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Bold and Bright and Brave

What is it about decorating with color that sends home owners into a panic? Bold color decisions can be difficult, but remember, it’s not permanent! Using color at home can be intimidating but there are a few things to consider when using color in interior decorating projects. We asked a couple professionals in architecture, construction and design their opinion on color, and why it can be so scary to some.


Source: Vandamn Interiors

Some believe the intimidation behind color is for personal reasons. Jeffrey Driver, who is a designer and marketer from the UK, says that bold colors can be too dominating if not used correctly. Some may fear being stuck with a bright color they’re unhappy with, or having to repaint. Most are too busy to have to repaint and hiring a professional once is costly enough.

In addition to cost, Driver brings up another great point about seasonal effects on decorating.

“When do people usually redecorate? In my experience it seems to be spring or summer,” Driver explains. “I can imagine that the time of year plays a huge part in this. Depending where you live, at that time of year you want cool, fresh colors. You’re not thinking about warm colors for the winter months.”

Bright colors in the home can be overwhelming when you want to relax. Tom Kearney, President of Chicago-based residential construction company Building Dreams, believes it is not only the physical process of painting, but also selecting color that can be equally intimidating.

Solar shades and striped curtain panels


Kearney says a good compromise could be to paint just one wall of a room an accent color. This way it is a small commitment but also a small job. All the furniture doesn’t have to be moved out.

“Mistakes or misuse of colors are easily adjusted on this smaller scale,” Kearney says. “Most people will be so ‘wowed’ at their results, that they’ll continue with other colors in other rooms.”

Another great option is taking advantage of less permanent decorative accents in your home. Using bold curtains or roller shades with a pattern can feel a lot less of a commitment than paint. You could also switch up throw pillows or accessories for a splash of color.


Custom silk curtains in peach color

Pablo Maida, AIA is an architect in Los Angeles but he also does interiors on all of his projects. Maida believes that while color is one of the most difficult things to do well, trying to pick a nice white is equally challenging.

“There are hundreds of them,” Maida says.

Maida says strong color can really make a space sing, if done well.

“Every time I have suggested a bold move, either a color or a vibrant wall covering or both, it has been a challenge getting the client to trust me,” explains Maida. “In the end they usually are blown away, as are all their guests.”

Do you use color in your home?

Home Furnishing Fabric Trends

New York Fashion Week is coming up, which means a lot of blogs are buzzing about the textiles that will be trending this fall. But what about fabrics inside the home? There are trends in the interior design industry just as their are in regular fashion design. In fact, a lot of trends are transferring over between apparel and interior design. That’s right, the tweed coat you love so much has inspired designers for upholstery and draperies.This season is all about blending fibers, eco-friendly textiles, and bright pops of color.

Fiber blends are a current trend in contemporary home furnishing. Textile fibers are blended to create fabric with improved properties, feel and texture. Higher grades of fibers and yarns are being used, allowing more withstanding durability. This has turned outside spaces into an extension of the living area, bringing more indoor trends to the outdoors.

Eco-Friendly Fabrics, Interior Design Trends
Source: Design Sherpa

As they have for some time now, green textiles are still prevalent and impertinent. Renewable fabrics have become very important, and as a result, wool, linen, and silk materials have become more popular.

Leather wrapped table, interior design trends 2011
Source: Contract Leathers

Finishes that are eco-friendly, organic and non-toxic are often used. This year, leather is also making a huge presence in home decor.

Source: The Coaster Furniture
Tweed, Interior Design Trends 2011, Bedcover

Textures used in apparel are crossing over into interior design, such as nubs, slubs, bouclés/chenille, heavy tweed, and textured linen. The use of a variety of weaves and blends create fabric richness, and intricate jacquard patterns are also increasing in popularity .

Jacquard Weave Curtains, Interior Design Trends 2011
Source: Decorpad

New developments in yarns and finishes are creating fabrics with a super soft texture and hand. The use of rich metallic yarns and metallic highlights are being used to create surface interest, with hues of silver, gold, bronze, and copper.  Some of the important patterns include herringbone, hounds-tooth checks, and paisleys.

