Top 3 Drapery Trends for todays home!

Drapery Trends: Panels Are Perfect In So Many Places

 

In recent years, we’ve seen increasing use of drapery panels as window treatments, replacing swag treatments or valances in popularity.

Most drapery panels are used to add warmth to a room. Most are stationary panels that also serve as something of a palette, letting people add patterns, textures, and colors to their rooms to create their own special look.

Simplicity is the trend in drapery panel design. The eye-catching details are in the fabric itself, or in the pleating – or perhaps decorative hardware is the design element that adds the “wow” factor to the window treatment. The design itself is clean and simple; it’s the extras that express creativity and individual style.

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Drapery panels in urban homes are almost always stationary, and they’re often combined with shades or blinds for privacy. The pleating styles most frequently used include French pleats (sometimes called tacked-top pleats), or two-finger pleats, which is my personal preference because they look awesome and so very rich. Ripple folds also are a favorite in urban homes because they stack so well and allow more “view exposure,” which is especially important in high-rise condominiums where the view is sacred!

In the suburbs, however, most clients like a bit more decorative flair in their panels (at least this has been my observation), although some clients do request simplicity to complement their “clean look” design style.

Horizontal banding in one or more contrasting colors can be fun, as are buttons, unusual pleating, decorative hardware, and “breaking” on the floor, which is very trendy at the moment and preferred by many clients. One reason for the popularity of panels that break on the floor is because it’s frequently seen on television programs, such as HGTV, and in home décor magazine.

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The variety of beautiful fabrics available in the market today is astonishing. Fabrics with shiny stones, sparkles, modern embroidery, and shimmery elements are all very popular. And all kinds of textures can be woven into the fabric, which makes them special and unique!

The use of short rods on each side of the window is growing in popularity, and panels are even sometimes mounted on boards instead of on rods.

Dressing up windows with panels enhances the height of the space and gives it a finished look. Consider some of these fun drapery panel projects I have recently completed and give me a call with ideas of how YOU would like to dress up YOUR windows!

Call (630)420-0800 or (630) 854-9082.

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Award Wining Draperies,

These Custom draperies had won the 2nd place International award at the Vision annual design competition!

The category of the competition was the creative use of drapery hardware and trim.

 

Imagine my surprise when I saw this window for the first time! My first thought was, “It is going to be a challenge installing any treatment for this window!”

The client expressed her desire to have the window treatment as “open” as possible since her family likes the light and the beautiful view of the lake. She also said she likes swags. Her third request was to design the window treatment with the chandelier in mind. And she also requested that the color of the fabric complement her existing furnishings and the beautiful Persian rug in the room.

A textured sheer fabric was selected for the cascading swags in order to keep the window open, as the client requested. Layered side panels sweep down from the second tier of the window to the floor, with a slight break to give definition to the window and visually support the swags. The first layer is interlined silk, and the textured sheer used for the swag comes over as a second layer to create a visual connection. The soft mango color of the fabric was selected because it beautifully complements the client’s furnishings.

The hardware was created by connecting several wrought iron pieces from the Helser Brothers Artigiani collection. The pieces selected resemble the chandelier; the crystal pieces were carefully selected and added to create a unique design which looks perfect with the chandelier!

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The Illuminated Room! Burr Ridge IL

The Illuminated Room

A new client in Burr Ridge, Illinois, asked me to design his living room and said he wanted a unique design. He further said he wanted me to create “the WOW! factor” with a design that I’ve never done for another client.

An exciting challenge for a designer, right? Well, after giving it some thought, I decided to create “sculptural” window treatments for the five windows in the room.

The room has a curved wall with a faux finish with honey, gold, gray and a hint of golden green. That was my base for a color scheme.

We selected furniture with contemporary styling, in black and gray with a hint of rust/copper. The coffee table was very interesting! It’s oval-shaped and finished in copper, resembling a smooth pebble.

Deep thought was given to the design of the five tall, slender all windows. I needed to create a design to enhance the overall look of the room and the play up the height of the windows.

I found this amazing fabric that was perfect in terms of colors and texture. The background was in blackened, antiqued silver with woven lines of copper that stretched up and down across the length of the fabric. Perfect choice! I also found an amazing trim with diamond stones woven in rows across the band, which added amazing elegance and style.

