Curtains & drapery are the most common window treatment and attributed to interior and artistic taste. The difference between curtains and drapery is that curtains are designed to fit the window, and drapery go all the way down from the top to the floor. Mostly installed as a design element, curtains and drapery offer privacy, energy efficiency solutions, warmth and elegance.
The pleat style of a curtain or drapery says a lot about you and the room you are trying to design; for a more traditional look, Pinch Pleat is suggested, whereas Ripple Fold has a lighter and contemporary feel to it. Grommet style has rings across the top of the fabric which a rod goes through. Our workroom is capable of custom making any type of pleat curtains, including but not limited to:
All styles are available as full draw panels or as Stationary Panels
Curtains & drapery are available in all types of fabrics, such as linens, cottons, satin, velvets and more. Different fabrics possess different attributes of light blockage, sound, heat and cold insulation. Exceptionally decorative, they add immense personality to a room.
A classic setting of curtains consists of a light filtering layer fabric such as a sheer or semi-sheer, with draw curtains to block the light. A wide selection of decorative hardware is available to compliment any accents in the room, matching the existing décor. In a formal environment, preferably with high ceilings, the hardware was covered by a cornice or decorative valance.
Beyond elegance, curtains reduce energy bills by reducing the amount of UV rays and light from the sun entering the room. Furniture, floorings and art are vulnerable to sun damage that causes fading and discoloring. Although curtains can be pricier than other window treatments, they pay for themselves tenfold by protecting your valuable furnishings, and energy savings.
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Another modern action is to combine fabric swags over a decorative rod loosely; they provide no function but are very popular as they are beautifully dramatic.
How long should the curtains or drapery be? The longer the curtains or drapery, the dressier it looks. Shorter curtains are more informal, and project a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Longer draperies, from the top of the window to the floor are more formal, and the higher you go, the bigger the room will be perceived. Ideally, the fabric will end just above the floor, about half an inch for a clean and crisp look. For a more traditional look of drapes, we can set the fabric to ‘break’ on the floor and puddle a few inches on it. There are no rules on how to drape, we just make it work according to your personality.
Sheer Curtains & Drapery
What we love about sheers is their ability to soften up any window opening and add elegance to any room. White or cream sheers are the most popular, diffusing light while easing the eye from straight lines of window frames, making them look bigger.
You can add design elements such as textures and patterns, creating bright and brilliant looks with light sheers to keep a room delight and fresh.
Since sheers do not provide much privacy or sun control, they normally come as an add-on or secondary window treatment to existing blinds or drapery that already block the light. To add a breezy and fresh airy feeling to existing blinds, try adding sheer curtains for enhanced elegance.
Semi-Sheer Curtains & Drapery
The beauty about a semi-sheer curtains is that they provide some privacy, while still granting a sense of the outside.
The most popular semi-sheer fabric is linen, with delicate knots and subtle nubs, giving an authentic feel of fabric. Semi-sheer curtains are wonderful in the white-beige pallet, however, they are definitely wonderful in colors.
Blackout Curtains & Drapery
We understand the importance of room darkening and blackout solutions. Although waking up with the sun has its benefits, it may not suit everyone’s lifestyle and preferences. Artificial lights at nighttime from street laps, passing cars and adjacent buildings can also be bothersome when trying to fall asleep. Blackout drapery can be a must for people who are sensitive to light and really need the room to be dark for a good night sleep, This applies for children (and adults) during a daytime nap, night shift workers who are up at night and asleep during the day, and any other non-traditional sleepers.
Besides light control, blackout curtains and drapery have great energy efficiency properties by keeping the heat out, reducing your energy bills and keeping the house cool.
Blackout curtains are suitable for bedrooms, media rooms, and any other rooms light control is greatly needed. Since there are endless options of fabric, we are sure to find the perfect fabric, be it plain, textured or patterned.
Some fabrics are pre-lined or have room-darkening features built in them, however, there’s no need to limit your imagination to a specific collection; we can add a blackout liner to any fabric. Normally blackout curtains are heavier and fuller, projecting an esteemed appearance to the space.
For the best blackout solution, we recommend the Pinch Pleat style, blocking the most light over any other pleat style.
Our favorite option is to combine a sheer drapery layer behind a blackout drapery layer on a double track or rod, giving a luxurious hotel ambiance in your own bedroom!
Pinch Pleat Curtains & Drapery
Pinch pleats are one of the most popular styles of draperies, and it’s called that way simply because the top of the fabric is pinched together. The pinched pleats are evenly spaced from one another, allowing the fabric to flow openly downwards. The fullness is controlled by the pleats, letting the fabric fall evenly and smoothly. Pinch pleat curtains are hung onto carriers, using metal pin hooks that are pierced into the thick part of each pleat, and are not visible from the front. The hooks are attached to either rings on a decorative rod or track.
The pinch pleat style normally suits traditional and formal settings, and works well with all types of decorative hardware, valances and cornices. Tie-backs or hold-back hooks are a nice addition to this type of pleat.
The benefit of this pleat, combined with a ceiling track, is the option of hooking the fabric in a way it overlaps the track, concealing it completely, and blocking the most amount of light possible, which makes it ideal for blackout curtains for people extremely sensitive to light.
Ripple Fold Curtains & Drapery
Ripple fold produces a continuous wave-like ‘S’ shape curtain on a carrier track. The outcome of this style is a clean and elegant appearance from the front and back of the fabric. A snap-tape is sewn onto the header of the fabric, which snaps into carriers on a track that forces the fabric to maintain its desired look.
Ripple fold curtains are the trendiest type of curtains right now in the window fashion industry, because of their soft appearance, and ability to keep the straight lines of fabric from top to bottom, creating smooth and evenly spaced curved throughout the panels.
A popular setting of Ripple fold curtains we love is of a light colored sheer fabric, with a contrasting decorative traverse rod, without any rings, contributing to a crisp and tailored eyesight.
Since the Ripple fold is attached to the carriers beneath the rod or track, some light will slip into the room from above the curtain panels, so it may not be the best blackout solution if you are super sensitive to light.
Grommet Curtains & Drapery
Grommet style curtains are really modern style and provide a contemporary window treatment solution for your windows. Really simple and really neat. The grommet rings across the header of the curtain panel, create natural wave-like pleats that curve back and forth.
For the best look, we install a decorative rod about 4 inches above the window opening and overlapping the walls on each side by also about 4 inches. This allows the curtains to be pulled back onto the wall, revealing more of the window, while still slightly covering it. It’s always nicer to frame a window with soft fabric and break the straight lines of the drywall or casing.
Decorative end caps or finials on each side of the rod are a beautiful add on, with endless options to fit the style you are trying to achieve in the room, be it formal, contemporary or casual.
Stationary Drapery Panels
When you want to add some style and color onto a window without overwhelming the room, stationary panels might be the perfect solution for you. Stationary panels are inoperable fabric panels that act as decorative accents, complimenting your existing décor.
Stationary panels are very popular on either small windows, giving the illusion of a wider opening, very popular in a Grommet style with a decorative rod.
Another favorite application of stationary panels are Ripple fold or Pinch pleat panels, floor-to-ceiling, for rooms with tall ceilings.
Since the stationary panels are rather slim in width, we encourage boldness in selection of bright colors, patterns and textures!