Divine Draperies August 9, 2010

Just like light fixtures or home accessories, beautiful draperies can add a sumptuous feeling of quiet luxury to a room.  I’m not talking about the window panels you can pick up at Target.  (I’m a great fan of Target, but not for draperies.)

By sumptuous, I’m talking about custom made draperies, made to order.  They come in all sorts of yummy fabrics, chosen to complement the furnishings in a room.  They feel delectable when you touch them and have a beautiful weight to their lined loveliness, which helps them hang oh-so-beautifully.

Then there are the choices of hardware.  Mmmm…. My personal favorite is a simple, yet heavy, oil rubbed bronze.  I’ve never been fond of the  heavy wooden dowels, but that’s a personal choice.  I just do my best to steer people away from draperies that are too over-the-top dramatic, as in the case of swags, pulls, garish fringes, or puddling drapes.  You know the kind of draperies that hung on stages in movie theatres, when our parents were young?  You’ll probably see this style of drapery on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”, but that’s just a guess.

There’s a sense of permanence to fine draperies.  I think it’s because they are found in homes that people plan to stay in for the foreseeable future, and because they can set you back a thousand or three, per window.  But if you can justify the expense, they add the final oomph! to any room. test

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