Window Treatment Options

Window treatments can easily make or break the style of a room. Adding curtains or drapes to a window can create a focal point and also elongate the ceiling height. There are so many different options for your windows but I will cover just a few and also show you how to create your own printed drapes. Here is some vocabulary that may help you determine what is the right option for your specific window.

• Draperies- Are usually pleated panels that are hung from a traverse rod or a decorative pole and rings. There are many types of pleat arrangements some made by hand and some using pleating tape.

• Swags and cascades- Stationary swags of fabric can be combined and overlapped on a decorative pole or covered dust board. They can be pleated and formal or relaxed and casual. They are often combined with cascades (also known as jabots or tails) at each end of the windrow. • Valences- Are decorative top treatments that can cove the mounting hardware of drapes or shades. They can be pleated, gathered or flat, arched, straight or shaped, and can be mounted on dust boards, poles, or rods.

• Cornices- Are padded box shapes covered in fabric and trim. The bottom edge can be shaped in many different ways. They are mounted above the window and can conceal other mounting hardware.

• Fabric Shades- Come in many shapes and sizes. They are usually raised and lower by a system of rigged cords or a spring-loaded roller. Roman shades and their much variation tend to be

Watch how custom window treatments can change the look of your room right before your eyes! Adding the right window treatments is the single most important “decorating must” you can add!Windows are the focal point in any room yet the most over looked and “under dressed” in most homes. The window treatments shown are all custom made by me! And cannot be purchased in any store. If you have a nice home than you should complete it with nice treatments! Visit us on the web at
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