall for an abundance of fabric. It would take yards and yards of fabric to make functional drapery panels to solve their light control issue.
Here’s an in-progress picture (I couldn’t find a before photo 🙂 )
Ok, I couldn’t find a BEFORE picture of the windows but this one’s close enough 🙂
As you can see, we decided on functional flat roman shades with blackout lining. the shades can be lowered to cover the windows completely when complete darkness is needed. The lining helps to prevent fading and also helps to control the heat from the direct sun.
After Installing Roman Shades
We decided to install the shades all the way up to the ceiling to allow for complete clearance when my clients want to open out the shutters. The cords that raise and lower the shades are neatly hidden behind the treatments. We also had to keep in mind that the louvers of the shutters projected about 3-4″ so we were sure to construct the shades with enough depth to clear the louvers of the shutters when they are open.
Geometric Fabric from Duralee
We chose this beautiful geometric linen fabric from Duralee. We wanted a simple and casual appearance in the room and I think we accomplished that with the use of roman shades. We opted for a slipcovered, plush Pottery Barn sectional that is oh so comfy. We also did some custom pillows in various sizes, patterns and colors to coordinate with the artwork that’s still hasn’t arrived yet 🙁 . The pillows all have zippers so that can be removed easily for cleaning.
Close Up Of The Custom Pillows
Next we will have the kids create some art, which we will have professionally framed at Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s and create a wall of kids art! What could be better than decorating with your kids’ own art! My client was so thrilled with this idea! A kids play table, storage baskets, an ottoman and a few chairs and this room will be complete! Photos to come later.
So there you have it. A fun set of roman shades that are as functional as they are beautiful!
Be sure to check out my online store to order your custom drapery panels and receive them in time for Christmas! If you are interested in custom roman shades or any other window treatments, please contact me here for details. We can ship your window treatments anywhere in the USA.
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Have a wonderful Wednesday!