Several rooms in the Cashiers Design Showhouse used curtains on walls rather than windows to create a feeling of plush comfort. Says designer Sande Beck of this upstairs dressing room and bath, "we didn't want it to be too precious. We wanted pretty." To that end they used drapery to hide unappealing cabinets and a timeless blend of old and new in the room with a mix of vintage pieces and fresh new details. Soft pink grasscloth on the ceiling creates a finished look and a mix of framed and unframed art does much to keep the precious at bay.
This DIY moment comes courtesy of Amy who created her own drapery rods. This curtain is hung from a rod that she created by weaving twine over brass pieces to hold her gauzy linen curtains. A trip to a local art store is all that’s needed to recreate the display.
Everything on the porch is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.
Window treatments, especially on large or multiple windows can cost a pretty penny, but before you spend a fortune consider how you’ll utilize them. If you really don’t require privacy or shade in the room, opt for small fixed panels. They’ll still look great and soften the space without dinging your decorating budget.
Natural light is lovely for creating a warm, inviting environment, but when you're ready for some shut-eye, those rays need to be controlled, says Flanigan. In addition to framing window openings with color and texture, drapery allows you to have direct control over your lighting experience. Invest in high-quality drapery and line your panels with blackout material. This ensures you get sleep at any hour of the day while also protecting your furniture, rugs and art from damaging UV rays.
The layered look is definitely in style when it comes to window treatments. From drapery panels to shades, these items now come lined for a number of reasons. Layers help to keep warm air in during the winter and out during the summertime, and also help protect furniture and decor from fading. Aesthetically, lined window treatments offer a high-end look. "Layers provide energy-saving qualities and make the face fabric hang much nicer for a custom look," says Janet Barragan, senior vice president of window design at Curtainworks. Image courtesy of Curtainworks
Bold and colorful patterns can be on more than just pillows and throws. Try out some bright, patterned curtains for a statement piece in your living room. "In my shop, chevron, ikat, lattice and trellis prints are popular right now," says Tosha Scott, owner of Castle Creek Designs. The most important thing when bringing in window treatments with lots of color and pattern is to consider how other accessories will help temper the space. If you go bold with window treatments, think about bringing in some neutral furnishings that won't compete with the pattern. Image courtesy of Romo
Roman shades or black out drapes ensure your guests will get a great night’s sleep by insulating the room from light and noise. They also provide plenty of privacy if the den or family room has street facing windows.
When it comes to mixing high and low for window coverings, keep in mind that ready-made hardware is instantly elevated to custom, high-end status when paired with custom-sewn panels. To keep the budget in check, two pairs of single-width drapery panels with top-pinch pleats were sewn from $11-per-yard linen, then attached to basic pewter rods and rings purchased for less than $30 per window.