June 14, 2013
Wood floors, custom drapery, architectural details - all are features found in classically styled homes. Anderson Floors' Chestnut Hill collection, for instance, is a great example of hickory hardwood flooring that has both modern and vintage appeal. But for homeowners who want to make the most of one of the most versatile of classic furnishings, customized drapes, they should know the rules of hanging them to their best advantage.
Less is more
Just as window treatments can make a small window look larger, decorators caution consumers against using too much drapery, and accompanying pieces such as valances, cornices or swags. Not only can a small room become overwhelmed by an elaborate window covering, but the same can be true when a large room has several windows.
"If overdone, your drapery solution can easily become the drama queen of the room," interior designer Cindy Lee Bergersen writes in Hamptons magazine. "Classic and understated are good adjectives to fly with."
Hung correctly, drapes can benefit a room design that includes small windows and low ceilings. To make a window look larger, brackets for drapes should be placed three to six inches outside the frame.
The curtain rod should be extended further in proportion to the wall size. As an example, a window frame that is sandwiched by a small sliver of wall and the room corner should be covered with a rod that extends along the wall to the corner, with a simple end cap instead of a finial.
When a curtain rod is placed at the ceiling line, it makes a room look taller by increasing the vertical line of the room. To create a focal point in a bedroom, drapes can be used behind a bed to coordinate with drapery on windows.
If a room is particularly dark, Bergersen said there's an old trick that home decorators can borrow from set designers: A cream-colored fabric for the outer curtain and a yellow fabric as lining makes the incoming light look more "sunny."
One of the great advantages of using custom drapery for window coverings is the wide selection available in fabrics, colors and patterns to complement a homeowner's current home design or to help devise a new look altogether.
"Great window dressing can take a room from generic to gorgeous, without further ado," Bergersen states. "It's the fast track to supporting a pulled together look.