HGTV, Bright Color Accents, Interior Design Trends 2011
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Color trends from apparel are also being transferred to interior design.  Bright Colors are becoming more popular thanks to home improvement shows on TV, where these colors show up better than subtle tones under the bright studio lights.  Inspiration for colors is also coming from the outdoors, with the use of citrus, neutrals, and autumn tones.  Color inspiration is becoming more trans-seasonal.


Bathroom Break

It is your sanctuary- for such a small (or not-so-small) space, the bathroom is one of the most private places in the home, and the most utilized.  Spa-like, and also known as the “rest room”, it should be open, clean, and welcoming. Common looks for the bathroom are contemporary, natural, luxurious and traditional.

Custom sheer roman shade in bathroom

Smaller spaces can be overlooked, so it’s easy to forget about little details like window treatments in the bathroom. That is, until you realize your neighbors can see everything. It’s no secret that the primary purpose of window treatments is for privacy. But here are some inspiring bathrooms that are stylish too:

Relaxed roman shade in bathroom


Solar shades in bath



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Source: Architectural Digest


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Source: Apartment Therapy


Do you have a bathroom you’re just dying to show off? Send it to us here!

Feature Friday: Corner Shop Cafe

Walk into Corner Shop Cafe, and you’re immediately welcomed into a warm and casual environment before the staff greets you with a friendly hello. The cafe is literally at the corner of Broadway and Bleeker in NoHo, and attracts a lot of NYU and shopper-traffic. The employees are hospitable and the selection of  food is great (lunch, dinner, weekend brunch), but the building itself  is also worth mentioning.

Corner Shop Cafe, NoHo, NYU, 643 Broadway, Broadway and Bleeker, New York City, Pinch Pleat, Curtains, Design, Building Decor
Corner Shop Cafe at 643 Broadway

The high ceilings are topped with pressed-tin and a brick wall is exposed, filling the room with a warm, antiquated feeling.  Chandeliers hang from the ceiling and intricate sconces branch out from the gray walls.  The hardwood floors  are stained to match the assorted chairs and tables scattered throughout the room.

Corner Shop Cafe, NoHo, NYU, 643 Broadway, Broadway and Bleeker, New York City, Pinch Pleat, Curtains, Design, Building Decor
Corner Shop Cafe at 643 Broadway

Horizon recently worked with Zeff Design to add a pop of color to the cafe by installing pinch pleat curtains in an orange and white floral pattern. The pattern is contemporary, but pairs well with the sconces and pattern on the pressed-tin.  The cream velvet trim on the end of the curtains gives them a clean finish and adds to the warm palate at Corner Shop Cafe.

Corner Shop Cafe, NoHo, NYU, 643 Broadway, Broadway and Bleeker, New York City, Pinch Pleat, Curtains, Design, Building Decor
Curtains at Corner Shop Cafe

Project Spotlight: Adagio 60

Adagio 60 – 243 West 60th Street – New York, NY

About the Building:
The Adagio Building has a prime location near the Lincoln Center in the Upper West Side. Its lobby was created by renowned designer, Andres Escobar, and the building boasts a 40 ft indoor swimming pool, an outdoor English garden, fitness and business centers along with its spacious loft style luxury apartments.

Window Treatments Used:
Pinch Pleat Curtains, Tiebacks, BTX Electric Curtain Track, Privacy Roller Shade


Custom curtains

This 3 bedroom unit like many in the Adagio has 12 foot high ceilings and a cozy fireplace in the living room. It also has its own private terrace with window door entrances from the master bedroom and living room.

Curtains on custom electric track

Pinch Pleat Curtains with custom fabric were used on an electric curtain track for the large living room windows. A multichannel radio frequency 2 track motorization system by BTX was chosen.


