Beach House Window Treatments - Privacy + Sunlight!

Client Challenge: A stunning home overlooking the Long Island Sound was a blank canvas when the construction was finished. The homeowner had a vision for how she wanted the house to feel and we approached the window treatments in each room with these three words in mind: Light, airy, and functional. While wanting the see-through look of lightweight linen, the client did not want privacy shades beneath the treatments.

My Solution: By lining the linen with 100% polyester voile, I was able to create a privacy layer that protected the linen yet allowed sunlight to filter into the home while creating just enough of a barrier at night to provide privacy from neighboring homes. The relaxed style of the Roman Shade allowed for the combination of the two different fibers - synthetic and natural, to sync well together in the folds of the shade.
Master Bedroom - Belgian Linen Roman Shades & Panels
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Picking a fabric was easy as the client loved Belgian Linen. She chose a Robert Allen with a repeating medallion applique print that was in a taupe thread that contrasted nicely against the oyster linen. the shades were made with 4 extra folds at the bottom edge, that you will be able to see in a following photo.
“Relaxed Roman Shade” — audubon4690
Before Photo- Master Bedroom
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The favorite part of my job is to help create rooms my clients love to live in. This room echoed when you walked and felt cold and sterile, despite the gorgeous vistas just beyond the glass.
Before Photo - Windows on the Sound
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Windows of different sizes and a door - how do you make them all look cohesive? By placing relaxed shades on the side wall windows and flanking the front wall windows with single pleat drapes. The unifying factor is the fabric.
After Photo - Luxurious Drapes and Sweeping Relaxed Roman Shades
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The issue we had was that the front wall of the bedroom needed a 20' pole with drapes that split in the middle and could be whisked open or closed as needed. A 20' pole? How do you ship that, and how do you support it? We chose a solid wood, 2.5" diameter pole that came in two 10' pieces. The two poles were fastened together with a special screw and the butted ends were suppo...More
“This shows the Robert Allen fabric in drapes and shades” — Coco Curtain Studio
Belgian Linen Roman Shade Detail
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Here's a closer look at the fabric. Notice how beautifully the fabric flows, fulfilling our goal of light and airy.
“Style” — tdmyles
Functional Relaxed Roman Shades
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The shades were designed with extra fullness along the bottom edge, so that when lowered for privacy, there was still some shape and romance at the bottom swooped edge.
“roman shades” — marym234
Master Bedroom - Belgian Linen Roman Shade Detail
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You see the cords from the shade hanging down here - this was taken before the cleat was installed beneath the folds of the fabric. Many roman shades can be made with cordless systems today for safety.
“Soft roman with sheer linen” — artup308
Master Bedroom - Belgian Linen Roman Shade Close Up
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In this photo you can see the seams - notice how they were placed close to the sides of the shade. French seams that are minimal in width helped hide them from view. Bet you didn't notice them in the full room shots!
“LR?” — elleneood59
Master Bedroom - Belgian Linen Roman Shade Detail
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Now you can't see those beautiful seams. Most decorator fabrics are 54" wide, meaning you need to seam window treatments. The trick is to match prints perfectly and place them where they are no where near the center of the treatment.
“droopy roman shade” — gardenhound
Before Photo- Luxurious Master Bath
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How do you design window coverings that still allows the outside in? Privacy was needed too.
Master Bathroom - Belgian Linen & Ocean View
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The solution was found in this gorgeous Cowtan and Tout Belgian linen fabric. This fabric so easily draped, it lent itself perfectly to the sweeping relaxed Roman shade. While these shades can be lowered, motorized roller screen shades are hidden beneath the treatments that raise and lower with the click of a remote.
“Blinds” — rocthe2
Master Bathroom - Belgian Linen Roman Shade Detail
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Here's a close-up of the shades. Even when lowered, multiple folds remain tied together to add bottom edge interest. This is a great idea we use on all of our Romans - it's all in the details!
“Beach house blinds” — mbakhtian
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