If you want to filter light and soften the appearance of your kitchen window — but don’t want anything heavy or opaque, look at using a cloth with a loose weave, like linen, for example. Here, designer Annette English complemented the expression of the room with softly material from Dan Marty Fabric.
«I never met a stripe I didn’t enjoy,» says designer Sheila Bridges, who chose Osborne & Little’s Killarney, embroidered with white ovals, for the kitchen Roman shade.
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Dark and White
«I wanted it to seem somewhat boring and more like a wise butler’s pantry,» designer Lilly Bunn says of the New York City kitchen. The Roman shade is created from Holland & Sherry’s Belfour linen, and the existing cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore Aura in Black.
Twice as Nice
For the ultimate in versatility, consider shades which can be raised and lowered from the top or bottom as necessary. «These simple and sleek shades by Kirsch can fall down from the surface or raised up from the ground to permit you to command the view or the sunlight as needed,» states the retailer.
At a kitchen with easy style and a mostly white colour palette, a dab of pattern can add personality. «Help framework a beautiful view using a valance mounted above the window. This ikat-patterned fabric, Bansuri at Slate, has a rich neutral which adds interest to the solid white cabinets,» says the manufacturer.
Designer Robin Baron gave this elegant country kitchen that the ideal finishing touch with an ornate scalloped valance over the sink. «I always say ‘amazing design is in the details’ and this beautiful valance is a perfect example,» says Baron. «I utilized the depth of iron pins to create the dramatic pleating in lieu of a conventional pole and embellished the classic linen floral fabric with tassel trim, and matching tape, giving weight and importance to this country-inspired valance.»
At a Charlotte, North Carolina, home, designer Lindsey Coral Harper created a Roman shade in Exactly the Same fabric as the kitchen sofa, Thom Filicia’s Prospect in Shadow for Kravet, to carry the ikat pattern across the room.
«Fabric shades are like great artwork: They transform a space and its inhabitants,» says Kara Roberts, Director of Merchandising for Smith & Noble, the maker of the Moroccan-style shades shown here. Flat Roman colors lie flat when lowered, making a low profile appearance that works with a large assortment of prints and fabrics and fold up in the very top when fully raised.