Window Treatments for Five Tricky Modern Styles

The Best Drapes and Shades for the Most Difficult to Adorn Windows in Contemporary Residential Architecture

From new designs tied to the natural world (such as the floor-to-ceiling windows beloved by Modernist architects) to contemporary takes on elements from historic churches (like the clerestory windows found in cathedrals throughout Europe and the US), the bizarre shapes and sizes of windows in today’s residential architecture pose a number of challenges. These challenges, which range from fitting to cleaning, are also prevalent in choosing and installing window treatments; follow below for contemporary window treatment ideas for each modern style from bay to bifold!

Floor to Ceiling Windows

Floor to ceiling windows offer a number of appropriate treatments, all depending on the aesthetic of the homeowner; they can either be fitted with curtains that echo the grand size of the windows themselves (floor to ceiling drapes), with motorized roller shades, or with partial “cafe-”style curtains. For a contemporary coastal aesthetic in a warmer climate, consider flanking each side with custom sheer drapery that lets light into the room whether the curtains are open or closed; for an area in which the seasons bring more significant changes in temperature consider thermal curtains to keep the room warm throughout the winter. Thermal curtains are especially helpful if floor to ceiling walls, like those pictured above on the left, are accompanied by (or set into) sliding or folding glass doors.

Floor to ceiling windows with multiple panes can also be partially dressed, placing shades or curtains over only the lower portions of the window rather than the entire piece. Consider motorized roller shades (like those pictured above on the right) for easy coverage of the upper panes while achieving a modern aesthetic. For more traditional curtains, like a “cafe-”style curtain that covers lower panes, consider a subtle, thin rod that fits just within the frame so it is barely visible; the Classic Minimalism ¾” Drapery Rod from DrapeStyle offers a fine, clean line that will accent any window without distracting from the view it provides.

Clerestory Windows

Clerestory windows can be difficult to dress because of their general inaccessibility; as such, choosing a style that can be accessed from the ground floor (either by a long pull or through a remote) is most commonly recommended. For the easiest treatment, have clerestory windows fitted with roller shades like those pictured above on the left. Because clerestory windows are further from immediate view, shades with a larger print may be chosen without overpowering other design elements and fabric choices (textures, patterns, etc.), though they may also be left untreated.

For a modern twist, consider a large-scale black and white foliage print or a retro polka dot print in muted hues, both of which are forecasted interiors trends for 2020. Interior decorators and designers recommend strong, monochromatic patterns in drapery to add an air of sophistication without removing the joy or personality from a room; one might also consider shades of yellow (ochre, mustard, etc.) or other natural colors, each of which corresponds to the organic materials and Bohemian flair trends expected of this and next year. Muted natural colors can act either as a feature or as a neutral, depending on how they are applied to a room; mustard and yellow ochre pair especially well with the grays and whites common in contemporary design.

Bay Windows

As bay windows are typically composed of multiple paned units, the decorator must decide whether to dress each pane individually or to focus on the window as a single entity. Layering two styles of window dressing can be an excellent choice for bay windows because they allow residents the option of limiting or flooding light by varying degrees. One might consider installing curtains on either side of the entire window and adding Roman shades over each portion of the window. The Roman shades should be placed inside the bay while the curtains are placed above and outside the bay; however, Roman shades may be placed either inside the molding, or outside, depending on the desired aesthetic.

One might consider placing the window treatment within the window’s molding in order to emphasize each individual element of a bay window; this technique of placing Roman or roller shades (or even curtains) breaks up the bay window and highlights its architecture by dressing each segment separately. As bay windows are often wider than they are tall, one might consider mounting the curtains higher up on the wall than the Roman shades, creating depth and dimension while creating the optical illusion of a vaulted ceiling. Choosing contrasting patterns for each treatment will enhance this effect and add texture to the space; consider pairing rattan Roman shades with patterned silk or embroidered curtains to capture a few of this year’s hottest interior textile trends. The treatment pictured above on the left (designed by Beam and Bloom) demonstrates how well the Grandmillennial style can be achieved through the addition of tassels in drapery, especially when paired with ‘70’s-inspired rattan shades.

