This summer, I had the very exciting and unique opportunity to work with a very special client in South Orange, New Jersey. Let me say this first – most of my clients have superb taste, but working with this particular client was something special. My new client is an Emmy-nominated set designer who works on sets for tv shows and broadcast news and sports programs. Not only did he and his wife have an excellent eye for design, but they were a complete joy to work with.
Together we came up with window treatments for their entire first floor, including the living room, dining room, kitchen and hallways. The look we went for was comfortably contemporary, with muted neutrals in gray, creams and blues. The end result is clean, beautiful, and completely liveable.
For the living room, we needed to address privacy and light control concerns on both the windows and the French doors that flank the fireplace. We used sheer white roman shades for the windows over the couch to gently filter in light while keeping the room nice and bright. To differentiate the french doors, we used cheerful blue striped roman shades to add a pop of color on the neutral wall. A set of simple drapery panels in muted gray/blue fabric, and pillows in the same fabric as the blue roman shades completed the look.
We wanted to maintain the feel of the living room in the adjacent dining room to keep the house feeling “open” and connected. We used the same style and color scheme for the drapery panels but used a more elaborately patterned fabric for a more formal look. The same white roman shades from the living room finish off the space, providing light control during the day and privacy from the street at night.
This kitchen already had beautiful bones, but with the stainless steel, slick granite and shiny hardwood floors, we definitely needed to add some softness and curves. Contemporary charcoal gray paisley shades give this neutral kitchen’s windows a punch of whimsy, pattern and personality. The flat roman shade style adds just enough softness without interfering with the room’s contemporary lines.
A simple taupe honeycomb shade provides an elegant, functional solution to sometimes tricky french door coverage. This semi-sheer shade is opaque enough for nighttime privacy, and sheer enough for daytime light filtering.
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