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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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.
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.
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.
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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. In Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Oak brook, Illinois 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 in Hinsdale, Burr Ridge and Oak brook, Illinois 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.
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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!
Our Client from Burr Ridge IL has expressed her desire to get new draperies for her home with a regal, majestic feel.
The drapery treatment design consists of an arched cornice trimmed with a four inch beaded trim from the Renaissance collection by Brimar.
Two sets of drapery panels drapes over the cornice that gives the window treatment it’s elegance and regal look.
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Seems like ages ago when what you hung up in front of your windows were simple curtains. Over the years though, so many incredible designs, styles, fabrics, technology and innovations have turned “curtains” into the most elegant and personal statement you can make when it comes to home decor. With options like creative valances, sumptuous cornice designs, acres of fabric, gorgeous ornamentation, hardware or tassels, and the look and feel becomes pure luxury. The key is finding and selecting the perfect fabric to achieve your design goal.
Casual elegance can be achieved with textured fabrics. Shimmering silks, blends and new synthetics can bring an elegance that makes your rooms shine. Multi-layered effects help achieve depth at any window. Add fabric sheers, shadings, and blinds beneath custom-designed draperies and you’ll be making the ultimate décor statement.
Drapery designs by Susan Gailani
Selecting the proper window coverings can be a daunting task. There are a lot of things that need to be considered; the architecture of the window, the style of the room, privacy, sun control, fabric type, function, and hardware. There are many options available on the market today and window coverings have never been more important and cost-effective.
Window coverings can provide energy efficiency in a home as well as privacy and security. They can protect your furniture, flooring, and artwork from the damaging rays of the dun. The cellular shade provides full privacy, blocks harmful UV rays, and softly filters in light for a beautiful effect. And the best part is that it comes at an affordable price.
The honeycomb construction of this blind allows heat to be trapped in its core keeping your room cooler in the summer and improving the efficiency of your air conditioner. In the winter, this blind traps the drafts, preventing the cold air from entering the room.
Window coverings take your décor to a new level. A naked window at night becomes a big black hole and can make a room feel cold and empty. Fabric on the window is an easy add on, an interesting way to introduce pattern, color, texture, interest, balance, and beauty to a room’s décor.
Often clients say that they don’t want to cover their windows because they enjoy their view. Privacy and sun control aside, a simple, well designed window covering will actually frame the view, enhancing it while providing a certain look and coziness to the room. In my opinion, no window should ever be bare.
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