Selecting the Right Draperies

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The fabric is going to be the critical element in creating new draperies for your home. Because they are such a large element in the room, drapery can direct and change the whole styling of your space.

Style meets function

The style of drapery panels will go hand-in-hand with a fabric selection. For instance, if your area gets a large amount of sunlight, a thicker fabric will help receives large quantities of sunlight, then you will want to select a thicker fabric for energy efficience and to provide better temperature control. However, if the view is imporatant, then a more translucent fabric may provide what you need.

Solid colors

One of the easiest choices for fabric is solid colors. A general rule of thumb is to choose a shade that is slightly darker or lighter than your wall color. The choice is generally a personal preference. By going in this direction, everything stays uniform and creates a beautiful room.

Pattern

While solids are easy, patterned fabrics can give the “WOW” look. This results in having one of the largest impacts through patterns. Large patterns grant a clear direction for the style of your room. You use this pattern as your room’s inspiration point. Should you like patterns but you don’t feel good about a “screaming” pattern, select a medium- to small-patterned. If you much prefer a more conservative look, a smaller-scale pattern will work flawlessly into a much larger plan.

Stripes

If you are looking to have a “taller” looking room, vertical stripes will help to raise the ceiling of a room and provide an overall height boost. In contrast, horizontal stripes can help to widen the look of a room. Another beautiful aspect of stripes is that a room can truly become whole by having a good color combo within the stripes.

Specialty fabrics

Beyond the colors and patters, the actual fabric can really add styling to the room. Hand-painted fabrics, crewel linens, metallic-glazed fabrics and three-dimensional fabrics are just naming a few. The beauty and uniqueness of these fabrics do come at a cost. However, they make them originals. If you fall in love when seeing one of these fabrics, don’t hesitate as the cost could be well worth it.

Weight and texture

A final aspect of the selection is the weight and texture of the fabric. This is a more logical point as the wight of a fabric can affect the way the draperies hang or function. If you use velvet for your draperies and you foresee opening and closing it regularly, then keep in mind that it wall not be easy to open and close it easily. Another aspect would be how the draperies hang on the floor. Lighter fabrics will generally drape along the floor perfectly as the weight won’t have an impact. Related to this, softer, looser-woven fabrics have a tendency to stretch with time and lose their shape. Lastly, heavier fabrices will require better hardward support to avoid them collapsing. Also, a heavier-weight drapery fabric requires substantial hardware support.

Keep the above factors in mind when choosing your draperies. If you want expert advice, Armand’s has over 60 years of experience decorating the area with hundreds of fabric options. We provide complimentary in-home consultations, contact us today at 925-283-8717 . We have an East Bay showroom but service homes from Livermore to Pleasanton to Alamo to Berkeley and everything in between.

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