Speciality window treatments

Speciality window treatments for gable or apex windows

With so many new architectural homes being built in Cornwall with unusually shaped apex or gable windows, we are often asked to find a solution to dress these tricky windows. While you are restricted, it does not need to look fussy or overdone. We offer a wide range of specialist and made-to-measure blinds and curtains in our showrooms. Our designers can give you advice and help you decide on the kind of window treatment you’d like. We can also book an at-home estimate, where our experts visit your home and measure up for you.  For speciality window treatments we can offer the following options:

Speciality curtains

We can design curtains that are shaped into the apex, so therefore the heading is unable to move. We then add Italian stringing at the sides to draw the curtains back. Surprisingly they do not cut off as much light as you would imagine, but be careful what fabric you pick! We avoid using bulky and stiff fabrics preferring to use fabrics that drape in soft folds, with as little kick out as possible.
The Italian stringing is always shaped up to the corner (where the heading usually begins). You cannot guarantee a precise hem for this type of window finished in the workroom. This is because of the way the weight of the curtain hangs on the warp and weft weave can cause a hem to be uneven when in situ.

Speciality Roman Blinds

For unusual windows, we use Roman Blinds that are shaped into the apex so therefore the top section of the heading is unable to move. Roman blinds are really curtains that lift vertically, instead of drawing horizontally, and have a flat appearance when extended. They can be made using clients-own fabrics, where suitable or you can choose from our extensive library of designer fabrics.
The blinds are retracted by cords passing through rings sewn into the fabric, and either hand-pulled or powered by electric motors. All our speciality Roman blinds are custom made and fitted by our team.

Speciality Duette or Plissé Blinds

Very similar in its simplicity to shutters but letting more light in. Our speciality Duette or Plissé blinds open up or down as you can see and are available in a range of colours. Minimalist and neat the blinds are a combination of electric (for the shaped blinds) and manual (for the rectangular blinds), with both top-down and bottom-up operation depending on the shape of the pane. ‘Top-Down’ pleated blinds drop down from the angled top of the window, fanning out and then dropping horizontally if the window requires; these are especially suited to shallow-pitched gables.
These gable blinds are difficult to make well, but do clear the glass entirely. ‘Bottom-Up’ pleated blinds have the benefit of providing privacy when partly retracted, especially good for windows on upper floors. These blinds require slim support cables running up the glass, but are ideal if manual operation is required and one can reach the top of the window.

Speciality Vertical Blinds

Ideal for very large windows and doors, this look is very clean and stylish. Having modernised over time, the blinds are now weighted at the bottom so that you have the white string tying the bottoms together, which looks much more contemporary. They can be fitted in gable end, triangular or irregular shaped windows. With Vertical Blinds you can choose from different fabric textures and colours as well as moisture-resistant, blackout and anti-glare options all in a variety of vane sizes. For a real statement set of Vertical Blinds, we suggest going for really wide vanes in your vertical blinds.

Speciality Window Treatments for every type of window

With years of experience designing bespoke window treatments, at Hops and Camellias we have a solution for every unusual window.

Curved Window Blinds

Those who do not wish to have curtains on their bow window are not left with many options for blinds; we have several solutions for such a situation, although it may often be best to fit a series of flat blinds in sections across the curve. Elegant, contemporary vertical blinds mounted on a curved track are the best solution for a blind which follows the shape of the glass. The vanes are available in a broad range of fabrics and modern weighting systems remove the need for chain-linking at the base.

Roof Light Blinds

Pitched or hipped roof lights are often made up of several small panes of glass in a combination of rectangles and triangles; this therefore requires many small blinds if you were to follow the line of the glass. Another option is to span longer blinds across the skylight void at normal ceiling level – this is cheaper and easier and is the ideal solution for flat roof lights. Pleated blinds are a perennial choice, excellent for situations where a discreet solution is required since they take up very little room when retracted and provide a clean modern look when extended. For a more traditional look, Pinoleum is perfect and available custom painted in Farrow & Ball ® colours; louvred roof shutters are also an alternative and ideal for awkwardly shaped roof lights. For very large roof lights, we might suggest high quality roller cassette blinds spanning the void with the fabric held in tracks on either side.

Triangular Blinds

Triangular windows present a challenge for blind manufacturing and specifying, however Hops and Camellias & Co. specialises in such difficult shapes and we have several options available. Pleated blinds or Venetian blinds can be used for triangular windows with operation similar to shaped gable window blinds; wooden shutters can also be made to a variety of shapes, hinging open or detaching with simple catches to allow access to the window. Shaped roller blinds are great for simple, relatively small and symmetrical triangular windows, either operated electrically or with a cord and pulley. Blackout fabric is available and these blinds make a perfect solution for blocking the light in a bedroom.

Bifold Door Blinds

Bifold doors or, more accurately, folding sliding doors, present a challenge for blind design and installation – the doors fold tightly together, so the only options are for slim blinds to be mounted to the doors themselves or to fit the blinds outside the door recess.
Pleated blinds are very slim and therefore can be mounted against the glass of the doors without hitting each other with the doors retracted. The fabric is hard-wearing and washable, so if the doors open outwards, the blinds will not suffer in a brief rain shower. For covering large expanses of glass, roller blinds are ideal and can be fitted into recesses to maintain a clean minimal look. Wooden Venetian blinds are perfect for a more traditional look and can be fixed above the doors if they open outwards. Very slim aluminium Venetian blinds can be fitted to the doors themselves, with clips to prevent them swinging as the door moves. The Perfect Fit blinds system may be suitable for this solution, holding the blind against the glass without the need to screw into the frame.

Veranda Blinds

Veranda blinds are an increasingly popular solution for glass roofed structures, providing shade for summer al fresco dining. Many blinds companies will not provide blinds for these semi-external conditions, but we see no reason why the blinds should be compromised by this. Pinoleum is a statement look, providing dappled shade and a classic appearance; the fabric can be left in natural wood tones, or painted in a range of colours. Pleated blinds are a more modern and discreet option with many fabrics to choose from, ranging from sheer and semi-opaque to blackout, all in a variety of colours. Simple roller blinds are also a traditional choice, with a huge range of different fabrics. They are especially suited to situations where the natural hang of the blind is to be a feature of the veranda.

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