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From traditional to contemporary, Asian influences can be seen in all types of spaces, all over the world.  Asian inspired interiors evoke an image of serenity and tranquil calm.  Balance is often the key defining aspect of an Asian theme.

You need the right harmony of not just colors but also different textures and elements that surround you.  Think about adding glass partitions, natural stone decorations, wooden floors, bamboo blinds and a few organic textures.  Clean lines, neutral hues, indoors and out.  Balance and harmony create a serene space in these neutral colors.

Nature is a great inspiration in Asian influenced interiors adding to the comfort and serenity to the home.  Schumacher has many Asian inspired fabrics including Hot House Spark, Chiang Mai Dragon and Betwixt Bear/Ivory, all of which DrapeStyle carries.

A home with Asian influences can be traditional or contemporary.  Traditional Chinese decor is far more opulent, expansive and grand with regal reds, lavish gold, captivating jade and plush purple tones.  Selecting the right accessories and window treatments can completely change the mood and feel of the room.  DrapeStyle carries Vern Yip fabrics that can be made into Pillows, Roman Shades and Drapes.

Whether dramatic or understated, calming or classy, Asian themes offer an amazing way to give your home an impeccable and exclusive appeal.  DrapeStyle can help you add those finishing touches.  With over 500 fabrics to choose from, you are sure to find a color and style of window treatment to fit your home.  We at DrapeStyle love our customers and it shows.  DrapeStyle has been awarded “Best of Houzz” for customer service three years in a row.  We are here if you need a little help designing your window treatments, measuring for your window treatments or shipping fabrics samples to help you make your decision.   And as always, your Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows will be hand made right here in the USA.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience-you will be pleased.

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Custom Made Pillows

Everything we make at DrapeStyle is custom made.  Including pillows.  DrapeStyle has over 400 fabrics to choose from and any of them can be custom made into pillows for you.  What size?  With or without welt?  Polyester? Down? You make the call and we’ll make them beautiful!

Put it in Neutral.  Soft tones of beige and taupe:

Cool Blues.  One of the “hottest” colors in home decorating today:

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Schumacher Abaza Resist

Fire it up.  Red is hot:

Pleased as Punch.  Pinks make a splash:

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Trina Turk Peacock Punch

Green with Envy.  Chartreuse is electric:

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This week marks the first day of Fall.  What better way to welcome Autumn than to refresh your home with warm harvest hues!  Pillows are an inexpensive way to quickly change your home for the holidays.  Please contact us for more ideas and inspiration and browse our luxurious fabrics here.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS’ COLOR OF THE YEAR IS “POISED TAUPE”

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SHERWIN-WILLIAMS’ COLOR OF THE YEAR IS “POISED TAUPE”
“It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”

You might recall that last year Sherwin-Williams chose “Alabaster” white as the Color of the Year. Well, are you ready for their 2017 pick? Drumroll, please: The big winner is “Poised Taupe,” which isn’t hot or cold, dark or light, but something in the middle zone. Or, according to what Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, told the Today Show: “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”
The company says the hue is a modern take on a timeliness classic and explained their choice in a statement: “It signals a new direction in society’s ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.” We have to say, this color definitely strikes the balance between bold and subtle.

“Neutrals are shifting,” Wadden says. “For five years everybody’s talking about gray ― well, they’re warming up.” So, basically, if you want to stay ahead of the trends, this color is calling your name. Even though it’s not a bright red, blue or other in-your-face hue, it’ll make a statement as soon as guests enter your home. If you can’t picture what this would look like in your home, allow us to help.

In an entry way with wood floors and white trim it comes off as traditional and inviting — but we recommend adding a few colorful accents (like the orange flowers seen here!) to keep the space from feeling stuffy or boring.


Meanwhile, if you want to use it in your bedroom, try to stick with light-colored floors and bedding so the hue doesn’t transform your nighttime escape into a dark cave.


And in the kitchen, this dark neutral will pair well with most existing color schemes (so you won’t have to invest in brand new dishes). Here, a rustic yellow and seafoam green hold their own against the gray walls.

Everyone is loving this color, so I thought I would re-post this article from Elle Decor, by Lauren Smith, originally posted August 31, 2016.

DrapeStyle has many fabrics that would compliment this color scheme.  View our fabrics here, or simply contact us for more ideas and inspiration.  At DrapeStyle we have been making custom drapes, Roman shades and pillows since 2002.

If you have any questions about drapery pricing, please feel free to contact us. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes. Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row. We invite you to read our Houzz reviews and join us in the DrapeStyle experience. You will be pleased.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

labor-day-weekendHappy Labor Day from DrapeStyle!

