Whether you are building your home from the ground up, remodeling your current home or have just purchased a new home, our trusted furniture and design experts are here to help you every step of the way. We have access to thousands of exclusive resources including custom fabric, drapery, hardware and window treatments. Below are some of the basics to get you started understanding the differences between the types.
As you start your custom fabric selection process there are four key factors to keep in mind: color, durability, style and any special considerations within your home environment.
Color is typically the first thing that a person considers when it comes to selecting a fabric for their furniture, bedding ensemble, drapery or window treatment. Make sure the color you choose is something you will be happy with and avoid trendy colors that may fade in popularity over time.
Durability is a very important factor in fabric selections, especially if you are planning to place your sofa or chair in a high-traffic area in your home.
Style is something that is unique to each individual. Keep the style of your room in mind when you make your custom fabric selection.
Special Considerations should be given to your home’s environment when it comes to fabric. For example, if you live in a humid climate, you may need to find fabric that is specially treated for mildew resistance.
Drapery has the ability to enhance the room’s overall appearance just by the additional body and texture it creates. Various shapes and sizes of decorative tassels and trims may also be added to completely change the look of your drapery in each room. Be mindful of the overall function of your room when determining the type of material that you should use.
Hardware is an important factor in the overall design of your drapery and ties it together with the rest of the room. Key elements of drapery hardware are:
Center Support – A support that is placed in the middle of the drapery rod to prevent it from bowing.
Decorative Rod – A rod that will be a visible design element in the room and often comes in a finish such as nickel, bronze, copper, etc.
Finial – A decorative ornament that attaches to the ends of drapery rods to add a finishing touch. These come in various shapes, sizes and colors to match your style preferences.
Custom Window Treatments
Shades and blinds are both popular choices for window treatments. The differences between shades and blinds are fairly easy to identify. Shades are typically made from soft materials, such as cotton, linen, silk, or any form of natural or synthetic fiber, whereas blinds tend to be made from hard substances like wood or aluminum. Shades are also constructed on a continuous roll that raises or lowers to adjust the amount of light needed in a room, while blinds have slats or vanes that open and close for the same purpose. According to The US Department of Energy, window shades are one of the simplest and most effective window treatments for saving energy.
If you are interested in customizing fabric, drapery, hardware and window treatments for any room in your home, stop by Resource Design, our designer fabric workroom, offering thousands of high-quality fabrics and decorative trims in the most popular colors, styles and designs.