Kitchen Window Makeover

May 3, 2016

I am working with a client online helping with her kitchen redesign:

Before:

marsha before kitchen

We have worked on many home projects together over the years. She recently wrote, “ My next project is our kitchen.  It is stuck in the 80’s and desperately needs an update!” I think it looks very pretty and just needs a little refreshing. I will share the whole project with you which includes new paint colors, flooring, lighting,  granite countertops and backsplash when the room is completed soon.

For now, I wanted to show you her existing window treatments:

marsha window beforeI asked her if I could use her photo as an example and she said that it was fine. I wanted to point out that the upper window valance was in style a few years back, but now is considered a dated look. But don’t worry- because it is such an easy fix!

Option one- If you just take the valance down and leave the window bare, the room will look better right away! Open windows are classic- plus more sunlight is let into the room!

bare window

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There are also a couple other options I am going to suggest for her windows. Option two is roman shades:

marsha roman shade

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pb roman

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Option three- I think window curtain panels would be an ideal choice. She has the room on the wall and it would be an opportunity to bring in color and softness with fabric:

marsha curtain

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marsha wt

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marsha window

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Gorgeous! Remember when buying curtain panels, it is usually best to double their width by sewing two panels together for each side. You can read more details here.

These are just a few examples to use instead of a window valance. Maybe you should hang on to them- they will probably be back in style in a few years!

I will keep you updated on our progress in the kitchen! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 comments

  1. I agree about the gathered valances looking outdated. All your suggestions for a new look are wonderful. Sometimes just taking the old valances off and making them into ‘straight’ valances, instead of a gathered version, updates the look…providing the fabric is in good condtion and doesn’t look outdated itself. 😉

    I jokingly call valances “eye brow curtains”. LOL!

  2. I can’t wait to see this one when you are done. We just moved into a townhouse with similar cabinets. I am staining them now, but they still look “dated” to me. I love the Roman shade in the kitchen though. I think it is classy.

  3. These are all beautiful ideas Kelly! It will be difficult to decide. Thankfully I have your excellent design help to guide me thru this remodel. ?

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