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Enhance Your Home With the Right Curtains and Drapes

Posted by jasnav on January 1, 2011

The interior decoration of a home is never complete without curtains and drapery. Curtains enhance the environment of a home by adding to its overall decor. Curtains and drapes, when done tastefully and proportionately, add to the specialty and uniqueness of a room. An integral part of home décor, curtains and drapes can make or break an entire room. Hence a lot of care and attention needs to be paid to this aspect.

Curtains help in manipulating the light that enters the living room, keep the warmth or coldness inside it or increase the room’s privacy. Selecting the wrong fabric, however, could affect the over-all appearance while failing to provide several necessary functions.

Curtains vs Drapes

Most laymen call any fabric hanging on their windows as curtains while professional interior decorators in the industry call them drapes. The difference is however not limited to just terminology; it includes how they are used to add to the overall look and feel of the place they are displayed in.

While curtains are typically used to describe just the cloth hangings on the windows, the term drapery generally comprises the entire complement of curtains as well as their accessories such as valances and the hardware. When selecting the drapes or curtains for your home, one must always identify the function of that particular fabric type.

We have so much of choice in the wide range of curtain fabrics, tracks, rods, and styles for drapes that it can often be confusing as to where to start looking out which curtains best suit our home.

Curtains are generally made with lighter materials and more functional when compared with drapes. Drapes are usually made from heavy fabrics such as velvet or cotton tend to be longer than regular curtains and add grandeur to any room.

If used creatively, curtains could be used as the main attraction point of the window decoration. Always keep in mind that a set of drapes and valences has to be more ornate, in comparison to simple curtains. Thus they naturally have more elaborate designs and different fabric texture that demonstrate their primary purpose of decoration.

Another criterion for selecting your drapes or curtains is the type of fabric you are most comfortable working with. Apart from your personal taste, the fabric selection also depends on whether you want them to stand out from the rest of the living room or to blend with the rest of the room. Much also depends on the location of the windows.

Fabrics are available in an array of types but not all fabrics could be used as drapes. So be discriminative in choosing yours. In the selection of curtains, it is also crucial that you know the length and the width of the window on which they will be used.

Full length drapes should have the length and width that would cover the entire area of the window, from the top edge of the window and perhaps touching the floor. Apron drapes, however, would only require a modest allowance to the fabric to give it a dramatic flow.

Go ahead and get the right selection of curtain fabrics, curtains and drapes for your home.

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Drapes For Your Home – Special Out Of The Box Solutions

Posted by jasnav on April 19, 2010

Are you planning to overhaul your home décor by changing the drapes and curtains? While the easiest thing around is to just hop into the nearest home décor drapes store, you can get much more by spending much less. Think out of the box to get a set of drapes that will leave everyone gasping for breath.

Enhance the look of your home curtains and add a tinge of glamour to your home. Here are some personalized, successfully tried and tested ideas.

Try The Regional Stuff

If you are an ardent fan of flamboyance, regional mirror work is just your type. Mirror work gives a bright exterior to the dullest areas like study and even the balcony. You can get small size mirror work done on the curtains while you are getting custom made ones on order. Culture fairs are a great place to pick up some classic traditional stuff.

It can look good in the form of sari curtains that will definitely spruce up the entire surroundings. The idea looks quite similar to a mystic mood. Lighter fabrics like chiffon or net are recommended, however heavy work can be recommended provided the fabric is fairly strong and doesn’t get torn.

Make Your Own Fabric Paintings

Give a new look to your old drapes by getting them dyed and painted. The fabric paint should be of good quality as there are chances of getting ruined. The design should be subtle and not very gaudy. Keep an eye on the color combinations as it should complement the colors of the curtains.

Kasheeda Work

To add a subtle note to your curtains, you can have the liberty of getting Kasheeda embroidery done on the bottom as well as on the edges. It is a famous form of embroidery done mainly on the veils and curtains across the Middle Eastern countries. It will not only enhance the fabric look of the curtain but give you lots of compliments.

Keep away from heavy embroidery as the process might become quite tacky. A light pattern of embroidery goes well on the heavy curtain fabrics. While choosing the colors of the thread, opt for silk threads offering natural dyed one.

Add The Cosmo Quotient

Dupioni silk curtains are the latest variety of drapes in vogue. Spanning from the high quality to the economically priced tag, the exhaustive collection will leave you gasping for more.

If you wish to add panache to your curtains, similar shade sequin work is the way to be.

You can even go for matching valances with your dupioni silk curtains to enhance the overall ornate look and feel.

Strictly Matching

Mix and match is the latest trend as bright colors lift up the mood of the room. Ensure the valences are either completely matching or are a total contrast with the curtain shades. You can go for pastel shades combination like pink and peach, golden and off white et al. Do not combine two similar shades incase of curtain and valences as it will ruin the look. With dupioni silk curtains, recreating grandeur is no hassle.

Enhance your home with these unique draping ideas and get rave reviews from your friends and visitors.

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