So, I thought to myself, “Why not create curved cornices to echo the curved wall?” I imagined covering the cornices with that perfect metallic fabric and using the diamond-covered trim as a decorative element to add sparkle and draw the eyes up to enhance the height. Another thought: “Why not install  LED lights within the cornices to illuminate the ceiling, and install drapery sheers under the cornices?”

Voila! Unique idea, I hadn’t done this before, and I was positive that my client would love it!

As expected, the client approved. Construction and installation took 12 weeks, a little longer than average; the delay was because I had to find the perfect electrician to make my design come to life.

I found the perfect light fixture for the narrow wall that one sees when entering the room. It looks Like a shield with the light right in the center. A unique choice for a unique room! The room is not quite complete. We need an area rug, side tables, and accessories. I will post photos of the room when we have selected the right elements to complete the look. The following photos show the room as it is now:

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Window Treatment Design Options Can Lead to Confusion

Window Treatment Design Options Can Lead to Confusion

With literally millions of options for window treatments, are you confused, puzzled and unsure what to choose?

Do you have large windows, tall windows, narrow windows? Or do you have arched, corner, bowed, bay or downright tiny windows?

Regardless of your window treatment design challenges or your design objectives, you need to know how to “dress” windows, how to make a statement with them.

The good news is, you have options. Millions of combinations of draperies, shades, blinds, café curtains, and shutters can be designed and installed. The bad news is, it’s confusing!

Most homeowners discover all the options and they are overwhelmed. That is where a window treatment design specialist can come in handy.

Here are some suggestions that might be helpful.

  • Privacy: Is your bathroom or bedroom so close to your neighbor’s house that you feel as though you are living in a fishbowl? Then you need a window covering that will give you privacy. Most bedrooms need at least the first layer of covering to give privacy. Working with clients, I have noticed that if the bedrooms are on the second floor, the trees will give them at least some privacy – but once winter rolls around, they will need fuller coverage to feel comfortable. Bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor almost always need more privacy. Full draperies, or vertical sheers, such as Luminettes by Hunter Douglas, can beautifully serve that purpose.  Bathrooms often need some sort of shades; cellular shades are great because they provide the option of having the top down, leaving an opening at the top to allow some natural light into the room. And automated shades are perfect over the tub or in an area that is hard to reach.
  • Light control: If you want to control how much light is in a room – such as to cut down on the glare at certain times of the day or if you have a skylight in the bathroom and you need to protect perfumes and makeup from direct sunlight – you need easy-to-operate shades to control the light and decide when to open and close the shade.
  • Black-out shades: This type of coverage is most necessary in bedrooms, babies’ rooms, and media rooms. On the market today, there are so many choices from which to select – but you must be certain that what you select will give you the darkness you prefer. Silhouettes by Hunter Douglas, even when you select room-darkening fabrics, do not provide a total black-out. My tip to homeowners: If you want a pitch-black room, then you might consider going beyond the molding by four or five inches – and above the window, as well. Or add a cornice or board-mounted valance to cut the light at the top. And we often recommend (and clients LOVE) side panels to cut the light on the sides and add a bit of depth and texture to the window. For media rooms, my recommendation is to have a very heavy lining, and to layer the draperies with two layers or more. You need to think not only about cutting the light, but also about enhancing the acoustics in the room.
  • Energy savings: Who does not want to reduce their electric bill? All of us want to conserve energy! Regardless of whether we are environmentally conscious or merely want to save money, window coverings will help reduce energy costs. Some manufacturers have conducted studies on heat/coolness loss through windows and doors, and the results have been astonishing! About 40% of the energy is lost, even if you have new dual-pane windows.
  • You like the view, but … the room still needs the warmth, depth and visual interest that comes from adding patterns and color to window treatments. Consider valances, cornices, or small stack shades. Place them as high as possible so you have maximum window glass (and to keep the big, beautiful view).
  • If you have large windows and the stack will affect the view? In those cases, we recommend treatments with a small-stack back. Or we go with draperies. If there is enough room on each side of the window, we can go beyond the window on each side to allow the draperies to draw all the way and leave the window glass exposed.
  • Bow windows are so hard to dress! Many hardware manufacturers produce bowed rods. If you provide a template of the curve, they will give you the exact curved rod to use for the draperies for bow windows.
  • Bay windows? How to dress them? There are so many ways to design window treatments for bay windows! You can leave the bay open and provide side panels. You can use shades only, or shades and side panels, or swags inside the bay. The sky is (almost) the limit.
  • Very high windows: I admit, sometimes it is hard for homeowners to think of ideas on how to dress overly high or massively wide windows. In most cases, what we decide on depends on the look they want to create and the purpose of the window treatment. We have used just tall, elegant panels on the sides, panels with swags or scarfs, or we have come up with unique designs and installation techniques that have turned windows into works of art!
  • Arched windows: They are my favorite! One can be really creative in enhancing the arches. To keep the grace and beauty of the arch, I recommend “dressing” the window by allowing a large part of the arch to remain open, or uncovered. To enhance the height, one can start at the very top and not chop the window. It all depends on the style of the home, the clients’ preferences, and the budget.
  • Shutters: They are the furniture to the windows! They are energy savers, they can be very affordable, they add value to the home when one wants to sell, and they can hide imperfections in the windows of old houses. They can be stained or painted to any color. Louvers come in 2.5”, 3.5” and 4.5”. Some companies offer even wider louvers. One can use them on arches, sliding doors, and specialty shaped windows. The louvers can be motorized to open and close the opening one prefers.