Bifold and Casement Windows

Though casement windows can be versatile because they open outwards rather than up or to the side, they can also be quite difficult to dress. To address this issue, one may consider either placing Roman shades a few inches above the casing to avoid the window becoming trapped in the treatment when opened, or using drapes that open a few inches beyond the window (on the right and left sides) so the view is unobstructed when the window is open.

As long as the drapes pass the window on either side, the hinge should open fully without obstruction, regardless of whether a casement window is single or multi-paned; consider the same effect for French and accordion doors and bifold windows. Perfect rod placement for a small window is six inches on either side, eight inches for a double window and as much as twelve inches when dressing a large or oversized window.

Geometric Windows

Arched and other geometric windows offer practically unparalleled architectural interest within a home; unfortunately, they are beautiful and engaging right up until they need to be covered. Finding the window treatment that suits a particular geometric window shape can be difficult, especially as they differ in size, angles, and number of panes, and way of opening. For wide, round windows, decorators may consider loose, luxuriously woven curtain panels on each side, with the rods mounted to the ceiling rather than to the wall; this makes the ceiling appear vaulted and opens the space while still respecting the unusual shape of the window.

For modern geometric shapes such as the unfussy arched windows shown above on the left and the beam-accented angular windows shown above on the right, traditional valances should be avoided in order to prevent a dated feel. For arched windows with a rectangular window along the bottom portion, consider Roman, roller, or tie up shades in neutral colors, leaving the curved portion untouched.

Free Gift with Your Order!

DrapeStyle is now offering a pair of matching pillow covers with every order placed. These pillow covers will be made from the same quality fabrics and materials that go into your draperies. These will be 18″ pillow covers, with a hidden zipper and knife edge detailing.

Sunbrella 24" Knife Edge Pillow | Pier 1

Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made and now we are offering custom made pillow covers to match your drapes at no cost to you!

For more information contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years. We continue to custom make quality drapes, shades and pillows by hand. Nothing is ready made. DrapeStyle’s way of making custom products takes a little more time and costs a little more but we think it’s worth it. We think you’ll be pleased.

Imported Silk from India

Here at DrapeStyle, we sell more silk drapes than anything else. You won’t find better quality silk and exclusive colors anywhere. Our designers are often asked questions about our silk fabrics. Here are a few facts about this stunning natural fabric:

  • Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics
  • An all-climate fabric, it is warm and cozy in winter and comfortably cool when temperatures rise. Its natural temperature-regulating properties give silk this paradoxical ability to cool and warm simultaneously. Silk garments outperform other fabrics in both summer and winter. Worn as a second layer, it warms without being bulky
  • In spite of its delicate appearance, it is relatively robust and its smooth surface resists soil and odors well
  • While silk abrasion resistance is moderate, it is the strongest natural fiber and, surprisingly, it easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength
  • Silk takes color well, washes easily, and is easy to work with in spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing
wide stripe silk drapes
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Our designers are often asked to explain the difference between the different types of silk drapery we offer at DrapeStyle.  The three primary categories of are Dupioni, Taffeta and Handwoven, also known as Matka.  All of our silks are imported from India however, there are distinct characteristics that make each one unique.

Silk Dupioni , or Douppioni, is known in the textile industry for its modest sheen and less refined texture. Dupioni is a lustrous silk often woven from two different colors of threads, so that it shimmers or changes color in the light. Dupioni is made from an irregular, rough silk reeled from double cocoons or cocoons nested together, making it necessary to reel them together. An elegant woven fabric made with a tight plain weave, fine warp yarns, filling yarns that form prominent, irregular crosswise ribs. Usually brightly colored, it has a moderately crisp drape, fairly reflective luster, and a nubby texture. DrapeStyle carries a wide variety of Dupioni in both solids and stripes.

Veranda Stripe 9, Grommet Style.

Silk Taffeta is considered a more formal  and luxurious fabric due to its higher sheen and more refined weave. Our Taffeta has a crisp smooth finish that looks elegant in any pleat style. Please view our fabulous Striped Silk Taffeta drapes here.

