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Window treatment ideas for room of windows??
cmcole1121
February 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I have a small tv room with 3 walls of windows and need some advice about window treatments (style, colors, brands). The room is painted BM Wythe Blue and the sofa will be brown/taupe (chaise sectional). Room doesn't get a ton of light so keeping out sun isn't priority - priority is privacy. Attached are pics of room - any help would be great!
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Padma Iyer
What a beautiful blue. Do you like the idea of sheers? I am talking ones that have a print on them. There are some very sweet ones from West Elm. You could hang them right below the crown molding and let them touch the floor. You may consider using a rod that projects a few inches extra from the wall so that there is a gap for the furnace/ac.
February 4, 2013 at 6:35PM     
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Engrav's Decorating
For privacy and light you might want to consider the top/down bottom up controls. Right now this a free upgrade from Graber and Comfortex on their cellular blinds. You can bring the blinds down from the top so you have privacy where it counts and light coming in through the top. With three walls of windows and the room being small, these blinds will not shrink your room. Get them in white and blend them with your painted woodwork and they practically disappear.
February 4, 2013 at 7:42PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I'd select brown 2" wood blinds to pick up the color of the sofa. Or you can match the white trim. I like wood blinds for the flexibility they give you in light and privacy control.
February 4, 2013 at 7:45PM   
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Blinds Direct Canada
Shutters with a split tilt bar would be a great option for the windows. I would stay away from any other wood or fauxwood type blinds they can get very heavy on such large windows.
http://www.blindsdirectcanada.com/shutters-toronto/pvc-polysatin-shutters.html
February 5, 2013 at 2:09PM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Wood blinds are only heavy if you lift them frequently. A lot of people use the tilt mechanism and that's all.
February 5, 2013 at 2:15PM   
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joanbllt
Try the top down/bottom up cellular blinds in the same color family as the woodwork. They can serve for privacy while admitting light. The second benefit (noting the heater below) is that they will insulate the windows from extremes of cold and heat.
February 5, 2013 at 4:00PM     
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decoenthusiaste
Top dow/bottom up in any type would be my choice.
February 5, 2013 at 4:06PM   
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anitantim
What color is the paint? We have a darker Portland Blue accolade paint and I find that too strong and looking for a lighter shade.
February 5, 2013 at 4:06PM   
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Thomas Wakeman
what about plantation shutters that only go half way or 2/3 up the windows, this creates a nice private feel, without blocking out any light from the upper half of the windows
February 5, 2013 at 4:18PM     
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cmcole1121
Thanks everyone. I like the idea of top down/bottom up style. Is it possible to get those shades that would fit whole window or would they need to be per section?

Also What about roman shades? Would those work?

@anitantim the color is Wythe Blue from Benjamin Moore. It really is pretty - blue/green.
February 5, 2013 at 5:49PM   
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Engrav's Decorating
Most cellular blinds will go as wide as 120 inches so you can check to see if that would work for you.
They can get heavy that wide in which case the company might require you to have what they call a continuous cord.

You can also get three shades on one headrail which works well too.
February 5, 2013 at 6:11PM     
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Engrav's Decorating
Check out Graber and Comfortex brands for the FREE top down/bottom up UPGRADE.
February 5, 2013 at 6:12PM   
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Julie Thome Draperies, Inc.
Christine, roman shades would work, either fabric or woven shades. You could do one woven for the entire width of the window and a fabric one as well, or 3 fabric ones side by side, all outside mount.
February 5, 2013 at 6:15PM   
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cmcole1121
I'm thinking I need to do a shade that is somewhat sheer so as not to shrink the room. I've attached an updated pic of room with new sofa to see if anyone has ideas about colors/styles.
Does anyone have experience with Hunter Douglas silhouette shades? I think something like that would work well - thoughts? Ps the room size is small (133 in x 113). Also any ideas about rugs?
February 6, 2013 at 2:38PM     
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Julie Thome Draperies, Inc.
I've recently installed Hunter Douglas sheer duette shades...very pretty. The fabric in the shade was HD D8, I think if you can navigate their site you can see the fabrics available. D8 is the sheerest fabric they do in the Duette.
February 6, 2013 at 2:42PM   
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mssnell
I have Hunter Douglas cellular, and love them but the silhouette shades are gorgeous.
February 6, 2013 at 3:03PM   
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cmcole1121
I'm looking for ideas for accent colors in this very small room, specifically with windows, pillows, maybe a small rug, and a throw. There isn't much room for anything else. The paint is BM Wythe blue.

