September 16, 2013
Like the large variety of hardwood flooring by Anderson Floors, including the distinctive, hand-crafted Dellemano collection, custom drapery comes in a wide selection of fabrics, colors and patterns. It can complement virtually any home design or help homeowners devise a new look altogether.
Drapes are different from curtains and require a specific way to display them. Drapery should have a loosely "hung" look that covers the entire window or extends over a large space, wall to wall or ceiling to floor.
Curtains are placed within a window frame and can be used alone or encased by drapes. A cream-colored fabric for the outer curtain and a yellow fabric as lining makes the incoming light look more "sunny."
"Great window dressing can take a room from generic to gorgeous, without further ado," interior designer Cindy Lee Bergersen wrote in Hamptons magazine. "It's the fast track to supporting a pulled together look."
Knowing the rules
If homeowners want to make the most of customized drapes, they should know how the rules of hanging them to complement the room design.
Hung correctly, a room design that includes small windows and low ceilings can benefit from drapes. To make a window look larger, brackets for drapes should be placed three to six inches outside the frame.
But 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," Bergersen cautioned. "Classic and understated are good adjectives to fly with."
Place rods correctly
The curtain rod should be extended 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.
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