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Where softness and finish are desired but complete coverage isn't, fixed balloon shades (sometimes called London shades) can introduce just the right touch of a favored fabric. A fixed balloon can also conceal a shade or blinds that can be lowered when light control or privacy is needed.
In this sitting area, the trimmed balloon supports but doesn't overshadow the stunning leaf print that covers the bench cushion. The striped fabric belongs to the happy yellow color family that dominates the space.
Balloon shades with tails offer a dressy look and detailed fabrication. In this bedroom furnished with fine antiques and inviting upholstered chairs, the shades continue the style from the furniture to the windows. Extra detailing includes the goblet-pleated headers, often used in English-style fabrications, and the hand-sewn trim.
A fabric shade, mounted over a concealed cornice, echoes the sleek style of this sophisticated living room. For privacy and sun control, the shade lowers for complete coverage. It also allows casement windows to open for a breeze. The pale taupe contrasts with the white walls and dramatic white sofa for a hint of color.
A detailed variation of tailored Roman shades translates into a stylish solution for these handsome arch-topped windows. Featuring horizontal pleats, the shades are mounted inside the trim at the top of the double-hung windows.
For design detailing and touches of color, the shades are edged in a contrasting trim. Because privacy and sun control are concerns, an opaque fabric blocks a little bit of light when the shades are down.
Some of the most successful decorating statements are subtle and suggestive, as shown on this staircase landing. A billowy balloon shade is the focal point of the transitional space.
In a weekend-home setting, stock pull-down roller shades resolve the problem of sun control--and virtually disappear at the top of the window when rolled up. Unlike popular Roman shades, roller shades have the advantage of rolling discreetly out of the way so that both panes of double-hung windows are clearly visible. These white shades match the woodwork and curved bench for minimum contrast.
Neutral shades are the perfect pairing for bold walls. These gold-tone shades provide a warm counterpoint to the cool blue.
Color is the key to blending a variety of patterns in a room. In this den, the large-scale multicolor scenic print at the windows is harmoniously tied to the rest of the space through threads of rust, ocher, and taupe.
If you're working with a small budget, use inexpensive flat panels for simple, affordable, easily changeable treatments. In this work space, an artist tries out his textile designs by pinning samples over the windows as graphic shades.
Strong and bold, these red-checked Roman shades pull up to showcase views of the garden beyond but can be lowered to the floor to keep the cheerful sunroom warm during winter nights. The shades are lined with cotton and interlined with a feltlike material that forms an additional barrier against cold. The material also helps the shades hang better by adding fullness to the folds.
Tailored Roman shades work in tandem with draperies for a richer look than shades provide alone. In this serenely neutral living room, Roman shades made from mossy green damask control daylight and shut out cold winter nights.
Dressier fixed draperies, hung at matching ceiling height, enrich the scene with soft folds and the pretty, classic dressmaker detailing of goblet-header pleating. For a neat daytime look, the Roman shades pleat nicely while the drapery panels puddle on the polished floor--the best of both treatment styles.
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