My client has ex-pressed a definite need for change in his contemporary room. He does not want to change the room's overall style, however, he wants a new window treatment design. He would prefer a warmer feeling from free flowing fabric at the window. Please offer some creative suggestions.
The elegant look of custom draperies is not just for traditional or period styles, but can enhance a contemporary setting with sleek lines and soft curves. Using the latest innovative hardware, your options are nearly endless. Fabric and decorative hardware can be used to establish the style your client wants. Begin by exploring the new and exciting finishes now available on decorative drapery rods. Your choices include wrought iron, brass, faux marble, painted and much more.
Next, choose from a variety of heading styles from popular tab-top to pinch pleats or box pleats. Blend the style you select with a contemporary color palette, fabric pattern and texture.
The fullness of the drapery depends on the exact look you are trying to achieve. Most contemporary styles are cleaner and less full, but additional length to puddle draperies on the floor adds softness without overwhelming the design.
Finally, be sure you are familiar with the following terms that will help you specify the exact treatment.
• Overlap. This is the measurement at the point where the right drapery panel overlaps the left when fully closed.
• Panel. A single drapery section that opens either to the left or right or remains stationary.
• Return. This is the allowance in the drapery width to accomodate the projection of the rod from the wall when using a covered traverse rod.
• Pair. The panels of drapery that will measure equally in width. You also may have an off-center pair, depending on your window size and room design.
• Width. This refers to the various widths of fabric. Many come 36, 48, 54 or 60 inches wide.
• Hand. This term describes the reaction or sense of touch of a particular material - the softness or stiffness it has.
Each of these terms can effect your drapery design, so take careful consideration when you make your final fabric selection and style decision.
Editor's Note: This is a continuing series of articles written by Sharon L. Anderson which will answer some of the many questions we receive at Draperies & Window Coverings, as well as questions Anderson has encountered in her own business. If you have a question you would like Anderson to address, please send it to: DesignSolutions@DWCdesigNET.com
Sharon L. Anderson, Associate Member, Interior Design Educator's Council (IDEC), has more than 14 years experience as a commercial and residential design professional. She has taught numerous courses at colleges and universities throughout Southern California and is a published author and frequent public speaker.<