Top 3 tips for creating Window Treatments on a Budget!

Tips on how to create beautiful top treatments without breaking the bank!

What determines the cost of any window covering are the labor cost, materials used and the installation cost.

Here are some tips to consider when you are planning your next window covering project!

  • The design: the simpler the design, the less expensive the treatment will be. Flat valances, inverted pleat valances, shirred and pinch pleated on a board, or a cornice board is considered less costly to fabricate. You can add a little touch to a simple flat valance by adding a contrast trim, tassels on each end, or perhaps some buttons in a coordinating fabric.
  • The cost of the materials: The variety is endless when selecting fabrics. You can find gorgeous kinds of cotton, silks, and woven blends at an affordable price. Mixing textures, or adding coordinating inexpensive trims, will give you that designer quality look at an affordable price. Another tip is to perhaps splurge on the hardware, and choose a modestly priced fabric. The rich, opulent look of the hardware will make up for the simplicity of the style and your choice of the fabric.
  • The installation cost: One way to cut on the installation cost is by choosing economically installed treatments. Cornices and board mounted valances are less expensive to install than sheared or pleated on a rod.

Finally, the best way to save money is by work with a professional, who will help you avoid costly mistakes, direct you, share expertise and resources, and respect your budget and work within it.

Here are some pictures of low-cost valances

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Call us for a free consultation and free estimates!

(630)420-0800 OR (630)854-9082.

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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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Modern Drapery Designs Trends

2017 Trends in Window Treatments: Simplicity is “en vogue.”

 

If you’re of a certain age, you will remember that window treatments in the 1970s and 1980s—especially custom draperies—tended to be elaborate, ornate and, some would say, “over the top.”

I remember that time well and enjoyed designing and installing richly decorated custom draperies, using trims, fringes, ruffles and other embellishments. While window treatment designers still use decorative trims and ornate fringes, we’re using them in a totally different way in 2017.

There’s been a general movement toward simplicity in design. One reason may be that people are on the move more than they’ve been in the past. Whether it’s moving to a new city for a work opportunity, or moving from the suburbs to a hip urban environment to escape the grind of a long commute, there’s more willingness to pick up and move. Simple design is easier to transfer to a new space.

Additionally, many people today are traveling internationally and being exposed to design trends in other countries. This “cultural openness” has resulted in greater use of clean lines in design, similar to what’s prevalent in Scandinavian countries. I’ve even noticed some reinvention of French and English design styles, with the use of less ornate styles and more contemporary furnishings and accessories to suit today’s busy, modern lives.

Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, swags and jabots were very popular. They’re still being used today, but in more simplified designs with cleaner, softer looks. Drapery panels are the most commonly used window treatments today. Many are made with rich, unique and opulent-looking fabrics. The use of unusual fabrics and trims can give window treatments an almost sculptural quality (without being heavy and ornate). I’ve also noticed the influence of the Far East in the use of trims and the installation of hardware, to create window treatments that become the focal point in the room.

Our own clientele is following these trends. While they’re interested in simplicity of the style, they love extraordinary textiles, trims, and hardware. Different fabrication of drapery panels is also common today. For example, we’ve seen the increased use of two-finger pleats instead of the traditional pinch-pleated draperies, and we see pleated or shirred drapery panels on a rod or a fabric-covered board.

We at Gailani Designs are focused on creating fresh, new, and exciting windows for our clients. We combine our design education and experience with your style, vision and personality to create rooms and windows that delight our clients and WOW their guests.

To learn more about design trends of the modern home or to schedule a free, no-obligation design consultation, call me at (630)854-9082

Visit us at: http://www.gailanidesigns.com

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Unique fabric with cut outs, the fabric adds movement and texture. Design By Susan Gailani

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Allure shade, used as the first layer for privacy and light control. Design 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

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Unique hardware from the Ice collection by Brimar, works so well with over all sophisticated design of the room. Design By Susan Gailani

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A close up shot of the fabric to show the texture. Design by Susan Gailani

 

Window Treatments, So Many Choices, It Can Be Confusing!

 With literally million 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 to the opening one prefers.

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Shades only? Or custom draperies and valances as well?

So you got your shades, for privacy and light control, but the room still feels not very homey and lacks warmth and comfort!

What adds warmth, and the feel of down- home comfort , are the textures, patterns and colors of fabrics. Whether it is pillows or window treatments such as custom draperies, or valances. By adding valances or draperies your room becomes more personal, cozy and provide that extra comfort!

We provide free consultation and estimate, call (630)420-0800.

Take a look below, see the difference of the windows before the fabric treatment and after!

Before adding draperies and valances.

Before adding draperies and valances.

The room after installing draperies and valances

The room after installing draperies and valances

Powder room before installing a valance.

Powder room before installing a valance.

The room after installing a valance

The room after installing a valance

 

A child bed room gets a new window treatment, Burr Ridge IL

Take a look at the window treatment below, it is a kids bedroom at a Burr Ridge resident.

The window had an old wood blinds with unsafe cords. It was very out dated and did not add any esthetic value to the room.

My client wanted a nautical theme for the room. A cornice board was designed to bring the sea spirit in the room. the shades were carefully selected to support the theme as well as being cordless for child safety.

For free estimate and in home consultation call (630)420-0800.

