"I never met with a stripe I did not like," says designer Sheila Bridges, that chose Osborne & Little's Killarney, embroidered with white ovals, for the kitchen Roman shade.
Fabric-based window treatments are a great way to balance all the hard surfaces in the kitchen while at the same time adding pattern and colour. This custom shade lower and can raise to control privacy and sunlight. "Whether up or down, the shade keeps the kitchen atmosphere glowing with splashes of yellow from this Thom Filicia fabric, Prospect at Shadow," states the manufacturer. Continue the look with cloth in places like lampshades (see the shades on the wall sconces), barstools, chairs and even Fido's bed.
Designer Robin Baron gave this elegant country kitchen that the ideal finishing touch with an ornate scalloped valance over the sink. "I always say 'amazing design is in the details' and this gorgeous valance is a perfect example," says Baron. "I used the detail of iron pins to create the dramatic pleating in lieu of a conventional rod and embellished the classic linen floral cloth with tassel trim, and fitting tape, giving importance and weight for the country-inspired valance."
To make a tailored look in a simple, monochromatic kitchen, designer Teri Thomas chose a valance and Roman colour in precisely the same fabric. She utilized a cloth for both its box-pleated topper and the shade from Paul and Galbraith, says contractor Duane Johns of Advanced Renovations.
Light and Lively
Window remedies not only add softness and style, but also control light, protecting interior furnishings and materials from harmful UV rays. "Flat Roman cloth sunglasses from Smith & Noble can be found using a solitude lining that provides sun protection," says Kara Roberts, Director of Merchandising for the business. Shown here is a Flat Roman Fabric Shade in Samara/Stone with privacy lining.
In a kitchen using simple style and a mostly white color palette, a dab of pattern may add personality. "Help frame a beautiful view with a valance mounted above the window. This ikat-patterned cloth, Bansuri in Slate, has a rich neutral which adds interest to the solid white cabinets," says the maker.
"Fabric colors are like great artwork: They transform a distance and its inhabitants," says Kara Roberts, Director of Merchandising for Smith & Noble, the maker of those Moroccan-style shades shown here. Flat Roman shades lie flat when reduced, creating a very low profile appearance that works with a wide assortment of prints and fabrics and fold up at the very top when fully lifted.