I’d like to thank my friend Ann Alderson, owner Staging South Tampa, LLC (http://stagingsouthtampa.com/) for the inspiration to this blog. She tweeted the following to me, “The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” Think about it, this truism could apply to almost anything but it is particularly appropriate for the world of designing window treatments.
Window treatments can be mediocre or stunning depending on the details. There are many details that are important and will make the difference in a successful design. But realize, these details also have a price tag so be prepared.
The first pay attention to the type and quality of the lining that is used for the drapery or valance. A basic liner is good but it might not be great. Consider a quality blackout liner that will help conserve energy by keeping the sunlight out and preserve the fabric from fading. An upgrade to the blackout liner is to use a quality liner with an interliner. This detail works especially well when the fabric is too thin and requires additional body such as in silks and the faux silks. The interliner provides body that is otherwise lacking. Also, if you choose a less expensive face fabric, the interliner could give the finished product a more expensive look. Ask your decorator/designer what they recommend and do pay the extra few dollars for the best liner you can get.
When fabricating drapery, look for the following detail a 4-5 inch double bottom hem and 1-2 inch double side hems. These are finishing details used by the pros.
Workrooms typically finish cornice boards with gimp to marry the lining with the face fabric. The top of the cornice should be finished with the face fabric especially when the cornice can be seen from a second level.
In my designs, I like to use a tiny (1/8 inch) self welt to finish edges on decorative valances when there isn’t any decorative trim such as fringe, tassel fringe or cording and 1/2 inch welt on cornice boards. When adding welt it helps to define the edge and the design of the decorative valance or cornice.
Details include the fabric selection. Every fabric has a “best use” and should be a consideration when designing a window treatment. I often recommend selecting the fabric first and the design will follow. In any event, your decorator/designer should marry the fabic with the design to get the best result.
Installation is the final detail that is often overlooked. You or your decorator/designer will hire a professional who has been trained and knows how to make appropriate on-site adjustments when required. We in the trade often times say “fake it to make it”. The installers have the tools and supplies for proper installation. The last task for the installers is to ”dress out” the treatments to look their best.
These are a few of the important details when designing and installing custom window treatments. It makes the difference between good and great! Let’s strive for great and the result will be fabulous simply fabulous!