Creating Simple, Custom Draperies


There are basic design elements that go into selecting custom drapery or custom window treatments. The first step is to decide what type of window treatments you want to install in the room. There are many choices for window hardware that are made to compliment specific types of window treatments. Install the hardware before you measure for custom draperies.  The windows shown in the image above are gorgeous but they could look even better with the right window treatments.

How to Choose and Install Hardware

There are many choices for window hardware that can be combined to suit your style. You will find rods and finials made out of a variety of materials and designs. Determine the height where you want your draperies to hang from the ceiling. Heavy window treatments will require molly bolts or toggle anchors. Traverse draperies require the rod to extend past the sides of the window. Layered draperies require two inches of clearance between the drapery and top treatment.

Tieback Holders

If you are installing lightweight draperies, then you can hold them in place with metal tieback hooks. Decorator fabrics should be used instead of fashion fabrics because they are more durable and treated to resist stains. Accurate measurements is the key to window treatments that look professional. If you decide to sew your own draperies, then you will need to sew drapery panels with a half-inch seam allowance.

Window Treatments without Sewing

You can find a number of patterns at your local cloth store that do not require sewing. This is a good choice if you don’t know how to sew. Accurate measurements are the key to making window treatments look good without sewing the panels together. There is a wide selection of styles for window treatments that do not require sewing.

Decorative Trims

Decorative accidents can dramatically change the appearance of draperies or window treatments. Fringes, welting and other decorating accents can be found at your local cloth store. You can get many creative decorating ideas by browsing cloth stores. Decorative trims also add a touch of elegance to draperies that you purchase online or at a retail store. Decorator fringes include tassels, ball fringes or bullion fringes.

Under Treatments

If you decide to add under treatments to your draperies, then these must be installed underneath the top treatment. The under treatment can be mounted on its own hardware. The key again is to accurately measure the hardware from the top of the rod to the point where you want the drapes to hang. Under treatments can also consist of draperies, blinds or shades that are installed underneath the top treatments.

Fabric Roller Shades

Roller shades provide light control, privacy and ease of operation. They can also be decorative with a number of choices in embellishments or trims. You can find roller shade kits at your local cloth store. These kits include everything you need including mounting hardware, fusible backing and the roller. Choose decorator fabrics that coordinate with your custom draperies or other window treatments. There are many decorator websites online that can help you create your own fabric roller shade.

Planning Your Decorating Scheme

When planning your decorating scheme, keep in mind that color invokes emotions. Power colors such as red should be used in moderation. Light colors create a calm environment and is used most often in the bedrooms or living areas. The kitchen colors should be bright and cheery. Home offices and creative spaces can use brighter colors to invoke a peaceful environment. You can update your entire home by the use of selective colors to create just the right mood for the room. Even a fresh coat of paint that is coordinated with window treatments can make the room more appealing.

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This guest post was provided by Proctor Drapery and Blinds of St. Louis. Proctor Drapery and Blinds offer an array of services to help bring your homes design together including custom blinds and custom shutters.

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