From the “Painted Ladies” of San Francisco’s Alamo Square residential neighborhood and park…to the historic downtown San Jose mansions that still stand tall and proud, the Bay area is full of beautiful Victorian homes that shout out to California’s cultural past. While some new purchasers of these classic homes stay on the traditional path as the redecorating begins…other prefer a more hybrid approach.
For a classic Victorian treatment, use interior wood shutters or blinds that match your woodwork in a way that ties in with the architecture of your house. No need to stay true to the heavy, fussy, layered Victorian style for window treatments. ~ Jennifer Adams
Founder of award-winning interior decorating firm, Jennifer Adams Design Group, Jennifer Adams is an acclaimed author and TV personality on a nationally syndicated daytime TV design program (The Better Show).
In this short Q&A session with a new homeowner who had just purchased a Victorian…and seemed eager for advice on doing window coverings somewhat off the traditional path. Jennifer points out that some of the drawbacks of the original Victorian window treatment style are that it’s dramatic construct tends to block out too much exterior light…while keeping hidden the elaborately beautiful woodwork that these classic homes are renowned for.
Jennifer’s basic answer:
Use interior wood shutters or blinds that match your woodwork in a way that ties in with the architecture of your house.
If you choose Shades, consider ones made of natural materials or fabric that are mounted midway…leaving the top portion exposed to allow more light. may be another solution if you don’t mind the look of the mounting hardware or having a roll of material across the center of your window. Or…only if your windows have deep sills, reverse blinds or shades that stack is another cleaner look.