Stylish Insulated Curtains for a Cooler Summer and a Warmer Winter

The best multi-lined curtains for keeping your home climate controlled no matter what the season

Curtains that offer insulation are the best types of drapery for most homes — large or small, drafty or stuffy — because they keep hot air out during the summer and cold air out during the winter. According to the United States Department of Energy in their brief “Update or Replace Windows,” “heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use,” making insulated curtains that effectively aid in sealing windows the most energy efficient.
Given that replacing either windows or their frames is expensive — from the materials involved to the complex installation required — choosing insulated curtains as a way of keeping your home climate controlled is a superior option for budget-conscious households. Thankfully, a number of attractive, on-trend options for multi-lined drapes exist on the market, making it fairly easy to update both your home’s energy efficiency and interior decor at the same time.

For Warm Months

For hot summer months, one should consider blackout curtains, which banish both light and heat from a room. Filtering out ultraviolet, visible, and infrared right from a room through blackout curtains is one of the most effective ways to maintain a cool space during oppressively hot, overly bright summer days. Consider pairing the blackout curtains with a sheer lining if natural light is important to you; as long as the blackout curtains cover the edges of the windows (both the sides and the upper and lower corners), much of the heat that could escape from the outdoors into the home will be kept at bay. However, Con Edison spokesperson Allan Drury, quoted by Mary Farrel in her article “Beat the Summer Heat With Window Coverings” for Consumer Reports, recommends keeping blackout curtains closed whenever possible “on the side of the house or apartment where the sun is coming in.”

Avoid sheer Roman or roller shades as they will not effectively cover the sides of the windows unless they are quilted. In her article for Consumer Reports, Mary Farrel does endorse “Quilted roller shades and Roman shades with several layers of fiber batting,” however, as when properly insulated and completely opaque, they can be just as or more “effective than other soft window treatments.” DrapeStyle offers custom Roman shades, which can be optimized for energy efficiency with “optional blackout linings.” Heavy blackout curtains will be held against the sides by their own weight, capturing the heat that leaks in through unsealed frames. Adding a valance to each window atop the curtain rod is an extra step that will complement the sealing effect provided by blackout curtains. If possible, consider pale-colored curtains that will not attract heat, as they will communicate that heat into the room over time.

For Cold Months

For cold months, multi-lined curtains or curtains paired with a separate lining are best; those with flannel linings are ideal because they effectively retain heat. Flannel is also the most commonly recommended fabric for cold weather clothing. Flannel is fairly loosely woven, which one might think would be less effective at retaining heat due to the open spaces through which air might pass, but a loose weave is actually quite necessary to locking in warmth. As Bryan Horn notes in his article “Why Flannel Clothing is a Winter Wardrobe Staple” for, the “loose weave [in flannel fabric] creates air pockets between fabric fibers…[and because] air is a great insulator… the many air pockets in flannel fabric” are what help retain heat against the body and indoors when it is cold outside.

Furthermore, according to the article “The Best Energy Efficient Curtains & Blinds” by, which focuses on energy efficiency in small spaces, thermal, flannel-lined curtains can “reduce heat loss by as much as 25%.” The site continues, explaining that thermal curtains are “special draperies that are fitted with a dense lining, the material [of which] is heavy and its density makes it perfect for blocking unwanted noise and sunlight and also retaining heat.”

The best thermal curtains have several layers of lining, notes Andrea Hannah, interiors writer for Bustle, and are darker in color, the opposite of what you would want when trying to keep a room cool. Consider DrapeStyle’s Parker Drapes for a living or bedroom, as they are both stylish, with a trendy but classic color-blocked lateral stripe along the bottom, and practical with their “thermal flannel interlining which can reduce energy costs by 33%.” If you cannot find a pair of thermal drapes with flannel insulation that fit your decor, consider purchasing a lining and set of curtains separately. While it may feel a bit bulkier and take up more space, the effect will be fairly similar.

Fitting Curtains for Best Results

Experts agree that curtains should be fitted closely if energy efficiency is the goal, especially in homes that have poorly fitting windows or loose frames. Curtains should be hung close to the ceiling, far above the top of the window frame, and should fall close to or along the floor, pooling if necessary. This will prevent the cold or heat from entering the home through weak points in the window frame by completely encapsulating it. Keep in mind that most thermal or multi-lined curtains are far heavier and denser than other curtains, making them more difficult to remove and clean. However, many are machine washable if the unit is large enough to accommodate at least one of the panels at a time.
No matter where you live or the size or shape of your windows, blackout or thermal curtains will work hard to improve your home’s energy efficiency, keeping you cool all summer long and warm throughout the winter.

