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CURTAIN DECO!

Unless they live in the woods or high enough that only birds can peek an indiscreet eye at their home, most people want to dress their windows. They are spoiled for choice to make it. Let’s see what is offered to them.

A REPORT BY CHRISTIANE DESJARDINS

PRACTICES AND AESTHETICS

They preserve our intimacy, filter the sun’s rays and can even sometimes attenuate the cold and noise. Curtains and blinds are practical, but we also want them aesthetic. How to choose?

For Michelle Levasseur, who specializes in custom made window dressing since 30 years, the curtains choice, it’s a matter of ”taste, place configuration and, of course, budget”.

” Every case is particular, and the limit, it’s the budget. We can have great blinds, and we can have cheap ones. We can make beautiful curtains with fabric costing 300$ the meter, and we can also make very beautiful ones with a fabric at 20$ the meter”, tells the creator of Confection ML. MrsLevasseur advises buyers, sell blinds and solar shades, and makes curtains and drapes in her own business, in Laval.

What is trendy actually, it’s what Mrs Levasseur calls the ” wall to wall, ceiling-floor”. In other words, the curtain covers a whole section of wall. It is often a veiling that we install on a rod with undulated curtains, known in English as ripple fold. It’s simple and light, but the effect is spectacular, as we noticed at one of Mrs Levasseur’s client house, in Ahuntsic.

”Having veiling everywhere, it gives an urban look, it’s really chic. It dresses and undresses at the same time.”

— Michelle Levasseur, window dressing specialist

The curtain is more or less undulated, depending on the chosen quantity of fabric. We talk here in terms of breadth of 60%, 80%, 100% or 120%. For a beautiful veiling effect, Mrs Levasseur suggests the 120% or, at least, the 100%, which is to say two to three times and a half the window’s width. For a thick fabric, we’ll opt for a lower percentage, she says.

On the finishing side, for the bottom hem of the veiling, MrsLevasseur prefers by far the lead thread. This one leaves no rim in sight, while assuring a beautiful fall of the fabric. And as we talk about floor, let’s be clear: curtains that trail on the floor, it’sout. Ideally, they should stop at an eight of an inch to a half of an inch above the ground.

MAKE OPAQUE

Veiling, it’s magnificent, but in the evening, we can see through it when interior lights are on. Some don’t bother with it, but for those that want complete intimacy, there is always a way to put a blind behind it that we lower in the evening. It can even be motorized, which is really practical when the window is huge, hard to access, or when there are many in the same room.

Another option is to install a second rod, to add a lining behind the veiling. In the day, the lining stays nicely pleated on each side, and in the evening we pull it behind the veiling. Thereby, the beautiful veiling effect stays at all times when we enter the room, the adviser summarizes.

We should note that for a bedroom, we will often prefer an obscuring lining, above all if we like to sleep in.

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DARE THE COLOR…OR NOT

According to Jessica Locas, interior designer, the alternated blind with it’s modern and urban look, is still popular. Its practical side is undeniable. It enables us to calibrate the lighting in the day and ensures a complete intimacy in the evening, by a simple cord movement that overlays or shifts the horizontal plates.

Solar shades are also a beautiful avenue for those who want to attenuate the too ardent rays of the sun. We choose them with a linen-like texture for a less commercial look, advises the designer.

Mrs Locas recommends neutral and bright enough colors, for the shades, so that the interior remains luminous : white, cream, taupe, gray… ”If we want to have fun, we can make it with curtains, she precises. They add richness to the room.”

This year, dark and vibrant colors come back strongly. Reds, blues and deep greens, explains Mrs Locas. Even rust, a bolder color, is back.

For material, we know it, velvet is omnipresent on podiums as well as in interior design.

”Decoration is often linked to dress fashion.”

— Jessica Locas, interior designer

Fashion comes and goes with time. We only have to think about the 50 and 60s’ curtains with their geometric patterns. ”It comes back, but modernized, with different colors. It is never completely the same”, explains Mrs Locas.

DRESSING OUR WINDOWS WITHOUT GOING WRONG

You don’t know how to choose your window dressing? Here are some tracks to guide you.

Window dressing constraints

In real life, we have to keep in mind some constraints when it comes to window dressing. They can take the form of electric radiators below the window, of a lack of space to fix the rod, of a window shape that doesn’t fit. On this subject, pay attention to swing windows that open toward the interior, warns Michelle Levasseur.

Maintenance

When making a choice, we must also think about maintenance. Veiling may be light, if it covers a whole section of wall without interruption, it will never fit in a washing machine, neither in a bath. That is why Mrs Levasseur prefers to hack a bit, making the connection meet a mullion instead of the center of the window. Usually made of synthetic fabric, veilings are washable. We draw them out of the washing machine as soon as the cycle is over, and we hang them in their place to dry. No dryer, advises Mrs Levasseur.

The beautiful invention…outdated!

You remember the vertical blinds? They were popular in the 80s and at the beginning of the 90s. We could adjust at will their degree of openness, they were extremely easy to maintain and we could easily find changing pieces. They are outdated, but for the practical aspect, they are hard to beat.

Horizontally

Horizontal blinds : we liked them, some still like them, but we like less washing them. What a chore, mostly when the plates are narrow! They are like dust magnets, and it shows, above all on the darkest ones.

Solar shades

We like them to filter the sun, and they are offered in different opacity levels: 1% means that they let through only 1% of the light. The 5% is good for a little sun problem. The 10% is even more transparent. Warning: dark solar shades are even more transparent than lighter ones.

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Designer intérieur Montréal : Verdun, île des Sœurs, Lasalle, Saint-Henri, Rosemont, Hochelaga, Pointe-aux-trembles, Anjou, Montréal-Nord, Ahuntsic, Saint-Laurent, Westmount, Côte Saint-Luc Designer intérieur Rive-Sud : Longueuil, Chambly, Brossard, Saint-Lambert, Boucherville, Saint-hubert, La Prairie, Sainte-Catherine, Saint-Constant, Chateauguay, Saint-Bruno

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