How To Care For Your Drapes

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How should I care for my drapes?  This is a question I get asked quite frequently.

The best answer I can give is, “Let a professional take care of it”.  With each drapery order from DrapeStyle, you will receive instructions on how to care for your drapes.  You shouldn’t try to clean them yourself.  You do not want to launder, wash or dry clean your drapes. Typical household cleaners can permanently damage the fabric.  You should have your drapes professionally cleaned by a company that has experience with draperies.  Not every dry cleaner knows how to properly clean drapes, so do a little research and locate a drapery cleaner so that you can protect your beautiful investment.

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Vacuuming and dusting your draperies can help. Regular cleaning reduces the build up of allergens like dust mites, animal hair and dander, and may offer some relief to those with allergies or asthma.  If drapes are touched often, natural oils in the skin can leave residue that builds up and attracts further dust.  Without proper and regular cleaning, dusty and grimy window treatments begin to look dull and discolored, detracting from the beauty of the window or door that they cover.  Regularly cleaning your window treatments prolongs the life of fabrics and keeps colors from becoming dingy.

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Simply put; call a professional.  You don’t ever want to launder or scrub your drapes or roman shades.  The best way to care for your window treatments is to call a professional drapery cleaner who will take your window treatments down, remove the metal drapery hooks, have them dry-cleaned, reinstall the metal drapery hooks, and then return and re-hang for you.

Purchasing your drapes and roman shades from DrapeStyle is an investment.  And one of the best ways to maintain the look and feel of your window treatments is regular cleaning.  If you have any questions about how to maintain your window treatments, please contact us, and we would be happy to help you.

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Happy Independence Day!

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DrapeStyle wishes you and your family a happy 4th of July.  In honor of our nations independence, here is a little information about our country’s flag:

The national flag of the United States of America consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”), bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed starts arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars.  The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 state of the United states of America, and the thirteen stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and became the first states in the United States.

The current design of the U.S. flag is its 27th.  The design of the flag has been modified officially 26 times since 1777.  The 48-star flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on July 4, 1959.  The 50-star flag was ordered by former president Eisenhower on August 21, 1959 and was adopted in July 1960. It is the longest-used version of the U.S. flag and has been in use for over 55 years.

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Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey, a naval flag designer, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, designed the 1777 flag while he was the Chairman of the Continental Navy Board’s Middle Department.

The origin of the stars and stripes design has been muddled by a story disseminated by the descendants of Betsy Ross. The apocryphal story credits Betsy Ross for sewing the first flag from a pencil sketch handed to her by George Washington. No evidence for this exists either in the diaries of George Washington nor in the records of the Continental Congress. Indeed, nearly a century passed before Ross’ grandson, William Canby, first publicly suggested the story in 1870.  By her family’s own admission, Ross ran an upholstery business, and she had never made a flag as of the supposed visit in June 1776.  Furthermore, her grandson admitted that his own search through the Journals of Congress and other official records failed to find corroboration of his grandmother’s story.

The family of Rebecca Young claimed that she sewed the first flag.  Young’s daughter was Mary Pickersgill, who made the Star Spangled Banner Flag.  According to rumor, the Washington family coat of arms, shown in a 15th-century window of Selby Abbey, was the origin of the stars and stripes.

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The flag is customarily flown year-round at most public buildings, and it is not unusual to find private houses flying full-size flags.  Some private use is year-round, but becomes widespread on civic holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents’ Day, Flag Day, and on Independence Day.  On Memorial Day it is common to place small flags by war memorials and next to the graves of U.S. war veterans.  Also on Memorial Day it is common to fly the flag at half staff, until noon, in remembrance of those who lost their lives fighting in U.S. wars.

So today, fly your flag proudly in honor of America’s Independence.  DrapeStyle will be closed on Monday, July 4th.  We will be back on the 5th to help you with your window treatment needs.  In the meantime, you may contact us and leave a message, and we contact you when we return.

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Make A Splash! Custom Made Shower Curtains by DrapeStyle

Add a splash of color to your bathroom by adding a custom shower curtain.  We have fabrics for every style!

Do you have a particular color or design of fabric you love?  Have you had a difficult time finding the size of shower curtain you need? Would you like your shower curtain to match the window treatments in your bathroom?  You should consider having your shower curtain custom made.

Adding a custom shower curtain can add height, drama and privacy to your shower or tub.  DrapeStyle has been making custom window treatments for over a decade.  And yes, we can make your shower curtain too!    Select any of our fabrics, and for a designer touch, try adding additional details.  DrapeStyle has so many trims, ribbons and tassels, the combinations are endless.

