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IKAT (pronounced ee-kot) continues to be one of the hottest trends in home and fashion today.  Ikat comes to us from places like Indonesia, India, and central Asia.

Ikat is defined as “a method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibers. The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric pattern or design.

What does this really mean?  You can easily add a bit of this fun, global style to your home without breaking the bank!

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Some easy ways to incorporate Ikat into your home are:  Ikat Room

Pillows

Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to add a pop of color and the latest Ikat trend.  Available in a variety of prints, DrapeStyle has several options for custom made pillows.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns within the same hue.

 

 

 

 

Ikat Art

 

 

 

 

 

Wall Art

Another inexpensive way to add style and color to a room.  Ikat wall art is available almost anywhere.  You could even make your own art by purchasing a bold Ikat fabric and “frame it” over canvas stretcher bars you can purchase at any craft store.

 

 

 

 

Home Decor

A tray, vase, rug, footstool or pouff; items like these throughout the room can really add a punch of color and carry through the Ikat theme.

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Drapes or Roman Shades

This is where DrapeStyle can be a tremendous help.  We have several Ikat patterns available for custom drapes in any style you choose.  Ikat patterns also look great made up in a Roman Shade and pillows.  At DrapeStyle, little details like matching up patterns, weighted bottoms, blind stitching, and 3 1/2″ returns, have made DrapeStyle one of the largest suppliers to home owners and designers throughout the US and Canada.
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So whether your decor is traditional, rustic or eclectic, Ikat patterns can be incorporated into your room’s decor.  DrapeStyle has many Ikat fabrics to choose from.  We carry designers such as Robert Allen, Kravet, Schumacher and Trina Turk, and we would be happy to send you samples of any of our fabrics.  Once you have received your samples, feel free to contact one of our designers that can help you design your dream drapes.  At DrapeStyle, we have been making custom window treatments for over a decade.  We love our customers and it shows!  DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in customer service for three years in a row.  Pair that with our talented team of seamstresses, who have on average, 25 years of experience, and you have a winning team!  As always, your drapes will be hand made right here in the USA.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience-you will be pleased.

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Hover, Break or Puddle? What Length Should My Drapes Be?

Hover.  Break.  Puddle.  You probably know these words but did you know they also pertain to drapes and curtains?

 

Determining the length of your drapes takes a little thought.  First, ask yourself a few questions:

What is the style of the room you are having drapes made for?  Is it formal or casual?

Does this room get a lot of traffic?  You do have kids and pets constantly running through the room?  Will there be traffic going in and out of the door the drapes will be hanging from?

What kind of flooring is in this room?  Carpet?  Tile?  Wood?  What length will look best with your type of flooring?

 

Finishing Touch

Not only are drapes like “Jewelry”, creating the finishing touch to your room, but they can provide privacy, help with heating and cooling cost, and make your room and windows appear larger.  So it is important that we make your custom drapes the correct size.

These are examples of drapes that are too short:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a difference drapes make!  

This is the same sized window; doesn’t the window on the left look so much bigger?
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Hang ’em HIGH and WIDE!

This is a trick that designers use to make the space appear larger than it is.  Your room will look taller if your drapes hang 2″ from the ceiling.  Measure 2″ below the ceiling or moulding, to the floor for your finished length.  If your space doesn’t allow you to hang your drapes this high, you can hang the drapery rod 4″ above the window moulding.  Measure from this point to the floor and this will be your finish length.

     

 

Next, let’s define a few terms:

Hover or Floor Length-Drapes that meet the floor:

This is the most popular option for customers to select.  Floor length drapes lend a more casual look, and are a more practical option if the drapes will be opened and closed often.  If you are using a drapery rod with rings, measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor to get your finished length.

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Trouser Break-Drapes break like a pair of trousers-one inch of fabric on the floor:

Trouser break drapes offer a tailored, but more casual look with that designer touch.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add one inch.  All fabrics look great with this look.

