Enhance any room in your Waterville Valley NH home by installing new window treatments from the industry-leading Hunter Douglas product line
We are Rod Ladman’s Window Designs, a full service Hunter Douglas dealer that sells, installs and repairs these beautiful, functional and dependable window treatments, Not only in the greater Waterville Valley New Hampshire area, but anywhere in Grafton, Carroll, Belknap, and Merrimack counties.
We have partnered with a skilled artisan and fabricator, Karin Conn, who creates beautiful custom-made soft furnishings in her workroom. This gives our customers the unique ability to choose from either the standard catalog of Hunter Douglas products, or opt for unique, one of a kind treatments that are created from your vision. Combined, Rod and Karin have many decades of experience with window treatments of all kinds, and they both have a passion for decorating!
Rod alone is in the window covering business for over 40 years, but still loves to meet new clients. We would like to come out to your Waterville Valley NH home and discuss your window decor needs Our consultation and measuring services are always completely free with absolutely no obligation…and..Rod really is a very nice guy!
- Window Blinds
- Vertical Blinds
- Venetian Blinds
- Wooden Blinds
- Window Shades
- Roller Shades
- Custom-Made Drapery
- Faux Wood Blinds
- Pleated Shades
- Roman Shades
- Solar Shades
- Room-Darkening Shades
- Custom-Made Valances
- Custom-Made Cornices
- Cellular Shades
- Woven Wood Shades
- Plantation Shutters
- Custom-Made Curtains
- Custom-Made Sheers
- Custom-Made Roman Shades
- Drapery Hardware
And let’s not leave out the many kinds of complimentary bedding accents we can make for you including Duvet Covers, Shams, Tufted Coverlets, Bed Skirts, Pillowcases, et al. AND… Table accessories like Table Cloths, Runners, Placemats, etc. Whatever you need, we can do it.
Some Thoughts On Proportion
Dressing a window is not always as simple as hanging up attractive curtains. A window covering should be in proportion to the window and the room. If an element is not the right size – let’s say, it has a rosette that’s too small or an overly long valance – it throws off the entire effect of the treatment. The small rosette will be distracting rather than impressive; the long valance will make the window look squat and will make the room seem smaller. To plan a well-balanced window covering, there are several fundamental principles relating to space that you should understand. These principles include scale, proportion, line, balance, harmony, and rhythm.
Scale and proportion are critical
Scale and proportion work hand in hand. In decorating, scale simply refers to the size of something as it relates to the size of everything else, including people and the space itself. Proportion refers to the relationship of parts or objects to one another based on size – the size of the window is in proportion to the size of the room, for example. Good scale is achieved when all of the parts are proportionately correct relative to each other, as well as to the whole. If you are mixing patterns in an arrangement, for instance, you might want to balance the curtain’s large-scale motif with a medium-scale design for the lining and a small-scale one for a border.
Occasionally, a window treatment turns out to be too large or too small for its setting. Careful planning and a deliberate effort will help you to avoid this and to achieve good proportion in the window covering itself, as well as its completed effect in the room. One way to test your ideas is to make a measured drawing of the window. Then you can take your time and experiment with different arrangements on paper until something looks right.
Next to consider is line. Simply put, line defines space. Two-dimensional space consists of flat surfaces, such as walls, floors, and windows, that are formed by intersecting lines. Adding depth, or volume, to a flat surface creates three- dimensional space. However, lines do more than define physical space; they can also suggest various qualities. Let’s take a look at how the various lines can influence a window’s appearance
Consider how lines affect the look
Vertical lines imply strength, dignity, and formality. Imagine how impressive a pair of tall, narrow windows flanking a fireplace would look. Horizontal lines, such as a row of clerestory windows or even a cornice across a picture window, or on the other hand, convey relaxation and security. Diagonal lines, such as triangular or trapezoidal window, express motion, transition, and change.Curved lines, like those of an arched window or the shape of a swag, denotes softness and sensuality.
Windows and their coverings are a way to incorporate a variety of lines into a room’s design. Most modern rooms are rectilinear. Window dressings can help relieve the repetition of squares and rectangles inherent in the architecture. Tieback draperies or fan shapes can introduce a few curves and make the space more interesting.
And then you have balance…
Balance is another important concept to consider. It refers to the equilibrium among elements in the window treatment. With balance, the relationships between the parts of an arrangement seem natural and comfortable to the eye. For instance, two windows side by side on a wall with matching floor-length curtains will look appropriate in a room, whereas the same setting with a sill-length curtain on the other will seem awkward and out of balance. Balanced relationships between objects can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical. Symmetry is when an arrangement is exactly the same on both sides of an imagined or real centerline. A swag with two matching cascade jabots is a good example of a symmetrical design Asymmetry is an arrangement with elements of different sizes. For an asymmetrical design, picture that same swag with one long, cascade jabot.
Putting it all together: Harmony and Rhythm
The two other design principles that should be considered when selecting a window treatment are harmony and rhythm. Harmony is achieved in design when all the elements relate to one another. In other words, everything coordinates within one scheme or motif. Matching styles, colors, patterns are good examples of harmony. Rhythm refers to repeated patterns, which add movement and interest. For example, the scallops on a valance can be echoed by fan-edge trimmings on the curtain panels. Keep in mind that harmony pulls a treatment together, while rhythm, moves the eye around the arrangement. The key to creating good harmony and rhythm is balance. Always add at least one contrasting element to your design for interest.