Here is a little information about Labor Day, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.

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Dupioni Bordered Silk Drapes in Cashmere and Graphite

DrapeStyle will be closed Monday, September 5th in honor of Labor Day.  We will be back on Tuesday to help you with your window treatment needs!  In the meantime, browse our website for inspiration and information about the most beautiful custom drapes available today!  We can make any width or length drape in over 400 fabrics.  And with a team of talented seamstress, you are sure to receive the highest quality drapery, pillows and Roman shades.

If you have any questions about drapery pricing, please feel free to contact us. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes.Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row. We invite you to read our Houzz reviews and join us in the DrapeStyle experience. You will be pleased.

Sunbrella Drapes and Pillows: Resists Mildew & Fading

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It’s August and the summer’s still going strong.  Enjoy your outdoor space even more with outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella.  DrapeStyle carries all of Sunbrella’s beautiful bright fabrics and can make them into any size outdoor drape you can dream of!

Drapery made with Sunbrella fabric not only ties together your indoor and outdoor style, it protects you from the sun’s harmful rays. The use of sheers, canvas, or decorative patterns will make your design flow from one space to the next.  DrapeStyle carries Sunbrella fabrics in a range of colors and patterns so match any color scheme you can conjure.

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Sunbrella is also easy to care for.  Most spills and stains can be cleaned up by spaying on a mild cleaning solution of soap (such as Dawn) and water.  Then simply sprayed off with water and let air dry.

Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric.  To remove mold or mildew, prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of water.  Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.  Clean entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.  Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and let air dry.

Neutral DeckAnd did you know you can recycle your Sunbrella fabric?  It’s true.  For over 25 years, Sunbrella acrylic manufacturing waste has been delivered to recycling partners who convert the materials into industrial products such as felt, automotive insulation, and filtration.  You can contact Sunbrella and learn more on how to recycle your pre- or post-consumer fabric waste, including used awning covers, boat covers and upholstery fabric.

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And for a finishing touch, no outdoor space is complete without accessories such as a collection of throw pillows, blankets and even a rug. DrapeStyle’s custom pillows tie the look of a room or outdoor space together with color and texture and can easily be changed on a whim or for a seasonal shift.  Custom made outdoor pillows are available in all of Sunbrella’s colors and patterns.

Please see the beautiful fabrics for yourself or phone us and we would be happy to send you samples of any of our fabrics.  Since 2002, DrapeStyle has made the highest quality custom window treatments, right here in the USA.  Our Arizona studio employs some of the most talented seamstresses, who have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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Designing an Outdoor Room

Designing an outdoor room is a lot like designing a room inside your home. Design principles such as balance, mood, scale, proportion and unity still apply, with the added challenge of managing unpredictable natural elements. While there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors – lounging in a chair by the pool, sitting among your flowers on a garden bench, watching the neighbors stroll by from the rocking chair on the front porch – there is something special about creating a room that is fully considered from a design perspective, but just happens to be outside.

Here are our favorite ways to elevate your current outdoor space into a beautifully designed outdoor room.

Choose a Focal Point

Ask yourself how you plan to use the outdoor room and let your design revolve around the function. Will you entertain in the space? Play games with your children? Dine al fresco? Once you’ve determined the main function of the space, make that the focal point and choose furniture, fabrics and accessories just as you would for an indoor space. For an outdoor dining room, start with a beautiful teak table with dining chairs upholstered in fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric. A retractable awning over the dining space keeps the room cool during the mid-day heat and can be opened after the sun goes down to reveal the stars above.

Take Control of Light and Shade

Part of the joy of being outdoors is feeling the warm sun on our skin and the wind blowing through our hair. But when the sun gets too hot, a covered porch offers the perfect retreat from the elements. A simple covered porch can be elevated to the status of outdoor room with the addition of retractable power screens. A custom-fit power screen made with easy-to-clean Sunbrella shade fabric allows you to enjoy the comforts of an outdoor living room all year long.

Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorize

Adding accessories is the easiest and quickest way to elevate your current outdoor space into a bonafide outdoor room. Decorative pillows in coordinating Sunbrella fabrics make the outdoor furniture just as cozy as your living room sofa, and stylish lanterns serve as reading lamps at twilight. Be sure to incorporate other accessories that you would normally see inside, such as a Sunbrella throw for when the breeze picks up, a Sunbrella rug for softness underfoot and hanging artwork that bring your personality into the design.

No roof? No problem.