DrapeStyle’ s European influenced, 100%  Handwoven Silk collection is the new look of silk.  We like to describe it as a  marriage between the elegance of silk and the natural texture of linen.  This combination gives it a unique,  heavy weight weave often used in transitional designs.  In any length, width or pleat style, this updated material has quickly become one of our best sellers. View all of the colors of our Handwoven Silk Collection and see for yourself this beautifully textured fabric.

Hand Woven Silk Drapery in Barley

DrapeStyle offers free fabric samples, so that you can view our luxurious fabrics in your own home.  Please view our fabrics and when you order now, your first $10 are free. If you have questions, please contact us, we are happy to help you determine the right length or width, or offer suggestions on fabrics, pleat styles and more.

We have been making custom draperies, Roman shades and pillows for over 15 years. DrapeStyle custom makes everything right here in the USA by seamstresses who have an average of 25 years of experience. You won’t find better quality draperies anywhere. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

Tiger Crazy

Tiger King. Tiger Fabric. Thought we all could use a laugh right now.

There are dozens of tiger fabrics available, anything from tiger print to playful juvenile prints:

Spoonflower Fabric
Robert Allen Fabric
Kravet Fabric

You could decorate your home and car…

DHGate.com Blanket
Amazon Blanket
Amazon Car Decal

And for personal use…

Amazon Leggings
Tiger’s Best Perfume

DrapeStyle is still manufacturing custom drapes, Roman shades and pillows right here in Phoenix, Arizona. Even in tiger printed fabric. Please contact us for more information or any questions you may have.

One of DrapeStyle’s Favorite Designers-Jeffrey Alan Marks

Originally posted on Kravet.com:

KRAVET TAKES A DEEPER DIVE INTO JAM’S COASTAL CHIC AESTHETIC

Jeffrey Alan Marks picks up where he left off with his soothing second collection: Oceanview.

Oceanview seeks to create a relaxed upscale retreat, mixing fashionable fabrics and decorative trimmings. Inspired by serene ocean waves, the collection offers powder blue and subdued chalk white as a classic pairing, while also incorporating linen and grey neutrals with pops of citrine, indigo, and teal. Marks says a major color inspiration for him was imagining the sea under the shining moonlight.

Some of this collection’s highlights include a variety of printed and woven textures, as well as fresh contemporary sheers.

GRIDWORK is a modern print that is then pin-tucked with embroidery pleats, KAHUNA and LITTLEROCK are textured velvets, and for the window, LACHMAN is a contemporary take on a fishing net made of 100% silk. The collection also includes two washed linen sheers, LUNADA and TEMESCAL, offered in soft neutral colorways.

Other patterns originate from the Kravet archive, like IMMERSIVE, a heavy jacquard chenille; WHITECAP, a screen-printed pattern that mirrors its namesake tidal influence; and SURFWOOD, updated using a modern teal color.

Marks also includes an updated color story for some of his best-selling prints: BRANCHES, a modern silhouette of trees, and CHROMIS, an ethereal printed texture with metallic accents.

Oceanview includes three unique trimmings made to complement the fabrics in this collection and offer the opportunity to personalize each design. FISHERMAN’S NET includes a wide cotton border and natural twine cording to resemble an actual fishing net; SHELL COLLECTOR is a naturally dyed cotton indigo ground embellished with seashells and cotton rope; and WAVE CURL features a freestyle embroidered design inspired by undulating ocean waves.

Firmly rooted in a coastal living lifestyle, Marks naturally gravitates to all things inherent to nature; honing in on sea shells, jute, cotton and linen. This small collection of border band trimmings provides the perfect accent to the polished fabrics in this collection.

DrapeStyle features Jeffrey Alan Marks fabrics and we can transform them into beautiful draperies, Roman shades or pillows. At DrapeStyle we manufacture designer quality drapery, in the USA, at prices similar big box retailers imported drapes. Please contact us for more information or to have fabric samples mailed to you.

Custom Drapes-Made in the USA

“Made in the USA”.  What exactly does that mean?  Does that really matter?

DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows in the USA from the very start.  Why is this important?  We not only design here, we manufacturer here.  This means that DrapeStyle is able to control the quality of the products it produces.  The custom drapes and roman shades we produce right here in Arizona are of the highest quality in both fabric and workmanship.  I receive about two or three calls a week, from customers wanting to know where our drapes are made.  I’m proud to say that DrapeStyle’s products are made in the USA.

A few examples of DrapeStyle’s American suppliers:

  • In 1889, the F. Schumacher Fabric Company was started in New York.  DrapeStyle carries many of Schumacher’s stunning fabrics.  To this day, F. Schumacher is still a family owned company and continues to be a leader in the fabric industry.
  • The Robert Allen fabric company was started over 75 years ago in Massachusetts and continues to reside there today.
  • We have many suppliers from small fabric companies in Southern California.
  • Our linings and interlinings are made by Hanes, right here in the USA.
  • DrapeStyle uses Sunbrella fabrics for our outdoor drapes and pillows. Sunbrella features sun and water resistant fabrics in a rich array of colors, and it is manufactured in North Carolina.
  • Our hardware is hand forged in Los Angeles by artisans who pride themselves in creating products by hand.

So as you can see, DrapeStyle supports many local American companies by using them as suppliers for our finished products.

Need more great reasons to buy “Made in the USA” products?

  • When you buy American made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy.  The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you just purchased!
  • American manufacturers abide by strict regulations to protect the environment.  These regulations do not exist in most of the top countries manufacturing and importing their goods into the USA causing massive pollution and environmental abuse.
  • Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions.  By keeping our dollars in the USA, we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).
  • Quicker turn around times.  Everything is here so that means it gets made more quickly, and gets shipped to you more quickly!

Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready-made”.  Custom draperies take a little more time, cost a little more money, but we think it’s worth it.  And most importantly, all of our drapes, curtains, roman shades and pillows are made from the highest quality materials, right here in the USA, by a team of professionals that have an average of 25 years experience.  We hope you have as deep as a commitment to American-made products as we do.

Best Drapes for My Family Room

For many people their family room is a place to gather, to visit with others, to play, to read. Draperies can help make your room a place you’ll want to retreat to time and time again.

If you like to watch movies in your family room, you may want to consider blackout drapes. Choose drapes with blackout lining and flannel interlining. Lined drapes are a necessity if you want to limit the light coming in for better viewing. Blackout drapes are also a natural choice, blocking light as well as some sound, and creating a quiet sanctuary. Blackout drapes will also block out bright street lights at night.

To get the most out of the room-darkening qualities, measure a couple of inches beyond the window frame on all sides. DrapeStyle makes all drapes with returns (which bring the drapery fabric all the way around to the wall) which is another way to guarantee the most light will be blocked.

To keep your family room cool or warm, choose drapes with flannel or bump interlining, which will insulate your windows from heat or cold. Lined drapes allow you to cut back on air conditioning and heating costs and create a dark retreat during the daytime. Lined draperies also look more luxurious and regal.

Because family rooms are typically high-traffic rooms, use fabrics here that are durable and will last over time. Also think about the length of your drapery. Drapes that puddle on the floor make look regal and luxurious in a low-traffic area like a dining room, but think about kids, pets and traffic patterns, where puddled drapes will get walked on. Drapes that are 1/2 inch off the floor are a good choice here.

Dupioni silk drapes

If you need help determining what might be the best solution for your family room feel free to contact DrapeStyle. One of our talented designers would be happy to help you with your selections and guarantee the proper fit for your windows. We have been making custom draperies for over 15 years and we would be happy to help you create your dream drapes.

Design Icon of the Year 2020

A signature event for Las Vegas market, the Design Icon Award honors an interior designer or architect who has made significant contributions to the industry throughout their career. The award highlights the achievements of exemplary design and architectural professionals and offers Las Vegas Market attendees an opportunity to connect with and learn firsthand from living legends.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, multi award-winning interior designer recognized internationally for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and inviting interior designs and licensed collections, was honored as the 2020 Design Icon during Winter Market.

Bullard shared his experiences working with an impressive array of high-profile clients, as well as impart his design wisdom and philosophies and discuss how he has built his brand, giving us a glimpse into why he is one of the most honored individuals in the design industry.

