window treatments

Transform a Room with Color & Simple Styling

Well hello there! I have returned from maternity leave and it's so good to be back! I started back gradually over the summer and now that it's September I am back up to speed again. This is the first post on my blog since returning and I am excited to keep up with my social media again. 

So what is my first post going to be about? Well, I have been working on a few projects involving window treatments and have become really excited with Smith & Noble's before & afters. I first discovered them on my ipad over the summer and was totally mesmerized with sliding the bar back and forth to see the transformation. I should say that I had a few "extra minutes" to look through all of them because I was holding my little babe for long stretches of time ;) 

What I really like about these is that they not only show window treatments but also pillows and throws. The furniture remains exactly the same but it shows how powerful color & accessories are in transforming a room. i would love to show you a few of my favorites and what I like about each one. So let's get on with it shall we?

Bedroom Transformation

You can see how the blue livens up this simple bedroom and the mix of solids and pattern also adds interest. They added a table lamp next to the bed. All of this is very simple but adds so much sensory experience to the room.

 

Family Room Transformation

This large window and sliding door combination looks great with a dual layer window treatment. In addition they've replaced some of the green accessories with a simple white orchid and throw pillow. Same furniture but wow - look at the difference! 

 

Living Room Transformation

Another dual layer window treatment - blinds with patterned panels on each side. The addition of sunflowers in a vase and throw pillows really pull the room together.  Please also note that the curtain rod is hung as high as possible and the curtains are brushing the floor. Full length curtains really keep the windows looking tall! 

Living Room 2

Talk about framing a view! The curtains really draw attention to the windows, and the throw pillows and blanket repeat the colors and introduce new pattern.  This is also a great example of how a neutral couch and wall color isn't a recipe for boring! Accessories are an easy way to upgrade and change a space.

Kitchen

Again here is a simple upgrade with a valance, and the color is repeated in the flowers and bowl of fruit. Also note how this curtain makes the window seem taller? If you look at the original window and notice how low it is, then notice that the top of the valance is lined up with the top of the cabinets. Viola! Tall window magic.

Dining Room

Bay windows can be tricky, and while I'd say about 90% of the time in general it's best to let as much light in as possible. But sometimes it's good to break that rule and go for cozy drama and have fun! Curtains carve out space in an otherwise large room, especially if there is a lot of other natural light available. This looks fabulous, plus all the accessories on the table really pull it all together. 

Contemporary Loft Space

Even in really contemporary loft spaces (maybe especially in these spaces) curtains can really add a soft touch without taking away from the space. The sheer curtains shown below emphasize the height of the room, let light filter in, and soften the hard edges in this space.

 

So what do you think of these transformations? Do you see the potential for a color & accessory makeover in your home?? This is the fun part that really adds a lot of personality to a home, is easy to update, and makes a room feel complete. 

Thanks for reading! As I mentioned earlier all Before & Afters are compliments of Smith & Noble! You can take a look at all of the transformations and play with the slider from the link below. 

www.smithandnoble.com/beforeandafter

 

Cheers!

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Curtains Part 2: To The Floor

I think many homeowners are becoming savvy about curtains and know that hanging panels high and wide makes their windows look bigger and lets in more light.  I've shown several options how to do this and how to layer with blinds in this previous post here.

But what if you can't find curtains the right length in a color or pattern you like? Or what if you already bought a pair you like but now realize they're too short? This post will address a few creative ways to lengthen the curtains you already have or find affordable fabric alternatives.

These first few ideas show adding fabric somewhere on the panel and if you are handy at all you could do this yourself. The best way is with a sewing machine but sometimes you can use no sew tape instead.

Extending Fabric On the Bottom

Using a matching color from the pattern for a color block that goes to the floor below.
Posted by Shelterness

This adorable panel for a little girl's room mixes polka dots and stripes with pom pom trim between.
Posted by Nanny Goat

Here they added white fabric to the bottom of these shower curtains. Then continued the same fabric pattern for the very bottom. The DIY instructions are in the link below.
Posted by Migonis Home

This one plays with proportion and adds a large color block in the middle of each panel with narrow contrast trim between fabrics. This really adds interest to these tall windows.

Extending Fabric On Top

Depending on the room and what you want to emphasize is where you can add detail. Here the bottom is covered so they brought a Waverly fabric in matching charcoal gray towards the top. DIY is in the link below.

Curtains Part 1: Hello Ceiling

So spring is officially here - but where is the nice weather? We're still waiting! Anyway, I had a conversation the other day about curtains that someone had just hung in their freshly painted brand new house. They were concerned that the panels they bought were too short, but thought maybe they could still get away with them. My response was that yes they were not only too short, but they should have been hung higher! By hanging curtains high and wide it maximizes the amount of natural light that comes in and makes the room seem much bigger, as shown in the illustrations below.

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Here are some photos that illustrate the same idea.