The Best Drapes for Small Spaces

Drapery Styles that Open Up, Rather than Overwhelm, Compact Living Quarters

Small spaces can be some of the most difficult to decorate due to their lack of storage, limited wall and floor space, and generally cramped quarters. Renters and homeowners who wish to infuse their miniature living space with personality and pizazz may feel constricted by the space restraints within a small room, but decorators have developed several tactics for dealing with this issue. Changing up the textures, opacity, and color scheme of fabrics throughout a compact space can contribute significantly to a newfound atmosphere of openness, limiting the penned in feeling many are wont to experience when entering a small room. Size and placement of furniture, finishings, and other decor objects throughout the space can also visually expand it, from the location of curtain rods on a wall to the angle of a sofa. Follow below for tips on how to use different styles of drapery to make the ceiling seem higher, space appear deeper, and walls feel wider in a small room.

Color Theory

Consider matching the color of your drapes, blinds, or shades to the color of the walls in a small room; while contrast typically provides interest to a space, it can also create visual clutter. Thankfully, the monochrome interiors trend has demonstrated impressive staying power over the last few years, making the choice to match window treatments to the walls, furniture, and other elements of a room one endorsed by designers and decorators alike. If the chosen pair of drapes cannot match the surrounding walls, consider pairing them with other elements throughout the room; pick out a rug similar in color and texture so as to carry the lines of the curtains down and across the floor.

Worry less about the color chosen and more about the way color’s appearance changes throughout the day. Both cool and warm colors can make a room feel bigger as long as they are lighter shades that work well with natural illumination; however, warm colors can become muddy when natural light has faded towards the end of the day or during a period of overcast weather. If hoping to avoid a monochrome room, try instead a program of cool colors (blues and greens) mixed with a range of off-whites; pale woods and light-hued lampshades will complete the enlarging and brightening effect. To bounce light around the room even more, consider swapping out framed photos and paintings on the walls near each window with a mirror or two; the natural light from outdoors will reflect off the glass and fill the space. However, avoid mirrors encircled by dark wood or set in deep, heavy frames.

Textile Textures

Avoid unnecessary frills that add volume to curtains, such as poms, lace, and layered fabric. While texturally interesting and aesthetically pleasing (especially when a breeze blows through), the extra fabric will cause the drapes to take up more space than needed. Stay away from curtains with bands of heavier fabric along the bottom as well, as this type of applique or embellishment will weigh down the drapes and counteract any added height achieved by mounting the rod higher on the wall. Linen drapes or cotton curtains with open weaves are suitable for compact rooms, while unlined silk drapes without extraneous embroidery function equally in small spaces.

A fine trim along the edge, like in the silk curtains pictured above (one pair of several custom drapes online offered by DrapeStyle), adds enough pattern and interest without distracting too much. For those searching for more interest in their window treatments, one might consider curtains with pleats, as curtain pleats offer texture and drama without a fussy print or too much added volume. Grommet, Parisian, and Flat Drapery Pleat styles all work well in small spaces as they encourage the curtain to fold back on itself in a neat, uncomplicated way. The Grosgrain Ribbon Trimmed Drapes pictured above on the left demonstrate one of the many types of drapery pleats.

Similarly, avoid plush or upholstered valances, choosing instead a sleek valance or completely unadorned curtain rod. Try also to leave behind large, clunky tie-backs when holding curtains open; instead, opt for a more minimalist, streamlined style that echoes that of the curtain rod. Choose modern tie-backs and rods without crystals, symbols, or oversized hooks so that they blend in with the curtain rather than contrasting. While curtains are open, try to maintain a
vertical rather than diagonal or curved arrangement and use tie-backs only when the panel has been pulled fully to one side.

Playing with Patterns

Interior designers and decorators will often discourage homeowners and renters from using heavy patterns or those with a horizontally oriented design, for much the same reason stylists discourage large-scale prints and horizontal stripes for petite frames. While they can be employed effectively to balance or emphasize the grandeur of a bigger room, loud prints with exaggerated elements (e.g. huge polka dots, oversized damask, etc.) can weigh down a smaller room and distract from other pieces within the room, drawing all attention to the window and drowning out more delicate furnishings. The lack of proportion can also cause the room to feel off-kilter, especially with a darker pattern or heavily textured fabric.

