A lot of you asked about a post on window treatments. There are a ton of options for every home- but I’ll share a bit about our most used types and why we use them!
First of all, we try to convince all our clients to use custom made drapery for the most part. It’s an expensive proposition, but one that pays off in a big way as nothing makes a room look more polished and finished than custom tailored window treatments. We work with an amazing workroom we love and trust but you can find one in your area through sources like Angie’s List and by asking friends who have had their homes done.
Dramatic but classic drapes with greek key trim- photo: Michael Partenio
Drapes add a nice amount of softness to a room and work wonderfully any space that has windows with no radiators underneath and space on the both sides of the trim for the hardware to properly extend and the drapes to fall mostly in front of the walls and trim and only a bit in front of the windows (to preserve the most sunlight coming into the room). On a simple single window about 42″ wide we extend the rods about 8″ or so past the window trim. And as a reminder, it looks best to install the rods close to the ceiling, about and inch or two below the crown moulding.
Custom rods are wonderful as they have no seams for extension and stay straight and strong and are available in a massive variety of materials. However, there are many sources for nice store bought hardware too- we use Restoration Hardware and West Elm a lot. Buy a size that needs the LEAST amount of extension- as rods bow at the seam when extended out far. So for example, on my windows that need a 55″ rod, I bought the ones that are 44″-108″ so that I don’t have to extend them too far out.
my favorite style of pleat