I still need to tackle the window issue - plan on enlisting professional help with this. We have a temporary curtain up on one side for privacy as our neighbors driveway is very close on that side.
December 20, 2013 at 12:59PM   
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cmcole1121
What do people think of either of these accent pillows for TV room sofa. The walls are BM Wythe Blue and sofa is brown. Need to still determine window treatments, throw, and maybe a rug but I'm looking to bring some color to sofa and thought these pillows might work. Thoughts?
January 6, 2014 at 9:20PM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I very much like the soft colors in the pillow below and suggest two of these plus a solid pillow in the wall color.

January 7, 2014 at 6:32AM     
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cmcole1121
Carolyn thanks - that is a beautiful pillow. So you think the softer colors would work better than the more colorful pillows I posted. I think I agree. If I were to go with these and the solid pillows what color throw would you suggest?
January 7, 2014 at 9:38AM   
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Decor Team
Since your furniture is so close to the windows I would not recommend drapes, but a roman shade. This is a photo of some roman panels that we had previously done: Apartment 918 . A nice patterned fabric for the panels with some custom accent pillows would really pull your living room together. Harlequin Fabric . I feel like this pattern would be nice, but take a look through fabric books and find something that you love.
January 7, 2014 at 10:58AM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
The green from the pillows would be good for a throw, or off white.
January 7, 2014 at 11:02AM     
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Ramona
Hunter Douglas silhouette are absolutely beautiful, but your room screams for top down shades. You will love sitting in there and being able to see trees and sky with complete privacy.
January 7, 2014 at 11:13AM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
With so much view of the outdoors, I might prefer a seagrass rug.

January 7, 2014 at 11:45AM     
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cmcole1121
Thanks all. I appreciate input and think I'm leaning towards Carolyn's ideas of the more subtle rug and pillows. The color of the walls in the room is so pretty and that along with all the windows should be the focal point (not the rug or pillows). I like the more neutral rug, especially since so little of it would be exposed.
I am definitely going to do some kind of shade in this room. I will consult an expert to help me as the windows are large and also I need to keep lighter in order to keep from having room shrink on me when closed. Love the ideas so far :-).
January 7, 2014 at 3:28PM     
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cmcole1121
hi again - so what do you all think about either of these 2 pillows and the attached throw for the sofa? Carolyn had suggested 2 patterned and then solid. i do like the softer look, any thoughts?
January 22, 2014 at 8:36PM     
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Kathleen Jamison
Now days I think the heavy blinds can work with remote control.
Ben Moore has new paint collection similar to the historical collection. It is the Williamsburg collection. Wythe blue is part of
this. I fell in love and as soon as I saw collection called the painters. Used Green Umber and Nelson Blue.
January 22, 2014 at 8:53PM   
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Kathleen Jamison
Cmcole the HD silhouette blinds come hundreds of ways. Plan a time when you can talk with a rep..there is lots to learn. I was along with my daughter when she was make this decision a window coverings in the end the simple white silhouette work work the guest bedroom. But oh boy where there choices.
January 22, 2014 at 8:59PM   
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Tres McKinney Design
Plantation shutters with 3" blades painted white to match the trim.
January 22, 2014 at 9:30PM   
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cmcole1121
Did anyone have any thoughts on the pillow options & throw I posted? These would be to accent the brown sofa in the blue/green room (with lots of windows). I look forward to comments.
Thanks for the window ideas.
January 23, 2014 at 8:47AM   
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cmcole1121
Hi again - I'm wondering about the pillows attached. I found this solid one that I thought would work against wall color and am still between the 2 printed pillows, thoughts? I think I like the one with the medallion better. Also I found this ivory throw.
January 24, 2014 at 9:11PM     
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cmcole1121
I ordered the PB pillow cover and really do like it - the color works great in room and against sofa. However I didn't realize how big it was before I ordered. The pillow is 24" square - which feels huge. What do u think on size and colors? I still have the cover in the plastic just in case....
January 30, 2014 at 7:23AM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
The colors work very well, but I agree with you that 24" is too big unless you used 2 or 3 of them as floor pillows. Do they offer the same fabric in a smaller size?
January 30, 2014 at 7:30AM   
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cmcole1121
Thanks Carolyn - no it's such a bummer, these are the only size! I love the colors. Maybe I'll keep looking.
February 3, 2014 at 9:16PM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Have you looked at Etsy and West Elm?
February 4, 2014 at 5:42AM   
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jlkayton
You could absolutely go with a roman shade. Try fabric.com and if you want to add color, look for a pattern that you love. A chevron color may work nicely in there - for a modern look. A bamboo shade would make for a simple, more neutral shade. Or you can go safe and do a white roman shade with a ribbon trim down the sides. I don't think you can make any mistakes in that room.
February 5, 2014 at 7:24AM     
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cmcole1121
Carolyn - thanks I have looked at west elm and am not sure if anything there would work, I'll look again. I definitely need to check out Etsy as I have had luck there in the past with pillows. What color would you say I'm trying to match (similar to wall color). I always am confused is it teal, aqua etc (blue /green)??