For a truly custom look, tie in your window treatments with your shower curtain.  DrapeStyle can custom make Roman Shades for any window. Roman Shades are an inexpensive way to add color and privacy to your bathroom. We have hundreds of coordinating fabrics to choose from.  We make our custom Roman Shades in our own studio right alongside our custom drapes.  Our Roman Shades are available in any of our 400 Designer Fabrics. Roman Shades are available in widths up to 96″ and lengths up to 102″ in a variety of styles.

Many customers like the look of a double drape.  These can be decorative or functional, it’s up to you, because everything here at DrapeStyle is custom made.  DrapeStyle makes curtains, drapes, shades and pillows to order in our Arizona Studio.

And just like your drapes, you want to hang your shower curtain “High and Wide”.  This will give the illusion that the walls are taller and the room is larger than it actually are.  In need of coordinating hardware?  Drapestyle offers several different types of drapery hardware, from classic to contemporary, in a wide array of finishes, you’re sure to find something that fits your style.

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So whether you are looking for a custom shower curtain, or a creative way to hide an unsightly shower, DrapeStyle has a solution.  Order samples of any of our fabrics and see the quality for yourself.  Pair that with a talented team of seamstresses, that have an average of 25 years experience, and you’re guaranteed the highest quality products, made here in the USA.  When you buy your drapes from DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the factory, nothing here is “ready made”.  Please contact one of our designers for more information or if you need a little help designing your shower curtains, drapes or Roman Shades.

Hover, Break or Puddle? What Length Should My Drapes Be?

Hover.  Break.  Puddle.  You probably know these words but did you know they also pertain to drapes and curtains?

Determining the length of your drapes takes a little thought.  First, ask yourself a few questions:

What is the style of the room you are having drapes made for?  Is it formal or casual?

Does this room get a lot of traffic?  You do have kids and pets constantly running through the room?  Will there be traffic going in and out of the door the drapes will be hanging from?

What kind of flooring is in this room?  Carpet?  Tile?  Wood?  What length will look best with your type of flooring?

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Not only are drapes like “Jewelry”, creating the finishing touch to your room, but they can provide privacy, help with heating and cooling cost, and make your room and windows appear larger.  So it is important that we make your custom drapes the correct size.

These are examples of drapes that are too short:

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What a difference drapes make!  

This is the same sized window; doesn’t the window on the left look so much bigger?

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Hang ’em HIGH and WIDE!

This is a trick that designers use to make the space appear larger than it is.  Your room will look taller if your drapes hang 2″ – 4″ from the ceiling.  Measure 2″ – 4″ below the ceiling or moulding, to the floor for your finished length.  If your space doesn’t allow you to hang your drapes this high, you can hang the drapery rod 4″ above the window moulding.  Measure from this point to the floor and this will be your finish length.

Next, let’s define a few terms:

Hover or Floor Length – Drapes that meet the floor:

This is the most popular option for customers to select.  Floor length drapes lend a more casual look, and are a more practical option if the drapes will be opened and closed often.  If you are using a drapery rod with rings, measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor to get your finished length.

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Trouser Break – Drapes break like a pair of trousers – one inch of fabric on the floor:

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Trouser break drapes offer a tailored, but more casual look with that designer touch.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add one inch.  All fabrics look great with this look.

Minimal Puddle – Drapes “puddle” or gather slightly on the floor:

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Beautifully tailored looking drapes with a minimal puddle.  This look adds softness to a room for a more cozy feel.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 1-3″ to create this look.
 

Moderate Puddle – Drapes with a more substantial amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 3-6″ for a moderate puddle.  This style is more appropriate for rooms with less traffic, where you won’t be cleaning the floors often.  This lends towards a more formal look, and drapes that puddle can really help with heating and cooling loss!

Opulent Puddle – A large amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

A more formal, luxurious feel.  Measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor, and add 6-8″ for an opulent puddle.  This style is usually used in formal settings, perfect for drapes that won’t be opened and closed often.  For a romantic look, silk fabrics look beautiful when puddled on the floor.

Special circumstances

If you are designing outdoor drapes, you may want your drapes a couple of inches off the ground.  Keep in mind that on your patio, water may puddle and dirt and leaves may collect, so by shortening your drapes by two inches, you will prevent the bottom of the drapes from getting dirty:

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DrapeStyle has been making custom draperies for over a decade.  We have thousands of satisfied customers because we truly care about helping you design your dream drapes.  There are guide lines that can provide you with the information you will need when ordering your drapes.  Still need a little help?  We’re here to help you every step of the way and we can determine the best width and length for your drapes.

DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz for customer service, three years in a row.  We LOVE helping our customers create their dream drapes!  Pair that with the most talented, experienced, studio staff who will take great care in custom making your drapes, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results.  For current promotional offers, please see our website: www.DrapeStyle.com.

