When you’re designing a room, window treatments seem like they’d be one of the last things to think about. But in reality they can really make or break a space. There’s so many options out there from Roman shades to woven wood blinds, but the fan-favorite is and will always be drapery. We’re going to dive into some of our tricks and tips when it comes to drapery, because there’s just something about that extra layer of warmth and softness that you just can’t get from any other design element.
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GENERAL RULES TO FOLLOW
- We like to hang the drapery rod as high as possible to make the room feel taller and the windows larger. There’s no hard and fast rule here, so use your best judgment. But anywhere from halfway between the top of the window trim to the bottom of the crown moulding or you could go as high as 2-3 inches below the crown moulding.
- Continuing the theme that bigger is better, we also like to have the rod extend anywhere from 4-8 inches past the outer edges of the window. This all depends on the width of your window and how high you’re taking the rod. This helps balance out the height and again, makes the window feel larger than it is.
- Now that we’ve got the width and height covered, make sure your drapes are long enough, there’s nothing worse in our mind than too short drapes! We like the drapery to just kiss the floor. But for the sake of being precise, that means about a ¼ inch break between the bottom of the drapes and the floor. PRO TIP: If you’re going with ready-made drapes and the lengths aren’t quite right, always order longer and you can have them hemmed.
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There’s so many styles out there to choose from whether you’re going custom or not. And since there’s hundreds of ways to customize drapery… we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite drapery styles that will look great in any home. We use these regularly in both our client’s homes, as well as our own.
- Ripple Fold: This is the simplest and a great option if you plan on opening and closing your drapes on the daily. It glides on a track that can be mounted on the wall or the ceiling. This is also a great option for homes that lean more towards the contemporary side.
- Flat Pleat: This might be the most popular, and still very simple compared to many options out there. There’s no tucks or decorative features to this style, but it will always be timeless. But unlike the ripple fold, you can get a little more creative with the drapery hardware to add that extra punch.
- Pinch Pleat: This is usually our go-to. There’s a ton of variation in this style, but we tend to lean towards the more simple versions. We like a 2-finger euro pleat, which is a pinch of two sections at the very top. For a little more formal feel go with the 2-finger pinch pleat which is gathered a few inches below the top of the drape.
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Just like everything else having to do with drapery, this can be as simple or as complicated as you want. If you have some show-stopping drapery panels, let the hardware fall to the back. But sometimes the drapery hardware can be bold. It all just comes down to balance and what the space needs to make it feel complete. But a good starting point is to know some of the terminology used and how they aid in the function of the drapery.
- Rod: This is the pole that extends the full width of the window. You can hang the curtain panels from here via rings, tab backs or ties. They come in various thickness’ that all depend on the size of your window and style of your home. You can also do a double rod for more function. This is where you have sheer drapes for both privacy and light filtering, then black out or more decorative drapery in the front.
- Rings: The rings attach to the curtain panels via hooks or clips at each pleat or tab back. They tend to make the window treatment as a whole feel more finished and make drapery easier to open and close. The thickness of your rod will determine the size of the ring.
- Finial: This is the decorative (or non-decorative) end cap that goes on the end of the rod. They also help keep your rings from sliding off.
- Bracket: This is how the rod attaches to the wall or ceiling. The back plate can be a variety of shapes, styles and finishes.
- Tie-Backs: This is a bracket that attaches to the wall about three feet off the floor on the outside edges of the drapery. This holds the drapery back and out of the way. This is definitely a more traditional style and not used as frequently in modern design.
- French Return: This is when the rod curves around at a 90 degree angle and dies into the wall. The decorative element here will be the bracket.
- Finish: This is the color or material of the drapery hardware itself. It can range from types of metals and wood, to clear acrylic. One thing to keep in the back of your head is what other finishes are used in your space. A good rule of thumb is to stick to the door or cabinet hardware that is used throughout the rest of your home. But the finish is also where you can have a little fun – we’re all for mixing different finishes! Maybe you have a black rod with brass brackets? The contrast here is a nice little surprise.
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