Strand HouseContemporary Family Room, Los Angeles
Photos by Manolo Langis
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7. Concealed window shades. This is another design consideration that has to be planned right from the beginning of your renovation. Whether you are putting in curtains or shades, you can present a very clean look by having your window coverings recessed into the ceiling. It also helps with light seepage. Sometimes structure may get in the way of the recess, so it’s important to have the discussion with your designer or contractor before framing happens.
Project: Install window dressing for large or unusually shaped windows.Why: No matter what the shape or size, windows let in sunlight and provide views outward and also from the outside into your home. A large or unusual shape means windows might go uncovered, which can mean too much sunlight (and heat) enters the interior and privacy is compromised. What to ConsiderPanels: In the first photo, fabric panels on a concealed track complement the contemporary theme of the bedroom. Several manufacturers provide these systems in materials similar to those used for vertical blinds. The cost can be reasonable compared to other types of window treatments. Meanwhile, an oceanfront setting and large arched shapes demand an inventive solution for the California living room shown here. Each shade panel rolls up by remote control into a custom-designed pocket to hide and allow unobstructed views. The problem of covering the unusually shaped window was solved by letting the panel overlap a portion of the wall, which can be an effective solution on any size or shape of window. Just be prepared that motorized remote-controlled shades can be double or triple the price of conventional blinds.