The Power of COLOR

How should you decide on a color for your room?  Ask yourself these questions:

~What is the main purpose of this room?  Entertaining, family time, sleeping?

~What colors DON’T you like.  Yes, you read that correctly.  By eliminating the colors you don’t like, you will narrow down the color choices.

~Do you have an inspiration piece?  Is there a rug or a piece of art that you will be using in this room?  You can select colors from these pieces for your room color.

Color has the power to convey and communicate meanings and messages without words.

Why do we find one place appealing and are uneasy in another? Why are we attracted to one product over another? Color—whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place.

The “buzz” about color is usually called “color psychology.” But the effects of color are subtle and significant; physical and psychological. Color use is not something that results in a definitive equation between “color and our moods,” as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to color, but the importance of color is often underestimated. Color use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men.  Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains often wear black.  Black is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery.

White symbolizes innocence, wholeness, completion and purity.  White is a neutral, it goes with everything.  Brides wear white to symbolize purity.  Doctors and nurses wear it to symbolize sterility.

Red is the most emotionally intense color. Red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent.  Red is the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination.

Pink, the most romantic color, is more tranquilizing.  The color psychology of pink is unconditional love and nurturing.  Pink can also be immature, silly and girlish.  Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

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Orange is the color of social communication and optimism.  Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, fun, enjoyment, balance, sexuality, freedom, expression, and fascination.  As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite.

 Yellow

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention-getter.  While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more.  It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused.  Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads.  It also speeds metabolism.  With the meaning of colors, in color psychology, yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect.  It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.

Green is currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature.  It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision.  Green is a calming, refreshing color.  People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax.  Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients.  Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility.  Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth.  Green is the color of balance and growth.
 

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Blue is the color of the sky and the ocean and is one of the most popular colors.  It causes the opposite reaction to red.  Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms.  Blue can also be cold and depressing.  Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty.  People are more productive in blue rooms.  Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.  Blue is the color of trust and peace.  It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity.  While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing; blue food is rare in nature.

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Purple

The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication.  It is also feminine and romantic.  However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.  Purple is the color of the imagination.  It can be creative and individual or immature and impractical.

Brown is solid and reliable. It is the color of earth and is abundant in nature.  Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather.  Brown can also be sad and wistful.  Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.  The color brown is a friendly yet serious, down-to-earth color that relates to security, protection, comfort and material wealth.

Gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph.  Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige ans sophistication, value and elegance, the color psychology of gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.

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Silver has a feminine energy, it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides.  It is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious.  Silver is associated with meanings of industrial, sleek, high-tech, and modern, as well as ornate, glamorous, graceful, sophisticated, and elegant.  Silver is a precious metal and often symbolizes riches and wealth.

 

Selecting the color for your room is a personal decision, and such an important one! Adding color can create a feeling or set the mood. DrapeStyle makes adding accent colors to your room easy.   Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows are great ways to add color to any room.  At DrapeStyle, you can order samples of any of our fabrics, and see how they look in your own home.  Need a little advice? Contact us and we would be happy to help you.  DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service, three years in a row.  We love helping our customers design their dream drapes.

For over a decade, everything at DrapeStyle has been custom made, on site, in the USA.  Read why DrapeStyle’s manufacturing standards are some of the highest in the industry.  With each member of our production team having over 25 years of experience, you will receive the highest quality workmanship available anywhere.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, we think you’ll be pleased.

Having Trouble Decising Between Silk Drapes or Linen Drapery?

We get lots of Customers who just can’t make the decision between new custom silk drapery or linen drapes.  Sometimes that answer they decide on is….”both”.  Why not?  Silk and Linen blend together like peanut butter and jelly.  At DrapeStyle we’ve been combining silk and linen into unique drapery styles and designs for over a decade.  We love the simple but elegant Silk Bordered Linen Drapery where we start with your choice of linen fabric and then add a contrasting silk border in your choice of Dupioni or Taffeta.  We make each one panel to order in our workroom so we are not bound by the typical constraints of larger retailers.  After all, every drapery and curtain panel we make at DrapeStyle is 100% custom.  No ready made drapes here.

Our popular silk and linen custom drapes from DrapeStyle
Our popular silk and linen custom drapes from DrapeStyle

 

Another best seller at DrapeStyle has been our Hotel Drape in linen.  We start with your choice of any of our linen fabrics and then hand-apply four silk bands.  These panels take a lot of time to make but we really think they’re worth it.  If you need some help in choosing the perfect combination of fabrics please don’t hesitate to call one of our Designers who are standing by.

 

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The Hotel Drape in Linen with Silk Banding

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Making the Silk and Linen Custom Draepry

 

 

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