Five tips when selecting Custom Window fashions.

5 Tips when selecting Custom Window fashions.

Custom Window covering does more to your home than just privacy and light control!

Designing the appropriate window covering not only will enhance the window itself, but it will affect the entire room décor.

There are so many factors that will determine the success of the selection of the window covering, a competent window fashion designer, will ask more questions than just the client’s personal style or preferences, questions like:

  • who is going to use the room?
  • What part of the day the room will be in use?
  • What is the mood that the client wants to be created in the room?
  • Are there any architectural elements that will influence the design, such as the molding on the ceiling or perhaps the molding around the window?
  • Are the windows arched? Is it going to be enhanced, and emphasized?

Even though the selections and possibilities are vast, below are five tips that will help in starting any window covering project:

  1. If the room is small and the goal is to make it seem larger and more spacious, then the color choice of the fabric should be as close as possible to the wall. On the other hand if the room is huge and the goal is to make it feel cozier, the colors can have an apparent contrast from the walls and perhaps using large patterns in the fabric will make the walls come forward, and the room will shrink somewhat.
  2. How about the ceiling, is it too low? Is the goal to make it appear higher? Vertical lines or stripes are a good way to help make the ceilings seem higher, another tip is to install the draperies as close to the ceiling as possible.
  3. Considering the furniture style, size and placement. Heavy, over sized draperies in a room with delicate, petite furniture will look odd.
  4. The use and placement of decorative embellishments is another area where attention must be paid. The color and style of the trims, fringes and tassels are important as well as where to place them. Adding a fringe or a trim in the wrong place might ruin the entire look of the drapery.
  5. Textures are so important in the overall drapery design. Using variety, mixing several together, or bringing in the element of surprise is a key in creating superb, one of a kind drapery.

Beautiful Window covering, will make any room beautiful. Think about it this way, what a Prada purse, or a Tiffany necklace will do to any ordinary dress? I believe, it will make such an impact, the eye will be drawn to it and the simple dress will look stunning, and that’s what we call the wow factor!

That’s what the right window treatment does for you!

 

Useful information about blinds to think about for your next window covering project!

When thinking about blinds, I think: neat, simple, orderly, compact, functional. They’re easy to clean, and they will give me full exposure of the window when I want a non-obstruced view.

Here are some general tips when selecting blinds:

  • Verticals or any vertical sheers will enhance the height of the room.
  • For vertical blinds, make sure to allow 3/4” clearance from the floor for easy traversing.
  • For Wood or Venetian blinds, consider the use of decorative tapes to add color, pattern, and that customized look to the room.
  • If vibrant colors are preferred, consider metal blinds. They are available in a wide array of colors, come cordless, and you can add tape to 2” slats for a rich, customized look. Make sure that the color of the metal blind is white to the street side, especially the front of the house, otherwise the facade of will not look unified.
  • Generally the smaller the slats, the less light comes in when they are open.
  • The top down feature is great for allowing some light in while maintaining privacy at the same time. This feature is ideal for cutting the sun glare when working on a computer. Now the cellular shades with the top down feature come with the cords hidden to the sides for a neater look that does not disturb the view.
  • Select cordless for child and pet safety.

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Below are selected videos for the many styles and options. Enjoy!

Texture is an important element in your custom drapery design!

Texture is often secondary to color and pattern when it comes to the over all design of a space or the window treatment itself in any given room. Colors and patterns usually have and immediate impact, but textures add richness to the colors. For example, the richness of deep colored velvet is due to it’s pile, the shine and iridescent quality of silk reflects it’s smoothness, and the firm weave of cottons helps the printed patterns and colors to come out crisper and stronger.

Texture usually describes the way the light plays on the surface of the fabric. That gives a message of how the material feels: its softness, smoothness, warmth, coolness, etc.

Textures have their own feel and they evoke special associations. Like chenille might be associated with warmth, cotton with comfort, or silk with being exotic.