Bullard, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, has been named as one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured in Elle Decor’s “A-List,” and named one of the top 25 designers by The Hollywood Reporter. He has starred in Bravo’s “Million Dollar Decorators” and is regularly featured in publications such as Bazaar, Departures, Harper’s, House & Garden, House Beautiful, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, W and The Wall Street Journal.

DrapeStyle is proud to have Martyn Lawrence Bullard as one of our featured and most loved designers. DrapeStyle features an array of his fabrics that can be custom made into draperies, pillows and Roman shades to your specifications.

Should I Choose Grommets?

Grommet drapery panels have been a popular choice for draperies for years because they offer a modern, sleek look. Grommets come in a variety of sizes and colors so they are easily worked into any decor. Grommets allow the fabric to fall into folds creating a beautiful look from the top of the drape to the bottom of the drape.

Before selecting grommets as your pleat style, ask yourself a few questions:

Will your drapery be “functional”?  By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often.  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 will attach to the leading drapery ring.  The baton 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. Side note: DrapeStyle can order drapery batons up to 72″ in length. There is a product called “Grom-a-Link”. Grom-a-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. You can choose to have the Grom-a-Link attached to the outside or the inside of the first grommet on the leading edge of the drape.

We also suggest using a custom made drapery rod. This will allow you to have a continuous drapery rod in one piece. Having the drapery rod in one piece means there won’t be a lip, or a step, or a bump as there is with an adjustable drapery rod. This will make sliding the drapes open and closed much easier.

Will your drapery be “decorative”? 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 dressed down 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.

Aside from the advantage of the clean, contemporary look of grommets, you won’t have to purchase drapery rings. The grommets take the place of the drapery rings, which can really add to the cost of your drapery hardware since you will more than likely need about a dozen or so for each drape.

If you are hoping to have blackout drapery, make sure you order the drapes wide enough to completely cover the drapery rod and overlap in the center. You will also want to hang the drapes high enough so that the drapes and grommets, are above the molding to ensure the blackout effect. If you want to create the look of a “wave”, or more fullness, order each drape twice the width of the window.

Any of DrapeStyle’s drapes have the option for metal grommets as the style of header. Available in a variety of colors, you’re sure to find the right match for your home. Need a little advice? Contact us because we’re here to help you create your dream drapes.

DrapeStyle Awarded Best Of Houzz 2020

Dupioni Silk Drapes

Phoenix, Arizona, February 27, 2020 – DrapeStyle.com of Phoenix, Arizona has won a “Best Of Houzz” award for Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The online custom drapery company was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Schumacher Drapes

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

Roman Flat Shade

A “Best Of Houzz 2020” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Candice Olson Pillows

“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home remodeling and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the U.S. and around the world.” Follow DrapeStyle on Houzz for more information, ideas and inspiration.

Bordered Linen Drapes

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Why Order Fabric Samples?

Kravet Fabrics

You’ve read the reviews, you’ve scrolled through images showing beautiful craftsmanship and you’re ready to order custom made draperies from DrapeStyle. What should be your first step? Ordering fabric samples.

At DrapeStyle, we know the draperies you order will be exquisitely made of the highest quality materials, right here in the USA. But we want you to be completely satisfied on your selection. Many computer monitors can skew colors (when was the last time you calibrated your monitor?!) so we want to be sure that what you receive is exactly what you were hoping for.

Vern Yip Fabrics

Also, lighting can vary. I’m sure the lighting in our showroom, where many of the drapery pictures were taken, varies greatly compared to the lighting in your home. And even your lighting in your home can vary from different times of the day. I’ve had many customers admit to me that they taped many fabric samples to the wall near their window and lived with them for a few days in order to determine which color they like best.

Trina Turk Fabrics

In fact, we want to be sure you are happy with your purchase so if we see that you haven’t ordered fabric samples, we may just pop a sample in the mail for you to approve before we process your order. Our samples are mounted to heavy card stock with the fabric name and fiber content on the back for easy reference.

At DrapeStyle, we try to make the process of ordering custom made window treatments and pillows as easy as possible. We have online measuring guides, informative blogs, and a helpful staff waiting to answer your questions.

