February 24, 2017
Ombre. It’s derived from the French and means “shaded.” Drapery uses the ombre effect to produce an alluring and elegant design. The color is lighter at the top and then gradually deepens into a darker hue toward the bottom. Custom hand-dipped ombre drapery can enhance any room, taking it from drab to divine.
GP Drapery confidently collaborates with custom fabric manufacturers to make our designers’ vision a reality.
We have a commitment to excellence that shows in all of our work. Take our Seaside Luxe project, for example. For this job, Stacey, one of our skilled staff members, worked directly with the talented team at Rosemary Halgarten to determine the exact yardage of custom dipped baby alpaca wool needed to surround the luxury dressing area for Market in Highland Park Village. Where others before her failed to calculate yardage correctly, causing months of production delays, Stacey succeeded.
For this project, working with Rosemary Halgarten’s supple baby alpaca wool fabric dipped from the bottom up, GP Drapery first hung the fabric for a few days prior to cutting in order to allow the fabric to achieve its maximum length. Then we laid the fabric flat to cut it square prior to production. At the same time, the GP Drapery graphic team created a custom sketch for each ombre project to be sure the outcome was exactly as envisioned. This was then submitted to the client for approval.
The ombre shading for the Seaside Luxe drapery deepened from top to bottom. But it can also be dipped from left to right. The sketch below shows how this drapery was custom designed to be light on the inside edges and darken out toward the walls.
This one of a kind heavenly look was achieved through a joint effort with the fabulous fabric manufacturer Zak Profera of Zak & Fox. GP Drapery specified one cut of light to dark fabric for each inside left panel width. Then we rotated the fabric 180 degrees for the inside right panel width in order to have the light meet in the middle. In order to create added fullness, we custom ordered additional solid dark fabric for the outside edges. The result is stunning.
Another lovely look was created with ombre dipped on both left and right sides, allowing the drapery panel to graduate from light to dark. This look was achieved by sewing all left panels as usual and rotating each cut of right panel fabric 180 degrees.
Again, another striking one-of-a-kind look designed by a premier Los Angeles designer and entrusted to GP Drapery to make it a beautiful reality.