Classy Drapes can Fully Enhance Your Bedroom

There are plenty of drapery ideas for bedrooms that you can use to enhance the decor and make yourself more comfortable. Whether you’re aiming for something feminine, modern, or urban, the following are some ideas that you just might find rather appealing:

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    Hang a drapery behind your bed, even if there’s no window there. You’ll never know the difference and those who see it will assume there is a window there. It’s a fun way to create a little sensuality within the room.

  • Use a drape to create a textural backdrop. You can hang a wall length drape to cover the entire wall and make the space feel larger and more palatial.
  • Add a valance. This is a great look to that matches the square frame of the bed. A valance brings a touch of uniformity to the room that you’ll find genuinely comforting as it ties the decor together.
  • Have twin beds? No problem, place the beds to the sides of the window, then allow the drapes to fold up behind them. This creates a symmetrical and balanced appearance that is truly delightful and refreshing.
  • Incorporate patterned drapes. Hang them floor to ceiling and allow them to take up the length of the entire wall. This will help “raise” the ceiling and provide a unique visual appearance that makes the room feel many times larger.
  • Use drapes to make a canopy. This is a fun way to bring a touch of romance and passion into the bedroom. You’ll feel like a queen every time you lay down to rest.
  • Make a fort. Another playful way to use drapes within the bedroom is to use them to create a hideaway. By placing them along the corners of your bed and hanging them directly from the ceiling you can create a space that’s closed off from the world and gives you plenty of privacy for rest, relaxation, and of course, romance.

Of course, the drapery fabric you choose makes a big difference in the finished look. That’s why we invite you to search through our fabric selection to see just how many options are out there. And, remember, you can receive three of our freesamples to consider as you make your selection.

Are you searching for more drapery ideas for bedrooms? Contact Factory Direct Drapes and we’ll be glad to offer you some fabulous suggestions to consider for your home.

How do I Choose the Best Drapery Lining?

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Choosing the best drapery lining makes a big difference in the way they will look and make you feel. To that end, the following are some things you will want to consider as you go about the process.

Think about a three-pass lining, which is composed of a cotton base cloth sprayed with white acrylic to create a membrane. This is followed by a solid black membrane, and finished with another coating of white acrylic. This type of lining is very good at blocking light and preventing UV rays from fading your furniture.

For even more light protection, consider adding a blackout lining. This is an ideal option for use within bedrooms and nurseries where you don’t want the sun to wake everyone up in the morning. It’s also great for those who enjoy taking their afternoon naps in the dark.

Finally, you can also go with a simple one-pass lining. As with the three-pass, it is sprayed with white acrylic. Typically available in white, ivory, or assorted colors, the one-pass lining filters light and softens it but is not highly effective at blocking it. This makes it a good choice for the den, the kitchen, or the living room, but it is not an ideal choice for bedrooms or the nursery.

All of these drapery lining options can be used with everything from silk to cotton. Just remember that the lighter the fabric, the thicker the lining you will want to us. Remember that using a thick lining with a thin fabric can give the drape a balanced and full appearance.

Finally, you may decide that you’d rather use a sheer instead of a lining. This is a popular option and it works very well. In fact, you can pull the sheer across the window for those times when you want an airy and open feel framed by the drapes. This is a popular appearance that looks very modern and works well when used on southern or eastern facing windows that have been covered with a thin drape made of linen or silk.

Our team would be glad to help you with choosing the best drapery lining. We invite you to contact us at Factory Direct Drapes today to ask us your questions and to start the process of designing the perfect drapes for your home decor.

Important Tips to Remember when Decorating with Elegant Draperies

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The winter season is behind us, which means its time to start decorating for spring. As you start planning your spring projects out, the following tips for decorating with drapes will help you begin:

  • Drapes are heavier than standard curtains. This can make them a little trickier to work with. On the plus side, they bring considerable weight into the room and make your windows look fuller. They also bring considerably more texture to the scene, which is definitely something you’ll appreciate.
  • Remember, you can spruce up your drapes by adding features such as drapery cords or ties to the drape. By tying your drapes back, you’ll create a truly elegant and charming appearance.
  • When it comes to color, the choices are entirely up to you. One fabulous look is to select striped fabric and use pinch pleats to highlight the stripes. This breaks up the lines of the window and gives it an entirely new shape.
  • If you’re planning to use drapes in a library, a bedroom, or a home theater, it’s best to use a darker color material. This will help block out light when you’re ready to sleep or turn your favorite movie on.
  • One of the best things you can do with drapes is to select fabrics that feature floral patterns. This give the room a highly feminine appearance that works very well within bedrooms, reading rooms, or sun rooms.
  • Drapes don’t just have to be hung from the windows. They an provide nice cover when hung around the bed. By hanging drapes from the ceiling, you can create a cozy little retreat that’s perfect for both rest and romance.
  • You will also want to pay close attention to the hardware you select. It should match the theme within the room as well as the fabric. Consider it the cherry on top and select hardware that stands out and makes a statement. You will want the color of the hardware to vary slightly from the fabric so that it stands out but isn’t overbearing in appearance.

We hope you love these tips for decorating with drapes. Our team invites you to contact us at Factory Direct Drapes today for more advice on the drapes and styles we recommend for spring decorating.

