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Holiday Touch-Ups

 

The holidays are upon us and company is coming. What looked great in our home yesterday looks just awful today! Rather than throw everything away and start from scratch, pick one thing and either change it or enhance it.
Let’s look at your window treatments in your kitchen.

*Take down heavy window coverings and replace with simple shades. Perhaps an upholstered cornice in fabric coordinating with your chair cushions would work.

*Natural light in the kitchen is essential in the winter. Remove the café curtains and add a pleated shade. Pleated shades offer a privacy treatment and still allow plenty of light. Bamboo shades from Lewis Hyman will add a touch of the tropics to your room decor. With several colors and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find just the right shade to add that finishing touch to your room. If you need to add more privacy, just add a roman shade privacy liner to keep our prying eyes and light.

*If you’re using fabric, make sure it’s in a contemporary tone. Terra Cotta shades are very ‘in’ when paired with greens, blacks and golds. Try mixing cotton fabric prints, either within a treatment or coordinating a print in the valance or cornice with another print on the cushion seats or place mats. If your kitchen is particularly tiny, then light, cool colors can make it look larger and brighter, while dark, warm colors can make an over-sized kitchen more inviting.

*Another hot trend is Roman shades made of rattan, bamboo or other natural fibers. They add visual interest with their texture, but still roll up smoothly like the Roman shades of old.

*There are typically lots of straight lines in the kitchen — the cabinets, the appliances, the counters —everything is straight or square. Add a window treatment with soft curves to open the space up, especially in a small kitchen. Arching a valance is a good option, particularly over the sink. Other options include a curved cornice, a box-pleated valance with a curved line along the bottom using an arched rod from the Graber Drapery that is nearly flat at the top but falls from inverted pleats to gentle swags along the bottom, with wings at either side.

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