Pea'in in the SUNSHINE
|Posted: 6/7/2010 11:03:03 PM|
I have plantation shutters on order for my home. Are the shutters usually seen as the window treatment, or do you usually add a valance/curtain/shade?
Stacy in UT
Loc: West Jordan, UT
|Posted: 6/7/2010 11:10:59 PM|
Mine are framed and do not have a valance or curtain over them.
Loc: Oklahoma City
|Posted: 6/7/2010 11:17:34 PM|
same as Stacy. We love ours. It is easier to clean then those blinds.
|Posted: 6/7/2010 11:26:23 PM|
No additional treatments here. I love the crisp pop of my white shutters against the painted walls.
Loc: Tempe, AZ
|Posted: 6/7/2010 11:30:04 PM|We've done it both ways.
I'm in Alaska for the summer or else I would post pictures for you.
In the living room, our plantation shutters stand alone, with the exception of wrought iron scroll sculpture above it.
In the family room, our plantation shutters are topped with window treatments that coordinate with the cushions and upholstery in the room.
In the bedrooms, we've done both.
Both ways look beautiful. Plantation shutters are so great! Enjoy yours knowing that either avenue you want to travel will result in beautiful rooms!
|Posted: 6/8/2010 12:26:03 AM|
Mine are framed with no curtain or valance. I love the way they look and they're so easy to maintain.
M in Chicago
nothing could be finer than to be back in Carolina
|Posted: 6/8/2010 4:04:09 AM|They don't have to have anything extra. --I used to work as a design consultant in a shop that sold wallpaper, blinds and plantation shutters.
Plantation shutters give a great flow and continuity to your house, keep down dust, and are wonderful for controlling the amount of light in a space--especially important if you have rooms that get a lot of direct sunlight.
Sometimes cornice boards were added to the tops of the shutters to soften the look a bit. They're easy to make with plywood, wood screws, L brackets to attach them to the wall and covered with polyester batting and a heavier weight fabric, like you'd use for upholstering a chair. An electric staple gun is perfect for this project. You can use decorative trims if you like.
Cornices are nice to give a window more height and cover the hardware and rods from layered sheers. You could add sheers over plantation shutters in a bedroom to soften the lines and make it more romantic. Instead of investing in decorative rods, use the continental rods and cover them with a cornice that is covered in a fabric that coordinates with the fabrics in your room.
The cornice can stand alone or act as the top of a window treatment with side curtains--like in this bedroom (I know it's not over plantation shutters, but I hope you can see the idea)
soft cornices with side panels in bedroom
This site has some interesting rooms.
I love the window seat with the drapes to close it off. The plantation shutters keep the area from being too busy and distracting the eye.
Day Bed Windowseat
I also love the way plantation shutters are used in this room, and then the draperies are separate to add color, texture, interest, light control and privacy.
Home Office/Entertainment area
This is an example of an old style wooden cornice board that someone made and installed in this house years ago. With the right furnishings/decor, I think they could be quite gorgeous.
wooden cornice (sorry that was so huge)
This cornice blends well with the room and would work well with shutters.
There are some good ideas out there, and the decoration doesn't have to be expensive to look expensive. I keep a file box of all the photos of window treatments, etc. that I really like from magazines and also have a virtual file box on my laptop to hang onto the ideas/rooms that I love.
If you have any questions, want to chat, or get more ideas, please email me. I love talking about design, colors, fabrics, and window treatments.