July 18, 2017
With the changing of the seasons comes the opportunity to make a change in your home décor as well. It is especially appropriate if you live in a region where the temperatures vary greatly with the time of year. As you move, for example, from warmer to cooler weather, it is a good time to change window treatments from more lightweight fabrics and lighter colors to heavier materials that help to hold the heat.
Spring and summer are times for lighter drapery fabrics such as linen, lace, cotton, or sheer panels. As you move into fall and winter, heavier materials like velvet, brocade, and heavy weight linen help to keep your home warm. Winter is also more suited to deeper, richer colors for drapery such as navy blue, russet, burgundy, or eggplant.
To make the transition from one season to the next as stress free as possible, some designers recommend using neutral colors for your drapery, such as white, cream, or ivory. These colors make a nice background for any time of year because they go with any color décor in the house.
Layering is a popular decorating technique for colder weather, such as using a throw over the arm of a chair or a colorful blanket on a sofa. The same layering technique also works well with windows, where you can use treatments such as Roman shades, blinds, plantation shutters, or roller shades along with drapery. The shades and blinds are especially fitting for autumn because, when opened, they allow a great deal of light in and offer a view of all the gorgeous fall colors.
Layering can be something as basic as using a custom valance to compliment the blinds or shades, or it can be something more sophisticated such as custom drapery over blinds for a more sumptuous look.
For example, GP Drapery offers a range of chic and stylish roller shades that can be used for layering. The shades come in a range of colors, styles, and opacities. With their streamlined look, they are a modern alternative to blinds, offering excellent light control and pair well with valances.
Color is also an essential part of the seasonal transition. For spring and summer, lighter colors work well for drapery. For autumn, earth tones are more appropriate: hues of deep green, brown, rust, and gold, as well as shades of amethyst, emerald, sapphire, and ruby. Using these tones for drapery and soft goods such as bed linens gets your home ready for autumn and is much easier and less expensive than painting.