Silk was my fabric of choice when I first began looking at options for this dining room window treatment. The issue was going to be finding the right icy blue-gray to complement the different shades of both colors found in this room.
Fortunately, I found the perfect fabric. A smooth, icy blue, silk called Patiala that provides just the right balance between blue and gray.
This window treatment, which a friend and I dubbed the “Marsha” valance (named after the first client I created this style for), is just the thing if you like a simple and uncomplicated look for your windows.
While many of my designs are inspired by existing window treatments (aka – I copy them), I’d never seen a valance like this one when we dreamed it up. Then again, “there’s nothing new under the sun” – Ecclesiastes 1:9.
A very simple design, the main detail is the two pleated “bells” at the edge of each valance. While I’ve made this style several times now, I never seemed to remember exactly how to make the pleats! I needed to write this tutorial as much for myself as to share with you!
Today, I’m sharing a collection of 5 entirely different window treatments.
1. Cafe Curtain with Contrasting Cuff
The first one is a familiar style you seen several times here on the blog but not one this closely guarded! This little guy startled me everytime I walked around the corner!
This small space, situated just off the kitchen of this home, was so cool but so small it was very hard to get a good angle to show it’s charm. This small space, which includes a curved stone wall and very high ceilings, faces the front of the house. You might call this room a butler’s alcove. Just large enough for a granite counter, under counter storage including a small wine fridge and a very slender upper cabinet.
I wavered back and forth on how to describe the color of this floral. The fabric itself is called Harris Navy, a linen blend fabric with a traditional Jacobean print, but I wouldn’t call it a true navy.
Prussian Blue? Blue-gray? Steel Blue? Navy-ish?
In Irene’s new home, the wall color is Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and the glass accent tiles around the master bathtub are in varying shades of gray. When we found this fabric we knew it was the perfect choice for this master bathroom.
When Holly, a Beyond the Screen Door reader, contacted me several months ago about new window treatments for her bonus room she already has a design in mind as well as fabrics.
She wanted 4 faux roman shade valances and had already purchased three different fabrics to use. Fabrics that happened to include two shower curtains, a table cloth and one sheer curtain panel all found on clearance at Target! I love a challenge!