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!
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The client’s style is modern. She likes simplicity and strives to find unique items for her home. The Baker dining set was purchased years ago for a modern urban home. The challenge was to create contemporary-style window coverings to complement a space with traditional touches – such as the crystal chandelier that came with the house – which she was not ready to change.
The client wanted privacy at night and semi-privacy during the day, to diffuse a less-than-desirable view of a brick wall. She wanted formality and said she loves metallic, sparkly fabrics and décor.
Allure from Lafayette provided the privacy and semi-privacy she was after. Several of its fabrics have shimmery, metallic characteristics. One nice discovery was that the mounting space was perfect for an inside mount, the client’s preference.
The depth and texture of the drapery fabric were a perfect choice. The cut-outs gave it a unique look, and the color provided enough contrast to be interesting but not so much as to distract from the room’s other focal points.
The client absolutely loves the fluttering effect the draperies have whenever the air conditioning is on. (I had noticed air registers on each side of the windows, and I knew the fabric cut-outs would move when air circulated around the fabric. So happy the client appreciates my vision!)
Do not underestimate the power of pillows!
During the course of an interior design project, when it is time to consider pillows, there is often no money left in the budget and the pillow project is canceled.
This is an unfortunate occurrence.
Pillows are important elements in establishing the “feel” and “comfort” of a home. Personally, when I enter a room and the sofa has a bunch of pillows, I feel welcomed. Sometimes, I am amused or impressed with the creativity expressed by the homeowner. Other times, I see pillows playing a special role from a design and esthetics standpoint. Pillows can also be primarily functional, providing support or making a sofa more comfortable.
Adding a pillow or two to a chair can help the room achieve balance. Pillows can also add the element of rhythm. Having a row of pillows, in the same size and color, will draw the eye to the display and create a sense of order, allowing the eye to feel comfortable looking at the larger space. By creating a focal point or by adding an accent color, pillows can effectively complete a room.
As far as function, pillows are helpful on a chair or sofa with a deep seat. A bunch of pillows in various colors and patterns will add not only a splash of color or textural depth, but will also provide the comfort one needs to sit for extended periods.
And consider this: large pillows with dense stuffing can provide extra seating, when, for example, there is not enough furniture for the number of guests at a party or family gathering. (The Ottomans Turks used pillows for this function – and so do many of my clients. When not in use, they can be artfully stacked in a corner.)
Pillows can dress any bed and can complement other fabrics in the bedroom with a variety of awesome colors and textures. How about outdoor living furniture? Or dining room chairs? Be creative about using pillows to add depth and texture to a room, especially when they work with the color scheme of the table during a special holiday, birthday or anniversary celebrations.
Pillows can be so fabulous that they should be considered works of art! Create your own special piece of art by designing an unusually shaped pillow or by using special textiles, opulent trims, and unique bells and whistles. A whole wide world of wonderful pillow options awaits you!
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Here are few styles of drapery panels. They will frame the window, add warmth to the room and they can be very affordable!
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Have you seen what is available in the market as far as drapery sheers?
The variety you will find in design show rooms are amazing and unique!
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The video below is the fabrics by Larry Laslo, for Robert Allen fabrics. Please notice the use of sheers in this home. The sheer called Cufflinks is used in the bedroom, I have used the same sheer in the dining room above.
Embellished draperies add beauty and style to any room. Now a days you can find so many varieties that can fit any style, whether it is traditional, contemporary, eastern, or eclectic.
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I often get asked, full length draperies or valances,what are the better choices for my windows?
The answer is, it all depends on:
- The personal preference.
- The size of the window.
- The decorating style of the room and what is the out come one wants to have in the room.
- The pattern of the fabric to be used, large prints, with large repeats will show better with tall panels, where mini prints will work better on valances.
These are some ideas to think about when in doubt whether to use drapery panels or a valance.
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Our goal is to provide unique draperies for our clients that will fit their life style and stay within their budget.
We work with our clients to explore all different possibilities for designs, we listen to their needs, desires, dreams, and expectations. We work together to transform their dreams into reality, and help them achieve their decorating goals at their own pace and within a set budget that we discuss at an early stage of the design process.
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