An outdoor space doesn’t have to have an awning or a roof to be considered a room. A large slate patio serves as the blueprint for this outdoor living room in the middle of the backyard. Comfortable love seats are arranged in a symmetrical layout to encourage conversation and a large, stone fire pit provides warmth while performing double duty as the coffee table. Side tables add both interest and function, and marine-inspired lanterns serve as living room lamps when the sun goes down.

*originally published on:  https://shine.sunbrella.com/post/125528127127/designing-an-outdoor-room

Don’t Forget the Drapes!

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You may have already painted your room just the right color, found furniture that matches, and hung artwork that complements the color of the room, yet it still feels like something is missing. The room just does not seem to have the look and feel you were going for. It needs more color or more depth.

Drapes to a room are like jewelry to your outfit.

People sometimes underestimate the dramatic effect drapes can have in a room. The right drapes can draw in all of the other design and color in the room and make everything work together. They create a strong focal point and add a touch of refinement and culture to any room.

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In some situations, simply adding drapes by themselves can be just enough to liven up an otherwise boring area in the room. Here are some ideas to consider when dressing up an area with drapes:

DrapeStyle has over 400 colors and patterns to choose from.

As we mentioned above, drapes can instantly add sophistication and class to a room by introducing a strong presence of color or patterns. Drapes often draw the color scheme out from the rest of the room tying everything together. A pattern or color is the perfect way to break up the monotony of a neutral colored room. Most people prefer to use drapes instead of furniture to add patterns or colors to a room. This allows them to make changes more easily down the road. DrapeStyle offers a range of colors and patterns in silk, cotton, linen and more.

Linens, Silks, Cottons and more.

Because drapes are made from so many different types of material, they are great way to add texture to a room. A thick, heavy drape can be quite dramatic, while a softer lightweight drape can add just the right touch of texture. Using drapes in conjunction with furniture in the room can help liven things up and make the room appear more cultured. Try going bold with suede, velvet or tapestry style drapes to really enhance a boring room.

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Making a statement is easy, and DrapeStyle can help.

Drapes are so much more than just colors and patterns. So much of the statement they make in a room has to do with their length and how they are hung. In most cases, the longer the drapes are, the stronger the statement is. Long, sweeping drapes add formality and drama to a room. Drapes hung in front of windows with other treatments such as blinds or shutters add depth, interest and color.

The right drape can have a huge impact on any room in your home. If you are looking to liven up a room or make a dramatic change, be sure to check out the many different drapery DrapeStyle.com has to offer.

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Happy “Thread The Needle Day”

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Happy “Thread The Needle Day”.  Who knew there was such a thing, right?

Although the statement could have several meanings, I’ve decided to focus on the more literal meaning.  Today can be all about sewing or learning to sew.  I occasionally sew, and maybe this will be the push I need to finish some of the sewing projects I have started.  What about you?  Have you ever wanted to learn to sew?

Before investing in a good machine, it might be a good idea to take a few sewing classes at your local craft store.  This will give you a good idea of the time and patience you’ll need to take up sewing as a hobby.

Keep an open mind.  Know that learning anything new, takes time to master the task and get good at it.  When I was learning to sew, I can remember having to take my seam ripper to many projects because I sewed together the wrong pieces, or sewed on the wrong side, etc.  Practice, practice, practice.  You can inexpensively practice your sewing skills on thrift store sheets and bargain thread.  Start with simple projects so that you can fine tune your skills.  And if you have an experienced friend that you can go to for questions, that can be tremendously helpful.

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Make things you like.  If  you have a genuine interest in what you’re making, you’re more likely to stick with it.  When I started sewing, I had a cousin that was a toddler.  That poor kid had the cutest, silliest, outfits made for him.  His mother was kind enough to actually have him wear them (or at least long enough to take pictures and send them to me).  Those photos will be great for embarrassing him later in life.

Search the internet.  Pinterest and You Tube have great ideas and how to tutorials.  I always find visuals much more helpful than written instructions.

Now, if you find that your sewing skills aren’t up to par and you need a little assistance for your window treatment project, contact DrapeStyle.  We have been making custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows since 2002.  Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years experience so you are sure to get premium products, quality craftsmanship and a great price.

Make a Big Impact with Patterns…

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DrapeStyle’s Contemporary Cotton & Traditions Printed Cotton Drapery Collection combines the luxury of modern fabrics with the essence of traditional designs.

Offered in a wide range of both vibrant and neutral color pallets at an incredibly affordable price-point.  The collections include patterns from classic stripes and chevron designs to the more elaborate scrolls, links and the extremely popular gate design.  Whether you choose bold or neutral colors, custom drapery in these fabrics will add sophistication to any room.

