August 9, 2017
Drapery makes the room. They can add elegance and style, turning any run-of-the-mill room into a space to remember.
There are many things to take into account when buying drapery – the color, the type of fabric, the length, and the lining. It can be a bit intimidating for the novice. Here are two tips from the experts on buying drapery.
The type of material you choose is important because it will determine how well the drapery will do its job and how durable it will be. If the drapery is too thick and heavy, it may not fold properly when drawn. However, if the drapery is too light, it may not hang as it should.
What experts recommend is to take a big sample of fabric, at least two yards, and fold it at the top like an accordion, and then see how it falls. If it flares out, then you know it is not going to hang well on a window.
You also need to keep in mind that sunlight will affect the color of the fabric, causing it to fade over time. This is especially important to remember for bright colors, which fade more quickly. For this reason, some designers recommend going with more neutral colors. They do not fade as fast and fit in with a wider variety of room colors and décor.
Some designers prefer materials such as linen, silk, faux silk, and velvet because they hang better than other fabrics. Faux silk, some say, is among the most durable, even more so than real silk. If you are more concerned about maintaining warmth in a room, a heavier fabric will help to accomplish this, materials such as wool or velvet.
However, just about any fabric can help to hold in the heat if lined with bump, a term for a thick, felt fabric used for insulation.
Custom-made drapery has a number of advantages over drapery that is off the rack. First, the drapery can be cut specifically for a certain window, so that it fits the window perfectly, like a custom-tailored suit. Plus, there is a vast array of designs that you can choose from if you go with custom-made drapery.
If you want the perfect fit and look to your drapery, we naturally recommend that you opt for custom-made drapery. This is where GP Drapery comes in: we will work closely with you to find the “just right” fabric and style to fit any room in your home, restaurant, resort, hotel, or office. Contact our Los Angeles or Dallas locations today to learn more.