Design ideas and helpful hints for curtains and draperies
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Drapery rods come in more than one size and shape. In fact, you’ll find dozens of options that could work well in your situation. As a key component of the style of your living space, be sure that even these fine details get enough of your attention when investing in new drapery. Consider the options.

Brass Curtain Rods

Sometimes, it is all about brass. If you have other areas of the room using this metal, it is a good idea to carry through the same trend and use brass in your custom curtains. You’ll find it has a clean, polished look that’s perfect for a modern living space.

Brimar Brass Curtain Rods

Brimar Brass Curtain Rods

Steel Curtain Rods

An even more modern option is the use of steel. With a bit more shine and a definitely statement, this type of material is ideal for those spaces where you need a strong statement. They work well with most types of fabrics and stand up to the more luxurious fabrics, too. However, even linen, with its formal look, becomes commanding with the use of steel rods.

Brimar Steel Curtain Rods

Brimar Steel Curtain Rods

Metal Curtain Rods

In general, metal works very well in most areas of the home. You’ll like the statement these pieces make, especially in the darker tones. Pair them up with fabrics with a strong pattern or composition, or allow the metal detailing to stand out on its own with a simple fabric.

Brimar Metal Curtain Rods

Brimar Metal Curtain Rods

Acrylic Curtain Rods

Another option is the use of acrylic. You’ll have some detailing, but it blends in well with the surrounding space. For pocket headings, many of the styles listed here would be a good option. However, when you want the drapes to speak for themselves or the entire window covering to blend in to the surrounding space, this is an option.

Brimar Acrylic Curtain Rodss

Brimar Acrylic Curtain Rods

Rectangular Curtain Rods

When you want less flow and more of a straight fabric design to the drapery, rectangular curtain rods work well. They can be very formal or very simplistic, depending on the style you select.

Brimar Rectangular Curtain Rods

Brimar Rectangular Curtain Rods

Wood Curtain Rods

Wood rods are great for pleated drapes or virtually any type of simple drape. Since they tend to have more of an ornate feel, be sure to let this make a statement in the room. Use softer patterns here.

Brimar Wood Curtain Rods

Brimar Wood Curtain Rods

Motorized Rods

When you don’t want to have to open the drapes by hand or you wish to stand across the room to make them move, these options are ideal. In fact, you can use them on nearly all curtain styles with no risk, though custom fabrics are ideal.

Brimar Motorized Corded and Double Curtain Rods

Brimar Motorized Corded and Double Curtain Rods

Do curtain headings really matter? As a part of the composition to the room’s decor and to the drapes themselves, these seemingly simple details can play a very big role in the overall look and feel of the finished piece.

Wave Heading

One of the options is a wave heading as seen below. This particular design is a beautiful one that can add dimension to any space you put them in, if there’s enough room for the movement to take place. The wave heading is great for open living spaces because it creates more style and dynamic detailing to the room.

Ripplefold Wave Heading

Ripplefold Wave Heading

Ripplefold Wave Heading full view

Ripplefold Wave Heading full view

Pinch Pleat

The pinch pleat has a very formal look, which makes it perhaps the most ideal option for any dining room. However, you can work this into a bedroom or living space too, as long as the fabrics blend well. For a more tailored look and perhaps a more expensive looking drape, these may be the ideal option. They are no more difficult to maintain than any other style, either.

Triple Pinch Pleat

Triple Pinch Pleat

Triple Pinch Pleat full view

Triple Pinch Pleat full view

Plain Heading

Sometimes, simple is the route to take. If you want the drapes to blend in rather than stand out or you don’t want them to add any extra details to the space, a plain heading is just right. As you can see, the drapery in these photos are ideal for meshing with Roman shades, too, when you want more than one style.

Plain Top Heading

Plain Top Heading

Plain Top Heading full view

Gathered Heading

For a touch of detailing, consider the gathered head. Perfect for a more laid back room or even a baby’s nursery because of the less tailored look, these drapery headings are a great compliment to any living space.

Gathered Heading

Gathered Heading

Gathered Heading Full View

Gathered Heading Full View

Pencil Pleat Heading

More decorative but still slightly less dominating in a room, the pencil pleat can be an excellent choice for an area where you don’t want to draw a lot of attention. In the pictures below, it blends in well with the semi-chic living and dining space.

Pencil Pleat Heading

Pencil Pleat Heading

Pencil Pleat Heading Full View

Pencil Pleat Heading Full View

Rod Pocket

To add more structure to a space, such as in an area where you want less flow from a hanging drape, the rod pocket heading may be an option. It creates a more formal look, but can still be very beautiful and soft at the same time.

Rod Pocket Heading

Rod Pocket Heading

Rod Pocket Heading full view

Rod Pocket Heading full view

Pinch Pleat Wood Pole

The Pinch Pleat Wood Pole design is another option. Here, you get some attention from the wood element in the space, but you can control the tone it sets. The pleating adds enough formality for a living area and definite style. Consider custom curtains in any of these designs.

Triple Pinch Pleat on a Wood Pole

Triple Pinch Pleat on a Wood Pole

Triple Pinch Pleat on a Wood Pole full view

Triple Pinch Pleat on a Wood Pole full view

Designing a curtain for your baby room or your kid can be challenging sometimes.
Most people defer to the blue colors for boys and pink for girls but can you be more creative…

Here is an example of a girls room in Pink


And here is another one in Pink Silk


And here is one in blue

 

Check out Fabricut’s kid friendly themes called playland:

 

Curtain fabrics can make a definite difference in any space. From stylish and over the top to simple and beautiful, you have plenty of choices.

