It never ceases to amaze me how much drapery adds to a room. Last week, we installed drapery at two client homes and blinds at one client’s house and, upon completion, I was awestruck at what a difference a little fabric makes to a space. In a room, drapery is essential for two main purposes: first is to soften and define the space and the second is to frame a view. Let’s chat about that first.
Drapery gives us the opportunity to add another texture to our room, perhaps a soft sheer, rough linen or even distressed velvet. Ask yourself what atmosphere is desired in the space and choose accordingly.
Typically, a soft luxurious sheer will add a feminine touch and even a sense of romance to a room; conversely distressed velvet is more masculine and intimate just as a natural rough line will instill a sense of formality.
We all love a great view and drapery will enhance a good view by drawing the eye to the window. You can also hide a bad view by using drapery to cover the window and let our imaginations picture the fabulous view that must be outside.
Well-designed drapery can hide offset or ill-placed windows, elongate a wall or give height to a low ceiling. Drapery is a valuable designer tool.
How do we choose the perfect fabric for our windows?
Start with colour. Typically I keep the drapery in tune with the room’s colour palette, more specifically the wall colour. If you’re choosing blinds, then choose a colour that matches the window frame or the wall colour if it is a neutral. On feature walls, go with the window frame colour.
When you are selecting the fabric for blinds or drapery, start with the function of the window coverings – do you need them to darken the room? Are they required to block out or soften strong UV rays? Or are they simply for aesthetic reasons? This will help you to decide. Choose the fabric that best suits the ambiance of the room.
Now the rods, finials and brackets – have fun because there are so many fabulous decorative choices, including whimsical finials such as bird or monkey brackets to hold up the rod. There are also luxurious crystal finials or handsome carved wood and marble motifs.
How far off the floor do we want the drapery?
Typically one half to one quarter of an inch off the floor is perfect unless you want a casual puddle of fabric.
Fall is the perfect time to take your rooms to the next level and hang some window coverings. Well-made drapery is a true luxury and all part of living fabulously.
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