Mix and Match Window Treatments?

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Q: Can I mix/match shades & blinds on different sets of windows in the same room? We just moved into a new condo in Brooklyn, and while we wanted a brownstone, we thought all this light coming from the bay window and set of windows/door onto a terrace would give the condo enough character to call home. We are planning to have a carpenter build-in seating and shelves around the bay window, which we hope will give it that old school Brooklyn feel. But, what to do with window treatments?

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As you can see, we've got all neutrals so far, and we were planning to introduce color through the rug and cushions on the to-be-built window seating. But we saw this bright blue roman shade at the Shade Store and it got us thinking... blue shades? How bold and potentially eye-popping (the sample is hanging in the window).

But the blue seems a bit too much for both sets of windows. Could we then do blue on the bay window and perhaps a sheer white roman shade or even light brushed elm blinds on the other windows+door, or would that be tacky?

(Oh, and how do you like my partner's brilliance of picking up a paper lantern as a temporary solution while we pick out lighting?)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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