Creativity is not only for residential projects!
Being creative while respecting budgets, public safety, building codes, and practicality are traits every interior designer must possess. When designing for a commercial project, interior designers are faced with many challenges: We need to be creative and unique yet remain sensible; we need to make sure the products we recommend are safe; and we need to adhere to clients’ budgets.
Not too long ago, we installed window treatments in the lobby of a Naperville, Illinois, apartment. The client’s requirements were to provide draperies that would “define” the doors and bay window with a unique design, provide a sculptural effect, and work well with the already existing design of the reception area.
The draperies we provided were very distinct, consisting of box-like cornices placed on each side of each door and the bay window. The doors are not there for use but rather only for visual impact and to let sunlight into the space. Each box has a drapery panel that comes down from the inside of the cornice box to the floor. This design gives a column effect that defines the openings of the door and the bay window. It also provides a graceful feel to the space, further enhancing the height of the room.
A white Robert Allen fabric was selected to match the trim. It was flame-retardant and had a texture to add visual appeal. It worked marvelously with the deep taupe paint of the walls. The installation was challenging but the results were amazing. The room now looks fabulous and the manager and sales crew were all mesmerized – and very grateful!
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