Keep in mind a few tips to help you start your “update the home” project:
- Plan and prioritize. You will not feel the pressure financially or emotionally if you tackle one small area at a time.
- Select your style. Look through magazines and design books to help you decide what you like and don’t like. Put together a “style board,” mark pages in books and magazines, or put photos of what you like in a folder to help you decide your color scheme and your style. Then start thinking about fabrics and paint colors.
- Paint is last not first. Many people think they should paint first, but it’s so much easier to select paint colors after you have found fabrics you love than it is to find the right fabric to match your walls.
- Throw away or donate items that you don’t use. Clutter detracts from the beauty of any room. I (and most designers) can help you decide what to keep and what to toss or donate.
- Start with furniture. I’ve learned from working with clients for more than 20 years that furniture is the firm foundation on which you can build that special look and feel. After replacing or upgrading furniture, add window treatments and flooring. And last – like icing on a cake or a big bright bow on a gift – add accessories to personalize your rooms.
- When working with a design pro, discuss what you But you should also be open to ideas from a different perspective and be open about your budget. Open communication helps you achieve your dream home.
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!
Call (630)420-0800 or (630) 854-9082.
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
Drapery Tie backs, from out dated ordinary to exceptional extraordinary!
Who said that all drapery tie backs should be the same? Out dated three inch band just functional, hold the drapery back, and boring!
How about making a huge statement with just the tie back?
Now Imagine that a simple silk drapery panel with a tie back that has the wow factor!
Take a look, let me know, what do you think?
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The client request for this beautiful dining room was to keep the window as open as possible to let the light in, and to have long drapery panels on each side of the bay window.The home is traditional with many neoclassic features, therefore, the design of the draperies has to compliment the architecture, as well as enhance the window it self.
Here was our approach:
- Have silk drapery panels at each corner of the bay, the panels are shirred tight to keep them slim in order to allow the light in and not to block the window.
- The embroidered fabric used for the swags has tied in the colors of the upholstery on the chairs with the drapery panels.
- The swags with it’s fringe, the drapery panels and they way they break on the floor, it supports the neoclassic ambiance.
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Our client from Burr Ridge Illinois, has invited us to her home for an estimate and some ideas for her piano room.
Here are her ideas:
- Adding Majestic feeling to the room.
- Enhance the arched windows.
- Keep as much light coming in as possible.
- The colors has to flow with the rest of the house.
Take a look at the photos below:
- Taking the treatment from above, it gave it a grand, majestic look.
- The treatment enhanced the window and by keeping it partially covered it will allow ample light in. The room is facing north therefore there will be no direct sun light on the piano that can be damaging.
- The colors are a continuation of the color scheme exists in the home.
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Often my clients ask what type of pleating I would recommend for their draperies. My answer would be, first, it depends on the general style of the room, and also the personal preference. In general, we recommend Ripple folds, Grommets, and Euro pleats, for a modern settings, Pinch pleats, Goblets pleats, or cartridge pleats for traditional style rooms, and ruched and pencil pleats for both modern and traditional rooms.
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We installed this swag treatment for a home in Burr Ridge Illinois. The treatment consists of swags that start at the top of two arched windows, swags down with two panels underneath! The swags are held from cornice boxes that gives it a unique look. The fabrics are a combination of silk velvet and embroidered faux silk fabrics.
We finished installing new draperies for one of our clients in Burr Ridge Illinois!
These were the clients requirements:
- Allow as much light as possible to come in the room.
- Unique draperies that will make a statement.
- The draperies must have a masculine feel.
- The draperies must blend and coordinate with the furnishings that exists already in the room.
How did we meet the clients requirements?
- We created panels that are stationary and will cover small part of the window only.
- The design, the combination of fabrics and the use of the hardware is very unique.
- By using faux leather, velvet, nail heads in the cornice and how they all were put together, made the treatment have a masculine feel.
- The room was painted a very beautiful, warm golden yellow, the furniture had brown, gold and salmon pink as far as colors. The chairs were over sized with nail heads as a detail. Our treatment had the same colors, had a nice combination of textures, and the way it worked together it was amazing! When our client walked in the room that is what she said : ” you are an artist!”
See below and tell me what you think: