DESIGN 101: WINDOW TREATMENTS - DRAPERY!

This month its all about windows!  There are a lot of exciting ways to treat the windows of your home both aesthetically and functionally.  Our goal is to help you make the right decisions.  We'll cover styles, fabric options, details, and maintenance.  We're kicking off the month with everything you need to know about drapery!

Drapery Headings

Curtain rings and clips offer a functional hanging method for your drapery.  There are a lot of options to choose from, so you'll want to check the weight-bearing capacity to ensure  your drapery is secure.  For example, if you have heavy drapes, you might want to consider a chunky wood or metal ring for the right amount of support.  You'll also want to consider if you are looking for modern or traditional. Below are some of our favorite heading options that create a timeless look.

Drapery Headings

Drapery Headings

Drapery Heading Options: Rings, Grommets, Clip Rings, or a Rod Pocket

Drapery Pleats

The world of drapery pleating offers and endless array of options.  There are fancy intricate pleats, high style French pleats, and even no pleats at all.  Pleat styles have come in and out of fashion, many times over, so we suggest finding a  design that you will continue to love.  Below are some of our classic favorites.

Drapery Pleats

Drapery Pleats

Drapery Pleat Options:  French Pleats, Parisian Pleats, or Goblet Pleats

Drapery Puddles

We get a lot of questions about how long drapery should be.  Is it OK to end drapes at the window sill?  Should they hit the floor or drag, pool, and puddle?  We think drapery should always hit the floor.  It creates a continuous look without visually chopping your walls in half.  The drag on the floor, or puddling, depends on the formality of the room.  The longer the puddle, the more formal.  Below are our favorite options for finishing off the length of your drapery panels.

Drapery Puddles

Drapery Puddles

Drapery Puddle Options: Touching the floor, Breaking at the floor, Sweeping the floor, or Puddling at the floor

Drapery Rods

Design is in the details!  Your drapery rod choice can add dramatic impact to your drapery or it can stand understated. There are a lot of options for drapery rods, at all price points.  We prefer rods in either metal or wood so they support the weight of your drapery.  Below are some of our "go-to" styles.

Drapery Rods

Drapery Rods

Drapery Rod Options: Rods with Glass or Metal Finials, Return "Bent" Rods, or Wood Rods with Finals

This is just the beginning of your window treatment options!  Not to mention those funny little arched windows you have that don't seem to work with any option!  Stay tuned to our Window Treatment Design 101 and we'll try to answer all of your questions.  If you can't wait, send us an email - we love to hear ideas from our readers!

Next up: Window shades, blinds, and shutters!

Happy Designing.

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