DESIGNING CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS

April 19, 2017

Decorating / One Room Challenge

(Roman shades in Linen Ivory via The Emerald Studio)

I’m thrilled to be bringing custom window treatments to my older sister’s bedroom for my One Room Challenge project. To design the perfect shades for her room, I headed to The Shade Store to pick the style and material of my shades. Their showroom in Atlanta in the Westside Provisions District helped me visualize all the options for custom window treatments that The Shade Store offers. Although you can get custom blinds, shades, and drapery, I decided on roman shades for my sister’s bedroom – one for the window by the bed and one for the smaller window above the desk. Since I already had curtains made for the room, I decided to pair the pattern with a woven wood shade and opted for a patterned fabric on the smaller shade to bring a bit of color to the desk area. Find out how I narrowed down all my options, and which swatches I loved most below!

Custom window treatments at The Shade Store in Atlanta on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Custom window treatments at The Shade Store in Atlanta on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Custom window treatments at The Shade Store in Atlanta on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Visiting the showroom was super helpful because it gave me a chance to look and feel all of the different types of shades, from the control type to the lining. A super nice design consultant took me through the differences between roller, solar, and roman shades and showed me how the different control types worked, from continuous loop to cordless and motorized shades. I ended up choosing flat, cordless roman shades for this project since although they’re a bit more expensive, they have the cleanest profile and are easiest to use. I also got to take a close look at the different materials for each shade. I settled on a light tan palette for the woven woods and pulled several blue patterns for the fabric shade. One of the great things about working with The Shade Store is how easy they make the process of picking a custom window treatment – not only are all the samples free (you can order right on their website or pick them up in a showroom), professional measurements are also complimentary, so you can be assured of a seamless installation.

Custom window treatments at The Shade Store in Atlanta on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Custom window treatments at The Shade Store in Atlanta on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Custom window treatments at The Shade Store in Atlanta on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Which of my samples is your favorite? You can find my mood board with all the swatches I considered on The Shade Store website, with details about each material. As you might have spied on my design boards, I settled on Hampton 1 for the large shade and Winding Leaves (in Lapis) for the smaller shade. Check in Thursday to get a look at the shades installed in the room!

This post is sponsored by The Shade Store but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!