Varying textures is important and will add interest, sophistication, and style to any space. Imagine velvet pillows with satin trim, tweed drapery panels with a contrast in cotton, or an organdy table runner with lace.

Textures might not be the first thing to think about when planing a decorating project or a design for a window treatment, but indeed is a very important design element that need not be neglected!

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Your draperies are to impress!

If you like to entertain and always have guests over for the holidays and special occasions, then your dining room must be designed to impress!

Extra ordinary draperies are the first thing that will be noticed in your dining room. Make your draperies the conversational piece while dining with your friends and special guests. Whether the original trim, the chic hardware, the exotic fabric, or the sophisticated design, your window covering will make an immense difference, more over your window covering will tell so much about you and your style.

Mixing patterns to create beauty, elegance and style!

There are a few rules to follow when mixing patterns in your drapery designs:

  • Mix patterns that compliment one another, not fight each other. Two large patters will look odd together, instead mix smaller patterns with the large ones for  harmony. Take a look below, and see how the stripes with the large botanical pattern make a perfect match for this Naperville home.

  • When mixing patterns, one design element must tie the two together, such as colors, and forms. The valance in the picture below shows how the color of the fabric inserted into the pleats and buttons is a perfect color match with the checks used in body of the valance.

  • At most mix three patterns, because adding too many might be overwhelming, and the draperies will loose their elegance. In the picture below a check fabric with the toil and one solid fabric, made the drapes for this breakfast nook outstanding.

  • Vary the textures, for interest. In the picture below, a chenille was mixed with silk, with a fringe applied between the two. Please visit our Exciting windows website for more ideas gailaniassoc

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Hunter Douglas Silhouette with LITERISE!

Hunter Douglas, the leader in window fashions, has developed genius shades, with a LITERISE system that eliminates the cord for child safety. Available in gorgeous colors, these shades are easy to operate, elegant and provide privacy when needed.

We carry all Hunter Douglas products! Call us for a free estimate (630)420-0800.

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Customer Care!

Customer care is an important service Gailani Designs provides for their clients. Their installers are instructed to leave the clients home clean. All debris are picked up and disposed of, the carpet is vacuumed if necessary, furniture is returned to its original place, and the room is all in order.

We hire installers that are insured and certified. Please view the picture below, where the installer puts a plastic bag under his drill to collect all the debris and prevent it from spilling on the floor. Now that is customer care!

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Roman shades and baloon shades dress up this master bath in Burr Ridge IL!

Fabric shades have always been popular window treatments. We have seen more interest in the use of shades the past few years. Our clients prefer fabric shades (Flat Roman, Water fall Roman, Hobbled Roman, Balloon shades, Austrian shades, …. etc.) because they look neat, they provide a valance look when they are lifted up, they insulate–especially when interlined–they provide full privacy when pulled down, they can have the top down feature, and now they can be ordered cordless for child and pet safety.

Our client from Burr Ridge, Dupage county, Illinois, loved the look of Balloon valances and Roman shades. Well, she got them both in this fabulous window covering

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The room of the month!

An  Installation took place last week in Burr Ridge IL. The room was medium sized and well lit, however the furniture was a little over sized and too many pieces were used. That made the room seem even smaller.  Here is how the windows were dressed to help the room appear bigger, and more spacious: the walls were painted in a warm, light taupe, and the treatment was kept simple. We raised the panels as far as possible, keeping the proportions in mind, and the color of the drapery fabric was the same color as the walls, lowering the contrast. Both of these things delude the eyes into thinking the room is larger than it is.

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The client expressed interest in ripple fold draperies in place of sheers and blinds for privacy, and she wanted to create the feel of a five star hotel. I believe, she got it!

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Do you like this commercial drapery project?

Commercial spaces can look stunning too! Unfortunately, windows in commercial areas, like offices, are neglected. The common use is adding blinds, solar screens, and old fashioned vertical blinds. Draperies can add beauty and create a very special feel to any room, commercials or residential.

Below is a proposed design for a club house in Naperville, Dupage county, IL

Please let me know what you think!