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Help! Paid a small fortune for window treatments that I don't like
erikagp
January 27, 2013 in Design Dilemma
The fabric across the top on my window treatments does not work with the color on the walls. During the day, the way the light comes in the room, makes the fabric look as if it were dirty and covered in dust, and you can hardly see the pattern. It looked good on the pillows (right) bug not on the walls. I love the blue and gold fabric on the pillows, the chairs on the kitchen are covered with the same fabric, and they are clearly visible from the family room. Can someone recommend another fabric that would work? I am also open to changing the color on the walls. Any help is greatly appreciated. I wish I had found this site before!!!
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erikagp
For some reason the picture with the pillows didn't post, here it is
January 27, 2013 at 11:49am     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
If you are seeing daylight through the floral part of the window treatment which makes it look different from the pillows, then it's because whoever ordered the treatment for you did not specify lining the top treatment with blackout lining. I suggest you explain the situation to this person and ask that she take responsibility for replacing the lining with one that does not allow daylight to show through.
January 27, 2013 at 12:09pm     
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mmilos
Agree with Carolyn. Think it looks good in your picture. Have them add blackout lining.
January 27, 2013 at 12:16pm     
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Judit
I think it's cool, looks posh! And imagined these cream sofas in there :)
January 27, 2013 at 12:21pm     
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michigammemom
I don't mind the wall color with your window treatments. You might feel like the valance looks dingy because of the contrast with the ultra white blinds.
January 27, 2013 at 12:25pm     
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erikagp
Hi and thanks for replying, the valance is lined, so no light comes through it. This picture was taken at night, which is the only time you can actually see the valance. during the day, it looks like a mass of light brown with spots on it :-)
January 27, 2013 at 12:31pm   
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kingsfield
I like the window treatments with the wall color. I also think the blinds are too white for the drapes. Could you post a picture of the blinds pulled up?
January 27, 2013 at 12:31pm     
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erikagp
I see what you mean with about the ultra light blinds, do you recommend replacing those instead of changing the wall color?
January 27, 2013 at 12:34pm     
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erikagp
I tried taking a picture with the blinds pulled up, but with so much daylight you can't see much. I will take one tonight
January 27, 2013 at 12:39pm   
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txlal
I don't think that its the fabric-----its the style of valance !! very dated, quite "formal" but does go with wood furniture......upholstered pieces appear more causual. So my suggestion is to decide on what "style"/"look" you are going for...........If formal, perhaps remove mid tassell on valance. If you want a more relaxed look-----ditch the valance completely and accent with existing pillow and bring in more blue !!
Good Luck !
January 27, 2013 at 12:43pm     
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erikagp

what do you all about these window treatments?
January 27, 2013 at 12:44pm   
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Creations Nadia Interior Design
i would get rid off the valance and keep the pannels - put them on decorative rods(since you already in the minus $), or fix your pannels as it shows on the pic just not as far apart.
January 27, 2013 at 12:46pm     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I have no doubt that your valances are lined, but if you are seeing light coming through them in the daytime, then the lining is not blackout lining.
January 27, 2013 at 12:47pm     
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Genevieve
You could try reversing the furniture to begin with . Window treatments are expensive and if you have just had them done try to work with them for a bit introduce more colours to the room .Can you pull those panels to cover the windows or are they stationary?
January 27, 2013 at 12:48pm     
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Creations Nadia Interior Design
PS: i have a recycling idea for you - reupholster the upper part of the ottoman from the valance fabric:)))
January 27, 2013 at 12:49pm     
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erikagp
Hi txlal! When you say accent with existing pillow, do you mean on the furniture? Or should I add more blue to the window treatments?
January 27, 2013 at 12:51pm     
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erikagp
That is a great idea!
January 27, 2013 at 1:46pm   
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erikagp
Hi Genevieve, The panels are stationary. I am open to introducing more colors, what do you suggest for the furniture?
January 27, 2013 at 1:51pm   
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Creations Nadia Interior Design
you have double height windows - why not to make curtains longer?
January 27, 2013 at 2:28pm     
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lessismoore
I "think" your problem with the valances is that they are "gathered" so the design, which is fairly large, doesn't read well for you any more (as it does in the pillow). Ideally I wish you could have a more subtle valance there (smaller print) with less contrast to the drapes, but that still has some light colors to tie into your walls/white shades. Hope the picture posts ...
January 27, 2013 at 3:10pm   
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eoakes
Use the valance fabric for something else in the room, like the ottoman. I feel like the pattern just isn't working up there.
January 27, 2013 at 3:15pm     
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Madi
Stick with a solid pattern for window treatments. The dark blue in the pillow wouldn't let as much light through.
January 27, 2013 at 3:19pm   
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Blinds Direct Canada
I would take down the Valance and just put up a Decorative rod that curves with the window . I would keep the panel they look great it will look alot more modern with out the valance.
http://www.blindsdirectcanada.com/drapery-toronto/drapery-hardware.html
January 27, 2013 at 3:52pm     
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Aja Mazin
Look at the patterned pillow on the floor.

