SHERWIN-WILLIAMS’ COLOR OF THE YEAR IS “POISED TAUPE”

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SHERWIN-WILLIAMS’ COLOR OF THE YEAR IS “POISED TAUPE”
“It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”


You might recall that last year Sherwin-Williams chose “Alabaster” white as the Color of the Year. Well, are you ready for their 2017 pick? Drumroll, please: The big winner is “Poised Taupe,” which isn’t hot or cold, dark or light, but something in the middle zone. Or, according to what Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, told the Today Show: “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”
The company says the hue is a modern take on a timeliness classic and explained their choice in a statement: “It signals a new direction in society’s ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.” We have to say, this color definitely strikes the balance between bold and subtle.

“Neutrals are shifting,” Wadden says. “For five years everybody’s talking about gray ― well, they’re warming up.” So, basically, if you want to stay ahead of the trends, this color is calling your name. Even though it’s not a bright red, blue or other in-your-face hue, it’ll make a statement as soon as guests enter your home. If you can’t picture what this would look like in your home, allow us to help.

In an entry way with wood floors and white trim it comes off as traditional and inviting — but we recommend adding a few colorful accents (like the orange flowers seen here!) to keep the space from feeling stuffy or boring.


Meanwhile, if you want to use it in your bedroom, try to stick with light-colored floors and bedding so the hue doesn’t transform your nighttime escape into a dark cave.


And in the kitchen, this dark neutral will pair well with most existing color schemes (so you won’t have to invest in brand new dishes). Here, a rustic yellow and seafoam green hold their own against the gray walls.

Everyone is loving this color, so I thought I would re-post this article from Elle Decor, by Lauren Smith, originally posted August 31, 2016.

DrapeStyle has many fabrics that would compliment this color scheme.  View our fabrics here, or simply contact us for more ideas and inspiration.  At DrapeStyle we have been making custom drapes, Roman shades and pillows since 2002.

If you have any questions about drapery pricing, please feel free to contact us. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes. Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row. We invite you to read our Houzz reviews and join us in the DrapeStyle experience. You will be pleased.


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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

labor-day-weekendHappy Labor Day from DrapeStyle!

Here is a little information about Labor Day, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.

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Dupioni Bordered Silk Drapes in Cashmere and Graphite

DrapeStyle will be closed Monday, September 5th in honor of Labor Day.  We will be back on Tuesday to help you with your window treatment needs!  In the meantime, browse our website for inspiration and information about the most beautiful custom drapes available today!  We can make any width or length drape in over 400 fabrics.  And with a team of talented seamstress, you are sure to receive the highest quality drapery, pillows and Roman shades.

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If you have any questions about drapery pricing, please feel free to contact us. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes.Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row. We invite you to read our Houzz reviews and join us in the DrapeStyle experience. You will be pleased.


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Sunbrella Drapes and Pillows: Resists Mildew & Fading

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It’s August and the summer’s still going strong.  Enjoy your outdoor space even more with outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella.  DrapeStyle carries all of Sunbrella’s beautiful bright fabrics and can make them into any size outdoor drape you can dream of!

Drapery made with Sunbrella fabric not only ties together your indoor and outdoor style, it protects you from the sun’s harmful rays. The use of sheers, canvas, or decorative patterns will make your design flow from one space to the next.  DrapeStyle carries Sunbrella fabrics in a range of colors and patterns so match any color scheme you can conjure.

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Sunbrella is also easy to care for.  Most spills and stains can be cleaned up by spaying on a mild cleaning solution of soap (such as Dawn) and water.  Then simply sprayed off with water and let air dry.

Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric.  To remove mold or mildew, prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of water.  Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.  Clean entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.  Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and let air dry.

Neutral DeckAnd did you know you can recycle your Sunbrella fabric?  It’s true.  For over 25 years, Sunbrella acrylic manufacturing waste has been delivered to recycling partners who convert the materials into industrial products such as felt, automotive insulation, and filtration.  You can contact Sunbrella and learn more on how to recycle your pre- or post-consumer fabric waste, including used awning covers, boat covers and upholstery fabric.

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And for a finishing touch, no outdoor space is complete without accessories such as a collection of throw pillows, blankets and even a rug. DrapeStyle’s custom pillows tie the look of a room or outdoor space together with color and texture and can easily be changed on a whim or for a seasonal shift.  Custom made outdoor pillows are available in all of Sunbrella’s colors and patterns.

