Seven Stylish Treatments for your Kitchen Sink Window

In my childhood house, the kitchen sink had no window over it, only a mirror. Even at a young age, I imagined how much better it would be to have a window with a view, providing distraction from the daily drudgery that is dish washing.

Clients usually ask me for ideas for their kitchen window coverings that have unpleasant aspects or a lack of privacy. Happily, the house I live in now does have a window over the sink and I love looking out to my back garden. This window doesn’t need a covering for sun protection or privacy, but I sometimes find myself thinking of how I would dress it if I needed to.

Here are seven stylish treatments for your kitchen sink window to make it not only functional, but stylish:

1. Valances: padded, awning and swag styles.

A valance is a window dressing that covers the top portion of the window. Styles range from fabric-covered padded boards to dressy swags to flat straight-cut valances. A valance is usually mounted on the outside frame of the window, allowing for a privacy blind or shade to be mounted underneath.

 

Valance photo collage

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2. Roman shades

Roman shades can be made as a valance (decorative) or as an operable shade. This classic design works well in both traditional and modern kitchens. Custom Roman shades can be made with your choice of fabric to bring colour and elegance to your kitchen.

Maria Killam's roman shade

Maria Killam’s roman shade

3. Bamboo/woven grass shades

This is a great way to add a natural woven texture to your kitchen décor. A bamboo or woven grass shade filters the light and provides privacy. It can roll up under a valance or fold up like a Roman shade. Made from natural woods, reeds, bamboo and grasses, they are unique in that over time they attain a one-of-a-kind finish, like other wood features in your home.

Hunter Douglas Woven Woods

Woven woods roller shades

graber-woven woods

Roman shade woven woods

 

4. Stained glass window panel

This idea is practical and beautiful.  Stained glass windows have been used as decorative accents for hundreds of years. Choose the panel in a size to cover as much or as little of the window as required to hide the view or provide privacy, and in a design that provides the colour and style that complements your kitchen. As my friend who provided this photo of her window says, “While I love the view of my neighbour’s yard, this allows them some privacy. I don’t feel like a Peeping Tom, and I still get beauty and natural light.”

Photo by Sheilah H.

Photo by Sheilah H.

5. Shutters

Vinyl shutters are one the best options for window coverings in high moisture areas. They can be wiped clean and are incredibly durable in a kitchen environment. The second image below shows how this style of shutter can provide privacy when the bottom half is left closed, while still allowing light in by leaving the top half open.

shutters on kitchen sink window

Hunter Douglas Palm Beach shutters

 

Luxaflex shutters

Luxaflex shutters

6. Light filtering shades

While you may want privacy, you likely don’t want to block out all the light that comes through the kitchen window. This is where I recommend a light filtering polyester roller shade or honeycomb shade. They are easy to clean, easy to operate, and the honeycomb shades can be ordered with the top down/bottom up feature so you can lower just the top of the shade, allowing you still to see out your window.

Top down/ bottom up honeycomb shades

Top down/ bottom up shades

Sheer screen roller shade

Sheer screen roller shade

7. Shelves and plants

What I like about this option is that you can have plants do what they do best: grow in a moist area, provide shade and give you nourishment. Glass shelves secured to ledges in the window frame give you the perfect area to grow herbs or your plant of choice. And the best part is that you won’t forget to water them!

 kitchen-window-herb-garden orchids as window dressing

What is YOUR kitchen window wearing?

If you would like more information or even an free estimate regarding a treatment for your kitchen sink window, give me a call.

For more inspiration, check out my pinterest board.

 

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Top trends in window coverings

The following blog post is taken from the Canadian Decorators Association (CDECA) blog website which features decorating tips, how-to’s and advice from experts who are accredited members of this association. This blog post features yours truly as one of the experts answering questions about the top trends in window coverings.

There are plenty of trends out there right now for people looking to spice up their windows. From textured sheers to roller shades, here are some of the top trends on the window treatment market right now.

Roller shades and screens

Roller shades, which are a straight piece of fabric attached to a roller that pulls it up and down, have come a long way from the boring shades and screens of the past.

Top trends in window coverings

Roller shade and Gliding panels in the same fabric.

“The industry has come up with trendier colours and patterns and made these window coverings affordable and less bulky-looking with improved function and operational hardware,” says Nancy DeVries of Urban Aesthetics in North Vancouver.

Modernized sheers

DeVries says that sheer-looking shades, such as the Pirouette blind from Hunter Douglas, are big sellers right now. “Clients love the function of the sheer shade when the vanes are open for sun protection and daytime privacy,” she says. “When the soft fabric folds are in the closed position, it gives the look of a roman shade and clients are attracted to the dual function of this type of shade.”

Top trends in window coverings

Pirouette Shades by Hunter Douglas

 Ana Gomes of Personal Touch Interiors in Ottawa says she’s seen sheers updated with interwoven materials and patterns, which creates an added texture and interest. “Embossed or printed patterns, with more colour choices, are also a trend right now,” she says.

Green windows

Gomes says that she’s found an increased focus on green design as more and more people are concerned about the chemicals found in traditional window shading and fabrics. “Some performance fabrics have gone green with anti-microbial, anti-fungal taits woven into the yarn,” she says. “Another option is to have it done as a top spray, added after.”

Top trends in window coverings

 Provenance Woven Wood Shades by Hunter Douglas

Other green trends in window coverings include linen and cotton fabrics and bamboo blinds.

Delicate detailing and plenty of pattern

Fancy details such as ribbon, beaded trim and luxury fabrics are also a big trend right now, says Gomes. Similarly, strong patterns are making their way into the market, with large-scale florals, bold strips and graphic geometric designs creating some eye-catching options.