Jlkayton - thanks so much. I like your ideas. Funny that even though my initial dilemma was about the windows I seem to be focusing on everything else for now :-). I will keep in mind once I am ready to tackle.
February 5, 2014 at 9:05PM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
On etsy, I really admire the pillows from Marthat and Ash. If you can't find anything you like, I suggest you have the PB pillows cut down to the size you want.
February 6, 2014 at 10:16AM     
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Jeffrey Brooks Interior Design
Hi, Jumping in here...........having looked at the pictures of your room I have a couple of thoughts for you in regard to window coverings. Shutters are an obvious choice but you might want something different or more budget sensitive. (If you do elect to use shutters, it might be cool to install from the middle of the window to the floor in those locations where you'd like to hide the radiators. The idea would be to make the room look like it is wrapped in shutters) Shades like woven natural or match stick style can give you privacy and add some natural texture to your room. By installing "bottom-up" shades you can adjust the top to expose some sky and foliage and screen off the view of your neighbor's.
You might like to add a few drapery panels to give the room more height. Using a not-too-busy-but-colorful fabric at strategic locations will become visual "columns" to draw the eye from floor to ceiling, accentuating the height.
February 6, 2014 at 10:31AM     
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Specialty Doors
I think a roller shade is best, the type used in mid century home designs. I have them on my sliding doors at home and plantation shutters on the other windows. Great combo!
February 6, 2014 at 10:45AM     
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Rebecca Hite Real Estate, Huntington Properties
Because of the width of the windows, I suggest a top-up-bottm-down shade. They are super easy to use and offer versatile options of opening them. They come in all kinds of colors, too!
February 6, 2014 at 10:56AM     
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cmcole1121
What about these pillow options? I bought an ivory throw from West Elm for the couch too. I'd appreciate any thoughts on these pillows (or others).
February 7, 2014 at 7:52PM   
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ahostler
I like the first one, second is kind of dressy I love it but dressy
The 3rd one is more southwestern to me..
February 7, 2014 at 8:39PM     
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Nancy Sanford, Inc.
Sliding panels on a track would be a nice solution. If you care to check them out at theshadestore.com Good Luck.
February 7, 2014 at 8:45PM     
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DeCristo Design
Looks like the windows slide so I would suggest hunter Douglas luminette. The sister to silhouette only vertical. Offers privacy still allows soft light in the room . Stick with hunter Douglas products least problems and innovative products
February 7, 2014 at 8:53PM     
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cmcole1121
What are thoughts on attached pillows for my sofa? I love the solid blue one - but is it too blue and not green enough to work in room with a patterned pillow? As for patterned ones I think my favorite is the first one but the 3rd pic is nice too and brings in other colors - thoughts?