Please see the beautiful fabrics for yourself or phone us and we would be happy to send you samples of any of our fabrics.  Since 2002, DrapeStyle has made the highest quality custom window treatments, right here in the USA.  Our Arizona studio employs some of the most talented seamstresses, who have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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Designing an Outdoor Room

Designing an outdoor room is a lot like designing a room inside your home. Design principles such as balance, mood, scale, proportion and unity still apply, with the added challenge of managing unpredictable natural elements. While there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors – lounging in a chair by the pool, sitting among your flowers on a garden bench, watching the neighbors stroll by from the rocking chair on the front porch – there is something special about creating a room that is fully considered from a design perspective, but just happens to be outside.

Here are our favorite ways to elevate your current outdoor space into a beautifully designed outdoor room.

Choose a Focal Point

Ask yourself how you plan to use the outdoor room and let your design revolve around the function. Will you entertain in the space? Play games with your children? Dine al fresco? Once you’ve determined the main function of the space, make that the focal point and choose furniture, fabrics and accessories just as you would for an indoor space. For an outdoor dining room, start with a beautiful teak table with dining chairs upholstered in fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric. A retractable awning over the dining space keeps the room cool during the mid-day heat and can be opened after the sun goes down to reveal the stars above.

Take Control of Light and Shade

Part of the joy of being outdoors is feeling the warm sun on our skin and the wind blowing through our hair. But when the sun gets too hot, a covered porch offers the perfect retreat from the elements. A simple covered porch can be elevated to the status of outdoor room with the addition of retractable power screens. A custom-fit power screen made with easy-to-clean Sunbrella shade fabric allows you to enjoy the comforts of an outdoor living room all year long.

Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorize

Adding accessories is the easiest and quickest way to elevate your current outdoor space into a bonafide outdoor room. Decorative pillows in coordinating Sunbrella fabrics make the outdoor furniture just as cozy as your living room sofa, and stylish lanterns serve as reading lamps at twilight. Be sure to incorporate other accessories that you would normally see inside, such as a Sunbrella throw for when the breeze picks up, a Sunbrella rug for softness underfoot and hanging artwork that bring your personality into the design.

No roof? No problem.

An outdoor space doesn’t have to have an awning or a roof to be considered a room. A large slate patio serves as the blueprint for this outdoor living room in the middle of the backyard. Comfortable love seats are arranged in a symmetrical layout to encourage conversation and a large, stone fire pit provides warmth while performing double duty as the coffee table. Side tables add both interest and function, and marine-inspired lanterns serve as living room lamps when the sun goes down.

*originally published on:  http://shine.sunbrella.com/post/125528127127/designing-an-outdoor-room


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Make a Big Impact with Patterns…

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DrapeStyle’s Contemporary Cotton & Traditions Printed Cotton Drapery Collection combines the luxury of modern fabrics with the essence of traditional designs.

Offered in a wide range of both vibrant and neutral color pallets at an incredibly affordable price-point.  The collections include patterns from classic stripes and chevron designs to the more elaborate scrolls, links and the extremely popular gate design.  Whether you choose bold or neutral colors, custom drapery in these fabrics will add sophistication to any room.

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All of our cotton collection patterns start with heavy weight 7oz. cotton and cotton blend fabrics.  Beautiful patterns are printed on the fabric.  We then custom make your drapes to any length and width.  Our high quality privacy lining is added at no additional cost.  For higher insulation qualities, blackout lining and interlining are available for an additional charge.

All of our fabrics can be made into Pillows and Roman shades.  Simply contact us with your window dimensions and we would be more than happy to provide you with a quote.

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Experience how unique these patterned fabrics are.  Order a sample today or contact one of our design team members to learn more.

Since 2002, DrapeStyle has made the highest quality custom window treatments, right here in the USA.  Our Arizona studio employs some of the most talented seamstresses, who have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies.

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DrapeStyle has also been awarded the Best of Houzz award for customer service three years in a row.  We love our customers and it shows!  Great customer service paired with the highest quality custom drapes, Roman shades and pillows.  You are sure to find exactly what you need to make your house a home.

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“National Sewing Machine Day”

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National Sewing Machine Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, is celebrated annually on June 13.   This day honors the invention of the sewing machine.  It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch.

Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790.  It was meant for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found.   In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model.  This model is currently owned by the London Science Museum.

 

Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832 and John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.

Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden that was placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories.  This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably.  Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution, the invention of the sewing machine had one of the largest impacts on the United States.

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Today, many people are again becoming interested in the art of sewing and making their own clothing and draperies.  Places like crafts fairs, flea markets, and Etsy sell beautiful sewing machine-made clothes along with numerous other sewing machine-made items.