All of our cotton collection patterns start with heavy weight 7oz. cotton and cotton blend fabrics.  Beautiful patterns are printed on the fabric.  We then custom make your drapes to any length and width.  Our high quality privacy lining is added at no additional cost.  For higher insulation qualities, blackout lining and interlining are available for an additional charge.

All of our fabrics can be made into Pillows and Roman shades.  Simply contact us with your window dimensions and we would be more than happy to provide you with a quote.

Experience how unique these patterned fabrics are.  Order a sample today or contact one of our design team members to learn more.

Since 2002, DrapeStyle has made the highest quality custom window treatments, right here in the USA.  Our Arizona studio employs some of the most talented seamstresses, who have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies.

DrapeStyle has also been awarded the Best of Houzz award for customer service three years in a row.  We love our customers and it shows!  Great customer service paired with the highest quality custom drapes, Roman shades and pillows.  You are sure to find exactly what you need to make your house a home.

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Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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.

Window Treatment Solutions for French Doors

Window Treatments for French Doors

At DrapeStyle, one of the most common questions we get asked is, “What kind of window treatments do I put on my french doors?”

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So often, the answer is roman shades.  DrapeStyle can custom make roman shades in any width and length; therefore, we can cover ANY french door of ANY size.   DrapeStyle literately has hundreds of fabrics suitable for roman shades. One shade?  Two shades?  That is up to you.   Both options look great, but if you are considering one shade, you will probably need to mount the shade above the moulding so that there is enough clearance for the doors to open and close.  If you opt for one shade per window or door, you have a choice between outside or inside mounted shades, both are great additions to french doors.

Drapes are a great option as well.  You can select any style, any pleat and any fabric.  The drapery rod will be hung above the moulding, usually about three inches, and will need to extend past the doors a few inches on either side of the doors.  If you will be opening and closing the drapes often, we suggest that you design your drapes with drapery rings and rods or a traverse rod.  Grommets don’t always slide very easily.

Want a more designer look?  Add roman shades AND drapes to your french doors.  This will give you that designer touch that is often overlooked. The roman shades will give you the privacy you need and the drapes will provide that decorative touch.  Mix and match patterns and colors!  Layer on the texture!  DrapeStyle has over 400 fabrics so you are sure to find fabrics that will compliment each other and look great in your home.  You could even custom order a couple of different patterns of drapes that coordinate with your roman shades, and change them out with the seasons!

Not into patterns?  Consider a clean, monochromatic look.  Neutrals are very in right now,  and they can create a serene and soothing environment perfect for your bedroom.  DrapeStyle has dozens of neutral colored silks, linens and cotton fabrics to choose from.  You can even order samples of anything you see on the website so that you can view the fabrics in your own home.  For a truly custom look, roman shades are an inexpensive way to cover your french doors.  Purchasing window coverings is an investment and we want you to be satisfied with your purchase.  That’s why designers are here to help you with the ordering process.  We’re here Monday-Friday 9am-5pm MST so don’t hesitate to contact us.

Linen Drapes

One of the most common questions we get is about our linen drapes wrinkling.  It’s no secret that linen fabrics are prone to stubborn wrinkles and no one wants drapes that look like crumpled paper.  The simple answer is that linen drapes are going to be more wrinkled than any other fabric that we carry but there are some things you can do to help.

First:  Please make sure that you open the drapes as soon as they arrive and hang them as soon as possible.  We keep all of our drapes hanging until the moment that they are bagged and then boxed.  As soon as they are boxed they are shipped.  We never leave any of our drapes boxed for an extended period of time.  I like to think of them as “fresh produce” – box them and get them on the truck!  Once you get your drapes hung, they should relax pretty quickly and the wrinkles should fall out by themselves over the course of a few days.

Second:  If you have hung your linen drapes and they have a few stubborn wrinkles in them you can steam them out.  Don’t use an iron but get yourself a garment steamer and fill it with distilled water.  You will need to steam them pretty thoroughly but please do not steam the fabric so much that they get “wet”.  It will be helpful to stream from both the front and back of the fabric.

Finally:  Really bad wrinkle?  You will have to break out the iron.  Use a medium heat setting and get a small travel-size iron-board that you can hold up behind the drapery fabric.  Doing this will allow you to iron your drapes while they are hanging which is the best way to iron them.

We recently launched our new line of blended linen drapes; we call them the Manhattan Linen Collection.  The Manhattan Linens are great because they are woven with a small amount of polyester which really helps to reduce, or even eliminate wrinkles.  These Linen Drapes give you the best characteristics of 100% linen with the wrinkle resistance of polyester.  Order a sample and have a feel for yourself.

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Our Manhattan Linen Drapes are wrinkle resistant.

