SUMMER HOME DESIGN

Published in the Orlando Sentinel

Curtain call

 

Give your windows the star treatment.


Denise Bates Enos | Special to the Sentinel
Posted June 3, 2007

 

Those fabric-damaging, rug-fading rays of the sun make window treatments a critical decor element in the Sunshine State. Here, treatments must not only be stylish, they also need to have enough substance to keep daylight from wreaking havoc on our interiors.

So, what are the best smart and chic options for our sunny climes? They run the gamut from natural materials to manmade innovations, soft fabrics and solid options.

High fashion

Today's window treatments are keeping true to the home-decor trend of furnishings following fashion.

"Couture detailing is the big thing in window fashions," says designer Susan P. Berry of Classical Home Design in Maitland. "Window fashions are starting to take on some of the details you'd see on a couture gown."

Dressmaker pleats, crisp tailoring, intricate beading and embroidery, flocking and other high-fashion elements are now found in window treatments, often accented with rich fringes, tassels, wired ribbon and other opulent touches. "The trim is sometimes more important than the fabric," Berry says.

These ornamental valances and window panels are frequently complemented by delicate sheers. But "these aren't your grandma's sheers anymore," Berry says. "They have great embroidery and details like iridescent threads imbedded in the fiber and ribbon like treatments; they're gorgeous and diffuse the light beautifully."

If your tastes are more ready-to-wear than haute couture, there are plenty of less elaborate yet stylish options available.

Shutter exposures

Given their sun-shielding, privacy-yielding qualities coupled with timeless good looks, shutters are a natural choice for Florida. Many consumers are opting for manmade resin- or polymer-based shutters over wooden ones, which can be prone to fading or warping and, if painted, will require repainting over time.

But for those who prefer the real thing, wood shutters can be painted or stained just about any color you choose. Weathered, antiqued, crackle-finish and other paint techniques also can be employed for a unique, textured look.

For Palladian windows, many shutter companies offer a fan-shaped shutter insert to shield the arched portion of the window, or you might opt to leave that part of the window bare if glare isn't an issue.

Shutters also might be topped by a wood or fabric valance, or use a decorative drapery rod hung with fabric panels for a softer look.

Flying blind

Matchstick, slat, woven, cellular, vertical -- there are plenty of blind choices in an almost endless selection of colors, finishes and fabrications. Select a material and style that both complements your decor and provides the level of light-filtering and privacy the room requires.

Layer blinds with other window treatment options for added dimension, or let them stand alone for streamlined appeal. Or, try a mix of verticals and regular blinds on a single window -- a horizontal blind at the center flanked by verticals, for example -- for visual complexity.

Wider than the standard vertical -- panels can measure 2 to 3 feet wide -- panel-track shades offer another option. Available in a rainbow of colors and a plethora of patterns, these shades can be opened or closed to a variety of degrees for different levels of light and privacy.

Made in the shade

Roll shades offer versatility and decorative impact. When they're rolled down, the edge (straight, scalloped or fringed, for example), hardware and fabric are on display. And when they're rolled up, they practically disappear. Top the window with a valance, and the shades can be rolled out of sight. Like shutters and blinds, shades also may be layered with other window treatments.

Sheer and lacy, rugged and textured, silky and sophisticated, these clever chameleons can set the tone of a room while either gently filtering light or blocking it out, depending on the type of material and backing selected. Berry notes that many consumers are opting for thermal blackout backing on all types of window treatments, both for its light-blocking qualities as well as its ability to shut out heat.

"It also helps the fabric last longer," she says.

No matter what type of window treatment you choose, "It's all about the details," Berry says. "Look for elements that catch the light and cast shadows; it makes the windows much more interesting to look at."



Denise Bates Enos is a freelance writer in Orlando.

Susan Berry Design of Classical Home Design, showcases stunning details of draperies in spectacular Celebrity Dream Homes.  These aren't the curtains we grew up with!

Window treatments are the crown finishing touch in softening a room and providing light and sound control.

Susan Berry Design starts each project by combining beautiful fabrics in a color board presentation.

Featured draperies are in homes in Celebration, Florida and the Street of Dreams Mansions at Bella Collina, and Lake Butler Sound.

In this Classical Georgian home, we created acoustical sound absorption though swaged blue damask drapery panels in the home theater area. 28" long tassels were hand crafted from silk threads selected to match the fabrics.

The silver leaf bedroom drapery rod supports couture detailed designer pleats with Swarovski crystals.  The pillow features pearls hand sewn to white silk bolster and a custom matched silk thread and pearl button.

The Powder Bath draperies feature a custom matched silk and crystal tie back.

The Texas Hold-em Poker Room features Wild West Saloon-style silk embroidered burgundy drapes with golden crepe sheers for privacy.

Graceful Schonbek Crystal Chandeliers with custom blue velvet ropes grace the wrought iron stair tower and grand room.

Hand-carved Mahogany fluted rods and tailored buttons highlight the gold and blue damask drapes.

The 2007 Street of Dreams home, located in the Bella Collina, Florida Ginn Tuscan Equestrian community, features classically designed silk swags, jabots, and Austrians.  Colors play off of the Calcutta Gold, Carrara, Rojo, Nero, Giallo Marble floors, and honey onyx bath details.

The French Villa Home showcases Roman shades that soften the wood paneled Library.

The 26' high Contemporary living room windows filter the sun light through white flowing sheers styled after a Miami South Beach Night Club.

The 2004 multiple award winning Street of Dreams Home in Lake Butler Sound features outdoor draperies at the Summer Kitchen. Amber glass cabershams in the wrought iron stair cast light shadows on the walls and California Slate floors.

Color boards are designed to reflect the individual Client's taste and desire.

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