In today’s post, I’d like to share a recent project I’ve been working on for one of my lovely interior design clients.
This particular client wanted a quick update to the dining room, but with none of the upheaval felt in a total renovation. There was an existing wallpaper and paint combo which the couple did not want to change, and there were dark custom window treatments that had been installed approximately 20 years ago, when the following look was the height of fashion.
Of course, I would have loved to start from scratch in this dining room…that’s always fun and there would be so many wonderful options for this beautiful space. But since the clients wanted to stick with their current wall finishes for the time being, I happily accommodated. So I proposed we remove the dark, heavy valance and introduce lighter, en-trend fabrics along with a more streamlined window treatment design.
I sketched out a new custom valance, featuring curving flat sections (to show off the pattern of the fabric) with horns placed between each scallop. Tailored, shorter cascades were included at the outsides, and full-length drapery panels in a wispy ivory embroidered fabric were used in the corners to soften the whole look. I knew these light drapery panels would not only take the edge off all the angles, but would also provide a longer, leaner line in the window alcove. These panels would have the power to draw the eye upward, while brightening things up in the room at the same time.
After presenting three fabric options for the window treatments, and a couple of choices for new dining chair seat upholstery, the clients made the following selection for their new dining room treatments.
I think the new window treatments make such an impact on this room, don’t you?
Check out the side-by-side Before and After image below:
My client was very pleased with the outcome in this quick update. The couple was happy to get such a dramatic transformation by simply switching out the old, dated valance with a newly designed window treatment. Often, such a metamorphosis can be made by adding new colors, patterns, and fabrics along with a new style of treatment.
If you’d like to set up a consultation for a quick refresh and update of rooms in your own home, feel free to call or email me. I’m just full of innovative ideas for rejuvenating tired interiors and I absolutely love sharing that vision with my fabulous clients!
Until next time, please tell all your friends about Kristine Robinson’s Interiors…I need all the friends I can get!