It never ceases to amaze me how much drapery adds to a room. Last week, we installed two client homes full of drapery and one client house full of blinds and upon completion of each I was awe struck at what a difference a little fabric makes to a space.
In a room, drapery is essential for two main purposes; first is to soften and define the space and the second is to frame a view. Let’s chat about the first. Drapery gives us the opportunity to add another texture to our room, perhaps a soft sheer or rough linen or even a distressed velvet. Ask yourself what atmosphere is desired in the space and choose accordingly. Typically, a soft luxurious sheer will add a feminine touch and even a sense of romance to a room where as conversely a distressed velvet can be more masculine and intimate just as a natural rough line will instill a sense of formality.
We all love a great view and drapery will enhance a good view by drawing the eye into the window. Just as well, you can hide a bad view by using drapery to cover the window and leave it to our imaginations to picture the fabulous view that must be out the window. Well designed drapery can hide off-set or ill-placed windows, elongate a wall and/or heighten a low ceiling. Drapery is a valuable designer tool.
How do we choose the perfect fabric for our windows? Start with colour, typically I keep the drapery in tune with the room’s colour palette, more specifically, the wall colour. If you’re choosing blinds, then choose a colour that matches the window frame or the wall colour if it is a neutral. On feature walls go with the window frame colour. When your are selecting the fabric for blinds or drapery start with the function of the window coverings, do you need them to be room darkening? Are they required to block out or soften strong UV rays? Or are they desired simply for aesthetic reasons? This will help you to decide. Now choose the fabric, that best suits the ambiance of the room.
Now the rods, finials and brackets, have fun here there are so many fabulous decorative choices. Whimsical finials such as birds or monkey brackets to hold up the rod. Luxurious crystal finials or handsome caved wood and marble motif.
How far off the floor do we want the drapery- typically one half of an inch to one quarter of an inch off the floor is perfect unless you want a casual puddle of fabric. Fall is the perfect time to take your rooms to the next level and hang some window coverings. Well made drapery is a true luxury and all part of living fabulously.