Frequently a discussion with a new clients begins like this, “I have these windows, but ______________” (insert architectural problem of your choice here). Some windows are too close together, some an odd shape, some too low, some too high.
My job then not only becomes one of design and fabrication, but problem solving as well. I think these are my favorite projects to tackle. The offer a challenge, and when a window treatment is properly designed, the end results can make that problem disappear.
For instance, this family room with high cathedral ceilings has small side windows – out of proportion to the rest of the space, and dwarfed by the fireplace:
Adding drapery panels mounted higher than the windows brings the space into proportion, and visually enlarges the fireplace windows:
These windows were sized appropriately, but the space felt cold and very linear:
Some paint and a rich brown fabric warmed the space, while panels and an upholstered cornice added some shape and softness:
These doors need some dressing up, but also have to remain functional. Mounting treatments directly on the doors will cut down on light, and visually lower the ceiling making the space feel cramped:
This design utilizes all available space AND still allows the doors to operate – by splitting in the middle! The treatments are actually mounted on hinges to swing with the doors as they open and close (stay tuned for an after picture!):
This living room with cathedral ceiling has a grand window, but it appears to be floating on the wall with nothing to ground it. It also competes with the client’s piano for attention:
Installing a darker chair rail and flooring, using a subtle change in color below the chair rail, and repeating the dark color in the hardware makes a cohesive space. The window now plays a supporting role and is in balance with the piano:
The layout of this window grouping made for a potentially awkward installation and design with all the vertical and horizontal lines:
Framing the center window with panels and swags visually gives weight to the outer sides and adds softness:
This little nook feels a bit short and almost cramped:
Adding a treatment mounted at the ceiling and a cushion brings the space into proportion and instantly becomes a cozy place to sit and read:
This window has a soffit projecting into the room above it, making installation tricky, as well as visually detracting from the space:
The design solution: use an asymmetrical treatment that brings the eye in to the center of the windows and away from the upper corner:
So what problem windows do you have?? I’m always up for a challenge!