Home drapery guide - Part 3

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This is the third and last part of the three part series on home drapery. In the first article we looked at how designers approch dressing a window which includes function and style. In part two we looked at the process of dressing a window as well as the use of colours, textures, fabrics and pleats to create the perfect modern yet elegant drapery.

When it comes to dressing windows, all too often empesis is placed only on the main living rooms of a home such as the lounge and dining room with little attention given to the other rooms in the house such as the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms.

Other rooms in your home offer different challenges to window treatments. In the kitchen, you have airborne grease to consider. Less is certainly more in this room. Easy-wash fabrics are ideal and if the kitchen curtains are custom-made, ensure the fabric is pre-washed against shrinkage after they've been made. Designers consider no window treatment at all in the kitchen or a simple sheer.

The bathroom window also has special needs. Sheers will soften the hard enamal surfaces. These should be easy-wash. If the fabric has too much substance, the bathroom humidity will cause it to sag.

The bedroom needs to both block light and allow light while offering privacy. Designers prefer to dress bedroom windows in layers with side panels of fabric, sheers and even a roller blind. This offers the needed privacy, diffused light when the blind is up and full darkness when the blind is down.

Today's trends in window treatments and drapery are geared to offer better functionality. We have cleaner lines, richer fabrics, and a better ability to allow sunlight, diffuse it or turn it off. Window treatments finish a room and the treatments of today finish it with style, comfort and elegance.


Let us know in the comments below if you have any tips, ideas or guidlines which we should have included in our home drapery guide.

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Zaha Wright

Freelance home and garden blogger. Loves architecture, photography, travel and tea. When not writing, she can be found building a puzzle (or two) or listening to classical music.


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