The layered look is definitely in style when it comes to window treatments. From drapery panels to shades, these items now come lined for a number of reasons. Layers help to keep warm air in during the winter and out during the summertime, and also help protect furniture and decor from fading. Aesthetically, lined window treatments offer a high-end look. "Layers provide energy-saving qualities and make the face fabric hang much nicer for a custom look," says Janet Barragan, senior vice president of window design at Curtainworks. Image courtesy of Curtainworks
Ceiling blinds shade this small back porch illuminated by the natural light from the windows. A black wood floor provides a pleasing contrast to the bright white walls of the enclosure. Mounted planters create a green wall adding life and decoration to the small space.
Metal chairs with whimsical designs in the ironwork offer seating on one side of a marble-topped table in this California breakfast room. A built-in banquette in the bay window provides seating on the other side. Roman shades in a bold black and white stripe make a statement on the windows.
Not the nursery we grew up with, Pattern Play is a result of the client’s love of graphic patterns and color. This long room lacked architectural features. What seemed like a negative became the perfect playground for the offbeat mix of patterns, texture and color. By turning the room upside down (stripes on ceiling), designer Karen Wolf created a focal point, leading to the giant window showcasing the star of the room -Dwell Studios “Brushed Dot” fabric with peacock and yellow polka dots. The main challenge in the space was a balancing act on how to make all these patterns and colors work.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. Create a focal point in the room.
2. Pop your accent color at least three times around the room. Note the mustard yellow.
3. Ground your space with neutrals to provide a place for the eye to rest. (Crème shag and gray Jim Thompson textured wallpaper).
4. Use black, white or gray. There is always a place for these classic colors. Ferm Living Half Moon Wallpaper.
5. Change up scale of patterns. Medium sized wallpaper print, large stripes and small bedding prints.
6. Mix up the patterns: Circles, Stripes, Brushstrokes, Chevron, Ditsy, Solid and Abstract.
7. Throw in an unexpected color – Red art.
8. Play with sheen and lustre, high to low.
9. Have fun and let yourself go. Design is a layering process and sometimes you need to delayer, start over and layer again. Mistakes happen and that is OK.
The neutral color palette in this guest bedroom takes advantage of the Caribbean sun that streams into the space through the windows, creating a light, bright space. To add warmth to the space, designers installed an elegant, modern headboard and black and white patterned Roman Shades, while white, modern nightstand and neutral table lamps add function to the space. Finally, a chic wall hanging and wicker bench add the finishing details to the space.
A black and white striped ceiling and black carpet create a bold look in this modern home office. Black-framed windows with black Roman shades pop against the white walls. A long black desk and white cabinet structure provide plenty of storage and work space while keeping the center of the room open.
The bedroom features black-and-white wallpaper that makes a dramatic contemporary statement against a traditional headboard and bedside table. Bamboo roman shades set behind the yellow window curtains add visual depth to the design, while blanket and throw pillows add layers of pattern and color.
Wood pieces including a china cabinet, exposed ceiling beams and a polished island countertop pop against the monochromatic white design of this kitchen. Large black pendant lights over the island match a thick black window frame to bring a contrasting shade to the room.
A sleek white table is surrounded by retro-inspired black and yellow chairs, while overhead is a contemporary bubble chandelier. Windows surround the space allowing plenty of light and dressed in graphic zigzag Roman shades.