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Roman Shades | Gloucester County NJ

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Roman Shades - Gloucester County NJ


Daytime is usually a terrible time to take pictures of window treatments.  The light streaming through the windows overpowers the colors of the draperies.


In this instance, the sunlight shows EXACTLY the effect this Gloucester County resident intended - filtered illumination of a fabric pattern as a design element.  We are thrilled that she is delighted with her window treatments.


The vine patten of the window treatment seems to grow out of the granite top of the bay window.  More difficult to see in these front fold Roman shades is that the fabric colors are in complementary browns, soft greens and ivory.  We used an ivory lining in the shades to keep a warm tone to the filtered light.  The fabric colors show when the sun moves away from the window, providing a continuous palette through the space.


The room has strong rectangular elements.  The front-fold aspect of the shades emphasizes them.  The more random theme of the vine botanical pattern softens the angular elements.



In the adjoining family room, a front fold Roman shade also covers a double window in the same exposure.  The pussy-willow fabric pattern is different, but still yields a sinuous balance to the rectangular elements of the room and windows.  The color scheme shifts a little, focusing on browns and silver.  Again, the ivory lining yields a warm wash to the screened sunlight.  Wth the shades fully extended, the window looks like an illuminated mural in the wall.


In the living room, a different style of Roman shade continues the counter-balance between linear and sinuous.  This slouch Roman shade is in a horizontal stripe, with a horizontal stria!  Strong elements in a room with a rectangular emphasis.  But, the soft pleats with the center lift introduces a curved and random balance.  The stria pattern in the fabric also shows as a random element.


The fabric selection in this project was a lengthy collaboration.  The client gave us paint samples so we could match colors.  We sent her many samples so she could test them in the varying lighting of her rooms.  We all love the result.


The furniture workshop of JH Conklin & Co. upholsters and refinishes furniture for people throughout the Philadelphia Metro area, South New Jersey, Delaware and the southern shore areas. The workshop also provides custom window treatment and fabric resources.



Categories: Window Treatments, Projects, Gloucester County