Over the past few years…okay let’s be honest – decades…I’ve worked with a lot of blues. Denim, chambray, navy blue, slate blue, baby blue, royal blue, country blue. You could say I’ve “been there done that” with blue.
I have to admit, though, when Angie and I went shopping and she started admiring these fabrics with an emphasis on navy blue I was pretty excited. These were so different from what I’ve been working with lately. I loved it! I was ready to give blue another chance.
Angie had recently redecorated her adjacent living room with new purchases from Ethan Allen which included these fun fabrics.
In the photo above you can also see a glimpse of the patterned red carpet on the stairs dividing her breakfast room and living room.
While we were out shopping, Angie fell in love with two fabrics. A gold damask-like fabric and a vibrant navy, gold and red Suzani.
I would be making window treatments for two kitchen windows (one ordinary, rectangle shaped window and one unusual oval shaped window) and valances for a set of french doors. The kitchen windows were positioned along the same wall but divided by cabinets.
The style we had decided on was a sill length curtain with a contrasting cuff along the upper edge.
The dilemma – Where to use each fabric?
We decided we liked them both equally so why not mix it up?
The narrow, oval window received a pair of gold damask curtains with the Suzani as the cuff complete with navy fringe along the lower edge.
The wider, traditional, rectangle window received a pair of navy, gold and red Suzani curtains with a gold damask cuff sporting the same navy fringe and it’s fraternal twin.
Here you can see where I displayed them side by side for a photo opp but they are actually hanging on separate windows. Though…if you really wanted to be creative you could mix it up on each window. But that might take us too far outside our comfort zones.
For the french doors we chose an over sized Greek Key print that when cut for the valances reminds me of pipes. Love this bold pattern! The tailored pleats show a peek of solid gold silk.
A nearby office received a touch blue and gold as well.
Here we made simple pinch pleated window treatments out of a navy and ivory Greek Key and finished off each pleat with a gold fabric covered button. These will be hung from medallions, hence the loops above each pleat.
If it’s time for new window treatments or pillows in your home and you’re wandering around the color wheel in search of something new, you may want to consider this fun combination of navy and gold with a touch of red! The old made new again. A Classic.
Fabrics purchased at Fabrics Unlimited in Oklahoma City.