Valances For Bay Windows
This bay window project had several different parts. We needed to install cellular shades (“honeycomb shades”). And then make a custom curtain valance that would cover the shades
when the shades were pulled up. We used cordless lift cellular shades. No cords are especially great if you have kids or pets. Cordless shades also provide a clean look without having to contend with cords and trying to tuck them out of sight.
Window Valance In Bay Window
We made a custom valance out of a light fabric. Another factor that had to be considered was the custom on the window seat of the bay window. Everything had to be coordinated. What was challenging about this project (and most involving bay windows) is the tight angles and corners. The shades have to be wide enough to cover the windows but getting the ends of the shades to fit in place on each side is something that can be difficult to do. Adding a valance and having that fit snuggling just adds to the challenge. When a project finally comes together, it’s a great feeling. Cellular shades with a custom valance are a great combination together in a bay window.
Sidelights windows on a front door are fairly common. But this is something that is rather unique: a transom window on the same door!
Front Door Window Blinds
This door needed blinds for two sidelight windows and the transom window above the door. Transom windows can be tricky because they are treated as a window but they are smaller than a typical window. Depending upon the particular blinds, it can be difficult to get the exact size needed to fit the window. And then you have to be concerned with the window depth, especially for sidelight window coverings. Ideally, the transom window should extend (or be recessed) the same amount as the sidelight windows.
To get more information about sidelight window treatments on the front door or sidelight blinds, call Bellagio Window Fashions at 419-381-2700.
Using Fabrics For Window Treatment Ideas
How would you like to create your own “high-end” look for window treatments within your home with some simple ideas? Here are some ideas that will show you how to mix and match different types and styles of drapery fabric and patterns to create your own unique look on a budget.
Use an odd number of patterns (that seems to work best). Use at least three different patterns but feel free to use more. Just keep it as an odd number!
Vary the size of the patterns you use. Mix small-shaped patters with large to create a unique look. Also, vary the amount of patterns you use in each room. The idea is you want “variety” and want to avoid “sameness”.
Keep the “strength” of your colors very similar. Strong, “primary” colors don’t mix well with muted colors for this technique.
Keep The Room Balanced
Try to have your room balance out with your pattern designs. Spread them out in different areas of the room rather than keeping them all in one place. This will create a more balanced feel to your room.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Begin by picking a fabric that has a larger pattern. Make sure it has at least 3 colors. This will give you some ideas for related colors in your project.
- Add pattern, texture and color with items in the room such as pillows, lamps and other decorating accessories.
- Be careful using stark white colors and cream or off-white colors. They can often clash, throwing off your design ideas.
- Consider using printed wallpaper as a way to add more patterns into your room.
- Use contrasts such as mixing prints with florals.
- Be aware of different “tones” or shades of color. Greens, blues and reds each have a wide variety of shades.
There are a lot of different things you can do with fabric on draperies and valances or even sidelight window treatments. See what ideas you can come up with in creating your own “high-end” design. Looking for some window treatment ideas? Contact Bellagio Window Fashions
Silhouette™ Type Window Shades Adds “Chic”
Silhouette™ Window Shadings by “Hunter Douglas™” are a very popular window treatment – and for good reason! They combine the look and texture of fabric with the functionality of a blind. This special shade features sheer fabric material over adjustable vanes giving you the best of all worlds. If you’re a fan of curtains, but would like the privacy and light control of wood blinds (or faux wood blinds), you’ll love this window shade! These are window shadings from a different (but related) manufacturer at a cost that is affordable for almost any budget. And they still come with many options our clients love.
Unfortunately with such a magnificently beautiful window treatment comes a price tag that is out of reach for many homeowners (especially in the Toledo OH market!) If you can afford the price, run with it! If not, there are some alternatives available that can give you a similar look for a lot less money.
Take a look at these Silhouette™ alternatives. These window shadings make great sidelight window treatments for narrow windows.
Are you looking for some great window treatment ideas but you’re on a budget for blinds or window shades for your home? Contact Bellagio Window Fashions.
Contemporary Window Treatments For The Office
Solar Shades (also referred to as “screen shades”) are a popular choice of window treatments for an office. They add a clean, crisp look and they’re available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Solar shades are raised and lowered like any other type of window shade but what makes them unique is that they can allow a certain amount of light through and into a room.
These shades are made of mesh material and the size of the holes in the material determine the amount of light that’s allowed through. The larger the holes and the greater number of mesh holes per inch, the greater the amount of sunlight that passes through. That said, solar shades can be made with “black-out” material so that no light is allow to enter. This makes black-out shades a great choice for media rooms, conference rooms and other areas where videos or media may be played. These features make this a better alternative than cellular shades or honeycomb shades for this environment.
Solar Shades are generally operated (raised and lowered) by way of a beaded cord or steel chain on a pulley system that hangs down from the headrail. This corded loop can be attached to the side of the window to secure it in place.
We recently completed an office project in the Toledo Ohio area. Here are a few photos of some of the shades and a few of the solar shades being installed.
Installation of Headrail of Solar Shades
Solar Shades In Conference Room
Office With Solar Roller Shades
Looking for window treatments for your office? Contact Bellagio Window Fashions in Toledo.
The winter season is the most popular time of year for draperies and curtains. Maybe it’s
because we tend to stay inside more and our attention begins to focus on getting some home decor ideas.
Or perhaps it’s because temperatures are dropping and we’re looking at ways to cover our windows in a way that will keep more of the heat inside our homes to save a few dollars on heating costs. And if you can conserve energy while decorating your windows, so much the better. The heavier the drapery material, the more insulation they’ll provide. If you can add a lining material as well, you’ll save even more.
Window Shadings Are Blinds With Sheers
How would you like the privacy of window blinds combined with the atmosphere created by sheers? That’s exactly what you get with “Window Shadings”!
For window treatment ideas for blinds or shades, contact Bellagio Window Fashions.
Combining Wood Blinds And Woven Wood Shades
This year has seen a lot of new innovations in window treatments. If you’ve been reading this blog, just a few weeks ago you saw the introduction of the Trilight Shade, which is a fantastic shade.
I also recently mentioned how Woven Wood Shades were being used in new ways. And I’m happy to tell you that a completely brand new window treatment has just come onto the decorating scene. I think once you understand what it is and what it can do, you’ll be as excited as I am about this new addition to the family of window coverings.
Woven Reed Blinds combine some of the best features of woven wood blinds along with wood blinds and combine them into one window treatment. These blinds offer the natural, tropical feel of woven wood shades along with the light control and privacy control of wood or faux wood blinds. When they’re tilted open, you have a clear view of the outdoors just as you would with a traditional blind. And when the slats are closed, sunlight filters through the woven bamboo slats to create a warm, cozy feel in the room.
So What Makes These Blinds So Special?
The slats are constructed of genuine bamboo reeds that are woven together into 2-inch wide slats. And you’ll notice that the slats are strong and durable, so they’re sure to maintain their shape. Something that I really like is the fact that each slat is wrapped in such a way so that both sides are covered. This is quality construction that shows through and it’s these type of details that create a “custom” look to your windows.
Woven Wood Window Treatments
Woven Woods seem to be on everyone’s “trendy” list but if you take a closer look, this window shade has a lot more to offer than what you may have heard. In fact, if you’re looking for a window treatment that’s “fashionable”, distinctive and that can blend with almost any decor and almost any type of window, Woven Wood Shades just may be your answer.