Drapery Fabrics and Color

Drapery Fabrics

As a Drapery maker I will tell you, curtains make a room — but only when chosen correctly. When it comes to window treatments, it’s a matter of color and fabric, length and lining, and custom-made versus off-the-shelf. With so many decisions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Fabric is an essential part of choosing curtains, since the material will dictate how well your curtains function and hold up over time. “If they’re too heavy, they may not fold crisply when drawn; too light and they may not fall well,” Curtain fabricators suggests holding fabrics up to a window, Work with a big sample, at least 2 yards, since a smaller piece may not show the fabric’s true drape. Also, remember sunlight will fade fabrics over time. If the room in question gets a lot of light, it’s smart to avoid bright colors, since they tend to fade faster.

Custom Drapery with Panels and Swags

“Still, if you like to change out your rooms often, you can be less concerned with fading,” the suggestions is to go with neutral colors. They’re less likely to fade than other colors and more likely to blend into a room’s decor.

When it comes to material, linen, silk, faux silk, and some polyester are the best choices to use for window treatments since they tend to hang the best. Faux silk tends to be the most durable.  And in a particularly sunny room, faux silk doesn’t deteriorate as quickly as real silk.

Some fabrics can help keep out the cold. Many use suede, velvet, tapestry or tweed since their weight helps block light and keep heat in. Still, nearly any fabric can be interlined with bump, a thick, insulating felt material. And interlining — a piece of fabric slipped between the lining and the face fabric — can also help prolong the life of the curtains. “If silk is unlined, it will rot, Lining and interlining are what give curtains their body and fullness.” Custom window treatments offer many benefits:

You can customize drapery to the dimensions to your window size and create a tailored look, like a perfectly fitted suit. Custom window treatment come in endless design options, from material to header style. With these options, though, comes a considerable price difference from off-the-shelf curtain panels.