Thanks everyone for ideas on windows - that is still on my list of things to do, I'm just procrastinating :-)
February 8, 2014 at 11:30AM   
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DeCristo Design
I like the one with all the colors and then add a couple of solid maybe in the orange to have it pop on the brown
February 8, 2014 at 12:37PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I like best the pillow made with the Robert Allen fabric, plus the Z Gal one, tho that fabric may be too dressy.
February 8, 2014 at 2:28PM     
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cmcole1121
Thanks - I ordered the zgallerie pillows so we will see how they are. Question - what size should I get for the ikat pillow (18" or 20")? the zgallerie is 18".
February 12, 2014 at 6:02PM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
If one is 18, then get the 20 for the other. A variety of sizes is good, and if they are placed adjacent to one another, the bigger one will show up nicely behind the smaller one.
February 12, 2014 at 6:16PM     
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cmcole1121
i just found this aqua pillow - do you think this one would work better than the zgallerie one? i love the zgallerie one but think it may be to fancy - these may be a better bet. thoughts?

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February 15, 2014 at 10:05AM   
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ahostler
Doesn't look like the right color wait till you get the other in first to see the true color
February 15, 2014 at 8:30PM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Annette is right. You need to see all contenders together in order to select the right combination.
February 16, 2014 at 7:06AM   
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cmcole1121
Unfortunately the Zgallerie pillow is back ordered til late march/early April. I was hoping to try to cancel them and buy the other aqua ones.
Carolyn - do u think the color doesn't look right as well? It's so hard to tell. I really wasn't planning on buying Borg Aqua pillows just to compare.
February 16, 2014 at 7:37AM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Did you consider my suggestion of cutting down the large sized PB pillows? I've forgotten where you live, but if you have any of the stores near you, it would be a lot easier to go see pillows in person, and to return them as necessary. But I'm guessing that you don't have a bunch of stores near you. I can't tell for certain online what colors will work together. But if you're in doubt, don't order. Sorry I can't be more helpful, cm.
February 16, 2014 at 7:44AM   
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cmcole1121
yes thank you for that idea. i actually found the etsy pillow that i liked a lot so i didn't really need to consider altering the PB pillow. i will return it. i also thought cutting it down so much would effect the balance of the colors on the pillow. so below are pics of the etsy ikat style pillow i ordered and the 2 solid pillows under consideration. does this help? obviously i know that color on the computer is not always true, but i'm asking based on information available. one pillow looks more blue and the other aqua. the ikat is described as being aqua - but looking at the images of the 3 pillows the blue in the ikat seems to be closer to the zgallerie pillow (2nd one). do you agree?

i don't have a zgallerie or CB2 near me but do have a PB (i live in NJ).
February 16, 2014 at 8:04AM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Thanks, CM, for putting all 3 pillows together. That helps a lot, and looking at them on my iPad also helps as it gives truer colors than my computer does. So based on that, I agree that the Z Gallerie pillow (which I love even tho it's a bit formal) is closer in color to the patterned pillow than the bottom pillow is. And since both you and I love it, I suggest you order it! Sometimes we have to follow our heart.
February 16, 2014 at 8:56AM     
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cmcole1121
Thanks Carolyn! I actually already ordered the Zgallerie ones but they are back ordered another 1 1/2 months :-(. Oh well guess it will be a while before I see this all put together. Thanks again
February 16, 2014 at 9:19AM     
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Ramona
I agree with Carolyn. Those top two together are very nice.
February 16, 2014 at 9:33AM   
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eoosullivan
Maybe inside mount roman shades with blackout lining.
February 16, 2014 at 10:20PM   
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cmcole1121
I got the ikat pillows and really like them, what do you all think? Will need to wait for the solid blue but have attached a pic.
February 19, 2014 at 6:41PM     
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Ramona
beautiful
February 19, 2014 at 6:56PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
It's looking great against the sofa, and will be even better when you get a solid teal to reinforce the new color!
February 19, 2014 at 6:57PM     
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