When you’re considering window treatments, you may only think about standard rectangular windows or a few specialty windows, like transoms or arched windows. We’ve seen just about every type of window, and we’re always excited when we’re asked to design custom window coverings for an extreme window. It allows us to stretch our creative muscles.
This client visited the builder’s personal home before choosing her floor plan. She ultimately decided on the same house as the builder because she fell in love with the large, angled picture window in the living room.
Keep reading to learn more about the window treatments we designed to showcase this unique feature.
Do extreme windows need custom window coverings?
We believe that every window can benefit from being covered because installing window treatments is like adorning your outfit with the perfect piece of jewelry. They add dimension, style, and character. Window coverings also have the added benefit of making a home more energy efficient and functional.
Initially, this homeowner did not want to install window treatments on the angled picture window because she was afraid that they would detract from the architectural details or her stunning views.
She realized that window coverings were necessary, though. Because of where the builder’s home was positioned, his angled picture window did not necessarily need window treatments to make the home comfortable. Our client’s home, however, was set differently on her lot, and the window receives a lot of harsh afternoon sun. Because of the window’s location, the homeowner often had to eat meals while wearing sunglasses to avoid the glare. And the room heated up quickly.
Because of the sun glare, our client asked us to design window coverings that would make the sunlight more bearable without taking away from the architecture of the angled picture window or the view she so immensely enjoyed.
Presenting options to the homeowner
We explored several options to ensure we were designing window treatments that showcased the window’s architectural beauty while making the living room more functional. Then, we presented the homeowner with the two standout possibilities: interior shutters and motorized roller shades with custom Tableaux® Decorative Grilles.
We liked interior shutters for this large picture window because they can be fabricated in just about any shape — including for angled windows. They can also be painted any color to match the home’s trim. This would make it appear as if the shutters had always been part of the house. Additionally, interior shutters have horizontal louvers that can be tilted to control how much light enters the room.
The other option added more dimension to the window itself. The Tableaux Decorative Grilles, installed on the upper part of the window, would be designed with a unique pattern to bring another architectural element to the room. We would then install motorized roller shades behind the Tableaux Decorative Grilles and on the remainder of the window.
Roller shades are timeless, simple, and versatile. They’re made of a solid sheet of material and are raised and lowered with a roller function. When fully raised, the shades seem to disappear. This feature was ideal because it would allow the homeowner to showcase the window itself.
Roller shades can block sun glare and reduce heat, especially when made with solar screen fabric. By motorizing the shades, the homeowner would be able to effortlessly lower the roller shades whenever the sunlight became too harsh in the afternoon.
After discussing both options, our client chose the custom Tableaux Decorative Grilles and motorized roller shades.
Color-matching helps showcase the unique, extreme window
As we finalized the design, we knew we wanted the roller shades to blend into the window as much as possible. To do this, we color-matched the fascia to match the window trim using Benjamin Moore’s “Chantilly Lace.” This gives the roller shades the ultimate built-in look. Whether lowered, they will not detract from the architectural elements of the window itself. And when raised, the roller shades seem to disappear so the homeowner can enjoy an unobstructed view from the large, angled picture window she loves.
Designing the Tableaux Decorative Grilles
When designing the Tableaux Decorative Grilles, we wanted to ensure the pattern fit the home’s style. So we drew inspiration from a beloved light fixture present elsewhere in the house. The resulting curves add a gorgeous decorative element while keeping the architectural integrity of the statement window.
Now that the window treatments have been installed, our client loves that she can enjoy her meals without sacrificing the look of her large angled picture window.
Do you need window coverings for a unique or extreme window?
If your client has a unique or extreme window, we would love to work with you to design the perfect window treatment. You’ll retain complete control over the design, and we’ll help you provide your clients with window coverings that add style and functionality to their space. Contact our team today to get started!