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Window Treatments in Children’s Rooms: Some Considerations

November 1, 2014

You get the exciting news that you’re expecting and for some, the first thought is “How will I decorate the nursery?”  You immediately start thinking about colours, patterns and fabric choices (perhaps before you even have a name picked out) but you should add a few things to that list when deciding on window treatments.


You love being with your new baby, but would also love if they slept through the night and gave you a little parental time off.  Using blackout lining is a great way to achieve this.  7:30 instantly looks like 9:30 and everyone is ready for bed.  Layering your window treatment by hanging side panels or sheers in front of roller or roman shades is another option. Duette® Honeycomb Shades come in fully opaque fabrics as do several other Hunter Douglas products to control light.


You may want to give your children everything under the sun but do they really need dupioni silk drapes in their room?  Sticky fingers and spit-up will inevitably land on the most expensive item in the room so you may consider a more family-friendly option for their early years.

Linen and cotton canvas are great choices that hang well and can easily be spot-cleaned.

Colours and Patterns

Those fluffy bunnies or yellow duckies may seem like a great idea for a newborn but your toddler may start exerting their personality sooner than you think.  Picking a fabric with a more neutral colour or pattern will help ensure that the window treatment will continue to work in the space as the crib is swapped out for a bed.

Some great youthful options are stripes, polka dots and chevrons.  A solid colour is also an easy way to add personality without limiting future design options.  A sunny yellow works throughout the progression of a child’s superhero fantasies as they switch from Superman, to Batman to Spiderman depending on which movie is currently in theatres.


Fabrics shown include patterns from Kravet Collections (Echo Design/Seychelles), and Duralee Prints (Tannen Hill Collection and Beau Monde Collection), which are all available at Creative Interiors.


Now on to a more serious point as safety is certainly a big concern when considering window treatments in children’s rooms.

Cords can be a strangulation risk but many new blinds offer breakaway cords, which actually break when pulled too hard.  Additionally, almost all Hunter Douglas window treatments can be equipped with cordless operating systems.  The LiteRise® cordless operating system just requires your fingers to easily raise or lower the shade.  As well, they offer a spring-like clutch lifting system that features a decorative pull in place of a traditional cord.  The UltraGlide® lift system features a retractable pull-cord that maintains a constant length and can’t be reached by little ones.

Colour Trends for Fall 2014

August 28, 2014

Ombre Throw West ElmThere is a distinctive nip in the air now as we sit on our patios enjoying those last few BBQs of the summer.  As we begin to say goodbye to the warm weather and start moving back indoors, it’s a good time to consider how we might refresh our homes for the changing season.

Fall is typically time for ‘back-to-school’ and even though you may have left the halls of learning many years ago, there is that sense of ‘newness’ to this time of year.  This is most often seen at the mall as the stores fill with all the new Fall fashions and it’s easy to spot a few colour trends as you browse the racks.  Here are some that you might consider interpreting into your home this year:


Stiffkey BluePantone’s 2014 colour of the year is Radiant Orchid.  This is a lovely shade for warmer months but as the temperature drops, the colour begins to deepen.  This is perfectly executed in an ombre throw from West Elm that transitions from the lighter hue to a more intensive plum.

Softest Throw – Ombre in Dark Iris available at West Elm.


Your tranquil days at the lake are in the past and the storm clouds are moving in.  Farrow and Ball’s 2014 trends included Stiffkey Blue and this muddy indigo fits the season perfectly.

Siffkey Blue No. 281 from Farrow & Ball

Chain Link LampWine

One of the best parts about this time of year is that the tart apples of the summer have given way to the sweet reds.  This table lamp from Urban Barn in wine is an easy way to incorporate this colour trend into your home.

Chain Link Table Lamp in Wine available at Urban Barn.


Amber_VaseAs the days start to cool, we’re spending less time on the weekend mowing and more time raking.  This sculptural vase from Crate & Barrel in amber mimics the colour of falling leaves.

Amber Vase available at Crate & Barrel.