French Door Covering
One of the most often asked questions by homeowners is:
“What type of window coverings would look good on French Doors?”
Have you considered cellular shades for french doors? I don’t know, maybe it’s the idea of having a window on a door that throws most people. And if you think about it, that’s exactly what you have with a french door – a door with windows on it!
But,for whatever reason, this has always been a point that seems to put a lot of people into a decorating dilemma. We’ve completed a number of projects that had French Doors over the last few months and each project was very different. And as you can probably imagine, the end result for each was very unique.
Window Coverings For French Doors
So, we did a quick little video made up of photos from some of these projects. Different ideas with different ends in mind. So if you have French Doors and you’re looking for the perfect window covering, this may give you some ideas of what you can do for your own home. Or maybe just some additional ideas of what you can do for window treatments in general.
Anyway, have a look. And please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
This is a brand new window shade that just came out and I love the versatility ad the huge number of options that make this a great window treatment – even for those “difficult windows”.
Trilight blinds are window shades that have the top-down/bottom-up feature, meaning you can have the shade raise (“bottom-up”) or you can drop the top of the shade down (“top-down”) so you have light coming in from the top and privacy at the bottom.
Have you ever struggled to think of what would be the “perfect” window treatment for a window in your and you were left totally stumped? (If so, don’t feel bad, you’re definitely not alone!)
Most people want to have a window treatment that accomplishes more than one thing. They want it to be functional, such as providing light and privacy controls. Maybe add some color to the room, create an inviting atmosphere, etc. And, of course, they want it to be “unique”. (Not many want their windows to look exactly like their neighbors!)
The problem is that usually they’re trying to think of ONE window covering that will accomplish ALL of their objectives. In most cases, taking that approach will usually mean having to sacrifice something along the way.
Woven Wood Shades
I just installed a Woven Wood Shade in my own bathroom window. Even though the window is frosted, there was still quite a bit of sunlight and heat from the sun coming through the window. So, while blocking out some of that heat in order to save money on my electric bill, I thought I’d add some aesthetics while I was at it. I’m sure that what I’ll save on electricity plus the reduced wear and tear on the air conditioning will pay for the shade. (Ladies, that’s one way to justify to hubby the cost of getting new window treatments!)
I chose to go with a Woven Wood Shade. In case you’re not already familiar with these, Woven Wood Shades (often called just “Woven Woods“) are made of “natural” materials, such as bamboo, reeds, jutes rattan grasses and reeds. They’re a great choice if you’re going after a more “relaxed” look and would like to bring the outdoors inside your home. They’re practical, long-lasting, not very expensive, easy to maintain, plus they really do look nice. Another factor that made this an easy choice is that I already have a woven wood shade in the kitchen, so I thought this would give a more consistent look throughout the house.
In the previous post, I mentioned that we started with Window Treatments For French Doors and added handmade, wooden cornices above each door. Next, we needed to install the window treatments. (Here’s where it really gets interesting!)
We installed a window covering that very few people even know about: “Window Shadings”. This is a very unique window treatment that accomplishes several things. Think of have the privacy and light control of blinds while having the soft texture of sheers along with its ability to blend colors in with the decor of a room. If this sounds like the best of all worlds, that’s because it is!
Window Coverings For French Doors
A great way to decorate a window is to use multiple window treatments that will blend together and create a layered look. I recently did some work on a client’s home and I used this approach and I thought I’d share this process with you. Maybe you can get some ideas to use for your own home.
The home had beautiful wood trim and quite a few doors. My client wanted to highlight the wood trim surrounding the doors but wanted to have a more “finished” look as well as have some type of window treatment that would complement not only the doorways but her entire home.
To the right is a photo of one of the doors before we started.
To start things out, we made cornice boards out of wood and stained them to match the trim around the doors. Cornices were a bid item years ago and they’ve suddenly made a resurgence. Maybe this is because of the renewed interest in curtains and draperies, as they go hand-in-hand very well. Today homes in the Toledo area have quite a lot of wood trim around windows and doorways. Natural wood adds a feeling of warmth to a home and people are doing a lot of remodeling these days. Again, maybe this is a sign of the times, but many people are saving money by staying put and remodeling and making improvements to their existing homes rather than moving.
Anyway, the cornices added a nice touch to the existing architecture. We made the cornices wide enough so that the window treatments would fit underneath and the top rails would be hidden from view. These are just some of the finer points that have to be taken into account before a project like this is started!
Here you can see the cornices installed. In the next phase, we’ll look at how these window treatments for french doors were added to complete the effect.
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Perrysburg Blinds and Shades Sale
If you live in the Perrysburg Ohio area, be on the look out for our promotional fliers because this is a great opportunity to save big! You’ll be able to save money on two of the most popular features on window treatments that people love!
Wood (and Faux Wood) blinds and cellular shades are two of the most popular window treatments for people living in the Toledo area. What feature for blinds do people love? The “cordless lift” system. (As the name implies, there are no cords! Great for homes with children or pets.) And for cellular shades, what feature u do people love? “Top-down/Bottom-up”. (If you’re not familiar with this term, the shades can lower from the top as well as lift up from the bottom. Particularly popular in bedrooms!)
So, with any purchase of a blind, you can get a cordless lift system absolutely free! And with any purchase of a cellular shade, you can get the “top-down/bottom-up” feature absolutely free as well!
Oh, and if you don’t live in Perrysburg, don’t worry. you’re included too! Just download the flier and give me a call. But hurry, this promotion may end soon. So let’s get those rooms taken care of and get those windows covered and get those free features that I know you’re going to love!
Live in the Perrysburg OH area and looking for window treatment ideas? Contact me at Bellagio Window Fashions.
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