All About Our Primary Suite Window Treatments

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Jamie Gernert, Founder WYC Designs

By popular demand – this is all about the shades we did our primary suite. Which, total caveat took us over a year to decide and commit to. Our property is really quite private so the urgency for window treatments didn’t really set in for awhile. My husband, however, loves a dark bedroom so after a year of waiting it was time and we really really went for it.

We chose The Shade Store – we had picked up some samples at our local store. I knew what I wanted – a warm textured linen that would compliment the light paint but oak tones that we use throughout. We have dark furniture in our room so the textured linen added a nice balance.

A few of my favorite linen options:

Luxe Linen Beige, Linen Blend White, Linen Oatmeal

Jamie Gernert, Founder of WYC Designs
samples online will/do look different than tangible samples
Jamie Gernert, Founder of WYC Designs

The color and variations the Shade Store provides is unreal and honestly can get quite overwhelming. We snagged the samples and mulled on it for a day or two – we left the samples out in our room and compared it to our fabric bed frame, vintage print rug, paint color and natural light throughout the day.

We went with the Luxe Linen Beige – it had the most texture, weight and warmth that we were going for.

When it came to what window treatment, I knew I didn’t want drapes. We had drapes in our last home and the functionality of them just wasn’t going to work in this space. So we went with roman shades. We did blackout in our bedroom and privacy liners in our bathroom.

With roman shades you have options for which way the fabric rolls, valence or no valence, type of liner, hardware finish, inside or outside mount and the type of pleat. Because we don’t have deep window sills (our Windsor windows take a bunch of real estate) we needed to do an outside mount. Because we had to do an outside mount I wanted to add a valence so you couldn’t see the side profiles/hardware.

From a design perspective I encourage and try to do inside mount where ever it makes sense – it just looks really clean and seamless and works well too if you add other treatments like drapes.

With having (3) windows in our bedroom, we loved the idea of automating them. It seems like a luxury, because it is but it’s so worth it. These are battery operated and require a remote (no big!) and once or month or so you’ll need to plug the valence in to an outlet to re-charge. (Charging cables/remotes are included).

With the Shade Store they send their own techs out to site measure – this is SO key. Let them do all the measurements and then make sure you really look through your estimate in detail before you commit.

The ability to push a button at bedtime to get our shades to go down is such a sweet feeling. It’s one simple thing that can make the most exhausting of days more palatable and enjoyable. The routine of sleep is so important – it’s a time to decompress, relax and unwind.

A few things to note:

  • Trade discounts are legit. For my clients right now I can extend my trade discount of 30% off which on full home orders of $20k+ it’s a really really big deal and significant cost savings.
  • SNAG all the free samples you want.
  • For automation on romans or roller shades it typically adds $400-500 per shade.
  • Really think about liners – some fabrics do better with a liner. Sometimes you don’t need blackout, maybe a privacy is all you need.
  • Lead times are all over the place – so know that they may take a bit but will be totally worth it.
  • Always let their techs measure. They have amazing customer service, so if there is an issue with shade/drape size and fit vs. was was measured, they do a great job at replacing.

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