 

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Mock sheers peeping from under the printed fabric. notice the hem as well as the pleats.

 

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Drapery pleats

Considering pleated drapery? Confused about which type of drapery pleats or heading to choose?

The choices are endless when it comes to drapery pleating. When my clients ask for pleated drapery panels, my creative juices start to flow! Most clients ask for pinch pleats or Euro pleats. Those are fine choices – but I typically ask them, “Why not consider bright new ideas and create a unique look? We can design drapery panels that suit your style, reflect your personality, and WOW your guests – without adding a lot of extra cost.”

Those comments usually pique their interest. After many years of working with pleated draperies, I have learned a lot and am always happy to share some insights into the types of pleats in draperies.

First, I will describe the more-traditional types of pleated draperies.

  • Pinch pleats: Sometimes called “3 finger pleats,” these traditional pleated draperies have been used for decades. In my experience, it is the most frequently specified type of pleat – perhaps because it is typically the least expensive type of pleat. Three-finger pleated draperies have a large stack-back, and if a client wants a totally open look for the window, the drapery rods need to extend out beyond the window, if there is enough space to mount the brackets for the rod. Otherwise, a different type of pleating must be specified.
  • Euro pleats or French pleats: They are very similar to pinch pleats, with the same functionality and characteristics, except they are tacked at the very top. This type of pleating creates a more modern look than pinch pleats.

And now I will describe some of the other types of pleated draperies you might want to consider:

  • Grommets: Yes, I know grommets can be ho-hum and they are overused (they are quite common in ready-made curtains), but consider the unusual ways that grommets can be used. There are colored grommets, square grommets, ornate grommets and tiny grommets that can tie two pleats together with a contrast cord. These types of grommets present a contemporary look – and the wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes of grommets from which to choose make this type of drapery a great choice when going after a “clean and modern” look. They may be slightly more expensive than other types of draperies, and grommet draperies are not the best choice if you need to cover a large window, because they can be troublesome to open and close. For that reason, they are best if they are stationary.
  • One finger or two finger pleats: These pleated draperies can look so elegant and beautiful – especially on interlined silks or silky fabrics.
  • Box pleats with buttons: Adding one button or a row of buttons in a contrasting color will give the drapery panel a very tailored, sophisticated look.
  • Pleats with added tassels: Again, as with buttons, adding one tassel or a row of tassels will add a touch of formality. And depending on the style of the tassel, we can create either a traditional or contemporary look to complement (or to contrast) the furniture and accessories in the room.
  • Draperies with tabs: They can be very thin tabs or double tabs. They can crisscross each other or they can have buttons. Be creative! Design a little “pop” and have a little fun with your draperies.
  • Ripple folds: Very popular and modern-looking, stacks are small to allow more exposure of the view outside. Ripple fold draperies use less fabric than traditional pinch pleats or French pleats. I love ripple folds because it is easy to add a fun little twist to the draperies by applying a braid trim at the top. Just like that, voila! – a unique look with creative use of trim.
  • Accordia pleats: As the name suggests, these draperies have an accordion-like appearance. Often used in large residential and commercial settings, accordia pleated draperies take considerable time to install because the pleats have to be snapped to the rod one by one. They make a great stage curtains, because of their compact stack.

