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August 20, 2014

Before and After: Stylish Functionality with A Natural Feel

by Kriss

If there’s one thing that should be preserved when choosing new window dressing its the light.Natural light is why I was so excited to start planning for my client’s dining room space. Her large windows were letting in tons of sun and we were on a mission to savor it all!

Rich in greens and browns, this dining room needed a bit of polish in the form of new window treatments. The three windows maintained a large area of wall space perpendicular to the dining table, and as such they were focal points for the space. My client explained that she wasn’t seeking any run-of-the-mill blinds; she was looking for treatments with the same charm that the calm, earthen tones were already presenting.

Lucky for me, my client had done a little research and had seen similar windows dressed with Hunter Douglas’ Natural Elements blinds, and fell in love! The Natural Elements aluminum blinds come in a variety colors like grays, bronzes, and even an antique copper color, as well as visually-stimulating finishes like metallic and river stone. However beautiful the colors, my client was especially fond of the feature called MagnaView. MagnaView inventively widens standard, two inch blinds into double the view-through space without any additional hardware!

How do two inch blinds provide four inch viewing spaces? When adjusted to let in more natural light, two blinds are drawn flush together to widen the space. So, when the area of two blinds transitions into one, you get maximum sunlight, optimal vantage points, and a window treatment that mimics the look of wide-louvered shutters! The best part is that these window treatments can be fitted with several simple cordless operating systems like LiteRise and PowerRise automation.

What’s more is that this particular window treatment, the Natural Elements blinds, blend elements of wood and metal – something already in play in my client’s dining space. We opted for a brushed bronze finish for the sleek blinds, which reflected the brushed metallic finish of both the floor and hanging lamps. With wood trimmings that give these window treatments their namesake, the windsor walnut headrail coupled with the hardwood floors finished the room beautifully.

​By choosing Natural Elements for my client’s dining room, the space retained its balance of earth-inspired tones, metal textures, and of course, natural light for a quaint-yet-modern polish. This client had seen these Natural Elements with the MagnaView option in another of my client’s homes, which prompted her to contact Décorview for a consultation. They were more than pleased with the polished look that brought the whole room together. And as you can see, the 4″ view through keeps their view very open and they love it!



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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