Dividing curtain between the two spaces helping to emphasize the surrounding colour
The brief for this project was to provide a way of dividing the room into two areas; a kids zone and an adults space, whilst finding a way to highlight all the wonderful colours and textures. The client had a collection of wonderful fabrics especially from South America, which included bold, vibrant colours. Another focal point to the room was the large canvas painting situated within the kids space. The colours from this had been picked out already by a bright turquoise velvet sofa and mustard coloured cushions which contrasted beautifully. In a previous project with this client, we had designed some bespoke blinds to fit around the lounge bay window. The colours chosen were two contrasting turquoises, the light turquoise bordering on three sides with the darker colour. This provided great definition to the wonderful colours around the room. We also chose to use a combination of silks for the blinds. This helped to add a contrast in textures next to the wool, velvets and linens.
The small window in the childrens space, was matched to these previous blinds and we were even able to use the remaining fabric. By doing this, it helped to achieve fluidity between the two areas. The larger challenge however was the dividing curtain. This needed to cover a large recess and yet still keep ensure unity between the two spaces. We finally chose a beautiful off-white colour that was as close as possible to the wall colour. This would help to maintain the feeling of lightness and unity to the room. The fabric was a James Hare silk, the texture of which coordinated with the coloured silks used in the Roman blinds. The heading was kept overly simple so that once drawn, the curtain would resemble more of an extension to the walls, almost panel like in design. It also meant that with less fabric in the curtain, they gathered neatly and tightly to the sides. The overall effect was a very calming space that was multifunctional and helped to display the vibrancy of the surrounding colours.
This window was set within a Rustic cottage that had just been renovated in a wonderfully sympathetic contemporary style. With no other furniture in the hallway, the challenge was to dress the window in a manner that would draw the eye and provide a splash of colour, complementing the contemporary style. The walls were a soft grey blue. This complemented well with the navy blue in the patterned fabric and the contrast border. The boldness of the red helped the blind stand out and add a splash of vibrancy. We used a Romo fabric for the Roman blind from the Ortego collection, contrasted with a Romo Navy blue from the Linara collection. The bespoke contrast border helped to frame the blind further.
This was a wonderful project that presented a few challenges along the way. From the beginning it was clear that a classic and sophisticated style was desired and would work well in the setting. With a pair of rich velvet Chester sofa’s in plain dark grey and a wall colour of French creams and greys, we needed something that would reflect the simplicity and elegance of the room but not be swamped by the beautiful high Georgian ceilings and bay window. The client was very keen on fabric originally found in some existing cushions which I felt would work very effectively in coordinating curtains. We finally managed to track this fabric down and were able to complete the look and style of the room to great effect. The curtains were finished with triple pleat hand heading on a silver nickel bay pole.
On this modern property the client was keen to keep a fresh modern feel to the room whilst also reflecting their previous travels in the Far East. The rooms’ purpose was as a guest room which had one window overlooking the rear of the property. The furniture had a number of oriental influences including dark wood and a deep red enamel. The walls were painted a light grey which was also reflected in the throw on the bedding.
The client was after a Roman blind which would tie together all these aspects as well as keep within the modern feel. I was able to show the client a number of fabrics which would have achieved this within the room itself. The fabric that we finally felt to suit the room and theme best was a Romo fabric called ‘Orvieto’ which features a stunning two tone silver embroidered tree. The large pattern design also helped to emulate the beautiful backdrop of the garden which the room overlooked including a wonderful oak tree.
The client specification for this project was to bring colour and sophistication to a new build whilst most importantly providing privacy. I was able to spend a great deal of time with the client researching a number of fabrics for each of the rooms. By leaving some key samples with the client for a few days, these samples were also able to be seen in a number of different lights.
One particular room was a kitchen-diner with a right angled bay window, French door and small window above the sink. The walls were painted white and the kitchen theme was a simple black and white. The aim was to inject the room with colour using the window dressing.
The final look was achieved by using a combination of fabrics. The Roman blinds were made with Voyage fabric called ‘summer leaf’ which incorporated raised embroidery and in a variety of bold and vibrant colours on a light linen background. By using Roman blinds in the bay area, it meant that the client could have the blinds drawn when desired ensuring privacy whilst maximising space. The French window curtains were made with a contrasting green linen from Romo called Linara which would also help to bring in the colours from the outside garden.