Urgent advice on window treatments

nosoccermomNovember 27, 2012

I'd like to order bamboo blinds for my family room and the breakfast area opposite TODAY. The blinds will be mounted on the outside because the windows are too shallow for inside mount. In between is a French door, which I will leave without blinds. Privacy is not a concern.
Would you use two shades for the double window or one large shade?
Also, would you add valances, drapes, or leave just the shades, an option which I would actually prefer. There's not enough space for panels next to the fireplace, and I don't particularly like the swagged look.

Or, do you have any other suggestions, e.g. just a valance, stationary Roman shade, or?

Breakfast area

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You're going to need 2 separate shades for the double window. If you use one shade for both, it'll have to stick out too far from the window because of the wooden frame that separates them.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 11:04AM
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I would order separate blinds for each of the double windows....and at least for now, skip any valance or panels. You have a lovely spare colonial look going, don't mess with it.
You could eventually do a simple gauze swag later if you want to soften it a bit....but I like the spare look.
However, I can't help but think you need a lamp and a table in the sitting room....for comfort.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 11:04AM
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Thanks for the quick feedback. Lindac, you mean a lamp and table next to the red chair? The rest of the room looks like this (sorry for the mess, just took the pic). Opposite the sofa is the TV armoire, and the red chair is usually not that far in the corner but gets dragged towards the sofa. Unfortunately, the room is fairly long and narrow.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 11:27AM
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Lovely room! I agree with Lindac about keeping it spare.
Would you mind sharing your paint color if you get a chance? Such a pretty, creamy yellow.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 11:51AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

If you're doing an outside mount, you can get one long shade, but they are harder to manipulate and the strings are more likely to break. If you use 2 shades make sure they butt at the center so you get as close as possible to complete coverage.

You can do just a valance to add softness and color to the space. The corner windows in the breakfast area would be treated as one window....they make corner brackets for just such a situation. And if you don't like swags, don't do them....you can do a cornice board, and upholstered valance, pleated valances, etc.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 11:55AM
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The color is BM Windham Cream, a very soft creamy yellow. It's pretty true to real-life color in the pics of the family room. So far, I've been very happy with it in this north-facing room.

While we're at it: I hate the fan, but DH is in love with it. The compromise would be to replace the light kit, but so far I haven't seen any kind of fan lighting that I'd prefer. What style would you recommend as the least ugly?

Here is a link that might be useful: light kits

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 12:15PM
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Since you are going with outside mount I would maybe take the shades all the way up to the ceiling. You definitely want them at least several inches above the window, so that when they are pulled up the entire window is uncovered.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 12:47PM
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I have inside mount lined bamboo blinds and think they'd be too hard to raise if they covered both windows. YMMV I do have an outside mount blind above the back glass door and have to admit that it doesn't look quite as *finished* as the inside mount ones, because it covers the white trim when lowered. So having them without curtain panels and outside mount to me will look ok, but perhaps more complete with panels. JMHO

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 1:07PM
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Agree to do two shades on the double window but mounted on a single valance instead of having the valences butt up to one another. It's a much cleaner look.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 2:35PM
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Your walls are the same color as mine. I love it in northfacing rooms, very easy to live with and work around. Outside mounted shades look fine as long as they pull up into a nice casing . I know that sounds funny but my daughter bought a beatiful set for her kitchen that pulls up into a nice casing so they look nice up or down. When she bought the ones for the living room they didnt pull up into the box and looked very unfinshed. She was just trying to match colors and texture with the fist set and it didn,t occur to eigher of us that they might have a different look up.I would mount them above the window trim and two for the big window.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 5:24PM
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