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How to Select the Perfect Custom Draperies

Updated: Aug 9, 2022

Draperies give life to a room, define the mood and atmosphere, and add dimension to a room. Custom draperies are fabricated to fit each window perfectly and can be purely decorative or functional. Some additional benefits that draperies offer are reducing echo in a large space, thermal protection, and damaging ultraviolet ray protection for valuables. This article will provide a general idea of how you can select the perfect draperies for your home.

The first step is choosing a design style that best suits your desired look. Whether traditional, transitional, farmhouse, contemporary, eclectic, or mid-century modern, the sky's the limit when selecting a design style for custom draperies.

Draperies can be purely decorative, non-functioning, or functioning to add privacy and light control. How the draperies will operate or not operate determines drapery header style options such as pleated, tab top, tie top, grommet, Ripplefold, etc. Selecting the right header style will enhance the room's design style.

Draperies don’t have to stand alone. They are often layered with a blind, shade, valance, or cornice to add dimension and functionality. Valances come in an array of design choices. From upholstered cornices to board mounted valances or even free-flowing fabric valances hanging from a drapery rod. When pairing a valance with draperies, blinds, or shades, there are numerous possibilities to choose from to create a flawless layered window treatment.

The most common drapery heights are floor, trouser, and puddle heights. While the three examples are the most common drapery lengths, the overall height of the drapery will all depend on the desired look and whether the draperies are non-functioning or functioning.

Choosing the suitable drapery fabric may seem daunting with so many choices. The key here is to find a material with the desired draping characteristics, density, and color that enhances the overall room design style. Keep in mind different fabrics will offer a different look. For example, dense material like velvet brings a formal look, while cotton creates a casual appearance.

Selecting the lining or interlining for draperies is essential in creating the perfect custom treatment. Whether you are trying to block light, filter light, add insulation or create a fuller-bodied drapery, the lining choice is vital. You can create specific results by adjusting your lining and interlining preferences. Linings are available in a wide range of shades of ivory and white, which provides a neutral color appearance from the outside of the home.

The finishing touch to any drapery treatment is selecting the drapery hardware and accessories. The drapery hardware rod can be hidden behind the drapery and not seen, or it can be decorative and visually add to the room's design style. If the hardware is decorative, typically, there are accessories such as medallions, holdbacks, and finials to further accent the design style. There are different control options for traversing the draperies on functioning drapery hardware, ranging from hand wand to state-of-the-art automation.

As you can see, there are many things to consider when selecting the perfect draperies. The task of the selection process may seem overwhelming, but T. Lynn’s is here to help. We’ll work with you and guide you through the process by combining style and functionality for beautiful window treatment results. Call 715-441-7997 today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation, or go to and contact us.

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