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Why Investing In Drapery Is Worthwhile

August 22, 2011

Sometimes I have clients that are hesitant to spend money on drapery panels. I can understand. We are talking about several yards of fabric (often dozens), custom fabrication, weeks of lead time, and ultimately, thousands of dollars; however, in defense of drapery, I want to discuss the functional reasons behind why investing in drapery is worthwhile.

When you walk into a room where someone has installed custom drapery, you notice the difference immediately. Fabricated drapes are heavier than store-bought drapes, custom-sized for the height of the window and ceiling height, and created in thousands of different fabrics and patterns, making them stand out. Without a doubt, there is obviously beauty to drapery, but there is function too!

{One of my earlier projects with fully designed window treatments}

Fully functional drapery panels helps make your home more energy efficient. The lining, interlining and fabric that is sewn together to create beautiful drapes keeps your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer! The actual window treatment design can in fact aid in the energy efficiency of your home as well.

If you are an eco-conscious buyer, there are many other reasons to invest in drapery. Fabrics have come a long way in the past several years and much of the fabric industry produces their products with an awareness for the environment and recycling.

In the long run, investing in drapery is a solid choice because it adds value to your home, saves money on bills, and enhances a room’s overall style. Don’t be shy about drapery if you have pets or children. There are alternatives to expensive silks and prints! Drapery can be designed to be functional for all types of families no matter what their needs are.

If you are just starting to learn about drapery, here are some examples of common styles and designs you may find in someone’s home. Below are some of the more popular drapery designs we install with our clients:

{Pinch pleat drapery is one of the most popular and probably my favorite drapery panel design. It has an overall tailored and classic look that can be formal and casual depending on the fabric used and the room it is installed in}

{Grommet style drapery is also a popular choice for window treatment design. It is more appealing to a transitional or contemporary buyer and often puts off a more casual feel in a space}

{A closer look a grommet drapery from}

{Here is an example of panels hung on rings with a cuff top. Drapery with a cuff top can provide a nice little accent color into the window treatment design}

{Drapery panels with the leading edge banded (like those above) can be stunning. This means that there is a different fabric on the edge(s) of each panel, in this case the diagonal stripes, that is done in a fabric different from the main one used. Photo taken from Urban Grace Interiors}

{Color block drapery is when one or several parts of a panel are made with a different color/fabric, producing a contrast within the design}

{Here is an example of a home I worked on in which we did two treatments to one window: roman shades and stationary panels. This look dresses up the window and offers energy savings}

{Here is an example of trimmed out drapery at our studio. Adding trims to the leading edge of panels can be one of the best ways to make a set of drapes stand out! In this case, the black fluffy braid and trim against the white base fabric adds the perfect amount of interest while it keeps the overall design simple}

If you’d like help creating a beautiful room in your house or office, contact me today to learn how easy it is to get started.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2011 1:24 pm

    I had never thought that custom drapes could be used as an insulator. I love the pics associated with this article. Drapes do make a difference with not only the look but value of a room. Now if only I can get my husband to invest in some. Thank you for the information. Do you have any recommendations on where to purchase?

    • August 26, 2011 10:48 am

      Thank you for your comments and for checking out our blog. If you want a ready-made drape, you can check out Bed,Bath and Beyond (for a less expensive option), Pottery Barn (for a medium-priced retail option) and Restoration Hardware (for a more expensive and customizable retail option). For custom-made drapes for large windows or unique designs, we make them and so do places like Calico Corners or Ethan Allen.

      If you need any additional ammo for your husband, let me know. Otherwise, thanks for stopping in. Keep the comments coming.



  2. August 26, 2011 11:16 am

    I just love the smooth flow of the colors! Cool post, check out also 3D Rendering

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