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Window coverings and accesories

denisebradFebruary 23, 2013
My living room is a work in progress that needs help! I need window coverings and have considered everything from plantation shutters to draperies The window is in a cantilevered area that is 88"w X 96"H. There is a foot above the window frame. This is the front of the house and does need some amount of privacy. Although the room faces mostly west, there is not an abundance of natural light. The room is open to the dining room with a high window that I will leave uncovered. Also, I know I need pillows and other accessories to pull it all together. Any ideas are appreciated.
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Purchase blinds that can be opened top down and just add a panel on both sides. Try adding another color from your carpet for interest for your pillows and panels.
    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 4:00PM
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Barbara Griffith Designs
I really love your rug. I think I would put plantation shutters on the window then I would add a mock Roman shade, hung at the ceiling and just covering the top of the shutter. This would look great in a stripe fabric, or a solid with darker binding. Is this your final wall color or are you still open to change, because I would look for something a little darker..same tone, just darker? The table in front of the window it too tall for everything else in the room .. similar but shorter..unless you can alter it. Angle the chairs a little more into the room and separate them just a little more. Love the piece over the sofa..but, I would hang it vertically then add 4 pieces of art framed the same about 18x18 or so and stack 2 on each side. OR a pair of metal art..one on each side. Pillows, only one of each, bold colors from your rug, in stripes, geometrics, etc. Tall green plant in large pot. Large art on chair wall as well.
    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 4:03PM
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I like Barbara's ideas on color and wall art. I'd look at plantation or wooden shutters as well, but would take a drapery treatment across that entire wall, pulled back at the alcove corners. Pretty rug!
    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 4:26PM
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Barbara has given me a lot to think about. I had a darker paint originally, but have painted it several times and darker was fine at night with lamp light, but awful in the day! My windows are tinted and when the trees are in leaf, the room takes on a green tint. I even had Guiry's and another paint store color specialist help me choose the darker colors! Will keep this color for now. I am leaning towards shutters and both suggestions for the mock Roman shade or draperies are helpful.
The table in front of the window is 35" tall. How much shorter do you suggest? Also, any pictures of framed art or metal art suggested? Thank you all for help!
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 9:54AM
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Barbara Griffith Designs
The table seems higher than the sofa back..maybe it is an illusion, but it is high. Maybe you could use it elsewhere, and find something that is shorter..maybe a nice bench like... http://www.homedecorators.com/P/Brittney_Bench/930/ but with a brighter color wide stripe fabric with a plain throw over one corner. Otherwise, if you have no use for the table that is there, measure the height of the table from the lower shelf up. Check that space against the window and maybe..this is sacrilegious, but saw the legs just above the shelf. For metal art next to your current piece after turning it, maybe something like this, painted red and after it is dry, paint it black and wipe some of the black off while damp. Or something like 4 of these http://www.lampsplus.com/products/black-quarter-squares-19-inch-square-wall-mirror__r0592.html

Lastly what is the paint color that is on the wall now?
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 11:09AM
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Thanks for your response! The sofa back is about 1"taller than the table. After I do the window treatment, I might think about modifying the height or replacing. Like your bench suggestion too! I always thought a window seat would be good there, but the window bottom is a little low. The paint is BM Linen Sand.
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 11:34AM
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Barbara Griffith Designs
I think your walls are just a little light in shade..Try a sample of BM 2151-50 Bronzed Beige..it is the next one down on the strip from your color..I like yours just maybe a little darker. Buy a sample and paint on poster boards to tape around the room..look a it in daylight and at night. The current wall color, however, would look great on the ceiling..I am notorious for painting ceilings..it is what finishes the room.
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 12:14PM
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