Friday, December 2, 2011

Design Tip: Drapery

 As an interior designer I frequently get asked how to choose drapery, how many and what size panels are needed, what length they need to be and where to mount the hardware. Today I wanted to answer these questions in my design tip of the week:
  • Drapery panels should be 2 1/2 to 3 times the width of the window, each
    panel should be 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 times with width of the window. The wider
    and fuller the drapes the more dramatic they will appear.
  • Drapery panels should end either: above the window sill, directly below the window
    sill, end an inch above the floor or pool about 6 inches at the floor for a dramatic,
    full appearance.
  • Drapery rods should be 8-10 inches longer than the width of the window so
    that you can mount them up to 5  inches to each side of the molding.
  • Make sure you have space for sometimes large finials or end caps at each side!
  • Always make sure you have drawback space to open the drapes completely
    to let in the natural light.
  • Mount drapery hardware 4 or more inches above molding to visually add 
    height to the ceiling and to show off beautiful crown molding.

    The dark color and deeply gathered creases give these drapes a dramatic and tailored look! The hardware is mounted at a height to emphasize the molding. Not much space to tie them back...
Remodel with us
The combination of tailored drapes and the valance gives a formal and traditional aesthetic...

Coco + Kelley
I have always loved when drapery hardware is installed hidden in a cove above the windows. The hardware seems to disappear and the drapes look like they go on forever! These end about 1 inch above the floor and are a semi sheer to give visual privacy yet maintain the natural light in the space...

Elle Decor
These drapes are fantastic! I love everything about them...

  Drapes can be hung in an alcove on a continuous rod to trick the eye into
thinking the window wraps around the entire alcove!

House Beautiful
 These drapes are long and pool at the floor which gives a comfortable, warm feel to a space...
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    Comfy and casual...
    House Beautiful

    These crisp white drapes are providing a partition between two spaces, I think it is a great way to divide a room or enclose an area (a studio apartment!) and what a fun way to tie them up!

     Drapery can be a great way to bring in pattern and texture into the design of a space. By using bold horizontal stripes it gives the appearance of a wider window...I think these are so cool!

    Janie Molster
      All in all drapery can be a great way to warm up a room, give privacy to a home on a busy street, dress up or dress down a room or add pattern to your design. There are so many options and this is just a mere tip to get you started in the right direction! I love comments and questions so please email me anytime at! I look forward to hearing from you!

    And on a sweeter note here is the cookie of the day Chocolate Hazelnut Cutout Cookies courtesy of Sunset Magazine. I plan on making these over the weekend, yummy...

    Makes 54 sandwich cookies - Total Time:


    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup cornstarch
    • 1 3/4 cups flour
    • 3/4 to 1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread such as Nutella


    • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with a stand mixer until well blended, or whirl in a food processor. Add cornstarch and flour and beat on low speed, or whirl, until dough comes together and is very smooth.
    • 2. Divide dough in half. Roll each portion between sheets of parchment paper into a 1/8-in.-thick round. Stack and freeze rounds on a baking sheet until dough is firm enough to cut, about 20 minutes.
    • 3. Lift off parchment, cut dough with a floured 1 1/2- to 2-in.-wide cutter, and transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing slightly apart. Gather scraps, refreeze, and re roll as needed.
    • 4. Bake cookies until light golden, 10 to 14 minutes, switching pan positions halfway through baking. Transfer to racks to cool.
    • 5. Spread half of cookies on flat sides with a generous coat of chocolate hazelnut spread, then top each with a second cookie.
    • Make ahead: Up to 3 days, stored airtight.
    Enjoy the cookie of the day and check back this weekend for more yummy recipes!

    1 comment:

    1. The tips are great and how good do those cookies look!?