Styling Difficult to Dress Windows
As window fashion stylists, the designers at P&D encounter many unusual windows that require special attention. The following are examples of windows for which we were called to address a special circumstance. See how we addressed the styling of these difficult to dress windows, and perhaps find a solution to a similar situation you may be facing while you're at it.
Curved Top Roman Shade
Architects create window shapes for a reason. The beauty of an overall design heavily depends upon the details on the individual pieces. Dressing a demilune, half-moon, window in a roman shade is possible. A template is taken to create an exact-tailored shade that maintains the integrity of this architectural element, while dressing it beautifully to complement the interior design aesthetic.
Curved Motorized Drapery
Glass walls in this round room create a minor design dilemma. Often, these types of rooms are designed so that the windows can be left untreated. In this particular situation however, privacy is important. Curved drapery was installed onto the ceiling, and the operation is automated. To open and close, the homeowner simply presses a button.
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P&D began manufacturing bottom-up roller shades for our design partners requesting a simple, and clean, privacy solution for neighbor or street facing dwellings. This window shape is not unusual, however the privacy issue is unusual in that a traditional top-mounted treatment would not offer the option for a view to the outside when privacy from the neighbors or outside foot traffic was desired. This bottom-mounted shade permits the homeowner to retain privacy from the bottom, while still enjoying the gorgeous view to the park just outside their kitchen window.
There are what some would describe as " gadget-like" approaches to dressing this type of window arrangement. However, the time tested, classic and beautiful approach is to install drapery panels. Install your rod above the top window. 5 inches is a good distance, however more may be needed depending on the scale of the room. This particular rod was installed at 8" above the window.
Large windows can be difficult to dress for several reasons. The primary concern of course is creating the proper look. Additionally, whatever window treatment is selected, it must be operable. Too much fabric could make the treatment heavy and impossible to operate. This 30' tall window was dressed in a sheer casement fabric. The fabric is light, so that the drapes can be opened and closed without much ado. For ease of operation, the drapery panels were installed onto a motorized track. At the push of a button, the drapes open, close or stop somewhere along the window.