Similar pinch pleat curtains were applied in the bedrooms using a simple manual track with tiebacks.
The home office also incorporated a manual Pinch Pleat Curtain track with tiebacks in a darker red toned fabric to match the room’s walls and decor.


Gold pinch pleat curtains with tie backs



Tie Back Curtains

A similar pattern was used for the shower curtain in the bathroom, but a simple clutch operated white privacy roller shade was the choice for the window here.

Solar Shade in bathroom

Staying consistent with the other rooms, the master bedroom also uses pinch pleat curtains with a white fabric this time to match the softer bedroom decor.

Project Spotlights is a series focusing on projects completed by Horizon Window Treatments throughout the New York City metro area. You can view many of the project galleries at the Horizon Work Portfolio.

Bedroom Window Ideas

Custom tie back curtains

If you are looking for great ideas for bedroom window treatments, there’s many directions you can take. Open bedroom windows can fill your room with a nice morning breeze and warm natural light. However, bedroom window treatments are needed to provide you with privacy, too. They also need to have the right style to fit your bedroom decor and help control energy efficiency. The good news is that there are many options available to you. Solutions include blackout shades, sheer curtains, blinds and many other drapery combinations.

Soft Sheer Luminettes with Light Control Vanes

Bedroom Wood Blinds


Some bedrooms have one large window in it. If that is what your bedroom has, then you need a large window treatment that is going to work well with the space. A good option for the bedroom is traditional drapery. You have the benefit of added material for privacy and energy efficiency. Drapery is often large enough for oversized windows, too. Another option for large windows is to layer with two curtains. One of these can be a solid option, to provide the privacy that you need while the other can be a sheer for nice daylighting.

Traditional drapery and sheer curtain combination

In bedrooms where you have more than one window or you have a smaller window, you also have options like roller blinds, solar shades, roman shades or drapery. You can even use a combination of these to get the look you are after.

Blackout Shades over a layer of Solar Screen Shades

Stylish orange gold sheer drapes for daylighting and blackout shades for full privacy

Also, consider blackout shades. There are several options on the market but all work the same way. These drapes block out nearly all of the sunlight, giving you a very dark room, ideal for getting good sleep at any time. Electric blackout shades are available that make it easier to control multiple window treatments. You can also choose a dual shade with one being a solar unit and the other being a blackout unit.

Multiple bedroom windows with electric shades and sheers

Choosing the right bedroom window treatment is essential to getting the right look for any bedroom space. A wide range of colors, patterns and fabric options help you to customize your bedroom style.

Best Window Treatments for Home Theaters

A home theater is an excellent investment in your home, but to pull off the actual theater experience, you do need to invest in the right window treatments. As home theaters become more popular, new drapery and window treatments become more readily available, designed especially for the home theater itself. However, you do not have to invest a lot of money into these products. For the home theater, simply choose shades and curtains that block out the most light. Consider a curtain to cover the screen too, for that classic dramatic movie theater effect.

If your home theater has any type of windows within it, it is critical to find a way to block out the light that could stream in. In order to get the darkened room, there are several types of window treatments you can choose from for these windows. By far, the best choice in products will be blackout shades or curtains. The material does not allow for any light to pass through it, creating the deep darkness that really transforms the movie watching experience. Also, it is a good idea to choose side channels, which also block out the light that could come in from the edges of the window frame.

To make the movie theater experience at home even more seamless, you could choose electrical blackout shades or curtains. . Using an electrical track will allow you to easily open and close the draperies or shade at the push of a button, instantly darkening the room.  One more thing to consider is sound. You don’t want to be interrupted by outside noises or be causing a disturbance yourself with your theater sound system, so look for material that will help block sound too. Avoid flat designs and instead choose layered drapery and treatments with slots, like cellular blackout shades that reduce sound with their irregular shape and internal air pockets, which are also often lined with aluminum to additionally block out sound.

Select window treatments for home theaters that are designed to provide the darkest and quietest of rooms to ensure your movie experience is the best it can be.

