Curtain walls can be a modern way to divide a room but retain light and flexibility.
During Victorian times, curtain walls were generally confined to interior doorways where they usually were pulled back unless they were needed to block the cold and retain heat and light. Traces of curtain hardware were still visible in my 1897 house in Chicago 80 years later. Usually these were heavy and elaborate but once central heating and air conditioning were introduced, interior curtains disappeared.
What a surprise to see their return – albeit in a different mode – in rooms by New York designer Benjamin Noreiga-Ortiz. While the styles of these spaces varies from modern to relatively traditional, curtains that range from sheer to semi-opaque are used to delineate spaces in open-plan homes – a particularly useful strategy for a contemporary loft [top].
Sheers lend this all-white living room an intimate, almost boudoir quality.
Each side of a ceiling beam is used for draperies that face into adjoining rooms. Semi-opaque draperies pulled to the center focus attention on the elaborate gilt mirror and create a soft accent wall for the living room seating area without actually closing it off from the dining room. There, a second set of sheer draperies is installed back-to-back to create a finished look while allowing some some of the color from the heavier pair to show through.
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