Drapery Trends: Panels Are Perfect In So Many Places
In recent years, we’ve seen increasing use of drapery panels as window treatments, replacing swag treatments or valances in popularity.
Most drapery panels are used to add warmth to a room. Most are stationary panels that also serve as something of a palette, letting people add patterns, textures, and colors to their rooms to create their own special look.
Simplicity is the trend in drapery panel design. The eye-catching details are in the fabric itself, or in the pleating – or perhaps decorative hardware is the design element that adds the “wow” factor to the window treatment. The design itself is clean and simple; it’s the extras that express creativity and individual style.
Drapery panels in urban homes are almost always stationary, and they’re often combined with shades or blinds for privacy. The pleating styles most frequently used include French pleats (sometimes called tacked-top pleats), or two-finger pleats, which is my personal preference because they look awesome and so very rich. Ripple folds also are a favorite in urban homes because they stack so well and allow more “view exposure,” which is especially important in high-rise condominiums where the view is sacred!
In the suburbs, however, most clients like a bit more decorative flair in their panels (at least this has been my observation), although some clients do request simplicity to complement their “clean look” design style.
Horizontal banding in one or more contrasting colors can be fun, as are buttons, unusual pleating, decorative hardware, and “breaking” on the floor, which is very trendy at the moment and preferred by many clients. One reason for the popularity of panels that break on the floor is because it’s frequently seen on television programs, such as HGTV, and in home décor magazine.
The variety of beautiful fabrics available in the market today is astonishing. Fabrics with shiny stones, sparkles, modern embroidery, and shimmery elements are all very popular. And all kinds of textures can be woven into the fabric, which makes them special and unique!
The use of short rods on each side of the window is growing in popularity, and panels are even sometimes mounted on boards instead of on rods.
Dressing up windows with panels enhances the height of the space and gives it a finished look. Consider some of these fun drapery panel projects I have recently completed and give me a call with ideas of how YOU would like to dress up YOUR windows!
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These Custom draperies had won the 2nd place International award at the Vision annual design competition!
The category of the competition was the creative use of drapery hardware and trim.
Imagine my surprise when I saw this window for the first time! My first thought was, “It is going to be a challenge installing any treatment for this window!”
The client expressed her desire to have the window treatment as “open” as possible since her family likes the light and the beautiful view of the lake. She also said she likes swags. Her third request was to design the window treatment with the chandelier in mind. And she also requested that the color of the fabric complement her existing furnishings and the beautiful Persian rug in the room.
A textured sheer fabric was selected for the cascading swags in order to keep the window open, as the client requested. Layered side panels sweep down from the second tier of the window to the floor, with a slight break to give definition to the window and visually support the swags. The first layer is interlined silk, and the textured sheer used for the swag comes over as a second layer to create a visual connection. The soft mango color of the fabric was selected because it beautifully complements the client’s furnishings.
The hardware was created by connecting several wrought iron pieces from the Helser Brothers Artigiani collection. The pieces selected resemble the chandelier; the crystal pieces were carefully selected and added to create a unique design which looks perfect with the chandelier!
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.
Often clients ask what the latest trends for window fashions are. I would like to share with you the latest in terms of style, colors, fabrics and embellishments.
Style: Full drapery panels are in. The past few years we saw more use of drapery panels on windows, with unusual pleats and headings.
Roman shades in all known styles (flat, folded, ballooned, and all other types) are very much in fashion. Roman shades are very popular because they are classic: when they are pulled up they create a valance to dress the window, they insolate when drawn down, especially when interlined, and provide privacy as well.
Colors: With the down turn in the economy the past few years, we saw new trends for colors in general, and the window fashion industry is no exception. Bold, strong colors are back! They are used as a pop of color with a more neutral background. Bold Tangerines, Mangos, Teals, Turquoise, and Reds with grayed browns are being used; these splashes of bold colors are a reminder to the world that there is hope and to look forward to a better future!
Fabrics: Textural, embroidered and fabrics with natural fibers are in fashion. Fabrics like linen, cotton, Chenille, printed silks as well as natural silks are preferred over polyesters and man-made fibers. Although natural fabrics are in demand now days, synthetic fabrics are still finding their use in the design world. Clients also are asking for natural fibers, recycled, and (Green) products.