Top trends in window coverings

Pleated shades with fun patterns to dress up your windows.

However, despite this move to flashy patterns, clean, sleek, crisp lines remain the preferred choice for most window treatments.

If you would like to know more about any of these top window covering trends, click here to contact Nancy.

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A Fresh Update for a Client’s Master Bedroom

I was happy to hear from a client recently who called to inform me she wanted to freshen up her master bedroom, along with some other rooms in her house. I had helped her decorate her main floor 10 years ago, and now, after going through some changes in her life, she wanted to make some changes in her home. This included selecting new paint colours for the guest bedroom, her daughter’s room and the master bedroom. But in addition to finding a new wall colour for the master bedroom, my client wanted to make the room feel more cozy. So the first thing I suggested was drapery panels for her window. (She had purchased the Luminette sheer blinds by Hunter Douglas from me 10 years ago.) She loved the idea, and I went back to my office to find the perfect fabric.

After searching my fabric books and not feeling satisfied that I had found the perfect fabric, I had an “ah ha” moment and knew that I had to come up with my own design of using three different coloured fabrics that I would combine to make the custom drapery panels.

When I presented this option to my client, she immediately said, “That’s the one!” In addition to the drapery panels, she wanted a new chair and ottoman for a corner in her room, so we selected fabrics for that at the same time.

Here is the end result!

custom drapery panels

The fabrics that I used were from Maxwell Fabrics and Unique Fine Fabrics. I chose the blue faux silk fabric to coordinate with the new wall colour, the gold to coordinate with the bedroom furniture, and the white fabric to match the client’s white bedding.

colour block drapery panels

                                  Close up of banding colours. Photo by Nancy DeVries

A Fresh Update for a Client's Master Bedroom

And here is the custom upholstered chair and ottoman. We selected a solid chenille Kravet fabric for the furniture and a sweet floral print from Tritex Liz Claiborne fabric for the toss cushion.

A Fresh Update for a Client's Master Bedroom

 Photos by Nancy DeVries

The wall colour is Benjamin Moore Aura AF-550 Amsterdam.

If you are thinking of freshening up a room in your home, or changing the look of your windows, get the look that you want by hiring a professional. Contact me here to book an appointment.

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For the DIY files – A roller shade installation

I enjoy a rewarding DIY project. Part of what makes a DIY project successful is having the right tools for your particular project on hand and ready for action in your own home toolbox.

For the DIY files - A roller shade installation

I’ve always been a little proud of my toolbox which contains an assortment of tools that I have purchased, but more notably, tools given to me by my dad over the years.

So when my parents came for a visit this spring, it was time to bring out the toolbox because I had a roller shade installation project waiting for my dad to help me with.

Now for my clients’ window covering installations, I employ my professional blind installer to do the installation, as they can do the job faster and more efficiently. But since this was just one roller shade for my laundry room, I figured my dad and I could tackle this together.

This is how the installation process happened:

Before we drilled any holes in the wall, I held up the shade to mark where I wanted the top of the shade to be since it was going to be installed outside of the window frame. We then held the brackets in place and made marks where we needed to pre-drill the holes for the brackets.

For the DIY files - A roller shade installation

Here my dad is drilling the holes for the valance brackets. The brackets for the roller shade are attached to the valance.

roller shade brackets

Top view of bracket for valance

For the DIY files - A roller shade installation

Test fitting the roller shade


 



 


Now the roller shade can be inserted into the brackets that are attached to the valance. It was a bit of a tight fit when trying to affix the end of the shade into the rotator-side bracket but after some grunts and “ows” from pinched fingers, I was able to rotate the T-hook into the closed position. This keeps the shade in place when it is being raised and lowered.

roller shade brackets

Next, the front panel of the valance needs to be attached to the returns on the valance. There is adhesive on the plastic L return and the front panel adheres to that, which makes the corners of the valance join together almost seamlessly.

roller shade valance returns

And here is the finished look! What a difference this now makes on a window that did not have a wood trim casing. Thanks Dad!

Roller shade installation

If you would like information on roller shades for your home, contact me here for a consultation.

To see more Hunter Douglas window covering products, click on this link.

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How to make the best first impression of your home. Part 2

6. Coordinate your house numbers and mailbox.

Updating your house numbers and mailbox is one thing, but why not make them a matching set? And to make sure that your house numbers are visible from the road, step across the street to confirm that they are easily spotted.

First impression homes

7. Add a bench or chair to your entry.

Having a place to rest your bags – or yourself! – when you get home after a long day is the nicest way to come home. Dress up the chair or bench with colourful toss or seat cushions that should coordinate with the colours of your home.

first impression homes

How to make the best first impression of your home. Part 2

8. “Spit and shine” your door hardware.

Door hardware is a very important décor feature of your door. Consider matching the metal of the hardware to your mailbox and house numbers. You can also add a matching metal door kick plate which can add a look of elegance to your home. If you have brass door hardware and it’s looking a little worn, check out this link on how to spruce it back to a shiny finish.

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9. Accessorize your front porch.

There are lots of great outdoor accessories like glass lanterns filled with sand & candles, welcome signs, baskets with flowers, colourful toss cushions, decorative outdoor area rugs or decorative stone pots. But remember, less is more!

How to make the best first impression of your home. Part 2

How to make the best first impression of your home. Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Make sure your doorbell works as it announces your guests.

The doorbell is the first piece of hardware your guests notice when visiting your home.  Make a memorable best first impression of your home with a high quality and unique doorbell.

How to make the best first impression of your home. Part 2

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