Good Day, just popping in for a wee chat on drapery. Really the finish to the windows......blinds are a modern- contemporary and wonderful alone in the great room and kitchen, such as a faux wood wide slat. Or in a roller shade for black out and also in styles of a screen shade for blocking that sun glare but still giving you that open view. But sometimes its a good idea to complete the drama of the window by adding the finishing touch of a textiles..especially in for a dining room or bedroom setting. One of the benefits of drapery is that it will keep these rooms warmer and cooler through out the year. When choosing a drapery, for daytime privacy opt for a double rod set - this way you can install a sheer, that when drawn or closed will give you privacy yet still filter light (which is incredible beautiful soft glow - if you choose a light coloured sheer it can also enhance a room reflecting more light!).
There is also the drapery accessories, rods- finials, and tie back holders. You can choose wood or metal rods (but word of caution with a grommet drape and a metal rod - its going to be noisy when drawing open and closed!) Have fun with finials and tie backs, there is sooooo many to chose from, glitzy crystal, serious metals, and quirky animals ( a fantastic selection of hounds at Anthropologie!) So go to town and find something that not only works for the room but also speaks to your personality!
For the main drapery stay with a neutral colour or combo, if you love whimsy and can play the patterns...embrace them. There are fantastic bird patterns for spring, paisley and merakish panels. But try to stay away from cottons, they will never hang the way you imagine....they are light and breezy - but a cotton blend will give you more hanging power! Also a light reflective material is my favorite....fuax silks that you can hang without UV damaging them! The fuax silks selections will reflect light into the room, and not take away light - you will notice that some drapery will feel too heavy when they are a big block of colour in a room, your drapery should have some substance to it - its more like framing art on the wall when closed. Here are a few of my picks for today......and remember Draperies don't feel like your Grannies house anymore, remember the 'Priscilla drapes' or lacy valances! The main think to note is that.....hey Grannie might have been onto something with dressing the window!
But with so many textiles choices & organic patterns you should be able to find something that makes Grannies proud and
says something about you.
Your story & Your space.