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Many homes in the Reno and Tahoe area have very large rooms. As a result, they can often have multiple purposes. Take this Reno home as an example. The customer has a room that is used as a workout space and a dance studio. When the homeowner wants to dance, they don’t want to see the workout equipment. Notice what we did to provide a solution for the room.

Typically, when doing room dividers, vertical type solutions are the norm. Some of the options that are usually chosen are:

  • Draperies

    Room Divided by Draperies

    Room Divided by Draperies

  • Panel Track Systems
  • Vertical Blinds (Yuck)
  • Vertical Application honeycomb shades- (Vertiglide)

The problem I saw when designing this solution had to do with the mirrors on the wall. I didn’t want to block the affect that was created by the mirrors. I also didn’t want to take up space at the walls for stacking the vertical application products, like are listed above. So we chose to mount the roller shade at the top of the window.

The roller shade is a 1% screen material that is perfect for the space. The shade was manufactured by Century Shade and Blind, Inc in Los Angeles using a Somfy Ultra Quiet motor that is plugged in to the wall. The control is a single shade radio controlled remote that is hung on the wall.

The next step will be creating a faux beam to match the mantle that will house the roller shade inside of it. This will give the room a finished look and hide the shade when it is stacked at the top of the room.

The take away on this blog is that often the solution is not obvious. It is beneficial to consult with someone who thinks outside the box when doing your window treatments.

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Kempler Design is located in Reno NV and serves the northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe regions with a mobile design showroom. Paul Kempler, its founder is considered a window fashions expert. Kempler Design has been featured in many prestigious projects, including the HGTV dream home in Lake Tahoe. Kempler Design works with homeowners as well as interior design firms looking for a local contact in the Reno/Tahoe area or is available for travel.


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