This curtain project was in a newly built Metricon home in north west Sydney and was a referral from a designer we collaborate with frequently; Lyn Hughes of Designing Inside Out. The brief was to supply s-fold curtains to sit in front of face mounted roller blinds.
There were four expanses we were looking at: two stacker doors, a large window and a small window. The clients already had roller blinds installed by the builder, but wanted a curtain to soften the overall appearance. The clients also wanted to be able to use both stacker doors to their full extent. After Lyn had consulted with the clients and made her recommendations for fabrics & curtain style, we came in to measure & quote.
CHALLENGE: VISIBLE BRACKETS
Because of the configuration of the two sliding doors, the less-than-attractive brackets of the face-fixed roller blinds were visible from the side.
Lyn had specified s-fold curtains in a gorgeous Warwick fabric. Because the wave of an s-fold curtain weaves in front and behind of the track, it meant we had to use extra-long brackets to clear the roll of the existing roller blinds. Normally, we would put extra long returns on the curtain heading to hide this. But because these points were where the clients needed to access their door, there was no hiding the ugly mechanisms. (seriously… someone needs to invent attractive roller blind brackets!)
We advised the clients that pelmets were the ideal solution. They would conceal the blinds entirely, allowing us to install the curtain track with plenty of clearance from the blinds. The clients now have the option of opening or closing the sheer curtains to access their backyard, and can operate their roller blinds with ease, without seeing any ugly bracketing.