Hunter Douglas Inspiration

Posted by: Rebecca Atwood

When creating this collection I wanted to revisit traditional patterns, as well as soft textural patterns that are easy to layer into any space. Natural light is a luxury—it makes everything look better—and window treatments become such an important part of the room. I wanted to create a collection that had an effortlessness to it, but also a few pieces that can really be the focal point of a room.

My process begins in my sketchbook. This is where I filter my day to day experiences, memories, and new ideas onto the page. To start, I went back through my archive of artwork—there are so many ideas I haven’t used yet—and also created new pieces when working on this collection.

For me, window treatments should be easy to mix and match with other patterns, textures, and colors so that you can still change the look of your room without having to change the window treatments.


Dotted Leaf


Behind the pattern: This artwork began as a gouache drawing in my sketchbook. I am always looking at patterns. I remember a visit to the library looking at copies of old Victorian books that has many different hand painted patterns in them. Some reminded me of cells and lace and were very small scale. I painted this pattern thinking about those patterns and imagining the inside of a leaf. I love to play with simple marks like dots and lines as building blocks to create new patterns.

Design Tip:

I love that this pattern is larger in scale and can be a focal point but is still soft and textural. Use this in a room where you want a quieter relaxing vibe.


Dotted Stripe 

Behind the pattern: This artwork began as a gouache drawing in my sketchbook. I often paint stripes as a way to “warm-up” and let go.  It’s a great way to play with color and see how a different brush, or more paint on it, or even a different paper will vary what I create. I find painting stripes to be meditative and calming, and I think they can have that effect on a room as well. I love the subtle watercolor texture in this stripe and finished it by painting little dots in between each line.

Design Tip: Stripes are such easy patterns to incorporate into a room because they mix and match with others so well. Use this one as a way to introduce color to a space. Mix this pattern with just about anything! You can’t go wrong with a stripe.



Inspiration+ Artwork: This gouache began as a watercolor drawing in my sketchbook. I wanted to revisit the idea of a traditional damask pattern but a lighter and more linear version.

Design Tip: Use this larger scale pattern as a focal point for a room. It had a nod to tradition but is fresh too, and works beautifully as a curtain.


Diamond Geo

Inspiration+ Artwork: This artwork began as a gouache drawing in my sketchbook. I used a flat brush to make these diamond shapes, and I love how you can see the subtle texture of where the brush had more or less paint on it.

Design Tip: Use this pattern like you would a texture. I love how this pattern can easily mix and match with others because it’s geometric but organic and painterly at the same time.  Mix this pattern with a stripe, a texture, and a larger scale pattern you love. I love it as a roman shade.



Inspiration+ Artwork: This artwork began as a mark making experiment in my sketchbook. I took a flat brush and repeated the shape of the end to make these soft linear marks that remind me of grass—a textural landscape. The marks vary slightly depending on how much paint was on the brush, the angle, and how hard I pressed.

Design Tip: I love this pattern because it acts as a texture.  It’s only when you view it up close that you can see all of the details in the pattern. It’s soft and feathery and so easy to mix into a room with other solids or patterns. I’d use it as a blind paired with a patterned curtain.


Tree of Life

Inspiration + Artwork: This artwork began as a watercolor drawing in my sketchbook. I painted it after a trip to Portugal. I was inspired by all of the beautiful fruit trees at our hotel in Porto. We visited in March and I remember thinking how refreshing it was to see because it was cold and gray at home in New York.  The tree of life is a motif that comes up in many different cultures throughout history.

Design Tip: Let this pattern be the focal point of a room. Pair it with solids, textures, stripes or small to mid-scale prints. You can pull out the colors from this pattern as a palette for your room. This pattern has a happy vibe, so use it in a room where you want to add a bit of cheerfulness.


Garden Stripe

Inspiration+ Artwork: This artwork began as a painting on large watercolor paper. I made many different versions playing with different brushes and tonal colors.  The resulting stripe reminds me of plant stems in a garden—alive, irregular, and growing.

Design Tip: A vertical stripe is a great way to add height to a room. I love this pattern for curtains because it draws the eye up. The irregular lines of this stripe will look beautiful folded in the pleats and of the curtain.  Pull out the colors from this pattern to create a palette for your room. If you stick with a cohesive color palette this pattern can go with just about anything.


Stamped Floral

Inspiration + Artwork: Potato printing is one of my favorite ways to make a mark. The supplies are readily accessible, and the results always unique. For this pattern, I cut out simple floral shapes with an Exacto knife and stamped them in my sketchbook. I loved that the resulting shapes are imperfect and textural. They don’t feel too sweet but soft—like when you come across petals scattered along the sidewalk in the spring.

Design Tip: The small scale of this pattern makes it easy to layer into a space. Use it to bring in softness to a space in your home as it has subtle femininity that can still feel very neutral. I love it as a roman shade.


Photography by Sharon Radisch

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