Simplify. We hear the word constantly. The trend for purging, streamlining and reducing is a freeing process. One feels uplifted and calmer in a streamlined, uncluttered environment. Every facet of interior design/decorating has incorporated this trend, especially when it comes to window treatments.
Gone are the days of fussy sheers, drapes with valances with tons of trim and frills. Windows are now often dressed with innovative blinds, beautiful finishing trim work and perhaps, if needed, side panels to soften the edges.
Hunter Douglas has led the way in window blinds always and their new Silhouette A Deux is no exception. These blinds are everything in one, keeping the window uncluttered and clean. They provide three choices of light control: translucent, light dimming and room darkening. Basically they are a Silhouette shade system with a darkening roller blind behind under one headrail valance. A cool feature available to them, is they can be operated without cords, making them really smooth and clean looking.
To see the full example, Ruffell and Brown Interiors at 2745 Bridge St. has a wonderful and extensive display area where you can see this blind and a large variety of other options available in window coverings. I have visited this showroom many times over the years and I am always dazzled with the options available to make window coverings functional and look beautiful for any room.
Another big showroom with a great Hunter Douglas display gallery is Saffron Window Fashion Drapery and Blinds at 2220 Sooke Rd. in the West Shore. Again, I was impressed with the amazing variety of window blinds available on display along with so many different options, fabrics, colours, and textures. They specialize in Hunter Douglas products, so the staff really know their product.
If your windows are in need of simplifying, check out one of these retailers – you won’t be disappointed with what’s available to you.
Sheri Peterson has been an interior designer for 22 years in Victoria. She designs for commercial, residential and hospitality clients.