As a Hunter Douglas Dealer and Window Treatment Designer a question that clients often ask is “How do I treat windows that are different shapes or sizes that are in the same room?” For a while, the solution was fairly limited to shutters or blinds, as they can be made to fit different shapes while using the same finish. Today, there are many more creative, beautiful solutions.
If your room has a sliding glass door in the center of the wall that is flanked by two large open windows then stay tuned, there is a photo following that will give you a great visual for an attractive solution.
Many of these solutions feature sheer fabric you can see through to preserve your view. While we don’t have majestic rocky mountains in Georgia, we have beautiful lakes, golf courses, pools, and landscape views that we want to see through our walls of windows.
The example above shows how to use a Luminette (the vertical sheer treatment) and the Silhouette (the horizontal sheer treatment) in the same room with visual appeal and a practical solution to a UV or glare challenge. The fabrics are the same on both styles giving a great whole room solution.
This lovely living room had a similar dilemma, and again the Luminette was used on the patio doors and a Vignette, a treatment similar to a Roman Shade, was selected for the window seat. The fabrics coordinate for a consistent color and texture match.
A more modern take is to use a sliding panel system for the patio door and a screen shade for the window. Screen shades are great for blocking glare and filtering light in areas that privacy is not needed. Many of my clients love the simplicity and clean line appearance of these two treatments. Again, they are both made from the same fabric for a well designed look.
Many homes offer upper story windows that we fall in love with until we realize that the sun streams in through them and creates glare, fading, and general discomfort at particular times of day. How to handle these windows I am often asked, yet no one wants to totally cover them up. This example illustrates using a Silhouette in the upper windows. Notice that you can still see the trees through the sheers and there is still plenty of light in the room. The most common comment I hear after Silhouettes are installed is that the light is so much gentler–it is filtered and softened. Can you imagine sitting with a friend in these chairs and having a conversation? Plenty of natural light to see, but no squinting required.
I like the way that the three windows on the left of the room below are treated with one Luminette over the entire wall. The silhouette of the window frames is visible through the sheer as is the railing of the deck outside. When the vanes are closed there will be a continuous flow of fabric to cover all the windows and the wall space and maximizing the appearance into the illusion of a larger window. A good choice rather that breaking this space into three smaller narrow shades. The fabrics on the two windows are from the same collection for the consistent look I’ve been highlighting in this post.
close up gives even better impression.
So you see that there are some wonderful attractive solutions for solving sun, UV, and glare challenges for different shape and style windows within the same are of your home. No longer are you limited to just wood products! And if your significant other is vetoing window treatments because he wants his lake view unencumbered, but you are worried about fading your favorite rug and leather sofa, there are solutions for all your windows that will fit all types of shapes and sizes. No, you do not have to use the same treatment for every window!
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