Embellishments: Embellishing with bold, unique trims is very much in fashion. Using fringes along the vertical edges of a panel or having a plain panel with a one-of-a-kind over-sized tie back tassel have become very popular. Having a beaded trim with a striking color in the perfect spot will accentuate an architectural feature that needs to be the focal point of a room. We are seeing more trims with wooden beads, mirrors, metal chains, feathers, and materials that are not usually used as a decorative trim. Pleating, buttons, grommets, and contrast cording is another way to embellish, and now more than ever, designers are using their creative juices to come up with ways to give their clientele head turning, knockout draperies that are totally their style.
For ideas and information make sure to call us and utilize our free phone consultation (630) 420-0800.
Drapery panels can be gorgeous, elegant, and affordable too!
With stationary side panels you can create a beautiful, one of a kind look, and be easy on your wallet as well!
Your window can be framed with stationary panels, and you can use separate rods for each side. Take a look at this slide show:
How about your ceiling? Is it little low? Create height by taking your panels as high as possible to give the illusion of height.
Do you have a high ceiling or perhaps there is an architectural feature you want to enhance? Have your panels start at the very top to draw the eye up toward that special feature. Watch this slide show:
How about hardware? The jewelery for your windows! There is so much out there for you to pick from: contemporary, traditional, metal, wood, acrylic, stained or painted, ask your designer to show you what is available within your budget. composer
If budget permits, add fringes, trims, tassels, and any embellishments to add beauty, elegance and style. With side panels you can do so much, and create that personal touch that says so much about you!
Here is a video of our work showing many panel possibilities!
Do you have tall windows?
If so, you need to enhance the height and start your draperies at the very top of the window. By doing so you are letting the eye to follow the height, and that will add elegance and sophistication to your room. Call 630-420-0800 for all your window covering needs.
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It is always a joy to design a girl’s bed room. The creativity is endless, the choices of fabrics and trims are countless and, and the sky is the limit when it comes to design ideas.
I love to listen to the moms describing their daughters personalities, with smiles on their faces, and the fun that is waiting for them during the entire design process! The anticipation for something beautiful about to arrive!
In the past I have used lace for more traditional looks, sheers and silks for transitional designs, and bows, ruffles, and trims for embellishments. We have achieved so many design trends that appealed to the clients. Now I am working for a Naperville client to do a modern whimsical look! I can not wait to see the project complete, in order to share it with you.
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All right, I hear you, your rooms are dull, out dated and a drab! Or maybe you feel it is missing something!
OK, let’s talk about some steps to take to up lift the look with out spending tons of money.
How about fresh paint! How do you pick the right shade? Take a look at your furniture, pillows, or an art piece that you truly love and want to keep, analyze the colors that exists in your furnishings, match those colors to your paint chips, pick what appeals to you most, then try a few on the walls, live with them for few days, and you can then pick what you like best and go ahead and paint. Please take this test to figure what colors you are drawn to most. Visit www.voiceofcolor.com then go to the color sense game! It is fun and enlightening.
You might want to try some faux finishing. It could be on your walls, furniture, mirrors, frames, ceiling fans, cabinets, even your crown moldings. If you are looking for a Faux artist please call us at (630)420-0800 and we will connect you with the best!
Window coverings, oh what an impact it creates on any room. Window treatments add warmth, beauty, and frames the windows. You can select from so many varieties of patterns, colors, and textures. Figure out what budget you would like to stay within, and we will help you with creating the best for your budget range.
How about new pillows? You can select from many styles, patterns, and colors. Pillows can add character and help up lift any piece of furniture. See the slide show below, and you will see some pillows for actual clients and some illustrations from the Minutes Matters studio soft ware.
Re-upholstery can transform furniture from drab to “Fab” in a few short weeks! Please take a look at the slide show below to see the quality of our work.
Finally, please do not forget the accessories. That’s the way to personalize your space and make it totally you!
Feel free to call us, we offer a free phone consultation (630) 420-0800.
Have you seen what is available in the market today when it comes to sheers?
Nowadays you can find hundreds of different varieties of sheers, from cottons, linen, silk, and the good old polyesters. Sheer window covering is a great option when you do not want to obstruct the view, yet you do not want to leave the window undressed!
The latest sheer collection out by Robert Allen fabrics (Contemporary Window) has some stunning designs that will make an impact on your window fashion. I have included some pictures of the Robert Allen sheers as well as an arched window dressed with sheers, in Westmont, Illinois, Dupage county.
Sheers draperies with unique hardware could be all that you need to dress that naked window!
Call us for all window covering needs (630) 420-0800.