Just when you think you've had enough of a certain product, you’ve seen it used a thousand times, you've seen it used so much that you don't even see it anymore...
All of a sudden you view it in an entirely new light.
This happens a lot in design. Just when we begin to associate one particular design element or product with the way it is typically used (or overused) it suddenly, out of nowhere, discovers a situation where it becomes the PERFECT solution for a design.
You know...that special element or product that serves as a design's perfect solution when nothing else will do; when it becomes the main attraction in the room; when it morphs from being the knee-jerk product to install to being a real design element that makes a statement, pulls everything together, and enhances and reinforces the design.
Yes, these perfect design solutions often do manifest themselves when they're least expected.
One such product that will do just that: wood blinds.
Installed in so many houses as an upgrade from mini-blinds, we’ve seen this product over and over again. We can dress them up with drapery panels or valances, but underneath...the wood blinds are still there. There is nothing new here. We know all about wood blinds. Right?
Let's take a look at some special projects where wood blinds make a statement...
Where they command attention; where they're not only the most appropriate window treatment for the design but one of the most eye-catching features in the room.
I love how the warm wood blinds contrast with the white trim here. It adds a rustic touch to this cabin in the woods and fills the wall with contrast and texture.
Here, the linear quality of the white wood blinds highlight the window that wraps the corner of the room. Broken up with vertical elements it would not have been seen as such a large, expansive window, or created such an inviting work area.
The wood finish on the blinds in this bedroom repeats the wood finish used elsewhere in the room, reinforcing the design and cottage style look. They create a nice departure and contrast from the softness of the wallpaper color and pattern.
And here, in Michael Kors’ apartment designed by Glenn Gissler, wood blinds provide the pattern and contrast on the walls. It's the perfect choice.
I like the repetition of the vertical paneling that's done horizontally with these wood blinds. Their chunkiness works well with the style of this bathroom.
I love how the wood blinds meld into the mouldings here, making those windows more grand and important in the room.
And, finally, wood blinds were the perfect choice for this home office designed for “The Tailored Man”.
Wouldn’t you agree?