It’s All About the Little Things with Window Treatments

Buying window treatments for your home is something you need to do to block out the sun or provide privacy. However, your window treatments are still very effective tools for style and design. When it comes to window treatments, the only way to complete the look is by taking the time to focus on the little things. Picking a fabric to cover your windows isn’t everything. From the curtain rod to the tassel, there are plenty of little things to take into consideration. Have you considered finials, trims, drape hem size or  tie backs yet?

The following are some ways that you can complete the look for your window treatments, based on just a few of the options available to you.

  • Rods and Hardware: One of the best ways to update or transform the look is with the use of rods and hardware. Decorative items and metal finishes can transform the look. For a modern choose, choose wood with a decorative end post. For traditional, you should look at wood options.
  • Tie Backs: Tie backs allow you to change the shape of the fabric. This can open up the window, but that is not all it does. It can add a bit of flare to the look when you add tussles to it. This is a very traditional drapery look.
  • Finials: Finials are the decorative adornments placed at the end of curtain rods. You will find these in a wide range of styles including glass (for a very luxurious look), metal (for a modern look) or even wood (traditional look.)
  • Trims and Borders: To add something more to the window, choose trims and borders. This makes the window a statement piece in the room.
  • Drape Hem Size: The hem size is important too. You could choose a big hem size or a European style. You could go with no hem too.

Consider all of your options before investing in just one. These little  items can help complete the look you really want.

The Drape Not Draping?

Drapability, a word not commonly found in the dictionary, describes just how well a fabric is able to drape or hang and fold. What you may not realize is that fabrics are able to drape in different ways and this is particularly important for anyone who is choosing drapes for an area of their home. If you were to select polyester and cotton blends to be used on your sofa, for example, or even leather, you would not have a  problem getting these materials to fit well around the predefined shapes. However, if you try to drape them from a valance you could struggle to get anything that looks natural and flowing. There are solutions, though, such as thinner fabrics, using linens or even turning to silks.

Choosing the Right Drape Material

By taking the time to choose the right draping material, your window treatments will look just like you want them to. These tips will help.

  • Thinner fabrics tend to drape better as they are less restrictive in their structure.
  • Silk is one of the best choices for long, flowing drapes.
  • Linen also drapes well and it has been in use for years because of this ability.
  • Polyester does drape well, when properly cut and hung.

If you are unsure of how well a material will drape, pick it up and hold it above your head, allowing it to stream down your arm. This gives you an indication of just how well it folds or wraps. It takes only minutes to see what the drapability of any fabric is. Investing in the right type of material for the space completes the look, giving it an effective drape that helps the window treatments to work in the space. Before you buy drapes, consider the fabric and whether or not it is drapable in a way that enhances your space.

Why Do People Need Window Treatments?

Electric privacy shade for bedroom
Electric privacy shade for bedroom

Window treatments provide much more than just a covering for your window.  Some types of window treatments can help to reduce energy costs. Other products add a decorative element to the room or allow you to take full advantage of the space no matter how you want to use the space nor what time of the day or night it is. Privacy is yet another of the key benefits of window treatments.

As you can see, there are numerous reasons to use window treatments. Consider your options carefully.

  • Select window treatments that are able to block out the sun so that you can get some sleep during the day. Blackout shades and drapery works well for this.
  • Add some decorative flare with a few ornate rods and a stylish tassel on your drapery in the living room. This makes it more elegant in the space.
  • Consider the benefit of cellular shades or other types of blinds that block out others from seeing into your space. This is a critical feature in places like the bedroom.
  • For larger windows, you should look into solar shades or drapes. These do not allow sunlight to overheat your home during the summer months. They also help provide a layer of protection so that your home does not lose as much energy in the summer or winter months.
  • Change the look of the space. Choose vertical blinds, for example, to elongate the look of a window and make the room look higher.
  • Choose blackout drapery to help create the right ambiance for your movie theater room.

From a design perspective, having window treatments just makes sense. However, the right treatments can sell a home or transform a boring space into one that is a lot of fun and functions better for your particular needs.