Fresh and beautiful roman shades

It’s been a busy couple of weeks!

We are so in love with this adorable roman shade we just created for a client. The fresh crisp white accented with the gorgeous blue is beautiful and really brightens up the space.

Do you need to freshen up a space or need some design help with window treatments, bedding, or pillows? Give us a call to get on our schedule – we’d love to help you.

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Love This Fabric!

sewinitWe love this new custom window treatment for a client in Richmond. The beautiful rich color is so warm and inviting. Taking the time to match the patterns perfectly makes all of the difference in the world to the finished effect!

Fresh Custom Looks for French and Sliding Doors

roman shadesCustom curtains in Richmond are just a phone call away with Sewinit’. And when it comes to fresh custom looks for French doors and sliding doors, Karen can create your one-of-a-kind window treatment.

Sliding glass doors or french doors can be problematic when it comes to window treatments or even providing privacy for your home. But now there are some new ways to use window treatments to beautify even the oldest windows or outdated sliding glass doors.

Try these ideas:

  • Use side-mounted panels that are only on either side of the doors/windows. Mount the draperies on short rods. Mount them higher than the top of the door for an even more dramatic effect. This works well for windows that don’t need to be covered for privacy.
  • Use a valance mounted above the door – use a zig-zag border for visual appeal and side panelsto make an old window appear new.
  • Roman shades are a creative and excellent alternative! They can be working Roman shades or faux shades, depending on whether or not you need them for privacy.
  • Hang long panels that stay to each side of the door during the day, but that can be pulled together for privacy or at night.
  • Working Roman Shades on French Doors
    Working Roman Shades on French Doors

    Use a one-sided panel that can be pulled across the door for privacy – use a light-weight fabric that doesn’t bunch too much when pulled to the side.

  • Grommet-top panels mounted with large rings will be visually appealing and slide easily.

Contact Karen to discover the possibilities!

Create Affordable Custom Window Treatments

Fringe takes plain curtains to "WOW!"
Fringe takes plain curtains to “WOW!”

Wondering how to get beautiful custom window treatments and custom accessories without breaking the bank? In addition to working with a local seamstress like Karen at Sewinit’, there are some other great tips that make it even easier and more affordable than you thought possible:

  • To get an expensive look without spending a ton of money on fabric, purchase beautiful trims, cords, tassels and fringes. They dress up even the least expensive fabrics and Karen knows how to make them work!
  • Don’t cover the window – expose it! Create window treatments that frame around the window and allow all of the light to come in. Hang rods high enough that window treatments just touch the top of the window. They make window treatments look more elegant and custom.
  • Don’t be afraid to use color (although neutrals are beautiful too)! You can use a vibrant color to give a richer look to window treatments and bring the walls to life. Or if you prefer to stay neutral, use a vibrant color on pillows and accessories to make the window treatments even more beautiful.

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    Check out this unusual border! Beautiful!
  • Shop for fabric at discount stores or on the close-out table of more upscale stores. Karen can help you find great prices on fabric too!
  • Use inexpensive cords or ribbons to tie back full draperies for an elegant effect. You can change out the tie-backs inexpensively and easily to change up the room for seasonal variation.
  • Allow curtain to “puddle” on the floor – this immediately gives a more expensive look when done right and it just takes a bit more fabric.
Kingston Valance with fringe
Kingston Valance with fringe

Give Karen a call and discuss your needs with her. She can help you find affordable fabrics, decorative options, and beautiful window treatments!

Pops of Color Create Designer Rooms

pops-of-color-bannerNothing says ‘custom’ or ‘designer’ like pops of color! When it comes to creating window treatments or anything else for your home, you can start with a neutral base, add pops of color, and you have a room that is fit for the front cover of a designer magazine.

Consider creating an all-white room and let pops of color bring it to life.Or use contrasting colors like black and vibrant fuschia to make a room ‘pop’!

Custom sewing makes it all possible. You can choose the fabrics you love for window treatments, pillows, duvets, window seats, shams, and more!

Browse these ideas and then let us know if we can help you create your own dramatic room by using custom window treatments accented with lots of pops of color!

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Custom Shower Curtains Bring Baths to Life

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We love sewing in Richmond for our customers!

And, when it comes to creating beauty in your home, don’t forget the bathrooms too! Small rooms are often overlooked but even a bathroom can become a thing of beauty in your home! Whether it’s a large bath, small, or somewhere in-between, custom fabrics can breathe new life into the room.

A fresh new shower curtain may be just the thing to brighten up the room. Custom shower curtains add a special touch to decorating and you can choose the fabrics that complement the bedroom and the rest of your home. Custom shower curtains fit perfectly and take advantage of the available space in just the right way – not too long, not too short, not too full, not too tight – just right!

Add a coordinating valance or window treatment for the perfect finishing touch!

Need help deciding what you need? Give us a call and let us help with a free consultation!

 

Balancing Color and Design for Custom Window Treatments

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Various patterns in complementary colors create an inviting room.

When it comes to decorating, nothing is more frustrating than having a beautiful wall color and not being able to find the perfect window treatment or other fabrics.

Complementing and highlighting the wall color is essential to bringing the room together in just the right way. Choosing a color scheme early in the process is important – but don’t worry – if you already have fabrics you want to keep, complementing them with new fabrics in the same color family will work nicely.

Here are some tips that will help you create the most beautiful window treatments:

  1. Decorate from floor to ceiling, going dark to light. Keep floors dark, window treatments in a middle range and the ceiling light for the most soothing effect.
  2. Choose window treatments and fabric before you choose a wall paint color – it will be much easier to match the wall color to the fabric than the other way around! Nothing is worse than having a beautifully and freshly painted room and not being able to find a coordinating fabric  to accent the decor!
  3. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Using stripes, solids, florals, and other prints works quite well when there is unity in the color scheme. Complementary colors are key and sticking with 3 basic colors will keep it all unified.
  4. Too many colors make a room appear disorganized and distracting. The room should flow from floor to ceiling – creating an inviting and warm welcome. Choosing a color scheme is usually one of the first steps in the design process, because color can be used to create a focal point and set the mood in a room. Colors like coral, red, and peach create a cozy feeling. Cooler blues and grays might be more welcome in south-facing rooms. Bright colors against a light background appear to fill up a wall, but those same colors against a dark background will not appear as bright or large. Consider the effect you want when choosing your color scheme.
  5. Colors may change from day to evening as the light shifts, so if you have a lot of windows with lots of light during daytime, consider the effects at night too.
  6. The actual design is important:
  • colorVertical lines add height and create a feeling of dignity and formality.
  • Horizontal lines are more casual and give a sense of breadth and size.
  • Diagonal lines attract attention and are best used as details or supported with vertical lines.
  • Curved lines soften the mood and keep window treatments from looking too stiff.
  • Bands, borders, and trims are a good way to emphasize line – for example, vertical lines add height and pull the eye upward for a more dramatic effect, while horizontal lines are more casual and give a greater sense of breadth.

Contact us if you need help choosing fabrics and creating the design you desire for your home. We’re happy to provide you with an in-home consultation free of charge when you purchase custom window treatments and other accessories from Sewinit.com.

Contact Karen at sewinit1@gmail.com.

Bring a Dull Room to Life

Vibrant panels!
Vibrant panels!

We are working with lots of fresh beautiful fabrics right now and we just love the bright colors of 2013! Cold winter days are brighter with fresh window treatments, new pillows, and a bright new bedroom ensemble.

Wall colors that complement the fabric are just the thing to bring a dull room to life.