If a larger-scale pattern is desired, consider sheer curtains to prevent an air of heaviness. While horizontal patterns (e.g. chevron, stripes, bands, etc.) can visually expand a room’s width, a lack of verticality can make the room appear short and oppressive; however, vertically oriented patterns expand the walls upward without constricting their width. As such, consider small, vertical patterns if a more interesting textile is preferred; for a plaid or hatched pattern, consider those with a thicker vertical line and finer horizontal line. For those afraid to try a pattern, worrying it may be too bold for a small space, opt for drapes with an open weave rather than a repeating pattern; an open weave, especially in a brightly colored fabric, will function as a pattern when light interacts with it as the light will be interrupted at regular intervals where the threads cross over each other and create opacity.

Mixing and Matching

Pairing a sheer curtain liner or shade (roller or Roman shades) with a slightly heavier exterior curtain will add dimension to a window treatment, making the room feel more expansive. A curtain liner or sheer shade will not add too much volume or contrast, but will allow for customizable light filtration throughout the day; the more light that can be let into a small space, the better. Consider a gradient in color and pattern to encourage the eye to travel from side to side before moving up and down. When the outer curtains are open but the liner remains closed or partially closed, a gradient in color intensity from lightest to darkest (with the liner in a lighter shade and the curtain itself a bit darker) will add depth to the space without sacrificing valuable real estate or blocking too much light. This ombre interiors trend can also be achieved by changing the intensity of color along a vertical gradient.

Length and Location

Placing curtain rods, valances, shade and blind mounts higher on the wall than the top of the window reaches will elongate the wall and make the room appear taller. This vaulted ceiling effect makes a room feel more spacious and bounces sunlight upwards off the higher valance or rod, making the window seem bigger and extending the effect of the light throughout the room. Placing a curtain rod or valance beyond the width of a window in addition to beyond the window’s height will make it appear even larger.

While oversized prints are detrimental to opening up a small space, oversized curtains actually complement the space and visually expand it. Consider floor-length drapes in bedrooms and living rooms, preferably in a light color (or a dark color in a sheer fabric), to add even more height to the space, but stay away from those that pool along the bottom. Curtains should be cropped to lightly graze the floor rather than gathering and creating a clump of fabric at the base while the top is more appropriately proportioned. Avoid placing furniture against the windows (unless the furniture is made of glass), instead arranging chairs, sofas, and tables with a view towards the outdoors. Angle each piece slightly so as to avoid blocking any entryways or placing the backs of visitors against the natural light streaming into the room.

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.

One of DrapeStyle’s Favorite Designers-Jeffrey Alan Marks

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue

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Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced.

A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. 

About Pantone Color of the Year

For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

How Long Should My Curtains Be?

Do you have young children? Do you have pets? Will the curtains be in a room with high traffic? These are some of the questions I ask clients when they ask me how long their curtains should be. Think about your lifestyle, do you like the look of curtains that puddle on the floor and you don’t mind lifting them when you clean the floor? Would you like to be able to sweep under your curtains because they are in a high traffic area of your home?

Floor-length curtains are the most popular length, unless there’s a radiator or a deep sill in the way. Measure from the floor to where you’ll hang the rod. You’ll get the most current look if the fabric makes contact with the floor. This look is classic and tailored; it makes sense if you’ll be opening and closing the curtains often. The fabric should just touch the floor or hover half an inch above. This is also a great approach for café curtains (short panels that cover only the lower portion of a window and hit the sill), which work well in spots like the kitchen and bathroom, where long curtains aren’t practical.

Panels that extend onto the floor by one to three inches are another stylish option. They’re more relaxed than those that graze the floor but they still feel tailored—think of a pair of dress trousers. If you have uneven floors or are worried about precision measuring, this style is more forgiving.

In formal rooms, six inches of fabric or more, pooling on the floor can look romantic but is also high-maintenance. They’ll need to be cleaned more often and will have to be readjusted every time you vacuum or the cat lies on them.

You may need custom curtains made to achieve the length you want. And that’s where DrapeStyle comes in. We have been making custom curtains for over 15 years. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are happy to help you create stunning curtains for your home.

