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Need help with corner window seat

eudaimoniaDecember 28, 2012
Our master bedroom has a corner window seat, and I need help designing it. I'm not sure what sort of pattern would work best. Our walls are Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue, and there are accents of tan (like the curtains), white, cream, and grayish blue. I'm also not sure if I should keep the blinds or do bamboo shades. Thanks!
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A. Peltier Interiors
bamboo shades would look great although I dont think it is necessary. It would also look nice to add a custom cushion to the seat. a fabric will just soften up the corner and maybe a small throw pillow. the drapes look great though.
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 9:55AM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
I think that your drapes cut the corner of the room off and would make it look smaller. I would remove them, particularly since all of the hardware showing is not usable. I would do something simple such as the attached shades but in your colors.

I would have a seat made for the corner seat and some pillows. Tie all of the fabrics together complimenting what you already have.

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2 Likes    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 10:09AM
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Interiors International, Inc.
Loose the drapes. The shades are fine. Have cushion made for seat in a solid and mix colorful throw pillows in multiple patterns
1 Like    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 10:12AM
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Welcome Home designs
I agree that the blinds you have are fine. Definitely add a custom cushion to turn this corner into a seating area. It gives your corner a function. I would look for ways to add pattern and texture - either in the cushion fabric or throw pillows or even in your drapes. Enjoy!

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1 Like    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 10:30AM
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i would do plantation shutters and put some beautiful potted plants in that seat area!
2 Likes    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 10:47AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I agree with mpoulsom that shutters would be great. And I wouldn't feel compelled to put a cushion in the window. A stack of cocktail table books would be nice, along with perhaps a candelabra.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 10:54AM
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If it were in a kitchen I'd think #1 would be great, but for a master, maybe something more refined. I'd think about having a mirror custom cut for it and setting a wonderful asparagus or maidenhair fern, orchid or other favorite plant on it to be doubled by the reflection. The curtain rods certainly seem redundant. Consider a fabric cornice over plantation shutters.
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    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 11:42AM
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JMittman Designs
I can't see what is going on in the corner--do you have two finials butting each other? Or is there a corner elbow there? It just looks a little busy. But it sounds like the curtains are staying? This window seat is unusual. Is there storage under it? Do you have another picture showing all of the draperies?
I would rather see a continuous valance--meeting in the corner--I don't like seeing the tops of shade hardware alone. Then a couple toss pillows and a textured throw. Cushions are great, but I wouldn't spend the money on a custom cushion you won't actually sit on. :)
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 12:14PM
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I agree that the panels overwhelm that corner. Some beautiful plantation shutters and a lush plant would look beautiful. Accordining to this article a plant in the bedroom improves air quality :>)
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    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 12:20PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Yes, Judy is right, a plant would be fine there, and with plenty of light from the windows!
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 6:42PM
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Lauren Jacobsen Interior Design
Keep the white blinds. I would change out the drapes with a soft print in blue, white and tan. The, on the window seat make a triangular bench cushion and accent with 3 different sized accent pillows. Go to John Robshaw for prints-small print on the seat cushion, largest scale print on the drapes. Your palette: indigo blue, light blue, brown, white. For more tips on design you can go to my website and read my blog: Lauren's Style Library
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 7:38PM
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Kevin Neel
as they are, your curtains are too long to even close to the corner (they'll hit the seat), but surely you know that. definitely add a custom cushion and an accent pillow, but the panels look fine, just hemmed shorter.
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 9:48PM
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Peg Silverwood
Shutters would be beautiful. Instead of using it as seating. How about two large Candle sticks and some beautiful books layered. Take the drapes down and add a chair to the right of the window. Something in a smaller scale.
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 11:04PM
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