A tip on saving money dressing a large window with a modern look!

OK, so you have a large window, wall to wall, ceiling to floor and the cost to use any type treatment to cover it is going to be enormous!

Here is a tip to think about reducing the cost by half or less, that is if you used lining only!

Yes, I agree, it is not for all styles and it is not for everyone, but, if your home has a modern or contemporary style, then this idea could work and it will save you money!

For example, homes in south Florida, California, or homes by a cost, even downtown condos this look can be very attractive, stylish and economical!

To add richness, one can use a unique decorative hardware, and, voila! Amazing look without breaking the bank!

Below is and idea for modern drapery hardware that looks unique and attractive!

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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!)

Modern Drapery Designs Trends

2017 Trends in Window Treatments: Simplicity is “en vogue.”

 

If you’re of a certain age, you will remember that window treatments in the 1970s and 1980s—especially custom draperies—tended to be elaborate, ornate and, some would say, “over the top.”

I remember that time well and enjoyed designing and installing richly decorated custom draperies, using trims, fringes, ruffles and other embellishments. While window treatment designers still use decorative trims and ornate fringes, we’re using them in a totally different way in 2017.

There’s been a general movement toward simplicity in design. One reason may be that people are on the move more than they’ve been in the past. Whether it’s moving to a new city for a work opportunity, or moving from the suburbs to a hip urban environment to escape the grind of a long commute, there’s more willingness to pick up and move. Simple design is easier to transfer to a new space.

Additionally, many people today are traveling internationally and being exposed to design trends in other countries. This “cultural openness” has resulted in greater use of clean lines in design, similar to what’s prevalent in Scandinavian countries. I’ve even noticed some reinvention of French and English design styles, with the use of less ornate styles and more contemporary furnishings and accessories to suit today’s busy, modern lives.

Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, swags and jabots were very popular. They’re still being used today, but in more simplified designs with cleaner, softer looks. Drapery panels are the most commonly used window treatments today. Many are made with rich, unique and opulent-looking fabrics. The use of unusual fabrics and trims can give window treatments an almost sculptural quality (without being heavy and ornate). I’ve also noticed the influence of the Far East in the use of trims and the installation of hardware, to create window treatments that become the focal point in the room.

Our own clientele is following these trends. While they’re interested in simplicity of the style, they love extraordinary textiles, trims, and hardware. Different fabrication of drapery panels is also common today. For example, we’ve seen the increased use of two-finger pleats instead of the traditional pinch-pleated draperies, and we see pleated or shirred drapery panels on a rod or a fabric-covered board.

We at Gailani Designs are focused on creating fresh, new, and exciting windows for our clients. We combine our design education and experience with your style, vision and personality to create rooms and windows that delight our clients and WOW their guests.

To learn more about design trends of the modern home or to schedule a free, no-obligation design consultation, call me at (630)854-9082

Visit us at: http://www.gailanidesigns.com

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Unique fabric with cut outs, the fabric adds movement and texture. Design By Susan Gailani

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Allure shade, used as the first layer for privacy and light control. Design By Susan Gailani

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The window treatment consists of two layers, Allure shades for privacy, and stationary side panels for warmth, style and sophistication. Designed by Susan Gailani

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Unique hardware from the Ice collection by Brimar, works so well with over all sophisticated design of the room. Design By Susan Gailani

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A close up shot of the fabric to show the texture. Design by Susan Gailani