Drapery is a wonderful way to dress your windows & add personality. Functional or decorative, drapery will add warmth to any interior.
Roman shades give a nice tailored look to any window & they do not hide your window trims. Anything from sheer to room darkening fabrics may be used for these shades.
Valances are a great way to add visual interest & height. Or simply to hide blinds when they are not in use.
Drapery has a wide choice of fabrics and that makes it easier to treat them as one of the last elements to be chosen. Yet they are a critical part of the look.
Choosing a fabric that matches the room treatment, rather than buying a ready-made drapery, allows you to make cushions, and chair coverings that coordinate using the same material. When you use custom-made draperies, the lining coordinates from one room to the next so that there’s a continuous look from the outside of your home. Custom draperies can be more expensive than ready-mades.
Most designers advocate having draperies custom-made to have the best look possible and to have the maximum flexibility to achieve that look. With ready-made drapery, you’re limited in sizing and choice. Many homes have different ceiling heights – 9 ft, or 10 ft ceilings are more popular than ever. Ready-made draperies tend not to be long enough. They’re often not as full using more middle of the road fabrics and may not be lined.
Windows are the most important part of a room treatment. For instance if you want to emphasize or make a window look larger, drapery that hangs past the window on a track or a rod will work. You can de-emphasize a window by choosing a fabric that blends with the wall colour… and hanging draperies closer to the ceiling can visually make the ceiling seem higher.