The drapery you choose is a key component to a successful room design. Drapes do more than just serve a purpose in blocking unwanted light and providing privacy. They also pull the look of the room together. Before any final decision should be made, itâ€™s important to evaluate the style of the room. Doing so, will help narrow down the fabrics and colors you need to complete the look. Continue reading to learn more about drapery for you home.
Drapery fabrics can basically be broken down into four categories: sheers, lightweight, moderate weight and heavyweight.
Sheers seem to be popular for rooms with lots of windows, natural light and open space, because they allow light into a room, while still providing privacy. While they can be used alone, they are often paired with heavier curtains or drapes. Sheers can also soften a room when looped over decorative drapery rods or used to adorn bed canopies. Sheer drapery fabric comes in a variety of colors, both plain and patterned, and can be made from both natural and synthetic fibersâ€”the main ones being organza, lace, muslin and batiste.
Lightweight fabrics are more substantial than sheers and tend to be the most popular because they are stain resistant and easy to clean. Cotton is the most lightweight and the fabric most widely used in home decorating. Cotton blends, acetate and linen are also popular lightweight drapery fabrics.
True to their name, moderate weight fabrics are weightier than sheers or cotton-based fabrics and are better at blocking light. They work well in homes located in harsh climates, aiding in keeping the cold out in winter and the heat out in summer. Two great materials that fall into this category are canvas and brocade.
Heavyweight fabrics are widely used in formal areas, such as dining rooms and sitting rooms. Velvet is one of the most formal options available and is primarily found in solid colors. Other popular choices are chenille, a soft-textured fabric, and tapestry, which is normally beaded and accented with tassels or beads.
Your fabric selection will be based on the style you wish to portray, how much money you want to spend, and how much maintenance you want. Talking with your local fabric supplier can be the most beneficial, but for now, here are some guidelines to help:
- Cotton is strong, easy to care for and comes in a wide variety of colors, weights and weaves, but can wrinkle easily, shrink or stretch, and become weak in direct sunlight.
- Silk is luxurious, but is prone to sun damage and water spotting. It can also be expensive to clean.
- Linen is another strong fabric, but lacks elasticity. It also tends to wrinkle and can be shrink-prone unless treated.
- Acrylic and polyester blends tend to pill, but are affordable, crease-resistant choices.
- Acetate is economical and offers a nice, silky look, but is weak and easily damaged by the sun.
- Nylon is durable, washable and reasonably priced.
As you make your selections, think about the hardware youâ€™ll need. Hardware is another essential piece in your window treatment, so it needs careful consideration as well. Rods, finials, rings, brackets, and sconces need to be factored into your decision. Figure out what youâ€™ll need and then choose something that will accentuate your fabric.
Whether youâ€™re picking drapes to be a focal point or a neutral point in your home, weigh out all your options before making a final decision. Adding drapery to your home is an investment, so you want to make sure you purchase wisely.
At Interior Fabrics in North Houston, we are happy to assist you in picking out your designer upholstery fabrics while making sure you pay wholesale prices. Stop by our fabric shop on FM 1960 before your next decorating project begins!