Top 3 Drapery Trends for todays 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.

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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.

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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.

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Modern Draperies

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 full Dining roomDining roomClose upAllur shades and brimar finialsto 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!)

What is Hot and What is Not, in the World of Window Fashions!

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? How would those window treatments work for you?

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:

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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:

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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!

Drapery Hardware: Jewelry for your windows!

The sky is the limit when it comes to drapery hardware. How do you decide what type to use?

I will have to ask, are your draperies, traditional, contemporary, transitional, whimsical, or do they have a definite theme?

Also I might ask, is there a space limitation on each side of the window, or above? That can be a factor in selecting one hardware over the other.

For fun let’s go to the link below, the Helser Brothers website, and build your own finial!

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Call us for your free design consultation. We also offer free phone consultation!

(630)420-0800.

Sheers offer beauty, serenity, and function!

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.

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A window seat in a little girls bedroom! Any ideas on how to dress it?

What should I do  with a window seat in a girls bed room?

Here is an idea for you!

This client ( Burr Ridge, Illinois) wanted to create an extra ordinary window treatment for her seven year old daughter. After listening to her and describing her little girls personality, what she likes, the way she plays and so on, this is what we came up with: Create a stage like for her so she can pretend, and play make belief with her friends, how exciting!

Two side panels, lifted to the sides will give that stage feel along the canopy valance. Nice soft cushions, and pillows will add comfort and coziness.

The results: A happy 7 year old, that keeps busy, and enjoys play with her friends. Check out the video below.

Call (630) 420-0800 for more information about our design service.

Living Room, with style and elegance!

This Naperville, Dupage county, living room got a face lift! The client request was to change the room from a very traditional, formal living room, to a transitional, not too formal, with style, elegance and a room that is easy to use for every day living!

We started with selecting the fabrics, the draperies and furniture style, and picked a paint color.  A warm yellow paint replaced the out dated faux finish of the walls, the ceiling got a soft linen white that went well with the walls color,the drapery transitional paisley print, the linen material, the colors, all has contributed to the beauty and serenity of the room.

The number one factor that added to what the client was after,was the drapery design. Two layers of fabric, the paisley layer on top of a second layer of  linen sheers, gave the draperies that feel of a relaxed look. The pleats also had an impact on the overall look. Part of the pleats in the linen fabric was speaking through from under the main body fabric. The cluster of buttons in a rich,warm red, place on the sheers, has truly given the drapes, feel of whimsy!

The drapery hardware from the RM coco company, the deco collection, so beautiful and affordable it was the perfect addition.

Do you have a project in mind? Do not hesitate to call us (630)420-0800

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Drapery panels!

Drapery panels not only elegant, but it will frame your windows, and enhance the over all height of the room.

Watch the video for ideas

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Drapery Show!

Enjoy those unique drapery show by Susan Gailani!

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