If you’re thinking of ordering window treatments or pillows, please order fabric samples first. As you check out, enter the coupon code SAMPLES and receive $10 in free fabric samples. And as always, if you have any questions, please contact DrapeStyle and we will be happy to help you design your dream drapes.

Determining Drapery Hardware

Drapery hardware can be a little tricky but it doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little help from DrapeStyle, you can have beautiful window treatments and hardware.

You should really know how you are going to hang your drapes before you have custom drapes made. First determine how you will use your drapes. Will the drapes be decorative? Then you don’t necessarily need one long drapery rod for your window. Consider two shorter rods that will keep your drapes perfectly placed.

If your drapes are to be functional, you will need them to slide from side to side. If the drapes are very long, then you may need a traverse rod with a cord that will allow you to open and close the drapes. Traverse rods are also great for when wall mounting the rod is not an option. Hanging drapes from the ceiling is very on trend and can help with problems like by passing molding that protrudes from wall or heating elements that are below the window.

Of course traditional drapery hardware with a drapery rod and rings will also work for draperies that are functional. With most draperies, you will want to purchase a center bracket to help support the weight of the draperies.

Make your space look bigger and more luxurious by hanging drapes at least 12 inches above the window frame or all the way to the ceiling and extending your curtain rod out three to six inches on each side.

Do you have a spectacular view you don’t want to obstruct? Then you’ll want the drapes to stack off the glass, meaning that when the drapes are open, they won’t cover up any part of the window. So take this into consideration when selecting the length of your drapery rod.

Which ever look you are going for, DrapeStyle can help you select the style of drapery hardware that will best suit your needs. Please contact DrapeStyle for more information or visit our website for the most up to date information on the hardware collections we offer.

Best Drapes for My Bedroom

For many people their bedroom is their sanctuary. A quiet place that they can relax, read, and decompress from the day. Draperies can help make your room a place you’ll want to retreat to time and time again.

To keep your bedroom dark, choose drapes with blackout lining and flannel interlining. Lined drapes are a necessity if you want to limit the light coming in for better sleep. Blackout drapes are also a natural choice, blocking light as well as some sound, and creating a quiet sanctuary. Blackout drapes will also block out bright street lights at night.

To get the most out of the room-darkening qualities, measure a couple of inches beyond the window frame on all sides. DrapeStyle makes all drapes with returns (which bring the drapery fabric all the way around to the wall) which is another way to guarantee the most light will be blocked.

To keep your bedroom cool or warm, choose drapes with flannel or bump interlining, which will insulate your windows from heat or cold. Lined drapes allow you to cut back on air conditioning and heating costs and create a dark retreat during the daytime. Lined draperies also look more luxurious and regal.

Because bedrooms are typically low-traffic rooms, it’s possible to use fabrics here that you might not use other places, like silk or velvet. There are thousands of choices when it comes to patterned drapery and in a smaller space like a bedroom, this may be the perfect place to try something different with pattern or color.

If you need help determining what might be the best solution for your bedroom feel free to contact DrapeStyle. One of our talented designers would be happy to help you with your selections and guarantee the proper fit for your windows. We have been making custom draperies for over 15 years and we would be happy to help you create your dream drapes.

Shades or Drapes, Which is the Best Solution for Your Windows?

Window treatments often serve as a way to provide while helping to control the levels of natural light. Window treatments can also help with the cooling or insulating of a room. But which one is the best solution for your home?

Roman shades can easily be the centerpiece of a room and draw your eye towards the windows. Roman shades are highly effective at blocking light and protecting privacy by adding blackout liners and flannel interlining. Roman shades can diffuse or block out light completely depending on how sheer they are.

Roman shades, which are more structured than drapery, and are perfect solutions for tricky windows or spaces. Roman shades fit in the window frame or on the outside of the frame. They work well on windows that sit up high off the floor, are particularly narrow, or are divided into multiple segments. However, to allow light, the shade must be lifted entirely which means if you need privacy, you’ll have to sacrifice natural light in the process.

