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LottaLiving.com • Window treatment options
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Window treatment options

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:00 pm
by cougarider
I need help with window treatments for my mid century ranch. I'm not that great at photoshop but I did a rendering of what woodblinds might look like. I'm also considering solar blinds but they are more clostly and I don't think I'd like the way the shadow outline of the window frames would look like when the sun is directly behind them. Verticle blinds are also an option. If I do get curtains, they'd have to be thick enough to block out sun to avoid once again the distractions of the window shadows. The dimensions of the windows are also making it difficult. All the windows are 111 1/2 in wide. Only difference between the windows is the lenght. Livingroom picture window is 64 tall and the others are 24in. I'm trying to keep my budget as low as possible since there are so many other more costly projects I'm working on. The sun is hot and bright in Texas and I don't want my furniture to fade. There is an exterior photo of the house for style reference

Thanks,
Jorge

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Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:26 pm
by Izzy
will the wood blinds be wood colored or white like the pic.?
with what you have and your wall color i would like to see wood blinds, not white. It jumps out too much.
or maybe a jute shade?
also what about one long one on that long skinny window. Do they make a wide enough one?

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:22 pm
by robbhouston
I used to not really be into curtains, and had originally planning to use some sort of blinds (like in your examples) to cover all our windows. But the more I looked at vintage photos of MCM homes, them more I started liking them...
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... tains1.jpg
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... tains2.jpg

Ultimately, went with a room length valance with curtain hardware hidden behind. I used a metal rods and metal hooks with rollers, so the curtains really zip open easily...

Open...
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... ng5_lg.jpg

Closed...
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... ng9_lg.jpg

One nice thing with this approach is that the valance can extend beyond where the windows stop (to the sides, or even above), so that when they're closed you end up with a nice wall-to-wall/floor-to-cealing solid space of curtain..

There's a couple of good threads on window treatments here...
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6892
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9612
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5613

--Robb

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:22 pm
by ch
Don't care much for vertical blinds.

We used cellular shades on windows similar to yours. If you get the top down option you can open them from the top or the bottom. It's great because you can block out the lower portion of the window and keep the top open above the line of sight. This way you could open them from the top down to the level of the smaller side windows and all would line up visually.

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:27 pm
by Joe
none. look into some landscaping options

Ikea blinds as an option

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:14 am
by dorisday
Jorge -

It looks like you have aluminum frame windows so another option may be silver colored venetian blinds from Ikea (style name is Stalis). The widest they appear to come is 79" across, so this may not work for your widest windows but they are very inexpensive and look great (and unobtrusive) the the aluminum frames. This is what I have in many rooms of my MCM home. Good luck!

--DD

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:59 pm
by scowsa
Here are links to a couple of prior discussions on this



Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:01 am
by classic form
Said it before and I'll say it again...love the drapes/curtains.

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Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:36 pm
by oldskoolboarder
On Beyond the Box on HGTV, they showed a family that used hospital curtain tracks installed flush in the ceiling. Then they just took bolts of fabric and finished the ends. It came out really well IMHO.

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:20 pm
by jesgord

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:32 pm
by robbhouston

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:59 pm
by classic form
Got Pics Jesgord?

Here's my favorite part of the curtains...

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Out of site when not in use with the sliding door closed (which should have shirred material to match), although I do like the look of them bunched on the outside too.

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 7:50 pm
by cougarider

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:34 pm
by robbhouston
The Armstrong photos windows aren't really floor to ceiling...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/raimist/85 ... otostream/

But, they are a bit larger than the short wide windows you have.

Here's something I stumbled onto for windows similar to yours...
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Just ideas?

--Robb

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:15 am
by classic form
I think I'd just leave those alone. They are high enough to provide privacy so you really don't have to have them do you? If you really just want something there then I would match whatever you do to the larger windows.

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:35 pm
by jesgord

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:50 pm
by rockland
Well fellas. I must agree. In a window cover there is nothing sexier than
a well hung fan pleat. (and a fella that cares)
I did one smart thing when moving in and saved the original fan pleats.
The mounting hardware was shot but i had the fabric cleaned and will
put them back up by the first frost i hope.
I did put up some blinds in the study. Wood. Easy fit from ikea. You trim
them to fit odd sizes. It works well in that room. The originals were trimmed
in pom-poms. (was a girl bedroom)

Nice link rob. The Armstrong flickr link!

I like not having curtains. My house is situated in such a way to not really
need many.
And i would have missed that clown my neighbor hired today for a b-day
party. Parked in my front yard...a convertible!. (creepy)

short curtains

Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:45 pm
by cougarider
Visit this link for photos of short window with curtains. Let me know what you think for my home.
Thanks,

http://homesite.obeo.com/viewer/default ... cale=en-US

another vote for drapes

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:19 am
by Slim and Gabby

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:17 am
by N.U.Mod
Totally agree with Robbhouston on the very tailored full wall of drapery look. Our home had a built-in drapery pocket with fluorescent lighting behind it so it washes the wall with light if desired in the evening.

Although skinny vertical blinds are very dated now, there is a fabulous option in wider vertical panels that stack back like columns. IKEA has a very basic version of this that we have installed on a 16'-0" wall of glass, but it was a pain to install and you have to move each panel manually! You can google "panel track". There are some different ones out there. Hunter Douglas and Levolor are probably the best but most costly. Smith & Noble makes a pretty nice version also:

http://www.levolor.com/products/panel-track/