We are often asked by our customers “Which pleat style do I choose”? There isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s a preference. Deciding what you like and which style will work for your room can be overwhelming so we try to break it down by asking a few questions.
1- What is the style of you room? Is it Modern/ Contemporary? Traditional? Transitional?
2- How do you want your drapes to hang? Do you want them tailored, holding lines from the top of the drape to the floor? Or do you like a more relaxed look, structured at the top and relaxed or billowing as the drapes fall?
3- Are the drapes functional? Will you be opening and closing these drapes often or are they stationary (just frame your window)?
Once we have discussed these specifics with you selecting a pleat style from one of our 7 options is a breeze.
Rod Pocket – Typically used in Traditional spaces this pleat is recommended if your drapes are decorative and you will not be opening and closing them often. Rod Pocket drapery shirr snugly onto the drapery rod and do not move easily.
Flat Panel (no pleats) – Flat panels are typically used to cover larger spans with less fullness (less ripple), or are used to give a relaxed or unstructured look to your window. You will have to dress your drapery each time you open and close to achieve a uniform look.
Grommet- Clean & uniform by design Grommet panels are a favorite for modern spaces. Grommets come in a range of finishes & diameters to compliment any window. Grommet panels require dressing to get an even fullness but are structured from top to bottom.
Inverted- If you like a structured heading but a more relaxed body the Inverted Pleat is perfect. The “box” shaped pleat is tailored at the top but loses the lines as it falls toward the floor. This pleat works with Modern & Transitional styles. This pleat requires no dressing to achieve a uniform look every time.
Cartridge – the cylindrical shape of the Cartridge pleat offers the look of a flat panel but retains the structure of a pleated drape. The look is clean and modern but can also be used in transitional applications.
French Pleat (Pinch Pleat) – The French Pleat holds the lines of the drapery from the 3-fold fan at the top to the bottom hem. Easy to open & close this pleat requires little to no dressing and gives a nice uniform fullness anytime. This is our most requested pleat. We recommend it to compliment any traditional setting.
Parisian Pleat – a twist on the traditional French Pleat the Parisian pleat offers the same ease and structure of the French with a slight modern twist. This pleat is recommended for Modern or Transitional spaces and is a favorite of our designers.
Custom draperies should reflect your style and personality; you really can’t go wrong with any pleat choice.
We’ve all heard the saying “the devil is in the details”, for me the details are the most exciting part of any project. There is nothing like finding the perfect accent piece to complete your masterpiece.
Have you ever been out and about and you see a little trinket that reminds you of someone you know & just the thought of giving it to them puts a smile on your face? The high you get giving it to them and seeing the priceless look on their face when they realize that you know them so well…that’s one of my favorite parts of designing for my clients.
Working at DrapeStyle I am in constant awe of the incredible fabrics & trimming options that we are presented with. Just today I met with a mill representative who brought over 20+ books of their latest trim collections. I was immediately inspired. From tape trims, to rusche to tassel trim my mind was racing. I’m looking forward to pulling together a number of trim options to coordinate with our existing drapery styles and I have already started sketching some new ideas inspired from my meeting today. The possibilities are endless; the “details” are endless.
Sometimes when trying to decide between Custom Drapes for your windows or Custom Roman Shades the answer just may be “yes”. Yes, as in “both”. One of our all time favorite looks is using a Roman Shade in conjunction with a drape. This technique adds depth and texture to your room and lets you play with more fabric colors and textures as well. Consider using a solid custom drape along with a strong pattern with your Roman Shade or vice-versa. In the attached image we are using a really bold fabric on the Roman Shade, Schumacher Imperial Trellis in navy along with a solid linen custom drape in navy and white. The fabrics work really well together and really create a nice depth of field to the room and window.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match silk and linens as well. You could get a great look by mixing a solid silk roman shade in a base color along with a complimenting custom drape in a patterned linen or poly.
Have fun and let us know how we can help design your next set of custom drapes!
DrapeStyle, Today announced a new Consumer Financing Program in conjunction with “Bill Me Later” a division of PayPal. Qualifying Consumers who purchase new Custom Window Treatments from DrapeStyle will receive the option of making no payments and pay no interest for 6 months.
“This is a great way for our Customers to make improvements to their homes and reduce their cash-flow for a period of time. Anything we can do to help increase Customer’s spending power is a good thing for our Customers, DrapeStyle and the economy in general” said Christian Sinatra, CEO of DrapeStyle.
We did a little informal demonstration to better illustrate how much light blackout lined custom curtains and drapery eliminate. The following photo is shot on a single window with two linen drapery panels. One of the curtains was made with blackout lining and one was made with standard privacy lining. The photo was shot on a hot and sunny afternoon. The difference between the two curtain panels is quite dramatic. When you see how much of the light is blocked by the blackout lining (95%) you really get a better understanding how using quality blackout lined curtains, drapery or roman shades would significantly lower you homes energy bills and save your interior upholstery fabrics from sun damage. At DrapeStyle we encourage the use of blackout lining whenever the application is appropriate. It certainly adds weight to the drapery but if you are using quality drapery hardware blackout is really the way to go when buying your next pair of custom drapery or curtains.
DrapeStyle has just released it’s new application for the iPad. The new DrapeStyle App showcases our full line of luxurious custom made drapery, curtains and window treatments in an easy to use format. We will be adding additional functionality to the application in the coming months. It’s like having a custom drapery window treatment and shade store right on your iPad!
DrapeStyle is very happy to introduce Robert Allen Fabrics + Custom Drapery to our Collection. Known for great design and reasonable prices Robert Allen has been a Designer’s fave for decades.
We are featuring some great new colorways and designs that will really lend themselves to gorgeous custom drapes. Our Staff favorites are the “Blossom” fabrics with a very classic “bird in tree” theme. We also love the “Scrolls” and “Belle Porte”. If you are looking for something a bit more simple you really can’t get any more simple than the “Simply” collection of solids in really great shades. We’ve also included a bold stripe that works great when we pleat your drapes and pattern match the fabrics.
Oh, and the best part is that they are all in 100% Cotton so they are quite reasonable and easy to care for.