By adding a new twist for your pleated draperies, you are making a creative statement for your windows that contributes to the overall ambiance of your space.

We are here to help you create unique window covering that will be perfectly suited to you. For a consultation and a no-obligation estimate, call us at (630) 420-0800 or (630) 854-9082.

 

Two finger pleats and modern hardware

Two finger pleats and modern hardware, make this custom draperies outstanding!

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Draperies with Graceful Design!

Draperies with graceful Design!

Creating draperies for a home in Orland Park Illinois was a great experience for me as a window covering specialist.

The client wanted designs for her entry, living room, and dining room. The spaces were open to each other, therefore, I needed to pay attention to how to select the materials, texture, color, drapery design, and the over all design to work with the existing furniture.

The client also indicated that she wanted the sense of gracefulness, opulence, and Luxury.

The selection of the fabrics, the trim, and similarity of the over all design just met the client’s requirement!

Below are some images of the three spaces with details and closeup photos.

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Swags and cascade, for the arched window at the entry. All doubled with sheers.

Swags and cascade, for the arched window at the entry.
All doubled with sheers.

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close up of the side crown.

Detail of the cascade, it shows the double sheer layer.

Detail of the cascade, it shows the double sheer layer.

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Detail of the tie back

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Custom draperies!

The advantage of having custom draperies is having the freedom to select what you desire and not be restricted by what is available on the store shelves.

For example, take a look below, the client wanted a contemporary fabric, have the draperies go all the way to the ceiling, have the fabric and hardware colors in the gray color family, have a two finger pleat for a modern look, have a black-out lining since it is a media room, the black-out will help in giving extra darkening feature to the room.

Once you experience the beauty, the flexibility in choice, and the fine construction of custom draperies, you will not think about store bought curtains again.

Full length custom draperies for media room

Full length custom draperies for media room

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Two finger pleats and modern hardware, make this custom draperies outstanding!

Two finger pleats and modern hardware, make this custom draperies outstanding!

Express yourself! Make your home unique to you by adding custom draperies, color and fabric!

Express yourself! Make your home unique to you by adding custom draperies, color and fabric!

Unity in a neighborhood is nice, but what we really want is a home that expresses our unique personality; one in which our friends and family say “WOW!” when they walk in.   Homeowners generally start with the unified look of Blinds, Shades and Shutters for light control and privacy and then add the WOW impact with custom window treatments.  Draperies, fabric shades and top treatments will give you a unique look and the WOW you want.  Great decorating ideas that help you express your own uniqueness using custom draperies, blinds, shades or shutters are my specialty at Gailani Designs.  It’s easy to get started with my free In-home consultation and also free phone consultation, you can gather your thoughts and begin the look you have always desired. Call (630)420-0800.

Please view the photos below for ideas:

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Drapery details!

Often I am asked, what makes your drapery designs different? My answer is, I pay great attention to the details.

  • The fabrics: finding the right fabric and mixing it with an accent.
  • The hardware, often we design our own.
  • Details that adds the punch.
  • Extra ordinary trims, fringes, and tassels
  • Make sure the draperies enhances the over all design of the room.

Below are some ideas of drapery designs by Susan Gailani:

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The window treatment consists of two layers, Allure shades for privacy, and stationary side panels for warmth, style and sophistication.  Designed by Susan Gailani

The window treatment consists of two layers, Allure shades for privacy, and stationary side panels for warmth, style and sophistication.
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Traditional, yet modern!

Traditional, yet modern!

I get a call from a young lady who wants to have new window covering for her dining room window. When we met we were discussing different possibilities, and she expressed her desire for swag treatment. Her furniture style is quit contemporary, yet the swag treatment is traditional.

Here is what we did,

I found this awesome fabric that is a perfect match to her wall color, also found this terrific sheers that not only works well with her drapery color but it gives semi privacy as well.

The fabric has a modern brocade design that will give the draperies an overall modern feel. Also instead of having the traditional swag and jabot treatment, we eliminated the jabot part and had the panels mounted on top of the swag creating a beautiful, modern treatment!