The details of drapes can be overwhelming, not to mention all the other window treatment solutions for your home. If you’re no-fuss and want a clean-lined, architectural look, join many who have ditched the drapes for fully automated roller blinds. Or if your home is out the wilderness and in solitude, with incredible views of the galaxy, you might opt for no window treatments, like the Skyscape remote accommodation. However, for most of us, we have neighbours, need a bit of privacy and enjoy the comfort drapes bring into the home. Here’s a little guide to help you select the right details for your look.
- Track, Rod or Roman? The most common ways to hang drapes each come with their own unique feel. Romans often feel more like roller blinds, very straight and practical, however, if draped in the centre can look extremely romantic. Tracks are standard in modern homes, coming in either wall-mounted to the window frame, or ceiling-mounted. Ceiling-mounted gives a modern, yet dramatic feel, and is definitely my preferred look and functionality, as it is better at blocking out the cold & the light, which is ideal in media rooms and bedrooms. Rods are perfect for villas or other homes with a bit of heritage, and are best hung between the window frame and the ceiling, to enhance the drop of fabric.
- Heading Type. Heading types can drastically change the look of the drapes, and are a great opportunity to add a bit more style into your home. The Pencil pleat headings are most common in ready-made drapes and don’t offer much style to a room. The inverted pleat is a common modern style, as it’s a no-frills finish, however, often the design can get lost within the pleat. A Wave heading with reinforcing tape can look gorgeous, and suits the 1940’s look coming back into fashion for a modern regency style. Do some research & soul searching to find what heading type is right for your space. If you’re unsure and you’d like my 2-cents, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fabric Fullness. The fullness of the drape will determine how much fabric is used. Personally, I like less, so in my modern home, I went for 60% fullness, however, 80 – 120% are also common. If you want a dramatic effect, go for a higher fullness. If wanting a more modern vibe, try going for less. If working to a budget, go for less fullness as well, as that will mean less metres of fabric to purchase. Check with your fabric manufacturer before ordering, as some heading types have restrictions on fullness.
- Fabric Composition. For a relaxed, cosy vibe, try natural fibres such as cotton, linen or woollen compositions, however, in large North-facing windows, make sure they are lined with a decent protective lining. If unlined, go for a synthetic material which can give a similar feel, yet will be able to withstand the exposure to sunlight.
- Colour & Design. The actual colour & design of the fabric will have a huge impact to how you feel in the room. If you want a dramatic floor-to-ceiling effect, try going for either a bold colour or a dark hue that will contrast to the walls. If you would like a relaxing vibe, try using a variation of your wall-colour, or a soft mid-tone. Be careful when selecting strong patterns, especially where the drape will be covering large windows. Consider what the space will look like at night with the drapes closed. Try to coordinate with any existing linens and furnishings you may already have in your home, and make sure that this fabric is on brief with the rest of your design.