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A Window Into the Past: San Francisco’s Painted Ladies

After a recent trip to San Francisco (known in my mind as the hilly city) I got a peek at the gorgeous Painted Ladies. For those of you who are wondering what I’m talking about, the Painted Ladies are Victorian and Edwardian-style homes that have been repainted to highlight their unique architecture. Needless to say I was in love with these adorably picturesque houses.

Struck with inspiration, I decided to do a little research on the best window treatments for preserving the Victorian details of these homes.

Here’s the top 3 window treatments I found:

Stained Glass Appliques

Extremely popular during the Victorian era, nothing looks better on a Painted Lady than stained glass. Not only is it beautiful, but stained glass brings even more color to these bright and cheerful homes, further enhancing their painted details.

Like the home above, even just covering the small, top window in stained glass creates a dramatic impact. Our Decorative Stained Glass Appliques are the perfect way to achieve this look: they come in a variety of color and sizes, including arches! Not only do they add style, but they actually enhance the integrity of the glass since the applique bonds to the window, creating a laminated coating.

Roman Shades

As shown in the top windows above, roman shades maintain all the elegance and beauty of Victorian style while also providing functionality. You can even add energy efficiency to your home by purchasing our Classic Roman Shades with a thermal liner, or choose a blackout liner if you want to block out sunlight.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are a great way to create a seamless look from the exterior, which draws visual focus to the home’s architecture, rather than what’s going on inside! Roller shades are a great option for added privacy, which I would want if I had a house this gorgeous, since I know strangers would constantly be taking photos outside my windows! Our Signature Blackout Roller Shades are an affordable option that will keep ‘the paparazzi’ from peeking into your ‘celebrity home.’

I highly recommend visiting San Francisco if you’ve never been – the painted ladies were definitely a sight worth seeing! Comment below if you’d like to live in one of these Victorian-styled homes!

If you adore the painted ladies as much as I do, you’ll love these other posts:

Window Treatments for Historic Homes

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