Custom Cotton Curtains

Cotton is a soft solution that works in many rooms. Though it does wrinkle and requires a bit more attention to the details than others types, these custom curtains can be just the right option for your home. Cotton is comfortable, soft and beautiful. It works so well in nearly all situations.

Custom Cotton Curtains

Custom Cotton Curtains

Cotton Curtain Fabric

Cotton Curtain Fabric

Silk Curtains

Definitely more elegant, the use of silk is also a great option for nearly all spaces. In a formal living room that needs to be romantic, these silk curtains can be the ideal option. Though they do wrinkle, this can be a component to the space, creating a shabby chic look that’s very natural. Choose the right color and style for any space to create an amazing focal point in the room.

Custom Silk Curtains

Custom Silk Curtains

Custom Silk Curtain Fabric

Custom Silk Curtain Fabric

Linen Curtains

A far more formal and tailored look, linen curtains can be a great option for a more sophisticated look. They have a higher elegance level when used in the right setting and are less of the focal point and more of the intimate detailing of the room. They work well in a living area, bedroom or even the formal dining space, depending on the material color and pattern. When you want a clean look, such as for a modern living space or a well-kept office, these work perfectly in that setting.

Custom Linen Curtains

Custom Linen Curtains

Custom Linen Fabric

Custom Linen Fabric

Sheer Curtain Fabrics

Nothing is more whimsical and beautiful than sheer curtains. Commonly used in the bedroom to create a romantic feel as the light streams in them, they can also work in other areas of the home. When you don’t want to block off a great view, use these drapes as a way of providing just enough privacy. Sheer curtains also work well to accompany other fabrics, as a second layer, for example.

Custom Sheer Curtain Fabric

Custom Sheer Curtain Fabric

Custom Sheer Curtains

Custom Sheer Curtains

Velvet

Is there any other curtain fabric that is more luxurious than velvet? Perhaps not! These have a thicker texture that creates are more elaborate look. You’ll love the luxuriousness of these fabrics. They are perfect for a high-end bedroom or even a very formal dining space. Though red velvet seems to be a popular choice, blacks and browns can be just as alluring and have the same sex appeal in the space.

Custom Red Velvet Curtains

Custom Red Velvet Curtains

Red Velvet Fabric

Red Velvet Fabric

When deciding what look you want your room to occupy, curtains can play a crucial role. Do not overlook your window treatments, they make a room appear finished. There are so many fabrics, styles and cuts though. It can be hard to know which is right for you and your style.

Depending on what your curtains are meant to do for your home, you may need a different type. For example, lightweight curtain fabric such as lace, linen and sheer cotton is a good choice if you’re planning to sew or hem them yourself. If you are going for an antique or dressy decor, delicate lace is a great choice. For more versatility or casual feel, cotton is more appropriate. Lightweight fabric also allows a more generous amount of light to come into the house. This might not be the best choice for bedrooms if you want to sleep during odd hours, but they are good for sitting rooms or kitchens, which often lack natural light and could do with additional warming. Lightweight fabric could also be used to layer over heavier fabric to add style.

For a creative look, patterned curtain fabric is a great choice. With so many various decorative fabric prints to choose from, you can add a minimalist flair to your living room, bedroom or bathroom. Patterned fabrics come in a variety of floral, striped, plaid and animal prints, so you can suit the design to the aesthetic you’re going for.

If you are in search of highly functional curtains that are meant to keep out the cold and light, then you should consider medium-to-heavy weight curtain fabric. These fabric weights are more versatile and practical than their lightweight counterparts, whether you want formal, contemporary, cottage or traditional styles. Medium-weight fabrics like cotton and canvas come in many varieties and will go with nearly any home decor style. Heavyweight fabrics like suede, denim, tapestry tweed or velvet are great for commercial curtains in hotels and restaurants. They work extremely well as insulators during the winter and as blackout curtains during the day. Heavier fabrics with rich colors and textures such as silk and velvet, give your windows a more formal look. Medium-weight and heavyweight fabrics add texture to a room, providing a fantastic focal point.

Here are a few of the current trends in curtain decor:

1. White Lace Banding

For a romantic ambiance, install soft translucent lace curtains in your bedroom. It will delicately filter light into the room. Add a romantic flourish to your bedroom by installing soft translucent curtains in your bedroom. The color white is also known to increase the romantic sparks between partners

2. Patterns
Don’t be afraid of patterns! Installing curtains with square or polka dots can add a nice touch to the room. For kids’ rooms, select a multi-colored print and for more mature decor stick to monochromatic. If you use a single color palatte for the rest of the decor, the curtains will get a nice pop of attention. But don’t be afraid to mix and match prints too, a trend that is really popular lately.

3. Bright colors

Another fear a lot of homeowners often face is bright color in their decor. Curtains are a perfect baby step into getting over the anxiety. This way, you can leave the walls white or beige, and still step out of the neutral bubble. Design secret: When your curtains have a custom fit, you won’t think twice about your bright color phobia again.

4. Dark and Deep
For a warm, cozy library or den, installing dark curtains is a great solution. Darker curtains also help you get a better night’s sleep, especially if you need to sleep during odd hours. Installing a double liner helps, and it allows you to have the option of mixing colors. Select a dark wine-colored curtain paired with a cream liner. Luxurious materials like velvet or silk are an added bonus.

5. Floral designs
If your first thought was grandma curtains, think again. Whether you prefer large floral prints or small ones, mix the feminine print with something more masculine like industrial or contemporary furniture. The two will balance each other out. Or you could go overly feminine for a more romantic look. Install on a decorative curtain rod to give a complete finishing touch.