Answering a reader question about the best options for lake house window treatments and what in particular I’d suggest for her home.
A couple of weeks ago, I opened up the Satori Facebook page for another round of reader questions. I’m always curious to see what decorating dilemmas are on your mind. As usual, I won’t be able to answer all of the questions today, but I will try my best to address the issues you brought up in upcoming blog posts. Today, I’m focusing on lake house window treatments (a problem most of us wish we had!).
Blinds, Shades or Drapery as Lake House Window Treatments?
“Hi Shauna, I enjoy getting your newsletter update. Can I ask a quick question? We are moving ahead with our lake house and I’m thinking about window coverings. I’m wondering if there are any basic rules to consider when approaching this. I have a lot of windows that face the lake and would like to leave open with no covering, yet worry about the sun and UV as these windows face south-west. My bedroom windows need coverings, but I’m struggling with color as they need to block light.
Are there rules around things like choosing to have coverings blend in, match paint color or stand out and make a statement? Any feedback would be helpful.”
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As far as window treatments go, it’s difficult to select something specific without seeing the rooms, windows and view. In general, I like to keep coverings simple when there’s a beautiful view, such as a lake and its surroundings.
Currently, I’m doing Hunter Douglas roller shades in a country home that has a mountain view. The benefit is you can roll them right up out of the way, but they provide light filtering or blackout (depending on the fabric opacity or lining) when needed during the heat of the day or night time. I like that you can still see through some of the sheer options when they’re down, but they protect your furniture from UV rays that tend to fade furniture, area rugs and other room elements.
For a lake house, something like this is perfect:
Roller shades have come a long way from the original vinyl types. In the country home, we selected an off-white linen look fabric for the common areas that need some light control, and we’re doing a natural sea grass woven material in the bedrooms that require darkening. Keeping the finishes natural and light are key to making the view the prominent feature.
Another option to add a bit more character to your lake house is roman shades. These can be mounted above the window casing to keep the view as open as possible.
For a lake house, I like colors that remind me of the water, such as blue, green, grey, sand and white. I usually choose a fabric that has the same background color as the window casing/trim to keep it looking fresh, like these blue and white roman blinds spotted on Better Homes & Gardens.
If you want to sew your own, check out my roman shade tutorial.
Thanks for writing in, Holly. Be sure to keep us updated on your lake house progress!
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