Updated: Apr 16
Once upon a time Atrium windows used to be very popular. They were all the craze in condo developments. What was not to love? The windows have soft curves and let in a ton of light. That is precisely where the trouble began. So much sun! When these windows were in fashion there were several companies that made blinds for these windows. They were on a track system and could also be motorized. This was a good solution util what would happen is all that sun was just too much for the blinds and the track systems. Both parts would fail over time. So of all the companies that uses to make blinds for these windows there is only 1 or 2 that still offer a product for these windows.
I recently had such a situation with a client who bought a new condo in a lovely complex in Connecticut. In her situation the atrium window wasn't small. It was huge! Took up the whole wall and a good part of the ceiling. On these windows was a track system that was motorized and had roman style blinds. Yards and yards of fabric. The fabric had discolored over time and there had been a leak so part of the one windows blind was water stained.
This was not going to be a simple solutions since the company who originally made the roman style blinds no longer made this product. We started to consider all her options. After much consideration and research I came up with a solution that seemed to solve many issues. Of course the client wanted it functional, motorized and to look great.
The solution that fit the bill was putting 4 skylights in the upper part of the track. These skylights were also motorized so they could actually be used. Then the lower blinds were mounted on the outside of the tracks. The client wanted to have a more unified look on the bottom. We choose for this treatment Hunter Douglas Architella blinds. Since these blinds are the highly insulating honeycombs it keeps the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Overall the treatment worked out great. Everything worked out as planned and the client couldn't be happier.