 

 

Minimal Puddle-Drapes “puddle” or gather slightly on the floor:

Beautifully tailored looking drapes with a minimal puddle.  This look adds softness to a room for a more cozy feel.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 1-3″ to create this look.
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Moderate Puddle-Drapes with a more substantial amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 3-6″ for a moderate puddle.  This style is more appropriate for rooms with less traffic, where you won’t be cleaning the floors often.  This lends towards a more formal look, and drapes that puddle can really help with heating and cooling loss!

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Opulent Puddle-A large amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

A more formal, luxurious feel.  Measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor, and add 6-8″ for an opulent puddle.  This style is usually used in formal settings, perfect for drapes that won’t be opened and closed often.  For a romantic look, silk fabrics look beautiful when puddled on the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special circumstances

If you are designing outdoor drapes, you may want your drapes a couple of inches off the ground.  Keep in mind that on your patio, water may puddle, dirt and leaves may collect, so by shortening your drapes two inches you will prevent the bottom of the drapes from getting dirty:

Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Walnut Drape with Matching Tie-Back

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DrapeStyle has been making custom draperies for over a decade.  We have thousands of satisfied customers because we truly care about helping you design your dream drapes.  There are guide lines that can provide you with the information you will need when ordering your drapes.  Still need a little help?  We’re here to help you every step of the way and we can determine the best width and length for your drapes.

DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz for customer service, three years in a row.  We LOVE helping our customers create their dream drapes!  Pair that with the most talented, experienced, studio staff who will take great care in custom making your drapes, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results.  For current promotional offers, please see our website: www.DrapeStyle.com.

 

 

 

 

 


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The Power of COLOR

How should you decide on a color for your room?  Ask yourself these questions:

~What is the main purpose of this room?  Entertaining, family time, sleeping?

~What colors DON’T you like.  Yes, you read that correctly.  By eliminating the colors you don’t like, you will narrow down the color choices.

~Do you have an inspiration piece?  Is there a rug or a piece of art that you will be using in this room?  You can select colors from these pieces for your room color.

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Color has the power to convey and communicate meanings and messages without words.

Why do we find one place appealing and are uneasy in another? Why are we attracted to one product over another? Color—whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place.

The “buzz” about color is usually called “color psychology.” But the effects of color are subtle and significant; physical and psychological. Color use is not something that results in a definitive equation between “color and our moods,” as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to color, but the importance of color is often underestimated. Color use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.

 

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men.  Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains often wear black.  Black is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery.

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White symbolizes innocence, wholeness, completion and purity.  White is a neutral, it goes with everything.  Brides wear white to symbolize purity.  Doctors and nurses wear it to symbolize sterility.

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Red

The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent.  Red is the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination.

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Pink

The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing.  The color psychology of pink is unconditional love and nurturing.  Pink can also be immature, silly and girlish.  Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

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Orange is the color of social communication and optimism.  Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, fun, enjoyment, balance, sexuality, freedom, expression, and fascination.  As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite.

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Yellow

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention-getter.  While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more.  It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused.  Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads.  It also speeds metabolism.  With the meaning of colors, in color psychology, yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect.  It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.

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Green is currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature.  It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision.  Green is a calming, refreshing color.  People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax.  Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients.  Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility.  Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth.  Green is the color of balance and growth.
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Blue is the color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors.  It causes the opposite reaction as red.  Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms.  Blue can also be cold and depressing.  Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty.  People are more productive in blue rooms.  Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.  Blue is the color of trust and peace.  It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity.  While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing, blue food is rare in nature.

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Purple

The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication.  It is also feminine and romantic.  However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.  Purple is the color of the imagination.  It can be creative and individual or immature and impractical.

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Brown

Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature.  Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather.  Brown can also be sad and wistful.  Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.  The color brown is a friendly yet serious, down-to-earth color that relates to security, protection, comfort and material wealth.

