Fabric: As there are so many different fabric choices available, how do one get started?
The question: Custom made vs Store bought.
People always ask why there is such a big difference in price, it’s like buying a dress that fit you perfectly versus something that is just there. Drapes are tricky – they need to be done right, executed perfectly. Nothing takes away more from a beautifully decorated room than cheaply constructed curtains – limp, skimpy, too short, too long, over embellished – you name it – it can be a disaster.
To achieve the level of luxury and comfort, your treatment should fit and drapes your room perfectly just like a perfectly fitted dress.
People always get fazed by the cost of custom made window treatment, think of it as an investment, unlike clothing or shoes or handbags, a lot of time your window treatments will probably last as long as the paint on the wall, so it’s an investment worth putting thoughts into.
With more and more glass elevations in new architecture, Window fashion designs play an important part of how we experience our home. How light is diffused and filtered can have a magical effect.
Buying window treatment is an investment, it’s like buying furniture, and a lot of people find it a daunting task to make a sound decision, how do one make a sound decision? We have a series of guides that hopefully will shed some light for you.
Guide # 1
Determine what you like: Blind or Drapes
A lot of time this depends on the space as well as your sense of style.
Should the pleats be dressed loose or pleated tightly?
- Ripple fold drapes; the general feeling is medium pleat, not too rigid, so it creates some softness and romance.
- The pleated drapes are better to not have ironed in pleats as the looser pleats will give the curtains fluidity and softness instead of looking like two stone columns of fabric.
How to dress wide expense of windows
- Wide windows: people in general think that it’s easier and simpler to do two panels for big wide windows, you can close and open the panels easier. However, from our experience it makes for a cozier space to have a panel between each window, as you won’t have a large expense of window space.
- This goes for the bay window as well, either in roman shade or drapes
- The panels should be the same width so it looks balanced.
Dressing up the drapes – the right trims and the right placement adds pizazz and transformation to create an interesting and beautiful drapes
1. Trims added to the leading edge.
2. Trims added to the Leading edge and continue to the hem
3. Adding band and trim on bottom 1/3 of the drapes, good techniques to use when you are reusing drapes.
4. Using a colored lining to add interest and contrast.
Drapes length – to puddle or not to puddle
- Lots of puddling is not in fashion. A 3-4 inch puddle is the standard now, so that you can actually pick up the hem of the panel and let it fall softly into place.
-When the ceiling or floor is uneven, puddle your drapes a little so you can hide the asymmetry of the space, to create a cohesive and professional look.
After a decade long making drapes, we want to share with you some of the formulas used by very successful designers to create beautiful luxurious drapes.
How full should your drapes be?
- Use at least 2 ½ times fullness for pleated drapes.
- 3 times fullness for each panel will give the aura of opulence, it’s so luscious, so stunning and so rich.
-Interline or lined the drapes with blackout lining, this allows you to achieve consistent color on the drapes, so the patterns and colors will be intact and true, also it prevents a washed-out look when the sun light shines through the drapes.
- also when you line and interline the drape, it makes your drape so plush and full that it instantly creates a luxurious and elegant look, unless you are using a sheer fabric.
Drapes is considered one of the top ten list of design elements in a home. They bring so much to a room that they are considered a necessity when decorating a home. Incorporating drapes into your space is a great way to create a cohesive look that is not only beautiful, but that also promotes an ambience that is cozy, romantic and a world of softness. Drapes is like a beautiful head of hair, it creates an aura, it frames and beautifies!
Throughout our decade long conversation with clients about draperies, we found that people are resistant to drapes, but why are they resistant to drapes if they make a world of difference? – The list of excuses can be endless: I have beautiful windows, I don’t want to cover them up, or I love my view – I don’t want to block it. I love the clean minimal look. Another popular excuse is this: I don’t need curtains, I already have mini blinds.
For all the reasons not to get curtains, I can argue against each point
Winter months tend to collect more dust as winter forces humans to turn up the heat, in order to keep the heat in, doors and windows are kept closed. An unfortunate side effect is dry air, this can let dust levels increase as the dust that would land in places easy to clean begins to settle on high surfaces like window treatment. Come spring, for allergy sufferer or anybody wants to have a healthy environment, it is important to give your window treatment some cleaning, your house will be free of allergens and dust, so it will look fresh and clean for the rest of the year.
1. Don’t dry clean or wash your draperies. Most drapery fabric is not washable. There are very few exceptions to this. If you try to wash your draperies, the lining and face fabrics may shrink or not shrink in different ways. So, the lining may end up being longer than the face fabric. The same holds true for dry cleaning.
2. Steaming your drapes and roman shades, all our shades and drapery panels had underwent intensive steaming prior to installation, so it’s safe to steam them again, you can also achieve the dressed and renewed look after the fabric been steamed. We recommend a hand-held steamer, it can achieve this look effectively. Steaming is also a good way to kill off allergens.
3. Vacuuming really is the easiest and best way to care for your window treatments. We recommand an old piece of panty hose to cover the end of an upholstery vacuum attachment, so that you don’t suck the fabric or trim into the vacuum. Vacuuming gets rid of dust as well as allergens, it keeps your home healthy!
3. Use a lint roller. This is especially helpful if you have pets who may rub up against the bottom of your draperies.
4. Spot clean when necessary.
5. Finally, if above methods don’t work, call the professional.