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17 May Fun Fabric Choices for Drapery and Curtains

Fabric choices are a key part of choosing your homes drapes and curtains. While it was in fashion to pick just one traditional fabric, it’s now more in vogue to change up fabrics based on the room and even based on the season. Let’s discover a few new and fun options for fabric that can make beautiful drapes and curtains.

Silk

Depending on the thread count, silk can be heavy and luxurious or light and airy. Color can also greatly influence how silk looks in a room.  A dark silk curtain with a damask print can be a dramatic statement curtain in a bedroom, or a light white silk curtain can open up a kitchen or dining room.

Velvet

There’s nothing more breath-taking than a stunning velvet drape.  Velvet drapery can add mystery to a study or office that will also block out sunlight very effectively.  Velvet will keep rooms warm and can even be used in a bedroom to frame a chair or bench underneath a window.

Linen

Light, breezy and cooling linen makes any dining room, bedroom, or living room feel like a summer beach house. Don’t be afraid to use a colorful linen for a bright pop of color to any room.  Linen can also be used against bay windows for a nautical feel to a room or small kitchen window to keep a room open and bright by allowing in lots of natural light.

Tulle

Light, colorful and fun tulle can be used as a window covering in a child’s bedroom, playroom or even against a main window. Tulle will block some light but will also keep things cool in a room. The beauty of tulle is its diversity: it comes in a wide variety of colors that can add whimsy to any room.

When you’re ready to make a fun fabric choice for your home, contact Royal Window Fashions for a free in-home consultation.

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22 Apr Spring Drapery Design Tips

Spring is in the air. Many are cleaning our homes and for even more people it’s time for a Spring-inspired look for their homes. Here are a few helpful tips on bringing Spring into the home. An important note to make is the difference between curtains and drapes. Curtains are sheer lighter panels of fabric that hang on a rod and are closer to the window. Drapes are typically made from heavier fabrics that make a bolder design statement, and are usually more formal in appearance.

How drapes are pleated and held can dramatically change the appearance of a room.

An elegant Josephine cut can make a dramatic and elegant statement. Pleats can also add to the to the formality of a dining room or study like a goblet pleat.

For more informal looks: tabbed tops are traditional and easygoing. Slouch draperies can make a bedroom more inviting and brighter.

An inverted pinch pleat can take the normally formal pleats and add some fun to them. A grommet top can be informal or formal depending on the color selection.

Curtain and drapery rods are a good way to add expression to the room. A fleur de lis, or other pattern or shape can add personality to a room.A ball-shaped end to a curtain rod can be informal and casual. A bell-shaped curtain rod end piece can add elegance and grace.

Rings depending on size and color can be versatile additions to any room be it study, bedroom or dining room.

The way drapes are hung can also radically change a room’s appearance. A reverse hourglass gives off a homey but sophisticated vibe. A full hourglass is formal: perfect for any dinner party.

Contact Royal Window Fashions today to schedule an in-home appointment to measure, select the perfect fabrics, design, fabricate and install your fine draperies in time for your next special event.

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31 Mar The Truth About Patterns in Drapery

Patterns are an inventive way to bring personality to a room. It was once a design taboo to use patterns in drapes or curtains but they’re now an accepted design practice since some of the older outdated thought on interior design have been updated for a new era. Here’s the low down on some of the most popular patterns you can use as window furnishings.

 

Chevrons

Chevrons whether they’re big and bold or smaller and more subtle can add a chic hint to any room. Chevrons are commonly done in a dark or neutral color and that makes them nearly universally appealing. You can use a chevron pattern in bedrooms, studies and living rooms.

Lines and Stripes

Lines and stripes have a wide variety of design effects on a room. Depending on their placement, thickness and color they can lengthen a room, shorten it or make it look more cozy and homey. Thick lines can make a dramatic impression. Thin lines lengthen a wall. Stripes in primary colors can block light and keep rooms cool and dark.

Dots

Polka dotted curtains may seem childish but their youthful appeal looks stunning against neutral color palettes. Large dots can let in patches of sunlight and can bring character to a study, craft room or bedroom. Smaller dots can look good in nearly any room and dots in various colors can add a pop of personality and color.

Color Blocks

Big, bold blocks of color add a vibrant pop of color to any room. Against a neutral wall, it’s a stunning addition to any living or dining room. Popular color combinations are chocolate brown and teal, black and white, navy blue and white as well as nearly any pastel and white. Color blocked curtains can be used in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms.

 

We’ve barely scratched the surface on patterns and window furnishings. These patterns can show off personality, be warm or cool, inviting or make a strong statement in a room. If you’re looking to try a new pattern in your home, contact Royal Window Furnishings for an in-home consultation!

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