Blackout fabric will not solve your problem.

The carpet and wall colours do not work with lovely red pattern on white.

Either change the valance or change the wall colour and carpet.

And the red strips in the valance do not seem to match the colour of the curtains and the red in the valence clashes with the panels,

[this should be an easy decision.]

We pay so called "pros " to avoid these mistakes.
January 27, 2013 at 4:14pm     
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Aja Mazin
"I see what you mean with about the ultra light blinds, do you recommend replacing those instead of changing the wall color?"

No.

The valances simply do not coordinate with the panels.
January 27, 2013 at 4:23pm     
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Genevieve
I would get a couple chairs and cover them t with the same fabric used for the valance set them on fron of the windows and rearange the rest of the furniture ,use green and turquoise those are the colours that you have in the fabric ,a tall glass vase for example set on a table or even a lamp would do the trick http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=59154796
January 27, 2013 at 4:58pm     
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Genevieve
I like things that are a bit different then everyone elses so I found this lamp for you . http://www.lightinthebox.com/Aegean-Sea-Style-Blue-Glass-3-light-Zinc-Alloy-Table-Lamp-0925-T9874-_p115361.html


About something like this one http://www.furniturestorenc.com/Item_Riverview_Galleries_-2108396800~731532+534+533+541.aspx




Oh! furniture I will see what I can find :)
January 27, 2013 at 5:03pm     
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erikagp
So many great ideas! Here is The picture that someone requested with all the blinds pulled up. Also, I do have one chair with the same fabric...do I just get rid of the big couch by the window?
January 27, 2013 at 5:43pm     
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Genevieve
Perfect
January 27, 2013 at 5:46pm   
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erikagp
Hi Nadia, I thought about getting longer panels but the rest of the family voted against it :-) I am sold on the idea of removing the balance, and as many pf you suggested, I can use the fabric on some of the furniture. I really like the picture in the left you posted with the green panels, I am thinking on doing the shorter version.
January 27, 2013 at 5:55pm   
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Creations Nadia Interior Design
ok! the back of the chairs ARE the same fabric as the valance, so - ottoman has to be in a light solid colour, recycling idea is no longer working:))
January 27, 2013 at 5:56pm   
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erikagp
As I was getting excited about buying the blue lamp, I noticed that is out of stock! I will be on the lookout for something similar
January 27, 2013 at 5:59pm   
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erikagp
Oh no! Is it too much of the same fabric? Why does it not work on the ottoman?
January 27, 2013 at 6:00pm   
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Creations Nadia Interior Design
Hi Erika! then you can use the printed fabric to make about 12' long stripe on the top ov the pannels,look carofully @ the pic how it's made. the tieback holders are not that costly,so you won't spend too much. and i also posted a message about ottoman,:)))
January 27, 2013 at 6:04pm     
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Genevieve
since the seat of the chair isn't the same as the back and depending on the shape of the ottoman I would choose a plain fabric for it .
January 27, 2013 at 6:05pm     
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erikagp
Another view of the room
January 27, 2013 at 6:08pm     
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Creations Nadia Interior Design
Yes Dear! Cushions, back of the chairs plus ottoman - way too much!
January 27, 2013 at 6:08pm     
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
I'm with Carolyn - have the lining changed to black out.