Out dated wood blinds treatment. ( Before)

Out dated wood blinds treatment. ( Before)

Nautical theme for the boys room. ( After)

Nautical theme for the boys room. ( After)

Get Ready for the fall with new window treatments!

Now is a great time to start thinking of updating the look of your home and get ready for the fall! No matter what holiday you celebrate in your home, now is a great opportunity to improve your décor, by making rooms more comfortable, and save energy dollars as well. Just by looking at your windows, with custom window fashions, and the change they provide, that will make you love your rooms, as well as implementing various energy- efficient materials and technologies that are as gorgeous as they are sensible!

All ideas and possibilities will come to you to consider, without leaving the comfort of your home! We can spend one hour that is totally complimentary, we will go over what appeals to you, what works and what fits your budget!

Weather it is one window or many, we will bring our experience, knowledge, and talent to create a drop dead gorgeous window treatments that is totally you! Call us for free estimate (630) 420-0800.

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Window covering with the WOW factor!

Creating Window Covering with the WOW factor was the one thing out of many subjects we learned this past week attending the 9th annual convention for Exciting Windows!

Creating unique designs that is totally expressive of the clients taste and lifestyle, coupled with exceptional service,  is what will make us stand above our competition!!!

Whether the project is residential or commercial, providing that one of a kind look is essential for success in our industry!

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Family room draperies

Family room draperies

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Shutters for a girl's bed room in Hinsdale Illinois.

Shutters for a girl’s bed room in Hinsdale Illinois.

Hinsdale bed room for a young girl

Hinsdale bed room for a young girl

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Butterfly roman shade.

Butterfly roman shade.

Westmont residence gets this beautiful cornice with draperies.

Westmont residence gets this beautiful cornice with draperies.

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Draperies, can be unique and extra ordinary!

How to create unique draperies for your home or office!

The most noticeable item when entering a room are the draperies or the window treatments. That’s why special attention must be given when designing the window treatment or the draperies.

Here are some tips to follow:

  • Use unique colors. Bright, strong colors are now in fashion. Become more adventurous and don’t be afraid of using bold colors.
  • Mix different fabrics in one treatment. Have a variety of textures, like mixing smooth and silky with textured and velvety or sheer and transparent with heavy and nubby fabrics.
  • Create layers. A panel can have several layers. Imagine a three layered panel, with sheers sandwiched between a layer of silk and velvet. A single panel like that pulled to the side with a unique tassel is enough to make an incredible statement!
  • Select one-of-a-kind hardware that will be the focal point of the entire treatment.
  • Use embellishments, such as tassels, fringes, trims, buttons, beads …etc. They can turn any ordinary treatment into something extraordinary!

Nowadays we have many choices when it comes to selecting fabric, hardware and embellishments. They can be of natural or man made material, imported or domestic, but that doesn’t mean they have to be expensive. The varying price points make custom window covering affordable to just about everyone!

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Burr Ridge Dining room

This is a client that I have been working with since 2004! This is their third house, having just moved to Burr Ridge, Illinois about 8 months ago. When I got their call, asking me to once again turn their new house into a home, we started with the dining room.

What grabbed my attention is the beautiful curved wall that separates the dining room and the breakfast nook area. That curved wall can be transformed into a sculpture! I contacted my faux artist and asked her to come up with textures for that wall to make it pop. The color scheme was inspired from the finishes in the room, such as the floors, the dining table top, and the fire place. The circle form was the geometric shape that was very apparent and repeated in the space to create a rhythm.

Since the room has two large windows that bring in ample natural light, I thought we can afford having darker rich colors. The colors we chose were warm and powerful as well as appetizing: deep warm copper and commanding powerful black, accented by scrumptious kiwi green!

For the window treatment, a special fabric was selected to emphasize the circle shape. Larry Laslo fabric “Cufflink” color copper (from Robert Allen fabrics) was the face layer and it was lined with plain black sheer. The fabric “Cufflink” is made out of cut out circles which made it very special and unique. A special pleat was created to enhance the fabric and the overall modern design. As for the hardware, we used a plain stainless steel rod with clear white glass ball for the finials.

A wall sculpture made out of hand blown glass was a perfect accessory for the southern wall adjacent to the curved wall. The curved wall was textured in a heavy luster stone finish, with vertical lines, and in a soft coppery color with multiple greens, grays, and silvers. The heavy texture makes a great compliment to the delicate, transparent glass.

A special chandelier was selected for the center. It consisted of a large black drum shade lined in Matt silver with multiple rows of white crystal balls that creates a water fall effect! What is so stunning is that when it is lit, shadows of the crystals form on the inside of the shade that are the same size and shape of the circles in the window treatment fabric!

For the dining chairs, an upscale, Italian made chair was the client’s choice. The modern design, the reflective black lacquer finish, the high back with vertical lines and luscious black and copper upholstery fabric made this dining room a truly dynamic one!

The colors are warm, rich, and bold. The circle shapes are selected to emphasize the curved wall and make it more apparent as well as creating a rhythm and enhancing the curves and the vertical lines were selected to support the beauty of the high ceiling and to create the sense of luxury, elegance, and extravagance!

I had so many complements from all the members of the family. My favorite was: “I make sure I go through the room, even if there was no reason to do so, I do it just because being in that room makes me feel very happy!”

Here is a video showing the stages of transformation of the room

And finally the room is done and here is the client testimonial


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