When decorating the interior of your new home, be sure to consider the dramatic effect of window treatments. More specifically, a carefully selected set of drapes can serve a functional and stylistic purpose that many homebuyers fail to recognize. Drapes can be an easy and effective way to add warmth, style and function to any room. Let’s consider a variety of factors that can determine the impact of drapes on your home.
First you must consider the purpose that your drapes will serve in any given room. The lining of drape panels will allow you to control the temperature of the room as well as the amount of light that filters through. A basic cotton lining helps protect the drape fabric while still allowing some light to filter through, whereas a more insulating lining can help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A blackout lining is ideal for bedrooms, as they do not allow light to filter through. Double panels are a classic and can create symmetry, while single panels are great in smaller spaces. Cotton, linen and silk drapes are a designer favorite, and lining them is always suggested. Also, consider the type of heading you like best. Pencil pleats, grommets, French pleats, and pole pockets are some of the most common, but there are other options out there as well. Who doesn’t love a French pleat?!
Of course, you must consider the color and pattern of your drapes. Drapes may take up a large amount of visual space and will have a significant impact on the overall look of your room. They should first be compared against accessories, pillows, furniture, and walls. If considering a strong-pattern, make sure there are no other “competing” patterns in the room. If going with a bold color, make sure that same color ties are somewhere else in the room, or at least compliments the other accenting colors (vases, pictures, pillows, chairs, etc.).
Once you have decided on the function, color and pattern, it is equally important that the drapes are hung properly. The trickiest part of hanging drapes (and the question often asked) is where to put the drapery rod, and it differs based on a few factors – the style of the window, the type of window covering, and the height of the ceiling. Here are some general rules to follow:
Rod Hardware: The rods, rings, and finials should complement the drapery fabric. Heavier fabrics such as velvets and chenille’s should be on large rods, while light cottons, silk, and sheers can be mounted on lightweight or thinner rods. The hardware should also compliment the rest of the room. For instance, if you’ve got brushed nickel chandeliers or fans, you will want to go with brushed nickel rods. If you have oil rubbed bronze hardware in the room, a similar curtain rod may be the best choice. Golds and silvers mix well. Also consider the finials at each end of the curtain rod. Finials are decorative accents that can have a surprisingly big impact on a room. If the finials are particularly large, their size should be accounted for when determining placement so that they don’t hit the walls or ceiling.
After considering these factors and narrowing in on your window treatment selections, take your time to shop around for the perfect pair of drapes. Once you’ve narrowed your choices based on function, style, color, pattern, and the rod selections of the drapes you want, begin to research online or shop around in stores to see what’s available. You may find some great discounts out there. Designers often purchase drapes either online or at outlet stores. If you are unsure about something online, make sure the seller has a fair return policy.
The effect that a set of drapes can have on your new home can be not only functional, but aesthetically dramatic as well. Drapes can add warmth, style and visual impact which can help to coordinate a room’s color and style. There are many options in creating the perfect look. Have fun with the creative opportunity and enjoy the process!