Back to discussing window treatments! Window treatments that blend with the walls have a softening effect on a room. Whether it's panels, valances, or shades, treatments of the same color or tone as the walls don't call attention to themselves. Particularly in a light room, I think they have a way of attracting your eye to the view and not stopping your eye at the window.
The space above was a butler's pantry I did in a Showhouse in 2008 here in The Woodlands. This home was located in the Garden District of this area and I wanted to relate it to the gardens outside. You see how the walls and Roman shade blend together to create a soft look and the lush garden is quite apparent. The window treatment doesn't compete with the view.
Here's another project of mine where the sheer panels blend with the walls and envelope of the room, softening the bedroom and not competing with that beautiful view. Your eye looks right through those window treatments.
These beautiful patterned sheers with a rope trim provide a gauzy, romantic softness at the French doors in my recent Showhouse room. They're kind of like an invitation to step out on to the balcony.
There are many other designers who also use this tool very successfully.
Martin Lawrence Bullard - Elle Decor
Ellen O'Neill - House Beautiful
Emily Robison - Elle Decor
Tracery Interiors - House Beautiful
Kate McIntyer and Brad Huntzinger - Traditional Home
Jason Bell - House Beautiful
Ginger Barber - House Beautiful
Frank Delledonne - House Beautiful
In dark rooms, same color window treatments also give a romantic, soft feel. They sort of turn the room in on itself and have a cocooning affect.
Nancy Price - House Beautiful
Alessandra Branca - House Beautiful
David Mann - House Beautiful
This is a great NYC view. Imagine if the designer had used some contrasting, colorful panels at the window instead of the same smoky gray. It would've stopped your eye and not felt nearly as romantic.
Window treatments can add such personality to a room. Next window treatment post will be about pattern at the windows! Have a great weekend everyone. I'm moving my daughter back to her college apartment. Fun!