Valances, designs, and tips

Draperies, last but not least!

Draperies might be the last thing that we think about, yet they are what finish the room, add warmth, and richness.

Whether it’s full drapery panels, valances or shades, we can create the look or mood we desire in any room by the type of fabrics or materials we use, the colors, the patterns of the textile and all the embellishments we add.

Full Draperies provide height and most of the time formality, valances are less formal, they are great in certain areas, like over the sink windows in kitchens, small window in a bathroom or in children’s rooms.

Here is a short video for you to see many styles of draperies and valances, Please let us know which one you like best.

Quality Draperies Designed by Susan Gailani

Call us for free estimates and more creative ideas (630)420-0800.

Cellular shades with a valance!

We have installed this treatment for our client in Naperville, Illinois.

This was for their daughter who is ten, she loves blue, loves casual and informal looks, she is very athletic, she needs privacy and on weekends and Holidays she loves to sleep in!

Take a look above, we met our client’s goal by:

  • Using a blue stripped cotton that has a canvas texture, that gives a casual feel.
  • The detail of crossed ribbon, at the center resembles athletic shoe lace, which fits perfect with her athletic spirit.
  • We provided cellular shades with room darkening features that will help her sleep in on weekends, and makes her dad happy when he finds out that he is saving money on his energy bills 🙂

Call us for free estimates(630)420-0800.

Drapery Valances is a great way to finish your windows!

Have you considered finishing your windows with drapery valances?

Valance treatments can be very attractive, affordable, and will expose more of the view if they are used alone with out the side panels.

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Drapery panels or Valances?

I often get asked, full length draperies or valances,what are the better choices for my windows?

The answer is, it all depends on:

  • The personal preference.
  • The size of the window.
  • The decorating style of the room and what is the out come one wants to have in the room.
  • The pattern of the fabric to be used, large prints, with large repeats will show better with tall panels, where mini prints will work better on valances.

These are some ideas to think about when in doubt whether to use drapery panels or a valance.

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Dress your windows with valances!

Valances, are the best way to dress a window with out sacrificing the view. It gives your window the finished look, will add warmth to any room, and you will have your view as well.

Be creative, take a look at the drawing below, it is a proposed valance for a high school girl, her mom does not want to spend too much money since her daughter is leaving for collage in three short years, and perhaps the room will be a guest room any way.

The valance is pleated with two large pleats with curved bottom, the fabric we selected is hot pink! In side the pleat we are using a tiny black and white check fabric, and we have placed three buttons, large, medium, and small, one on top of each other, the bottom one will have the checks, the middle will have a solid black and the smallest one will have the check fabric again!

Hot pink valance for a high school girl!

Hot pink valance for a high school girl!

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You can frame your windows with beautiful Draperies and Valances!

Are you afraid of dressing your windows with beautiful draperies and Valances because you are afraid of loosing the view?

Worry no more!

You can have your view, and dress your windows with beautiful draperies or valances that will add beauty, elegance, style, as well as giving your room’s warmth and coziness.

You need to express your desire of keeping the windows as open as possible with your window covering designer, and she or he should be able to come up with design options that will only frame the window with out losing the view.

Also now we have so many shades and blinds that when they are pulled up the stack is so minimal, or even the entire shade will be hidden inside the head rail that will give you the openness of the window that you want, and the privacy as well when needed.

You can reach us (630)420-0800.

Take a look below, here are samples for you to view:

Hunter Douglas shades

Hunter Douglas Luminette

Drapery ideas with out covering the view

A child room with a room to grow!!!

It is always a good idea to design children rooms with the idea that it will work for now and can last for many years to come. Keeping that in mind the design must appeal to the child,and still can look good and appropriate for the future.

This client from Naperville, Illinois wanted to have Butterfly Roman valances for there girl’s room, keeping in mind that the window treatment will grow with her and it will work for the next 5 years or more.

The fabric can work now and for the teenage years, the purple fabric has that French flair to it with messages and quotes, she loves it and she was so excited and thrilled to see the design and colors, the treatment  will be perfect for later as well. The bows gives the treatment a feel of whimsy and adds a girly touch, yet it can be removed in the future for more sophisticated mature look.

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Butterfly roman shade.

Butterfly roman shade.

To Line or not to line!

Now a days, not to line custom draperies is unheard of! The only time I would not line is when providing cubical curtains for a medical building. The question is what type of lining to use? The selections are several, and vary from very inexpensive to top of the line blends of cotton and poly. There are several choices of colors and of course room darkening or black out linings.

How about interlining? Interlining is the material that is inserted between the face fabric and the lining. It is widely used in Europe and I made it a standard to use in my drapery designs.

Interlining gives an opulent rich feel to the drapery, adds volume, and helps dress up the draperies.

Interlining also protects against the weather elements such as the damaging rays of the sun and the heat that the it generates. It prevents the patterns in the fabrics from bleeding through, especially when using a contrast fabric in cascades and jabots, and i helps to make the true color of the fabric show and not get faded out from the sun light outside during the day hours. Interlining is great for providing extra insulation, especially when the draperies are drawn a cross the window for total coverage.

Using interlining will create an ambiance of elegance, beauty, and the royal feel that you will not see in the average home.

Call us at (630)420-0800. We provide in-home free consultation and free phone consultation as well!

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Here are some photos of interlined draperies:

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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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