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002.  Nothing at DrapeStyle is “Ready Made”.  The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapes takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it.  All of our drapes are made from the highest quality materials.  And most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have an average of 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

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Please contact one of our designers for more information on custom made drapes, roman shade or pillows.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Let’s Talk Texture. Handwoven Silk.

With Pillow                                                                                                                                                                                                        Silk is commonly thought to be one of the most treasured and luxurious fabrics in the world. The textile is a sign of high class and refined taste, and has been adored by designers and consumers for the entirety of its long and complex history.

Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China, and China remains the top producer of silk today.  India is the second largest producer of silk but the largest consumer of silk.  Silk is one of the strongest fibers.  It can be weaken when exposed to too much sunlight.

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Drapestyle carries several types of silk, including beautifully textured, Handwoven Silk.  Available in 18 colors, our handwoven silk is soft with a touch of sheen.

Handwoven Silk is a bit different than Taffeta Silk.  Where Taffeta Silk has a smooth finish, Handwoven Silk is more textured and has slubs.  Slubs are soft thick fabric nubs purposely set for this desired effect.  At DrapeStyle, sateen lining and flannel interlining are complementary when you purchase silk drapes.  This helps insulate your windows during hot and cold months, protects the silk fabric from sun damage, and adds body and fullness to the drape.

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DrapeStyle also adds drapery weights to the inside of the bottom hem of all drapes, 1 1/2″ double side hems, 5″ headers and bottom hems, and all striped silks are patterned matched.  It’s details like this that has made DrapeStyle a favorite among designers and home owners since 2002.  And all of our window treatments are made right here in the USA.  Using the highest quality fabrics paired with a talented team of seamstresses and you are sure to love your drapes as much as we loved making them.

If you have any questions about the different types of silk DrapeStyle offers, please contact one of our designers.  We love helping our customer design their dream drapes.  Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row.  We invite you to read our Houzz reviews, and join us in the DrapeStyle experience.  You will be pleased.

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Blackout Lining for Drapes

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Selecting drapery lining and interlining, including blackout lining, for your new drapes, curtains or roman shades is one of the most important decisions you can make for creating the “Perfect Custom Curtain or Drape” for your home.  By adjusting your lining and interlining choices, you can create specific results for your room.  Whether you are trying to reduce light penetration, reduce external noise, save on energy costs or just wish to create a fuller bodied drape, your drapery lining choice is key.

Properly lined and well made custom drapery and roman shades can provide significant insulating benefits and reduce your homes energy usage.  Blackout lining offers exceptional UV protection.  This will protect your drapes from sun damage and keep your home cooler this summer.  It also provides complete privacy, muffles sound and lasts longer than any other window treatment.Blackout

 

 

 

 

 

 

We often refer to “Blackout Lining” as the “Boutique Hotel Look”.  Blackout lining is almost exclusively used in hotel rooms.  It blocks nearly 100% of the outside light from penetrating the drape.  Blackout lining is a synthetic material which can be very rigid (like in most hotels). There are several types and grades of blackout lining.  At DrapeStyle we use a very specific blackout lining that is extremely flexible and soft.  Blackout lining can be quite expensive.  But if you are looking for nearly complete blockage of sunlight, streetlights and UV protection, it is a great investment.

DrapeStyle only uses Hanes linings and interlinings.  Hanes is one of the oldest textile manufacturing firms in America.  While Hanes is well known for their clothing fabrics, those in the textile industry know Hanes for their high-quality linings and interlinings.  Hanes is recognized as the leader in residential drapery lining products.  Designers insist on Hanes because they know that without a high quality lining or interlining, the sun will fade and destroy any drape quickly.  A high quality lining not only makes the drape look better and feel better but it is critical to ensuring your drapes will not fade or disintegrate from the sun.

DrapeStyle is pleased to offer blackout lining for an additional $99 per drapery panel.  You may also select blackout lining for your Roman Shades for a nominal fee.  Blackout lining will more than pay for itself when you consider the amount of heat that it will deter from entering your home this summer, and the protection it will offer your other home furnishings.

Check out the website for more details or contact us directly and we would be happy to help you!

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Baby It’s Cold Outside! DrapeStyle Can Help!

Winter’s coming…and according to the Farmer’s Almanac, you’d better stock up on long johns and firewood.  Especially if you’re east of the Rockies, predictions are, you are going to be hit hard!  Pair that with rising energy costs, and your monthly home heating costs could go through the roof!

Here are 7 things you can do to help combat a cold house and make your thermostat happy:

 

1. Add A Down Filled Comforter

Down has always been the preferred insulator when worn or for bundling up while sleeping.  Body heat is trapped between the little fluffs of down, creating a re-generating heat source that will keep you warm all night long.  There are different weight levels available-some are even available with dual-zone comforters for bed partners with different sleeping temperature preferences! The best down originates from birds from the coldest climates, such as Hungarian or Siberian geese.  Plus, using a duvet allows you to change your room’s look easily from season to season or from one style to another without having to reinvest in a quality insert. 

2. Use A Humidifier 

Cold, winter air is notoriously dry, often leaving your home’s humidity around 10%…far short of the ideal of 30-40%  Having the correct humidity levels not only provides additional warmth to a house, but it also has many other benefits such as reducing allergens, reducing the risk of furniture damage, and controlling static electricity.

3. Change The Direction Of Your Ceiling Fans 

Most fans spin and pull air up to the ceiling.  By simply reversing the direction of your ceiling fan and pushing the rising heat back down into your living space, you can save as much as 10% on energy costs.  Ceiling too high to manually change blade direction?  This may be a good time to replace your fan with one with a built-in remote control.

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4. Reinforce Cold, Drafty Areas 

 Windows — Take a candle or incense stick to the window on a breezy day.  Move around the frame, inside and outside of the trim, and see if the smoke moves.  If it does, you have a draft spot.  Use paintable caulk for around the trim and silicone caulk outside if you can.  There are window weatherstrips available at most home improvement stores as well.  Insulating your window draperies can help keep the draft from entering the room as well.

Doors — The old, simple solution is a draft dodger-a fabric tube filled with sand or rice that lays along the bottom of your door.  Etsy has some fun and stylish options.  The best option, however, is to replace the weather stripping around your door, including the threshold strip. 

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5. Add Insulated Drapery Lining 

DrapeStyle can help with this one!  DrapeStyle offers insulated drapery lining, also called thermal lining, for all drapes and roman shades.  It’s common for drafts to come in around windows.  However, most pre-fabricated drapery panels available at most retailers, come with a simple, thin lining or with no lining at all.  DrapeStyle’s custom drapes and roman shades include lining! Let us help you select the interlining that’s best for your climate.  Interlining also adds body and weight to your drapes for a very luxurious, custom look. Our skilled workroom can add the following interlining to your drapes:

Flannel Interlining— Similar to the lightweight flannel sheets your grandma used, this supple lining goes between the face fabric and standard sateen lining.  Flannel interlining has been shown to reduce heat loss by 25%.

Bump Interlining— Originally used in Europe’s cold-climate country homes, bump interlining offers the most insulation for cold and sound.  It also gives a nice weight and drape to fine fabrics, such as silk.

6. Add Rugs To Bare Floors

Aside for the obvious (that rugs are warmer than tile or wood), wool rugs in particular are a natural insulator similar to down.  They’re hypoallergenic, provide moisture, and are incredibly durable.  Well-kept wool rugs can be handed down through generations.  Even better than an area rug would be wall-to-wall wool carpeting.

7. Get An Energy Audit

An inexpensive (often subsidized-check with your local electric company) professional test for air leaks, insulation levels and other thermal performance factors is the best way to learn where the cold is getting into your house.  They will give you tips and tricks to help keep the cold out, and often times will do the work themselves at a discounted fee.  Click here for more information on audits. 

 

So there you have it, 7 great ways to help keep the cold out this winter.  Or, you could always take up baking, not only will the heat from the oven heat up your home, but the baked goods you hand out to neighbors and co-workers will get you off of Santa’s naughty list!

 

 


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Interior Designer Advice, Selecting Your Curtain and Drapery Fabric

I’d love to say that “there are no wrong choices” when in comes to selecting the appropriate fabric  for your next set of custom made draperies or curtains but that is just not reality.  There are many important consideration that you need to take in to account when selecting the correct fabric, here are some things to consider.

1.  Will your drapery be “functional” or “stationary”?  By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often or will they just be decorative and stationary.  If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed.  You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that you will attach to the leading drapery rings.  The baton, as you see in most hotel rooms, will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands.  Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric.

If you are planning on your drapery being functional you want to stay clear of very sheer fabrics including sheer linens, they will not hold up to much abuse.  Stick to cottons or traditional linens, Bristol Linens and cottons.  You can safely use most silks as long as they are protected with the use of a baton.

Important Designer Note – If you are going to be using a baton with your drapes and you have selected a “Grommet” header, or pleat, we recommend a product called “Grom-O-Link”.  Grom-O-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel.  There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric.

If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them hung and “dressed” by your Installer.  For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from.  You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.

2.  The second major consideration is sun exposure.  How much sun will your drapery panels be exposed too?  If you are installing your drapes on a window that will be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight you need to be very careful with your fabric selection.  You can still use most silks or linens but you need to be sure that your curtains are properly lined and interlined.  Simply lining your curtains is not going to be enough to block the UV rays over time.  You need to be sure that your panels have a heavy flannel interlining sandwiched between the lining and the face fabric.  The interlining will provide greater protection than a simple lined panel.  If you want to block almost all of the sunlight you may want  to consider blackout lining.  Blackout will provide the greatest level of protection from sunlight and UV rays.

Important Designer Note – Well made draperies that use high-quality linings including quality blackout linings will make you curtain panels very heavy.  If you compare the weight of a well made Designer Quality Custom Drapery or Curtain Panel to one that you would buy from a big-box department store, or even Ethan Allen Drapery you would be amazed at the difference in weight.  Department Stores import their drapes from China or India and the cost to ship them is very expensive.  Simply said, Department Stores and larger chains do not want their ready-made curtain panels to be heavy, it simply costs too much to ship them.  This is one major reason that, if you want real custom curtains and drapes you need to shop domestically.

3.  Outdoor Curtains and Drapery.  When it comes to selecting fabrics for drapery that will be used outdoor or will be in direct sunlight the only serious choice for fabric is Sunbrella.  Sunbrella offers a wide range of styles from conservative solids to contemporary patterns at reasonable prices.  The feature that defines Sunbrella is its color-fastness or ability to withstand a great deal of direct sunlight without fading or deteriorating like other fabrics would.  Sunbrella has a patented manufacturing process that makes it the only serious choice for outdoor curtains, drapery and pillows.

 

 

 

 

 


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How to Choose the Correct Lining for Custom Drapes

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When considering your next set of custom drapes, selecting the correct lining may be the most important choice you make. Designers have always had a little secret when designing custom drapes for their Clients; the lining and interlining.

“It may sound like just an insignificant part of the construction of a drape but the lining may be the most overlooked and critical part of the Designing Process”, said Christian Lee, Production Manager at DrapeStyle in California. “Most consumers who buy ready-made drapes just don’t really know what they’re missing, by adding the perfect lining we can give the Client much more value for their money when compared to imported or ready-made”, Lee Added.

So let’s explore the options and the benefits of each.

The lining is the backing fabric used in the construction of a custom drape. It is used to create more fullness and protect the fabric from the harmful effects of sunlight. “A good lining is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. The cotton makes it soft to the touch and the polyester allows it to stand up to years of UV rays,” Lee said. “Use a 100% poly lining and it’s too stiff, use 100% cotton and it will disintegrate after just a couple of years,” Lee added.

Between the lining and the drape fabric is the Interlining. The interlining is sandwiched between the two fabrics. “The interlining is really where all of your options are and can make a huge difference in the value and lifespan of the drape”, Lee said. “You have great options today and there are some important considerations regarding the insulating factor of the curtain, the sound barrier performance and overall look of the product” Lee said.

“Most people are unaware that, according to the US Department of Energy about 25-30% of their homes energy is lost through their windows,” Lee added. “Installing custom drapes with a heavy-weight (6oz) cotton flannel interlining can reduce the loss of heat by 25% in the winter and also reduce heat gain in the summer by up to 33%” Lee said. When choosing an interlining material you should use a 100% cotton flannel material which will provide great insulation plus an added sound barrier.

For those who live in a frigid climate, you may also want to consider using an English Bump Interlining which is about twice the thickness of flannel interlining. As the name implies, English Bump is a traditional material that was used in the cold damp winters of England to keep homes warm. “You really have to know what you’re doing with Bump”, said Lee, “It is very heavy and difficult to properly sew but the results are amazing, it’s like wrapping a blanket around your house”.

Another common interlining is “Blackout” or “Outblack” which blocks about 99% of the sunlight from penetrating through the drape. “Blackout has never been more popular with our Clients”, said Lee. “We have always used blackout for many high-end hotels and restaurants and now consumers are asking for it for their home media rooms, bedrooms, etc.” Lee added. Blackout protects the drapery fabric and may also protect the upholstery in the room by blocking the harmful UV rays that can destroy upholstery fabric.

“There are some great options available today and when using the right fabric, lining and interlining combination you can get far more value out of custom drapes than ever before”, Lee said. “If you really do the math, buying well-made custom-drapes from the right place will often cost you less in the long-run than buying a ready-made product.”


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