Tips on how to create beautiful top treatments without breaking the bank!
What determines the cost of any window covering are the labor cost, materials used and the installation cost.
Here are some tips to consider when you are planning your next window covering project!
- The design: the simpler the design, the less expensive the treatment will be. Flat valances, inverted pleat valances, shirred and pinch pleated on a board, or a cornice board is considered less costly to fabricate. You can add a little touch to a simple flat valance by adding a contrast trim, tassels on each end, or perhaps some buttons in a coordinating fabric.
- The cost of the materials: The variety is endless when selecting fabrics. You can find gorgeous kinds of cotton, silks, and woven blends at an affordable price. Mixing textures, or adding coordinating inexpensive trims, will give you that designer quality look at an affordable price. Another tip is to perhaps splurge on the hardware, and choose a modestly priced fabric. The rich, opulent look of the hardware will make up for the simplicity of the style and your choice of the fabric.
- The installation cost: One way to cut on the installation cost is by choosing economically installed treatments. Cornices and board mounted valances are less expensive to install than sheared or pleated on a rod.
Finally, the best way to save money is by work with a professional, who will help you avoid costly mistakes, direct you, share expertise and resources, and respect your budget and work within it.
Here are some pictures of low-cost valances
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A custom cornice was designed for a young artist! She is very creative, artistic not only in painting, she is an amazing dancer, she loves animals, and she has a collection of masks displayed on the wall that represents Central America’s culture.
The room was painted in deep blue, and the room backs to a yard with many trees.
Here was the challenge: The room is dark and has no definition, and the design has to appeal to my young client to reflect her artistic personality, her love of animals and birds, and her love of the culture of Central America.
The design included a cornice that was made from three sections, the sides on the left and write projected a bit forward, more than the middle section that almost resembled two columns.
A light blue fabric was used for the cornice to create a definition to the window, the two sides were embellished with real feathers that were inserted in the center. The color of the feathers was deep red that popped out to draw the attention and a printed linen panels were installed under the side cornices to provide further definition to the window. The fabric was printed with feathers in different sizes and various colors of blues and aqua. The finished product was unique in design and material selection. Our young artist was very happy. I am sharing what testimonial I have received from her mom.
Her mom wrote a testimonial on Houzz:
I asked Susan to create a window treatment for my teenage daughter’s bonus room. The room lacked direction and theme. Susan took the time to really get to know my daughter and interviewed her to get a sense of her interests and desires. My daughter’s love of animals and art inspired
Susan to create a window treatment that is an art piece in itself. She incorporated beautiful feathers on a 3D valence! This room was once without direction, but now is personalized and inspirational- exactly what my daughter wanted. Thank you Susan!
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Considering pleated drapery? Confused about which type of drapery pleats or heading to choose?
The choices are endless when it comes to drapery pleating. When my clients ask for pleated drapery panels, my creative juices start to flow! Most clients ask for pinch pleats or Euro pleats. Those are fine choices – but I typically ask them, “Why not consider bright new ideas and create a unique look? We can design drapery panels that suit your style, reflect your personality, and WOW your guests – without adding a lot of extra cost.”
Those comments usually pique their interest. After many years of working with pleated draperies, I have learned a lot and am always happy to share some insights into the types of pleats in draperies.
First, I will describe the more-traditional types of pleated draperies.
- Pinch pleats: Sometimes called “3 finger pleats,” these traditional pleated draperies have been used for decades. In my experience, it is the most frequently specified type of pleat – perhaps because it is typically the least expensive type of pleat. Three-finger pleated draperies have a large stack-back, and if a client wants a totally open look for the window, the drapery rods need to extend out beyond the window, if there is enough space to mount the brackets for the rod. Otherwise, a different type of pleating must be specified.
- Euro pleats or French pleats: They are very similar to pinch pleats, with the same functionality and characteristics, except they are tacked at the very top. This type of pleating creates a more modern look than pinch pleats.
And now I will describe some of the other types of pleated draperies you might want to consider:
- Grommets: Yes, I know grommets can be ho-hum and they are overused (they are quite common in ready-made curtains), but consider the unusual ways that grommets can be used. There are colored grommets, square grommets, ornate grommets and tiny grommets that can tie two pleats together with a contrast cord. These types of grommets present a contemporary look – and the wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes of grommets from which to choose make this type of drapery a great choice when going after a “clean and modern” look. They may be slightly more expensive than other types of draperies, and grommet draperies are not the best choice if you need to cover a large window, because they can be troublesome to open and close. For that reason, they are best if they are stationary.
- One finger or two finger pleats: These pleated draperies can look so elegant and beautiful – especially on interlined silks or silky fabrics.
- Box pleats with buttons: Adding one button or a row of buttons in a contrasting color will give the drapery panel a very tailored, sophisticated look.
- Pleats with added tassels: Again, as with buttons, adding one tassel or a row of tassels will add a touch of formality. And depending on the style of the tassel, we can create either a traditional or contemporary look to complement (or to contrast) the furniture and accessories in the room.
- Draperies with tabs: They can be very thin tabs or double tabs. They can crisscross each other or they can have buttons. Be creative! Design a little “pop” and have a little fun with your draperies.
- Ripple folds: Very popular and modern-looking, stacks are small to allow more exposure of the view outside. Ripple fold draperies use less fabric than traditional pinch pleats or French pleats. I love ripple folds because it is easy to add a fun little twist to the draperies by applying a braid trim at the top. Just like that, voila! – a unique look with creative use of trim.
- Accordia pleats: As the name suggests, these draperies have an accordion-like appearance. Often used in large residential and commercial settings, accordia pleated draperies take considerable time to install because the pleats have to be snapped to the rod one by one. They make a great stage curtains, because of their compact stack.
By adding a new twist for your pleated draperies, you are making a creative statement for your windows that contributes to the overall ambiance of your space.
We are here to help you create unique window covering that will be perfectly suited to you. For a consultation and a no-obligation estimate, call us at (630) 420-0800 or (630) 854-9082.
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
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Plantation shutters not only add beauty, elegance, poise, and refinement to any home, but they also come at a great value!
Here are five reasons why you should add shutters to your home:
- The rich, wooden shutters can be added to any type of interior space, whether the style is traditional, transitional, eclectic, or contemporary. In the past, only the rich and wealthy were able to afford them. Now, the shutters have the look and feel of expense without the overwhelming price.
- With the ability to regulate how much sunlight enters your room, shutters are a great way to save energy.
- They require very little maintenance and are easy to clean.
- Since shutters are permanent unlike other window treatments, they will easily add value to your property when the time comes to sell your house.
- Wooden shutters are very appealing to potential home buyers. They are considered a home addition and will help you sell your home faster, especially in a market like the one we have today.
Although the initial cost might be high, in the long run, you will find yourself justifying the initial investment because the shutters really do provide an economical solution.
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