Sky Blue Shutters
Shutters painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in Old Blue Jeans attract a glowing British country note into a metropolitan kitchen.
“Fabric shades are like great art: They change a distance and its inhabitants,” says Kara Roberts, Director of Merchandising for Smith & Noble, the maker of the Moroccan-style shades shown here. Flat Roman colors fold up in the top when fully raised and lie flat when lowered, making a very low profile appearance that works with a large range of prints and fabrics.
“When planning a kitchen design, putting the sink under a window is a great option,” says designer Karen Sealy. “Having a wonderful perspective can make washing the dishes or prepping food much more pleasurable.” She specified shutters to fill out the transitional style of the room. “Using shutters is a low-maintenance alternate to drapery that controls light levels and perspectives,” she says.
To create a tailored look in a simple, darkened kitchen, designer Teri Thomas chose a valance and Roman colour in precisely the same fabric. She used a custom-printed fabric for the shade and its own topper from Paul and Galbraith, says builder Duane Johns of Advanced Renovations.
If you want to filter light and soften the appearance of your kitchen window but don’t want anything thick or opaque, look at using a cloth with a loose weave, such as linen, for example. Here, designer Annette English complemented the differently pared-down look of the room with textured material out of Dan Marty Fabric.
Designer Robin Baron gave this elegant country kitchen the perfect finishing touch with an ornate scalloped valance over the sink. “I always say ‘amazing layout is in the details’ and this gorgeous valance is a perfect example,” says Baron. “I utilized the depth of iron hooks to produce the dramatic pleating instead of a conventional rod and embellished the classic linen floral fabric with tassel trim, and fitting tape, giving importance and weight for the country-inspired valance.”
In a kitchen using simple style and a mostly white colour palette, a dab of layout may add personality. “Help frame a beautiful view using a valance mounted above the window. This ikat-patterned fabric, Bansuri in Slate, has a rich neutral that adds interest to the solid white cabinets,” says the maker.
In a Charlotte, North Carolina, home, designer Lindsey Coral Harper made a Roman shade in Exactly the Same fabric as the kitchen couch, Thom Filicia’s Prospect at Shadow for Kravet, to take the ikat pattern across the room.
Twice as Nice
For the best in flexibility, consider shades that can be raised and lowered from the top or bottom as needed. “These easy and sleek shades by Kirsch can drop down from the top or elevated up from the bottom to allow you to command the view or the sun as needed,” says the retailer.