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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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 But now there are some new ways to use window treatments to beautify even the oldest windows or outdated sliding glass doors.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!

Custom Shower Curtains Bring Baths to Life

shower

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

fabric coordination
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.

 

Bring a Bedroom to Life with Color

The assignment?

“Please help me brighten up my drab bedroom. I’m tired of the drab color on the bed but I don’t want to go too crazy. I’m afraid of too much color or pattern.”

For someone who is a bit shy about making major changes in the big things in a room like comforters and window treatments, pillows and throws are the perfect alternative. Using a traditional white fabric for the bedcover was the perfect backdrop for colorful pillows that pop! Adding some pillow shams and adding white pillows of different sizes made a big difference.

The new colorful striped pillows and a fresh new throw at the bottom of the bed complement the new wall color and bring it all together. It’s that simple!

Now whenever she’s ready for a new makeover, we’ll trade out the pillow covers and throw for something new and fresh.

And maybe she’ll be ready for a vibrant new colored comforter cover by then!

 

Bay Window Treatments

Does your living room feel especially hot? Summer sun can be especially problematic when you have large open bay windows in a room. Although they are beautiful adornments that allow light to flood your living space, there are times when it might be nice to prevent some of the sun’s heat from driving you to crank up the A/C.

And you can create beautiful window treatments for bay windows that liven up your living space and make it feel cool and comfortable. There was a time when the only window treatment for a bay window was to leave it bare.

Not any more!

Swags for bay window mounted on boards

Bay windows defy all tradition with today’s window treatments. Consider something new and different:

  • Long, flowing panels carefully hung around the window to make it appear like several smaller windows.
  • Vibrant colored solid panels on either side of the bow, with an incredibly beautiful contrasting patterned valance across the entire top of the box.
  • Swags for a bay mounted on boards for a more dramatic effect.
  • Wide panels on either side and a panel in the middle to anchor the window — all of which can be drawn together during the hottest part of the day, or pushed back for optimal outdoor views when you choose.

Let us help you find the perfect solution for a bay window by custom-designing the perfect window treatment for your home. It’s an inexpensive way to get a great facelift!