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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Scary windows do not scare us

The Illuminated Room! Burr Ridge IL

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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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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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.

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

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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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.

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Detail of the tie back

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Express yourself! Make your home unique to you by adding custom draperies, color and fabric!

Express yourself! Make your home unique to you by adding custom draperies, color and fabric!

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.

Please view the photos below for ideas:

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Oak Brook Draperies with a Russian flair

Oak Brook Draperies with a Russian flair,

My client wanted a luxurious draperies for his home with a Russian palaces style of opulence and a regal touch.

For free estimate call (630) 420-0800

 

Here is our design of the window:

Drapery Design for Oak Brook Home

Drapery Design for Oak Brook Home

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Bead trim

Bead trim

Express your self! Make your home in Du Page county unique to you by adding custom draperies, colors, and fabrics

Express yourself! Make your home in Du page County, Illinois unique to you by adding custom draperies, color and fabric.

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.

Free Design Consultation, or free Phone consultation (630) 420-0800

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Traditional, yet modern!

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!

New Draperies for a Burr Ridge Home

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.

Burr Ridge Draperies

For new ideas and free estimate call (630) 420-0800