DRAPERY AND CURTAINSBeautiful materials providing privacy, sound absorption, insulation and privacy at your windows
Draperies and curtains at windows and doors, made out of beautiful materials that are offered today, serve to add a special element to a room’s overall appeal and decor.
The difference between the two terms is a cause for discussion. From all I’ve read, a drapery, usually constructed with a lining, is used in a more formal setting while a curtain, being unlined, is usually used in a more informal setting. Saying that, there are always exceptions and “outside-of-the-box” applications that challenge definitions. Therefore, we are going to group them together to say, however they are constructed, that they are an integral part of your decor that provide an important design element and function that complements the room whether a focal point or to serve as the subtle backdrop that allows the other design elements in the room to shine.
One of the things that always keeps me loving what I do is when I am present at my installations and I see how the addition of a drapery or curtain will transform the look of a room. It’s amazing! It can add color, softness, warmth – both physical and psychologically, light control, insulation, and sound absorption to name a few qualities. Mostly to sum it up, they transform the feeling in the room. They can give you that quick, intake of breath from the bottom-of-your-stomach feeling as the room pulls together, making the space your own true space.
To make decisions on how to drape your windows, whether curtains or drapery, you need to ask what you want the treatment to accomplish. Is it privacy, light control, energy efficiency, sound absorption? Or are you merely looking to add a decorative statement to the room with stationary side panels? Even with these ever popular stationary side panels, you will get softness and sound absorption and color in your decorating scheme. Once you decide the function, the fun begins making selections and deciding details to pull it all together. There are so many interesting materials and drapery hardware options today. It’s almost too hard to decide on just one.
Draperies can be made with a number of pleated drapery headings. There are single, double and triple-fold pleats and sometimes more. Pleats can be tacked at the top or at the bottom if there are two folds or more. Pleated headings commonly utilize four inch crinoline or buckram to form the pleats, but smaller and larger headings are offered depending on the look you want to achieve and the scale of the room. Pleats can be cartridge shaped and goblet shaped or formed into box pleats, both inverted and outside box pleats. There are a number of shirring tapes that create different gathered headings. Rod pockets, with or without top headers or ruffling allow a rod to run through the pocket for a gathered effect. Tab top curtains and drapery also utilize the use of a rod or pole that runs through the tabs. Some out-of-the-box examples could be to run rope, wire or branches through these types of headings to provide a very unique look.
Another way to make a drapery or curtain unique is with the use of the many trim options that are offered today. They range from tassels to decorative tapes, from beads to cord trims. They’re made from crystals, glass, raffia and suede to name a few. It’s endless and so much fun to create your unique look just for you. A simple pair of side panels with a decorative braid tape running down the inside side hems is a simple and classic example. Or for the more opulent look, layers of blackout linings, sheer drapery and outside drapery with tassel fringes and tiebacks perform a multitude of functions.
There is nothing like the use of a beautiful fabric, flowing and draping at your windows and doors!