Many homes in Santa Clarita have no bathroom door, that is to say, no door between the master bedroom into the master bath. Although this makes for an attractive design statement, it is a challenge to shower and get dressed in the morning without waking your partner.
Luckily, I have the perfect solution! A portiere, or doorway drapery.
Prior to the convenience of central air and heating, heavy draperies or portieres were used to keep drafts from moving through the house.
Today, this doorway drapery makes a design statement, but can also be functional when used between a bathroom and bedroom. I specify this type of drapery most commonly in the master bedroom, leading to the master bath. In the photo, I designed a linen drapery with a contrast banding, to echo the design in the master bedroom. This drapery is simple and understated, yet functional.
I have also used portieres to soften doorways leading to a dining room, or make a grand entrance from a small entryway into the house.
Another great application for a doorway drapery is in large homes that have an open floor plan. A sheer portiere can provide privacy and intimacy to a pass through living room. Consider using a sheer in the same color as the wall, to make a seamless transition.
Tami Smight Interiors Design
Tami Smight Interiors, a full-service interior design firm, has been gracing southern California homes with warm, accessible designs since 2004.