Top 3 tips for creating Window Treatments on a Budget!

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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Call us for a free consultation and free estimates!

(630)420-0800 OR (630)854-9082.

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Have you consideredthe use of Buttons in your window covering?

The use of buttons can give window treatments a touch of elegance and a tailored look. Buttons come in so many sizes and shapes, one can choose the right one to give the treatment what it needs!

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Cornice boards for window treatment!

Cornice boards has been popular through out history, and it is still being used today in a very creative ways. Below are pictures of cornice boards with nail heads, grommets, banding, curved edges, with leather and more unusual ideas to create new looks

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Great drapery design for a Burr Ridge Client

This window treatment is stunning! It is a drapery treatment for this family room window  that needs enhancement. My clients are a young couple who love an eclectic style. They love shine and shimmer, mix old and new, modern style in furnishing and that’s why they built the this home just to what they always wanted.

Now it is my job to create unique window treatments to fit their style. We are starting with the family room because this window is what the visitors will see as they enter the home! It is the window that will set the tone for the entire home!

The fabric is from the RMCOCO fabrics, it is a modern brocade in onyx and chocolate colors, very bold and powerful, the hard ware will be created by using two trims selected from the Kravet trim collection. The first trim is a beaded trim of black beads, the second crystal beads, it will be laid on top of the first one. A cornice will be constructed and covered with the trims.

Take a look!

Proposed window oneFor unique ideas and designs call (630)420-0800, Ask for Susan Gailani

Draperies, can be unique and extra ordinary!

How to create unique draperies for your home or office!

The most noticeable item when entering a room are the draperies or the window treatments. That’s why special attention must be given when designing the window treatment or the draperies.

Here are some tips to follow:

  • Use unique colors. Bright, strong colors are now in fashion. Become more adventurous and don’t be afraid of using bold colors.
  • Mix different fabrics in one treatment. Have a variety of textures, like mixing smooth and silky with textured and velvety or sheer and transparent with heavy and nubby fabrics.
  • Create layers. A panel can have several layers. Imagine a three layered panel, with sheers sandwiched between a layer of silk and velvet. A single panel like that pulled to the side with a unique tassel is enough to make an incredible statement!
  • Select one-of-a-kind hardware that will be the focal point of the entire treatment.
  • Use embellishments, such as tassels, fringes, trims, buttons, beads …etc. They can turn any ordinary treatment into something extraordinary!

Nowadays we have many choices when it comes to selecting fabric, hardware and embellishments. They can be of natural or man made material, imported or domestic, but that doesn’t mean they have to be expensive. The varying price points make custom window covering affordable to just about everyone!

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Larry Laslo fabrics for two of my clients In Burr Ridge Illinois!

This past fall I WAS hired to provide designs for two clients in Burr Ridge Illinois.

The first project was for a dining room, with a very contemporary style. We decided on using the fabric Cufflink in a copper color. Notice the sheer fabric in the master bedroom in the video below. The same fabric is being used in espresso!

In the second home we are working on the master bedroom. We are using very vibrant colors, a scheme similar to the one in the video. The bedroom will have the Larry Laslo trims for the pillows and draperies.

I can not wait to show you the finished projects. What is your favorite Larry Laslo fabric?

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