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Domestications Curtains using bath bedding or bed skirts

Domestications Curtains can often be confused with your traditional bath bedding or even your domestic blitz curtains, they can either be a ready made product or alternatively bed skirts that are rod pocket and contain several different patterns. They can generally be tab top curtain and are always very suitable for machine wash and are always on special on curtain clearances. Remember when deciding what type of curtain to use that it must be suitable fabric for that area. For instance in your wet areas , ensure that your fabric composition is either polyster or nylon, in other areas the composition is not so important.

domestic blitz curtains

If you are installing your domestications curtains remember to purchase a curtain rod that is suitable for the type of heading that you have on your drape, curtain tracks will allow a curtain that has either  pinch pleated or gathered finish, a curtain rod or poleset will also allow for these types of headings. If you have a rod slot finish then you just need to purchase some conduit and cut it back to the size of the window, the conduit is generally covered in a plastic finish.

These types of window treatments also come in many different designs , ranging from your traditional soft material  to the loud geometric designs, just lately many manufacturers have also been incorporating motifs or butterflies or birds, this can be a very effective design in the correct area. Generally window drapes are kept simple on the your wet areas or secondary rooms, if you want to make a feature out of your windows then definately use this in your main living or lounge area. Side curtains are also a very effective way of dressing your window to create a lovely look and feel. Also follow your care labels when cleaning your domestications curtains.

Custom Curtains using Custom Fabric to form a modern design

Custom Curtans usually are curtains that have been made to your exact window measurements, many times when measuring windows, it requires several types of different styles and shapes , this is only achievable by using made to measure items. Custom curtains blinds are usally of a higher quality material and workmanship in comparison to a ready made product. Traditionally these types of curtains will include the following types , roller blinds , swags and tails , austrian drapes , curtain valance styles , custom window drapes.

custom valance styles

One of the most interesting ways of creating a special or unique look on a window is to fully utilise these types of designs, if you are trying to create a lovely formal look in a main lounge or dining area you would normally incorporate a swag and tail with formed drapes underneath. The window is then extended over past the architrave with tiebacks and fringing and trims will also be sewn onto the base or sides of the drapes. Normally the tail component of the swag can also have a contrasting colour , this highlights the shape and emphasizes styling.

Custom Curtains can also be used if you are trying for a minimal style on your windows, this is generally achieved by using a roller blind as the main functional part of your window treatment and then use a simple side drape, generally the side drape will only cover an area of around 25 inches and again is then dressed back to the side of the window. Keep your colour neutral and plain and dont complicate the room or area with too many accessories.

Curtain Valance styles and custom curtains blinds are always used to define an exact area, for instance in your bathroom you will use custom shower curtains or even in a young childrens area we can utilise custom curtains for kids, also it is quite possible to enhance your existing room by using custom fabric that is then incorporated into a special shape or design. When using these types of finishes , it is only up to your imagination of what can be achieved on your windows.

Many interior decorators believe that  your main room reflects your personality of your home , this is very true, if you are a bright bubbly person you will more than likely have strong bold custom window treatments, choosing to use strong colours. If you are little more subdued than definately the pastel tonings will suit your new custom curtains

Draperies 46 curtains using silk taffeta drapes

Draperies 46 curtains are generally classified as a ready made product, I usually see these being made from silk taffeta drapes or alternatively dupioni silk , they combine many different finishes and styles and are often either full blockout or a partial blackout curtain. They can be manufactured in either a pinch pleated finish or generally a gathered heading. Draperies 46 curtains can also be made from continuous lace material. If your drapes curtains valances are made from lace than the installation is slightly different to a normal material curtain.

silk taffeta drapes

The beauty of having curtains manufactured  that suit draperies 46 curtains is that these are a standard size for most windows, before purchasing you must ensure that these will fit your window. Firstly measure the width of the window and add around 10 inches and then measure the drop of the window. These can either be installed on a curtain track which will need gathering hooks or pinch pleat hooks, or you can install them on a rod that is positioned slightly above the window frame. Always measure twice before actually installing your rods

Often these style of curtains are silk drapes curtains and require a little more effort to detail regarding cleaning and mainting that fresh look appeal, silk should always only be washed in cold water and hung on the window whilst it is slightly damp. Always ensure that you read the care labels that are attached to the material. Thermal curtain drapes also come in this size, they will either be translucent or blackout. Many of the designs that we now use for draperies 46 curtains are either plain textured material or alternatively some type of floral or bold design.

The creativity of any room is always determined by the design of the window and also the accessories that are in the room , more than often try and keep the window or curtain very minimal in look and use a soft design material, this will allow for the room itself to compliment the curtains. Minimal and clean lines always look totally modern and smart and allow for a more diversified feel to the area using your new curtains

As with any ready made product when you first have it delivered or you bring it home , there is a temptation to hang the curtain immediately and get it up onto the rod or curtain track, you really need to spend a small amount of time and press the curtain with an iron or steamer, it will look so much more like a custom made product. I generally allow 1/2 hour for pressing per set of curtains. Generally  this allows for the settling of the material on your new draperies 46 curtains.

Drapery Curtains using affordable patterned curtains

Drapery Curtains will  often combine the look of a window covering into a very decorative room, using special types of draperies window coverings you will be able to create a totally fresh and unique look in this room. There are so many choices of curtain fabrics available that will compliment any style or home. Curtains drapes can be totally independent of any other window covering. What I mean is that when i decorate home I dont just lock myself into a certain style, for instance using drapery curtain rods throughout sometimes will overwhelm an area, so it is quite sensible to mix and match different types of products.

draperies windows curtains

Curtains Homes are also a totally different look to furnishing your home with roller blinds , we are now seeing from many different material manufacturers diffent compositions of fibres that traditionally havent been used in the past. Drapery curtains can also provide a great thermal protection during winter and summer, you must ensure that your curtain is lined in total blockout lining. Affordable pattern curtains are now also available in a huge range of ready made curtains, these are generally provided by large department stores at a reasonable price in comparison to using custom made products

Draperies window treatments can either be made as pinch pleated drapes or alternatively they can be made using a pencil pleat finish which is more like a gathered heading but a little more formal looking , drapes , curtains and valances are generally co-ordinated using the same fabric but quite often using a contrast colour for your valance. Tiebacks can also be again done in a totally different colour from the same range of materials.

One of the most important facets when even considering curtains is to really make sure that whatever window covering or treatment you use is totally functional. So many times i have been back to clients who have paid to have custom made drapery curtains and they look fantastic but do not suit the home or room. Generally any type of window treatment that you use should be able to open and close or either go up and down.

Generally most curtains are either hung on a decorative curtain rods or curtain tracks that are either cord operated or hand traverse, this is the correct way to hang you new drapery curtains.