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August 26, 2014

Before and After: Designer Screen Shades

by Kriss

More often than not, my clients are seeking a balance of beauty and privacy; however, that was not the case with this pair! This quiet, private living room already brushed elbows with their wooded yard, so seclusion was not a top priority. The issue in this case was the strong sunlight that shone through the trees, turning the space into a bright sauna of a room.

In order to create an impact on the imposing sun without detracting from the feeling the wide,nearly floor-to-ceiling open windows created, we looked at a few options. First, we browsed through shadings with wide view-through spaces. With various levels of opacity and strong UV protection, this was a great place to get a feel for what new window treatments would bring to the space. There was an infinite amount of color and fabric options, but they were still not giving these picturesque windows the attention they deserved!

For these windows we needed to come up with something that provided two clear features: Difusing the natural light, and and enhancing the private, wooded views. We found the solution in the beautiful Designer Screen Shades. The semi-sheer fabric provides just enough shading for the sun, while the view remains unobstructed thanks to stunning,seamless panels.

In choosing the color, my client claimed a combination of lighter brown and grey, which perfectly fit their interior palette. The vibrantly rich red leather seats shine a bit brighter on the new backdrop the windows now create. Plus, the creamy wall color and grey suede sofa find even more balance with the colors blended with the Screen Shades.

With over 75% protection from harmful UV rays, a reduction of problematic glare, and the perfect framing of the semi-sheer Designer Screen Shades, my client completed the look of her sleek, simple, and serene space. It’s amazing the impact a carefully-selected window dressing can have on a space instantly, and for many years to come!



Kriss is a certified window treatments designer and color specialist serving the Spokane area. She has over 20 years experience in design - everything from graphic design to interior design!

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