Drapery panels, the new trend for window dressing!

We have noticed the past few years that the way to dress a window has become simple and practical!

Simple drapery panels have been the trend for many years now, most homeowners might start with blinds for privacy or sun control, then stationary panels are added for adding warmth, style, and to dress-up a room.

One can use a very simple panel treatment, one color panel, that will add color or texture, or sometimes the drapery panel can have more details that might bring more character to the room.

Here are few ideas that can be used to create style and character to the room:

  • Adding Buttons:  Buttons would definitely change the overall look of a panel, it can be added to the bottom of pleats, on the sides
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    Kick pleats with buttons and pinch pleats sheers

     

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    Duette Architella by Hunter Douglas as the first layer for energy saving and privacy, the side panels form the second layer to add style.

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    Mock sheers under printed linen fabric, and grouped buttons in the accent fabric.

     

  • Creating a layered look using two fabrics over each other for one stationary panel: You can have the first fabric as the first layer and the second layer in sheer that lays on top of the first layer.full room less bright.jpg

 

 

  • Selecting unique fabric to make a statement: The type of fabric in terms of pattern, color, texture, and type can create a huge impact. The image below has a very distinctive pattern that enhances the furnishing and the rest of the room and surrounding Living roomDining room The fabric in the image above shows a cut-out fabric that adds a fun textural element to the room.

 

For a distinctive and unique custom, drapery designs call us at (630) 420-0800

We offer a complimentary consultation and estimates!

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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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Graceful draperies for a Luxury home. Orland Park Illinois.Swags and cascades

 

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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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Euro pleats

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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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Graceful draperies for a Luxury home. Orland Park Illinois.Swags and cascades

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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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Living room.

Detail of the tie back

Detail of the tie back

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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.
Designed by Susan Gailani

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For free estimates call (630)420-0800

A drapery treatment with shutters for a girls bedroom in Hinsdale Illinois

Draperies for a girl’s bed room in Hinsdale Illinois!

A little girl’s bed room gets a sweet window treatment, in Hinsdale Illinois!

I get a call to design drapery treatment for a two years old girl, and here are the client’s requirements:

  • A classic design that will work now and will work later when she is older.
  • A design for the room that can be easily changed in the future to an extra guest bedroom.
  • A child safe environment.
  • A treatment that will be energy efficient.

Take a look:

How did we meet our clients requirements?

Here is the answer:

  • A Kingston valance was selected for it’s classic look, the pink silk, gives the room a feminine feel, it is very simple yet elegant.
  • The style works for now, it will still work when the girl is older and it will make a wonderful guest bedroom for the future with minimal changes.
  • Shutters was the choice for privacy, energy efficiency, and child safety! That is correct, since there is no cords to worry about injury and it meets the child safety requirements.

For more information, free estimate call (630)420-0800

Suzani fabrics, historic facts!

One trend that has become very popular the past few years is the use of Suzani motif in fabrics. The Suzani name came from central Asia, to be specific Uzbekistan.The history of the Suzani designs came from  a tradition in that region, when a girl is born, all females in her tribe gather to honer her arrival. Then a wide and long piece of cloth made from silk or cotton depending on the wealth status of the family is purchased. The female eldest member of the tribe will draw a design made of paisley, circles and floral. Then the cloth is cut length wise into many strips, and each strip is given to different female members of the tribe. Those pieces will be embroidered in silk threads. When the girl gets married,the pieces are sewn together to form a large piece to be used as a bed cover or an item of furnishing. This is considered as her wedding gift from her family! This style of fabric design has traveled to other parts of the world along the silk trade rout. Today the Suzani designs is used beautifully in draperies, upholstery and modern home decor!

Below are different Suzani Designs:

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New trends in design 2014

New trends in design 2014!
The home decorating industry it gets influenced by the fashion industry. What you see in the fashion world as far as trends, colors and styles get adapted in the home furnishing and interior design world.

As an example:

1) we see freedom in decorating, more of an eclectic style and the trend of mixing rather than matching. Mixing of different types of woods, mix of rustic styles with ultra-modern ones.
Example using woven wood shades with silk panels.

2) The use of motorized shades and window covering. Especially windows that are high, windows that are hard to reach (over a bath tub, or over the sink in the kitchen). Also motorization is used for child and pet safety. Motorization is becoming very affordable and really easy to program and use. We carry many brands Like Hunter Douglas, Graber, Comfortex, and recently we added Serena shades by Lutron that is an excellent brand and very affordable. Take a look at the video below:

3) The use of heavy draperies is out, now we see stationary side panels, sheers over silk or velvet instead of the sheers being under the heavy draperies. Creating the hotel look in master bedrooms by using room darkening materials as the first layer the sheer draperies as a second layer.

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4) New ways to use embellishments and very unique trims, braids and tassels.

5) colors with gray undertones, especially in neutrals and strong pop of colors that are clear tones as accents.

 

6)We see fabrics with birds motif:

 7) The Chevron Motif: