One of the latest trends that we are seeing with custom drapes and window treatments is the layering of multiple treatments in one window. for years we have layered sheers under drapes using a traverse or double rod. Today we are seeing more drapery layered over Roman Shades. We are also seeing drapery layered over hard wood shutters. The layering of treatments has been a Designers secret for years. By layering drapes and Roman Shades you are creating more depth and texture on the window or door which also allows you to work with different fabric types and patterns. As an example you can choose a classic solid linen or silk drape with a bolder patterned fabric on the Roman Shade.
You may think that this method may be more expensive than a single treatment on the window but here is what Designers would suggest; If you are going to use drapery in conjunction with a Roman Shade you can spend less on the drapery fabric and than spend more on the Roman Shade Fabric. Make the Roman Shades “Decorative” vs. “Functional” and you will need much less fabric on the Roman Shade and still get the “pop” of an expensive designer fabric. In the attached example we use a relatively inexpensive solid linen for the drapery fabric and then used a Schumacher Fabric for the Roman Shades. The Roman Shade fabric really stands out and makes the whole look work.
At DrapeStyle, our Designers can help you maximize your budget and get creative with your drapery.