Perfect Window Treatments for Bathrooms and Kitchens

Occasionally we will get a call from a Customer or Designers who is trying to find a window treatment for a bathroom or a kitchen.  Drapery is a tough option for either of these rooms but we specify Roman Shades for bathrooms and kitchens all of the time.  As a matter of fact one of our more popular photographs is of a Roman Shade that we made for a bathroom.  You can’t see it in the photo but just beneath the Shade is a large bathtub.  Roman Shades provide a lot of versatility for odd sized windows or kitchens or bathrooms when a traditional curtain or drapery treatment is not practical.

Very often we see Roman Shades in kitchens over the sink area, laundry rooms, pantries and mud rooms.  They offer great privacy, especially when they are properly lined and interlined.

We try to teach our Designers to think “outside the box” when it comes to custom window treatments for any room in your home.  And, of course all of our Roman Shades are made right here in the USA in our custom workroom.

 

Roman Shades are Contemporary Window Treatments suitable for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Roman Shades are Contemporary Window Treatments suitable for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Time to Order Your Outdoor Drapery!

I know – Seems crazy.  It’s the end of February and half of the Country is enduring ice-cold temperatures.  The weather report is “cold”, “colder” and even “coldest”.  So, lets all change the conversation!  Let’s start looking forward to spring!  Believe it or not it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start getting your outdoor furnishings ready to enjoy every moment.

So, let’s talk about getting some new custom outdoor drapery from DrapeStyle.  We offer a wide variety of amazing outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella (the leader in outdoor fabrics) that make beautiful custom drapes, shades and pillows.  Whether you like bold stripes, neutral solids and modern prints, chances are we have you covered.  Our Designers can help you determine the exact sizes you need and offer some great suggestions on coordinating fabrics.

Of course, we also have a full line of outdoor drapery hardware that is made to endure years of outdoor weather exposure and can also be customized to your exact specifications.  Ask one of our Designers for help selecting the hardware components you will need as well.  Please don’t be intimidated by the word “custom”.  At DrapeStyle “Custom” does not mean “Expensive”.  As a matter of fact, we can probably make you amazing custom outdoor drapery at pricing lower pricing than you will find at many larger retailers like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen!  And, when you order from DrapeStyle, you are getting 100% American Made Custom at the exact size and fabric you need.

We’ll need 4-6 weeks to make your custom outdoor drapes which means, if you order now, you should expect them to be delivered in mid-April.  Order now and you’ll have one more thing to look forward too with Springs arrival!!

 

Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes
Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes

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Wait Until You See This….

We just completed a Project in Southern California.  The photoshoot is next week and all of the custom drapes that went into this 10,000 square foot custom home came out of our new Arizona Workroom.  Simply said, they are going to knock your socks off!  Here is just a little teaser of what to expect but the “real” photos are coming from one of Southern California’s best Architectural Photographers and, although I am admittedly biased, the drapes steel the show!  We dressed eight rooms of this amazing brand new Spanish Colonial and a variety of linens and sheers.  We mixed Roman Shades with Drapery for depth and texture and added a extra helping of Schumacher, Robert Allen and our own line of Bristol Linen that you are not going to find at Restoration Hardware!

Stand by for the full photo shoot images coming in the next couple of weeks!

Stay tuned for the full photoshoot!
Stay tuned for the full photoshoot!

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Don’t Miss This Sale Pricing

We are offering some of the best values on custom made curtains and drapes in our history!  And, for a limited time you can save an extra $25 instantly when you sign-up for DrapeStyle Rewards.  Whether you are looking for traditional elegance of solid silk drapery or summer casual linen you really can’t find a better time to get the world-class quality from DrapeStyle at amazing prices!  Even if you have considered purchasing ready-made draperies from Restoration Hardware, Horchow, Macy’s or Ethan Allen you really need to call one of our Designers.  Our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility allows us to deliver the finest quality custom drapes at simply the best value anywhere in the US or Canada.

Here are some examples of the values at DrapeStyle…

Solid Silk Dupioni Custom Drapes – 87 Inches Long, 54 Inches Wide in a Inverted Pleat with Blackout Lining – Regular Priced at $737 per panel now just $553!  Remember these panels are custom made and are available in any pleat style including French Pleat, Cartridge Pleat, Inverted Pleat, Parisian Pleat and two Grommet options!

Thinking of Linen?  How about our most luxurious Bristol Linen in your choice of length, pleat, width and lining option at 20% off our normal pricing.  Custom Made, Designer Quality at simply incredible pricing.

Need some help in choosing the right fabric, pleat or size, just call one of our Designers for assistance.  But hurry, these values won’t last for long!