Need help with window covering for light control.
olivehazel
March 8, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We have a newly remodeled kitchen with a west facing window. The sun is brutal and I need help with ideas for covering without losing the beauty of the shape that we paid dearly for. Can anyone help?
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PH Interiors, LLC
Here is a one idea. Have an upholstered cornice made to fit around the arch. Behind it, mount woven wood blinds or 2" wood slat blinds. When they are raised, they will disappear behind the cornice.
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Window film on the exterior?
   March 8, 2013 at 9:09AM
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Mary Dancey Interiors
Great idea PH :) What is outside beyond the window? You could consider an awning or a pergola if space allows to defuse the light.
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olivehazel
We did add window film, but the sun defeated it. I like the cornice idea, but worry it would look oddly squished between the window cabinetry and ceiling. There is only 8.5 inches between the top of the window trim and the ceiling and 3 inches to the cabinets. What do you think?
   March 8, 2013 at 9:22AM
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Fenstermann LLC
I think a top-down/bottom-up shade inside mounted up to the arch, would look great. Our shades are slim, and minimally designed, almost like they were made to fix this dilemma.
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olivehazel
These are casement windows would the the top down, bottom up shades work with the cranks and minimal clearance over the sink?
   March 8, 2013 at 9:31AM
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PH Interiors, LLC
Another take on the cornice is to have one built one out of paint grade lumber and paint it the same color as the wall. It will virtually disappear. Plus you could add the same crown that is on the cabinets.
   March 8, 2013 at 9:33AM
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claudette2402
I agree with previous comment about an inside mount shade. The window is too beautiful to mount anything outside the casing. I once had a kitchen with a similar shaped window. My designer had the drapery shop build an inside mount form that conformed to the shape of the eyebrow arch. The thin wood form was wrapped with fabric to which tie back curtains were attached. The tie backs were metal holders mounted inside the casing. The entire treatment was framed by the casing. The fabric was washable and required no ironing.
1 Like   March 8, 2013 at 9:44AM
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Clever Panes
Stained glass can typically be installed in front of an existing window. Depending on the color/texture and transparency you choose could cut out the glare but still let light in. Also beautiful from outside at night when light is on inside the room and the design can be seen from outside.
   March 8, 2013 at 9:45AM
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Fenstermann LLC
@olivehazel, We are only covering the glass anyway, the shade should stop at the handle.
   March 8, 2013 at 9:49AM
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Fenstermann LLC
We did this for the window in this bathroom. The shade was inside mounted, and stopped at the handle. The customer wanted the same thing as you; keep the beautiful wood frames exposed, give them privacy and shade.
   March 8, 2013 at 9:54AM
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Bottom-up shades would work nicely if you could get a fabric that can be easily cleaned if spattered by the sink. The custom curtain rod option is also an excellent possibility. Swing arm curtain rods can be bent to shape, too.
   March 8, 2013 at 12:47PM
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