Drapes can be made of beautiful luxurious fabrics and can give a room a formal appearanceDrapes are perfect for dining rooms, living rooms, and other areas where guests are frequently entertained. However, drapes don’t have to be installed only in formal rooms. When paired with high-quality blinds or shades, they’re perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any room in your home.

Drapes are great at insulating and soundproofing rooms. Thin, sheer drapes will provide virtually nothing in the way of insulation and soundproofing, thick thermal drapes are great for reducing heat loss during the winter and keeping away cold drafts. Thick drapes also create a dampening effect for loud and bothersome noises, making them ideal for homeowners who live near train tracks, industrial facilities, or busy highways. Drapes, with their added layer, block out light and are thus popular for bedrooms. They can also insulate against heat and cold.

Drapes may be more expensive than Roman shades due to the amount of fabric required. But adding draperies to a room can really add warmth, design and texture and really finish a room nicely.

If you have any questions about Roman shades or drapes, please contact one of our talented designers. We would love to help you create beautiful, high quality window treatments.

How to Measure for Draperies

We often get questions about measuring for custom draperies. DrapeStyle has a measuring guide online to help you with the process, but here are a few more tips you may find helpful:

Always measure using a metal tape to ensure accuracy. Drapery measurements are always recorded in inches (never feet) and the measurements are written down as width x length.

Mount your rod on the outside of the trim, both above and side to side, adding extra height and width for a more finished look and to keep light out more effectively.

If you would like your draperies to clear your window when drawn open, extend the rod beyond the width of the window at least 6-8 inches on either side.

For a more custom look, you may want to utilize the “return.” A return is created when the end of the drape is wrapped around the bracket to hide the mounting hardware, block out light and create a more polished look.

If you are looking to add more color or design element, and don’t really need the drapes to functions, chances are you are looking for a decorative set of drapes. I usually suggest ordering drapes 1/3 the width of the window width.

If you need to solve a problem like too much light, lack of privacy or drafty windows, you will want functional drapes. And most likely you will want to add an interlining to your draperies.

As always, we are here to help. Contact one of our helpful designers with any questions you may have. We would love to help you design your dream drapes.

Belgian Estate Linen

Once in a while we like to just re-introduce one of our styles. This afternoon we were looking at a brand new pair of amazing Estate Linen Drapes that were just finished and I realized that we haven’t really talked about these lately and they are one of our best selling drapery styles. In case you have not seen the Estate Linen Collection you really need too.

These custom Belgian Linen Drapes are softer and thicker than our classic linens and a bit heavier. The weave is little more relaxed and the hand is beautiful. Like any natural linen fabric, they are going to be prone to wrinkles but a little time hanging on the rod should take care of them. Care cards are always included with each order to guide you so that you can hang your drapes yourself, beautifully.

We love to dress these linens up with edge-bands, borders and ribbons. For a limited time you can add a solid linen contrasting edge-band at no additional charge. If you would like one of our designer fabrics as the edge-band, we can do that too for an additional fee.

Like with silk drapes, our linens are a natural fabric so you may want to take advantage of our blackout lining promotion and upgrade the lining to blackout to both protect the fabric, give you more insulation and privacy. For $99 per panel, the blackout upgrade option is the easiest decision you will make when ordering your new drapes.

If you need some help selecting an edge-band, border or trim, please contact one of our designers. They love creating unique and one-of-a-kind creations for our clients.

How to Avoid Sun Damage

Kravet Riad Dune Drapes, Shade

Custom drapes are an investment so protecting them and making sure they look great long term is important. Enemy number one is the sun. To help with this, adding blackout lining and interlining will provide the most protection against the sun and elongate the lifespan of your drapery by creating a barrier between the harsh rays of the sun and the fabric.

Roman Shade

Man-made fabrics or synthetic fabrics are generally more color resistant due to either the color being ‘built-in’ to the fiber, or the ability to take stronger more caustic dyes. As with anything, the darker and more saturated the hue, the more prone to fading it is. But even with the right lining, all drapery fabric is susceptible to fading/damage over time.