How do you feel about the walls this colour
January 27, 2013 at 6:13pm     
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Creations Nadia Interior Design
i would make a seat of that chair with printed fabric as well:))
January 27, 2013 at 6:15pm     
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erikagp
Nadia would you post the picture again? The first one Is not very clear
January 27, 2013 at 6:22pm   
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erikagp
Carolyn, I love it! But my husband is dead set against red on the walls, I actually have two niches painted red but that's all I could get away with :-)
January 27, 2013 at 6:26pm   
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i'm not @ the desk top right now , can it wait untill tomorrow. it maden as a sleeve cuff ,so you can use the same fabric or printed,
January 27, 2013 at 6:32pm     
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Agree, or at least the large toss cushions.
January 27, 2013 at 6:33pm   
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Show him what a difference it makes. It makes the draperies look less imposing and also takes your eye up so you take advantage of the height. I know, men can be soooo difficult :-)
January 27, 2013 at 6:36pm     
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Creations Nadia Interior Design
more red?????
January 27, 2013 at 6:39pm   
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Consider two chairs in the window with the table in between. In a complimentary fabric, but not the same. Can the big chair and ottoman go anywhere else in the room?
January 27, 2013 at 6:45pm     
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
If the panels and valance are staying I'd consider it and then two chairs in a different fabric that co-ordinates with what's there. It all depends on what's staying and what's going. I understood that there was a big cost with the draperies and was trying to suggest a way to tie the room together without going into the expense of more draperies.
January 27, 2013 at 6:49pm   
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Leona N
Wow...with the walls painted red, you could keep the valances....what a difference!
January 27, 2013 at 7:39pm   
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erika123456
What do you think about using the pattern fabric on the bottom half of the pannels (and remove the valance, of course)
January 28, 2013 at 7:55am   
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Genevieve
I like it the way you have it now ,if you took the valance down there will always be something missing on top Put the large sofa on front of the window , try to place thos chairs by the window. this way the pattern will blend with the panels
January 28, 2013 at 8:11am   
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here is that pic
January 28, 2013 at 8:20am     
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i would not use the pattern fabric on the bottom
January 28, 2013 at 8:35am     
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Genevieve
I like the picture with only the panels but this means adding more fabric to the ones already in place unless they are long enough to obtain that look , this all depends on the budget but if money isn't the issue go with just plain panels .
January 28, 2013 at 8:40am     
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Barbara Griffith Designs
Keep the drapes, ditch the valances. I think her description of the light and the dingy valances is not about the light coming through the valances, but with the amount of light that comes into the room note there are also open transoms over these windows so the light is so intense that you cannot see the valances not matter what the material. If you feel the light is too intense..you can always have a film such as Vista Film applied to the window..problem solved. We have all seen this. Now back to the drapes..Hang drapes on continuous rod, drapes hand straight down..keep it simple. I would not use the valances anywhere else..The fabric in the pillows is much more interesting. Add additional pillows, larger and cover the chair with the pillow fabric completely. OR a large patterned rug..that would be my choice.
January 28, 2013 at 8:43am     
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Aja Mazin
The colours in the valance do not go with the colour of the panels.

What was the designer thinking.?

The window treatment looks like a Christmas decoration.

I would be having a little chat with the designer.
January 28, 2013 at 9:00am     
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Genevieve
On the contrary , there is red in the floral fabric ,the designer chose the strongest colour and made the panels according to it .
January 28, 2013 at 9:06am   
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Aja Mazin
Looking at the window treatment makes me want to sing Christmas Carols.

The reds do not match!

After placing the order, I am guessing the dye lots changed big time.

Your decorator should have caught it and changed it before it was delivered to you.

No!

Do not try to "make it work."!

We do not have to go through this when we have paid our good money for an expensive window treatment.
January 28, 2013 at 9:10am   
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Jayme H.
I think the valance is not that great looking and does not add to the room, is too distracting...I would keep the panels and get rid of it.
January 28, 2013 at 9:19am     
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thank you Barbara!!!
January 28, 2013 at 9:19am   
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nycowboy
Wish my living room looked that nice...
January 28, 2013 at 9:23am   
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Nancy Hehmann
If you like the valances, I think the picture without the blinds looks very nice. I would just get a darker color blind or do away with them (if you don't need them for privacy. Can the drapes be closed at night?
January 28, 2013 at 9:32am   
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alisonheppell
Plain red ,matching ,onthe valance would be more elegant
January 28, 2013 at 9:32am   
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Genevieve
Why are you yelling ? This fabric was chosen by the owner first of all , to me this means that she must have liked it and agreed on the design . My suggestion to "make it work" was strictly because the title read "Paid a small fortune" this kept me from suggesting to remove the valance in the first place . Again if money isn't the issue opt for just the panels . The colour of the sofa should compliment the fabric used if not find one that does.
January 28, 2013 at 9:36am     
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erika123456
Oh my.....didn't mean to start an argument :-) I appreciate all the responses and the great suggestions.. Right now I am at work and can't look at all the postings, but it will be the first thing I do when I get home....can't wait.
January 28, 2013 at 9:40am   
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msrn
OK, I'm not a designer but I have a suggestion: Since the shades don't work, why not switch them out with the same woven wood blinds from the connecting room ( as seen in your second set of photos). It will give the room a more comfortable and casual vibe, especially if they need to be used during the day. Plus there will be more continuity between rooms. Just a thought...
January 28, 2013 at 9:57am   
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