March 21, 2017
When choosing drapery for your home or business, deciding on a fabric and style is naturally where you focus most of your attention. But you don’t want to forget about the elements that will support the drapery.
Choosing the right hardware is essential to ensure that your drapery is functional as well as beautiful. Whether the hardware is exposed or covered, it is part of the overall look of the drapery and completes the look to give the entire presentation a polished appearance.
Decorative rods are the pieces affixed above the window and support the drapery. Rods can be smooth, fluted or twisted. To create a cohesive design for the room, you should match the finish of the rods to other finishes in the room. Finials are decorative ornaments placed at each end of the rod. End caps, as the name implies, are simply caps placed on the end of the rods. These are normally used in a contemporary setting or when one end of the rod runs into a wall, making it impractical to use a finial.
As you might imagine, rods and finials come in a wide variety of styles and finishes. At GP Drapery, for example, we offer bronze plain ball finials, polished brass finials, crystal finials, chrome acrylic teardrop finials, cylindrical finials made of gold stained brass, gold stained nickel, stained aluminum, hand forged iron finials in more than 25 different finishes and wood finials in rich colors and subtle grains, among many other materials and styles.
These are short sections of drapery rods that are positioned above and just to the side of the window, as opposed to running over the top of it. Arms are generally used when the drapery remains immobile and is purely for decorative purposes. Arms are a novel and inexpensive way to add some charm to a room.
This is a support used to hold up a longer rod. When the rod covers a longer distance, the center bracket prevents it from bowing in the middle. Most rods need a support about every five feet.
These are devices used to keep drapery away from a bed, room division or window. Holdbacks are usually made from wood, metal or some other similar material. They come in a variety of styles, from refined to eccentric. The traditional types of holdbacks have a U shape, so that you can fold the drapery into the bowl of the U for a simple, clean look.
Tiebacks are made from fabric, rope or similar material, which you wrap or loop around the curtain to hold it back.
Like the icing on a cake, your drapery hardware adds an important finishing touch to the look and feel of a room. Our Dallas and Los Angeles offices can help you design and install gorgeous drapery styles from fabric, lining, finials, rods and tiebacks. Contact us today to discuss your dream.