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.


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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.


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What You Need To Know About Rod Pocket Curtains

The most classic and common of all methods of hanging curtains, a rod pocket is a sewn-in pocket, or casing, at the top of a curtain panel that easily slips over a rod and conceals it. 

Curtain panels hung this way bunch nicely and have a simple, casual look. All of DrapeStyle’s curtain panels can be hung using this method, and you don’t need any additional pieces or hardware (aside from your rod and finials) to make this look work.

One thing to consider is how often you’ll want to open and close your panels. For curtains you will be opening and closing a lot, you may want to consider another pleat style, as rod pockets tend to be a little stubborn to adjust as the fabric rests directly on the curtain rod. And if your curtains are very long, you may not be able to reach the top of the curtain to open and close them.


Rod Pockets work well with layered window coverings. Valances hung above the curtain hide the rod even when the curtain is open. Sheers can be mounted under the main panels. Casement curtains are often used on French doors and sidelights. Rods slip through casements at the top and bottom of the panels so that the curtains can be secured to the top and bottom of a window. Sheers are often used for this window treatment, providing privacy while allowing light to come through.   


DrapeStyle constructs a 3″ rod pocket as our standard. Since we are a custom workroom, let us know if you need something made a little differently. In our experience, the 3″ rod pocket is a pretty standard size as most customers will use a round 1″ or 1 1/2″ diameter curtain rod. A 3” rod pocket should be used on a standard 2 1/2” continental or dauphine rod or on a decorative rod up to 1 1/2″. By selecting the rod pocket as your pleat style, you won’t need to purchase curtain rings, saving you a bit of money.

Stylish and classic, DrapeStyle’s rod pocket curtains will look beautiful in your home for years to come.


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Pillow Arranging Made Easy

 

Martyn Bullard Adras Caravan Pillows, Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Drapes & Pillows
Martyn Bullard Adras Caravan Pillows, Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Drapes & Pillows

Thinking about adding a pop of color to your sofa?  Don’t know where to start when selecting pillows?  To some, pillow arranging can be stressful.  But it doesn’t have to be!

As you stroll down the pillow aisles of the home decor stores, you see all the beautiful colors and styles of pillows that you have to have!  But, putting a great grouping of pillows together on a sofa can sometimes be a different story.  A sofa is like a blank canvas and pillows are the pops of color, design and texture you put on it.  Getting it right can sometimes be difficult!

GuideHere are a few hints to get you started.  Start with a couple of anchor pillow, a larger sized pillow for the outside of the sofa.  Moving towards the center, start to select smaller sized pillows, alternating patterns and fabrics.

Pasha Pomegranate
Martyn Bullard Pasha Pomegrante

Pink
Dupioni Silk in Pink

Raja - Caravan
Martyn Bullard Raja Caravan

 

 

Outdoor Deck Pink Pillows

 

 

 

Pull out colors from around the room to really tie the look together.  Odd numbers are more appealing, so as you work towards the center of the sofa, end with one fun decorative pillow.

Get creative!  Try using a few patterns.  As long as they are in the same color family, they will work.

TropicalUse pillows to make a statement!  If you purchase pillow covers and down inserts you can change the pillow covers seasonally.  You can store the covers neatly in a drawer and use the inserts over and over again!

To maintain the look of your pillows, give your pillows a good shake and punch in the sides to redistribute the feathers in the insert.  Flat pillows look old and tired.

Sinhala - Bittersweet
Martyn Bullard Sinhala Bittersweet

Grass
Dupioni Silk in Grass

Hot House - Verdance
Schumacher Hot House Verdance

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the bottom line is have fun when selecting your pillows!  Pillows are an inexpensive way to change the look of your sofa without breaking the bank.  Change the look as your style changes, or change the look as the seasons change.  Need a little more inspiration?  See our custom pillow pages for a truly custom look for your sofa.  At DrapeStyle, everything we make is custom made, so if you can dream it, we can make it!

Please contact us for more information, or for a complementary catalog.
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Design Advice for Custom Made Curtains and Drapery

Do you need to hire a professional Interior Designer or Decorator to help design and select the perfect set of custom drapes for my home?  Maybe, maybe not.  At DrapeStyle we help thousands of Clients, the most of whom are Homeowners, create amazing custom drapes that fit perfectly into their homes.  We do this by employing the most talented Team of Sales Designers in the Drapery and Window Covering Industry.  When you call DrapeStyle and you are considering spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on custom drapes you deserve to speak with a Professional Designer who is able to “consult” with you and assist you.  Our Sales Designers are not paid on commission.  Their simple motivation, as is ours as a Team is to provide the very best Customer Service and support as we possibly can.

Our typical Client has questions.  A lot of questions.  They will often describe what they are looking for, what their vision is.  Once we get the measurements, which are most often provided by our Clients, our Designers go to work doing what they do best.  I will often walk through our Design Center and I will see one of our Designers working on a sketch for a Client.  So many times I am really amazed at the talent that we have.  Here are some of the sketches I picked up this week.  Of course, we don’t “charge” for this type of service, it is all part of working with DrapeStyle!

Custom Drapery Design Sketch by DrapeStyle
Custom Drapery Design by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Banded Design Sketch by DrapeStyle
Custom Drapery Banded Design Sketch by DrapeStyle

 

 

 
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