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Gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph.  Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige ans sophistication, value and elegance, the color psychology of gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.

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Silver has a feminine energy, it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides.  It is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious.  Silver is associated with meanings of industrial, sleek, high-tech, and modern, as well as ornate, glamorous, graceful, sophisticated, and elegant.  Silver is a precious metal and often symbolizes riches and wealth.

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Selecting the color for your room is a personal decision, and such an important one!  Adding color can create a feeling or set the mood. DrapeStyle makes adding accent colors to your room easy.   Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows are great ways to add color to any room.  At DrapeStyle, you can order samples of any of our fabrics, and see how they look in your own home.  Need a little advice? Contact us and we would be happy to help you.  DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service, three years in a row.  We love helping our customers design their dream drapes.

For over a decade, everything at DrapeStyle has been custom made, on site, in the USA.  Read why DrapeStyle’s manufacturing standards are some of the highest in the industry.  With each member of our production team with over 25 years of experience, you will receive the highest quality workmanship available anywhere.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, we think you’ll be pleased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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What is a Width?

What is a “Width”?  This is probably the question I am asked most often from customers.

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You ordered fabric samples.  You taped the fabric samples to your wall next to the window.  You lived with those samples taped to your wall for two weeks, and finally decided on a color.  Now you’re ready to order your drapes.

Quantity, check.  Fabric, check.  Pleat, check.  Length, check.  Width…..width?  Do I need 1 width?  2 and a half widths?  What IS a width?

You are online, ordering drapes and you hit a snag.  What is a “width”?  This is the question I am asked most often.  A width refers to the width of the fabric used to make a drape or curtain.  Usually, when you roll the fabric off a bolt, it is about 54″ wide.  1 width starts out at 54″ wide.  The sewing begins by gathering and tacking the pleat.  Then we create 1 1/2″ side hems with blind stitching.  Then we sew 3 1/2″ overlaps-you want the drapes to overlap in the center, so light does not shine through.

 

 

These pictures are examples of drapes that do not have overlaps, they are not wide enough to completely close:

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DrapeStyle also creates 3 1/2″ returns-a return is a piece of fabric at the end of the drape that returns back to the wall so that light does not shine through the sides.  So what started as a 54″ wide piece of fabric, is now a 26″ wide drape with French Pleats.

Here are some examples of returns:

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So based on all of these details, NOW how many widths do I need?

 

DrapeStyle has this easy formula we use to determine width:

Length of drapery rod (in inches) + 16″ = X

X divided by the # of drapes = how many inches wide each drape should be.

 

Ask yourself how wide is your window?  Or better yet, how wide is the drapery rod you are going to hang your drapes on?  If your window is 48″ wide, you will probably want to extend the drapery rod at least 4″ on both sides of the window.  So your finish width is 56″.

Take the finished width, 56″, and add 16″ to account for hems and overlaps.  56″ plus 16″ equals 72″.

Take this number, 72″, and divide it by the number of drapes you would like.  Usually the number of drapes is 2.  So 72″ divided by 2 equals 36″. You want each drape to be at least 36″ wide.  This will ensure that the drapes will have adequate coverage and it will be 2 times fullness.  Fullness refers to the additional fabric needed to make the pleats full and rich looking.  At DrapeStyle, we think that 2 times fullness looks great.  You want your drapes to look, full, luxurious, and rich looking.  Not wimpy, and you certainly want to be sure that the drapes are made wide enough to close.  After all, you paid for the drapes to block out light and add a little privacy, right?

 

Here’s a chart to help you:

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Or, when you are entering your information online, next to the width you select, it will tell you how wide the drape will be:

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Bottom line, DON’T SWEAT IT!

We are here to help you figure out all of the details so that we can create your dream drapes!  Contact us and tell us your window measurements and we’ll do the rest.  DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction award, three years in a row.  We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade, by women with an average of 25 years experience.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.
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