Bordered Silk Drapes

If you have a very wide window and the fabric you’ve fallen in love with will break the bank, consider decorative side panels instead of full drapes. Meaning, the drapes you select won’t completely meet in the middle and cover the entire window. They are meant to be stationary. But if you need protection from the sun consider adding blinds or shades that can be raised and lowered as need to block the sun. With or without blinds, you’ll still want to add a protective lining to your drapery.

Indigo Dyeing

Shibori is an ancient Japanese handwork resist-dyeing technique that dates back to the 8th century. The technique dates back to a time when slow, intricate handwork was the prevailing method of adding color to fabric. Shibori’s appeal has seemingly ramped up in recent years and can be seen in many examples of home design.

Jeffrey Alan Marks Bombora Pacific

Shibori delivers an instant artisanal look and feel to fabrics. It’s a fabric manipulation technique traditionally done with indigo, during which fabric is either plucked, stitched, folded, twisted, crumpled or plaited by hand before the dyeing process begins.

Linherr Hollingsworth Baturi Indigo

Once dye is applied to the cloth, the parts that are secured by gathers or compressed, resist the dye, transforming the fabric from two-dimensional into three-dimensional form, creating soft- or blurred-edge patterns.

F. Schumacher Andromeda Indigo Drapes, Chair

The shibori dyeing method works in tandem with the fabric, giving it liberty to shape into its natural form as it reacts to the dye. This creates unique, one-of-a-kind patterns, because no matter how exact the method, no two will ever create the same design.

Kravet Baturi Indigo

There are six major shibori techniques, each with its own set of steps to create its own patterns and texture once the dye is added. The ancient art of indigo dyeing has been around for centuries, passed down through generations of artisans around the world. Get inspired by this time-honored trade with these striking hues from all of our brands.

Happy Festivus!

On December 23rd you may choose to celebrate Festivus. I thought it would be fun to learn more about this made up holiday, enjoy.

Festivus is a secular holiday, normally celebrated on December 23rd. It is mainly meant as an alternative to the pressures and commercialization of the Christmas season. However, it has also become a day to celebrate the ever-lasting comedy of the 1990s television show Seinfeld.

Festivus was a holiday featured in the Season 9 Seinfeld episode “The Strike”, which first aired on December 18, 1997. Since then, many people have been inspired by this zany, offbeat Seinfeld holiday and now celebrate Festivus as any other holiday.

According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated on December 23rd. However many people celebrate it other times in December and even at other times throughout the year.

The usual holiday tradition of a tree is manifested in an unadorned aluminum pole, which is in direct contrast to normal holiday materialism. Those attending Festivus may also participate in the “Airing of Grievances” which is an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year, followed by a Festivus dinner, and then completed by the “Feats of Strength” where the head of the household must be pinned. All of these traditions are based upon the events in the Seinfeld episode, Strangely enough, our Festivus traditions also have roots that pre-date Seinfeld, as it began in the household of Dan O’Keefe, a television writer who is credited for writing the Seinfeld episode.

The traditional greeting of Festivus is “Happy Festivus.” The slogan of Festivus is “A Festivus for the rest of us!

Do I Need Tiebacks?

Tiebacks, holdbacks, medallions, tassels, they are called many things but they all do the same job; hold back your draperies.

Tiebacks can be a beautiful way to add color, style or a little whimsy to your draperies. They are also very functional if you want to be able to pull your drapes to the side to let in more light or if you would like a swoopy, formal look. They are also a nice way to showcase the view outside your window.

A tieback is usually something that attaches or wraps around the drape, and is easily removable. There are many sizes and styles of ready made tiebacks. Matching the fabric of the drapery or using oversize tassels are classic looks. Adding something like cording, rope or braided fabric are also beautiful alternatives.

I usually think of a holdback as something that is attached to the wall near the draperies and holds or pulls, the fabric back. Mount a curved metal bracket, peg or rosette on the wall about two-thirds of the way down the window. Matching the room and the drapery rod for style and finish is an elegant touch. Drapes can easily be pulled back or closed without much effort. This is a great choice is you are opening and closing your draperies often.

Whichever tieback you choose, let it be a reflection of your style, sophistication, and interior design. See DrapeStyle’s line of tassels, tiebacks and holdbacks for adding that final touch to your draperies.