7 Paint Colors We’re Loving for Kitchen Cabinets in 2020

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As one of (if not the) most important room in the home, the kitchen can be an overwhelming space to decorate. With multiple purposes—from cooking and hosting to even eating within—kitchens must be simultaneously soothing, stylish, clean, and comforting, which leads many homeowners, by default, to the ubiquitous all-white kitchen. But next year, some designers are predicting a sea change, with more homeowners opting to spice things up with everything from bold, dramatic shades to new takes on neutrals. And where’s the easiest place to bring a game-changing dose of color to the kitchen? The cabinets. Here are seven on-the-rise shades we’re currently obsessed with for kitchen cabinets.

Navy Blue

Try: Sherwin-Williams’s Naval

While this rich navy was recently crowned the Color of the Year by trend forecasters at Sherwin-Williams, it’s gaining particular attention as a go-to hue for kitchens. As more homeowners lean toward moodier hues, navy is a solid entry point: It’s just as neutral as white or gray in that it pairs well with a variety of colors, textures, and styles, but brings a little more drama and interest to the table than your average greige.

Sage Green

Try: Pewter Green by Sherwin-Williams

Back in 2018, earthy hues started making their meteoric rise in the design world, with Pinterest saves, specifically, skyrocketing for sage. Soon after, this subdued gray-green solidified itself as a go-to neutral for homeowners. And trend experts—including the forecasters at Behr, who recently deemed the yellow-tinged Back to Nature the top hue of 2020—seem to believe that earthy greens are here to stay. In this kitchen, the sage cabinets help to ground the lofty space while surrounding walls painted a soft gray-blue (Sherwin-Williams’s Oyster Bay) keep the darker shade from feeling too dramatic.

Matte Black

Try: Onyx by Benjamin Moore

It might seem a bold choice, but black-and-white is becoming as mainstream a color combo in the kitchen as, well, white and white. The secret is in the high contrast, says Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines, which adds a ‘wow’ factor to even the most basic of kitchens. To pull off the look, make sure to maintain an equal balance between the two hues, with black cladding the lower cabinetry and island (for example) and bright whites reserved for the kitchen’s upper half. Adding warm woods to the mix tones down the color duo’s modern vibe.

Barely Blue

Try: Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball

If you’re among those who find it hard to part with the familiarity and timelessness of an all-white kitchen, meet the match that might just pull you out of your comfort zone. Pale blues are perfect gateways to pigment for the color averse, not only because they deliver the same clean and crisp vibe of their neutral counterparts, but also because of their psychological benefits—the color blue makes people feel cool, calm, and collected, the perfect vibe for hardworking kitchens.

Blush Pink

Try: Galveston Tan by Dunn-Edwards

Maybe it’s in response to the decade’s obsession with Millennial Pink or in spite of it, but rosy hues don’t seem to be going anywhere soon. This year, no less than two paint brands have declared variations of blush their ultimate colors of the year for 2020—a soft pink hue with apricot influences for HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams, dubbed Romance, and an uplifting “new neutral” from Benjamin Moore named First Light. Thanks to its lightness and versatility, blush is an easy replacement for anywhere you’d naturally gravitate toward beige or white, including in the kitchen. The difference is it brings in a dose of color that can take a space from basic to beautiful in an instant.

Light Gray

Try: Tinsmith by Sherwin-Williams

When most homeowners go for monochromatic in the kitchen, they’ll opt for a timeless bright white. But trend experts have long surmised that soft grays will soon overtake the ever-popular paint shade as the de facto neutral—and in 2020, they could be right. According to home remodeling site Houzz, light, versatile grays are on the rise in kitchens, perhaps in response to the growing popularity of moodier hues. In our 2019 Idea House in Crane Island, Florida, we opted for a soothing shade with hints of blue to evoke the feel of the ocean at dusk.  

Peacock Blue

Try: Water Garden by Magnolia Home

If you’ve been paying attention to color trends within the past year, it wouldn’t take long realize that jewel tones are having a serious moment. From ruby and emerald to sapphire and citrine, these rich, saturated shades can make a dramatic statement as an accent wall or bring just the right amount of colorful flair when used in smaller doses. One perpetual crowd pleaser? Peacock, a deeper version of turquoise that’s stylish yet soothing (it’s reminiscent of the sea, after all). Pair it with bright white in a two-toned kitchen, a la this Fixer Upper classic, to transform your cooking space into an instant gem.

The Art of Handcrafted Textiles

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There is something unmistakably appealing about the handmade. The rich history of textiles as one of the oldest forms of art continues to influence textile design today, with handmade techniques passed down through generations of textile designers. As we continue to find inspiration in handcrafted textiles, we’ve pulled together several new products developed with handcrafting processes and images of the artisans at work.

Employing handcrafting techniques including screen printing, fabrics like Ion Damask are printed at our mill by artisans who apply the pattern by hand down the bolt of fabric. Ion Damask’s natural linen ground is the perfect backdrop for the hand-screened damask design, bringing a more relaxed look ideal for bohemian or globally inspired interiors.

Using the same screen printing technique, pattern Amaris Stripe’s small-scale design is printed onto a cotton/linen blend ground. Hand-screening the fabric design lends the fabric a uniqueness unlike anything made entirely by machine.

If you are interested in any of Fabricut’s fabrics, let us know! DrapeStyle can custom make draperies, Roman shades or pillows in any of Fabricut’s fabrics. Contact us for more information.

Why Buy Single Drapery Panels?

Why does DrapeStyle sell their drapes individually?

I get this question quite often. I explain to clients that sometimes it might be more convenient to have one drape. And other times the window may only require one drape. Let me explain. You may have a narrow window and one drape is more than enough to cover the window.

You may have a window on either side of your bed or a fireplace, for example. Space might be limited, but you require privacy or you may just want to add color or texture to the space. Or sometimes reaching behind the bed to open and close your window treatments isn’t possible.

One drape can be beautiful and functional, and may cost a bit less than two! A sliding glass door would be another application for one drape. Does your slider open on one side? Is the wall space limited on one side of the slider? Would it be easier if your view wasn’t block and one drape stacked to the side of the slider?

If you need a little design advice or help with determining what size drapery you need, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and we love helping customers design their dream drapes! Whether you need one drape or two, we can create a look for you within your budget that you will love!

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore has announced their color of the year for 2020. A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2020, First Light 2102-70, is the backdrop for a bright new decade.

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Why Buy Made-to-Measure?

With designs for custom homes becoming more and more creative and more options are made available for spec homes, ‘normal’ sized windows aren’t so normal anymore. The trend for windows (and ceiling heights) are getting higher and higher and purchasing ready made window coverings isn’t really an option any more.

Made-to-Measure curtains are more expensive as they require expert craftsmanship, each curtain and Roman shade we make are made with precision and care. But what you receive in return is a finished product that will last for years as they are crafted with expertise.

Pinch pleat, French pleat, Inverted pleat, Grommet; these are just a few choices of curtain heading styles that are available in Made to Measure. Variations of curtain headings are not common with Ready Made curtains as they are more complex and more expensive to make. DrapeStyle can create any type of heading you wish, contact us for information on the best selection for your application.

Are you looking for curtains that can block out unwanted light, or are you looking for curtains that can keep your home warm during winter and cool during summer? There are various types of lining with the main types being standard, blackout, interlining, thermal and acoustic. Having custom curtains made means you choose your lining option. Read more here about DrapeStyle’s lining options.

Our seamstresses each have an average of 25 years of experience making custom window treatments. At DrapeStyle, nothing is ready made. We custom make your dream drapes and curtains to your specifications, right here in Phoenix, Arizona. Please contact us for more information.

Top Reasons to Interline Your Curtains

Curtains aren’t just for adding some design element to your room, they provide privacy and in some cases, much needed insulation. Read on to find out the benefits that will make you want to add a lining to your curtains.

Sun Protection-Curtains fabrics, of any material, color and design need to be taken care off from the harsh sunlight as UV can damage the color and the curtain folds. Adding interlining for the curtains not only help to limit sun exposure inside the room, but it also protects the fabric from UV ray damage and increases the life of the curtain itself.

Volume– Lined curtains are sometimes a great way to add body to the curtains that sometimes have a tendency to look flimsy and lifeless. With custom drapery, silk or taffeta curtains are ideal for interlining and add a certain flair to the interior look. Interlining, in short, makes sure to give off an expensive look that a normal fabric may not have. This is one reason why DrapeStyle includes interlining on all of our silk curtains.

Noise and Insulation-If you live in extremely cold or hot areas, then adding a specific fabric for interlining can help in insulation from the natural elements or heat loss and transfer. Besides protecting the valuable furniture and fabric from sun exposure, interlining your curtains and blinds can also guard you against unwanted noise pollution.

If you have questions about your specific application, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been making custom curtains, Roman shades and pillows for over 15 years. Our talented team would be happy to work with you to create your dream drapes and curtains.