You’ll Love the Beautiful Colors of Our Athena Drapery Fabrics

One of our most popular fabrics is the Athena line. Not only are the fabrics beautiful and resilient, the Athena drapery fabric colors are vast and varied. This makes choosing the right one to match your decor a simple task.

As with any product line, there are always colors that stand out as the best and brightest. The following are four colors that we highly recommend for our clients:

Athena Grape – Vibrant and bold, this color stands out and gives your room an appearance that is truly unique. The exquisite deep purple of this fabric will make you feel like royalty every time you pass by it. As with all Athena fabrics, it’s easy to clean, and it hangs beautifully with soft, supple folds that will last for years to come.

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Athena Royal Blue – Perfect for nautical themed rooms, the fabric is as blue as the deep blue sea and looks great in the beach house to the penthouse. It will shimmer in the sunlight and provide a nice background for evening gatherings. This fabric features an elevated line weave and is the perfect way to show off your sophistication and sense of style.

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Athena Honey – Not quite yellow, not quite gold, this honey colored fabric is 100 percent pure and natural. A classic antique satin drape fabric, its earthy texture is soft and welcoming. This makes it perfect for use within bedrooms, the nursery, the office, or the living room.

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Athena Burgundy – As elegant as it is refined, burgundy is a color that can’t be ignored. Not as flashy as red, and not as muted as rust, this fabric provides a gentle background that works with a variety of design schemes. The muted surface of this fabric gives it a gentle sheen that reflects just enough light to highlight the drape.

Athena drapery fabric colors

Naturally, each of these fabrics can be cut, trimmed, hemmed, and folded to your tastes. Whether you want a clip top, a grommet top, or a pinch pleated top, these fabrics can be shaped to your specific design tastes.

Our team would be glad to help you select the Athena drapery fabric colors that are best for your decor. We invite you to contact us at Factory Direct Drapes today for more information on how to choose drapery colors.

How to Pleat Drapery Headers and Create the Perfect Look

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Pleats give drapes a little extra depth and dimension. If you are wondering how to pleat drapery headers, the following are some tips that will help you create the perfect look in no time at all.

The process begins by selecting the right tape to create your pleat with. There are three types of tape to consider:

Channeled Tape with Pronged Hooks

This is also known as French, or “finger” style pleats. They require a tightly woven header tape that’s laced with pockets for prongs. These prongs are attached to specially designed curtain hooks to form clusters. If you select this option, you’ll want to be aware that the finished panel will shrink in size by between 33-50 percent when you’re finished. Thus, you’ll want to plan for this as you plan the size of the drapery you’re going to use.

Pleat Pull-String Tapes

Pull-string tapes can be used to create a vast number of different styles. Similar to French-pleat tape, it is sewn directly into the drapery heading. Using one or more pull-strings, you can control the size, the depth, and the complexity of the pleats. This gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility, however, it also means that you’ll have to be very careful with your measurements to ensure that each pleat is uniform to the next.

Snap Tape

Snap tape is perhaps the easiest option to use. It attaches to a snap-carrier curtain rod and does not require hooks to complete. The pleats are hand formed which makes completing either simple box or inverted pleats a, well, snap. In fact, many people choose this option when first learning how to pleat drapery headers because it is so simple to complete.

As you attach the tape, you will place the tape so that each pleat is lined up with a snap. You can then stitch the pleats in place as you attach the tape. Once ready, you simply snap the draperies to the rod and you’re ready to go. This makes snap tape an ideal choice for a quick finish that is less formal, but no less satisfying than either pleat pull-string or channeled tape.

We invite you to contact Factory Direct Drapes for more information about how to pleat drapery headers. We’ll be glad to help untangle the mystery and help you select the perfect draperies for your home and decorating vision.

How do I Choose the Best Window Treatment Trim?

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A touch of trim is all most windows need to bring them to life. When it comes to choosing window treatment trims for your home, the following are some suggestions that will help make your decisions easier.

There are plenty of trims to choose from; braids, tassels, and cords being just a few of the most popular options. Braids are typically 1 to 3 inches wide and have two finished edges to give the braid a fuller, more finished appearance.

Tassels can be a lot of fun. From the color options to the size of the tassel itself, you can have a lot of fun using them to bring your custom drapes to life. Most people choose tassels whose colors sharply contrast the drapery. This creates a nice highlight that makes the tassels stand out clearly from the background.

Cords, of course, serve a functional purpose in addition to their decorative appearance. They can be easily strung along the drape and used to tie it back for those time when you want to let a little more light into the room. Of course, if you have small children, you will want to make sure that the cord length is short enough that your child can’t reach up and grab it.

Another option to consider in lieu of cords is a welt. Welts are fabric-covered cords that vary in thickness from 1/4 to 1 inch. These can be stitched into the seam which gives them a high degree of reliability and also keeps them out of the way.

Finally, don’t forget the fringe benefits of fringes. Fringe borders are often multicolored and densely packed. This creates a stunning appearance around your drapes that is unique and all your own.

Of course, you can combine some or all of these elements together to create the drape that is truly unique and customized to your specific tastes. However, remember to balance the elements you include so that they enhance rather than detract from the finished appearance of your drape.

Our team invites you to contact us at Factory Direct Drapes today with your questions about choosing window treatment trims for your home. We’ll be glad to answer your questions and help you make the right selection for your decorating vision.

Tried and True Window Treatment Trends for Your Home

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There are some truly exciting window treatment trends on the horizon and we’re excited to be helping our clients take advantage of them. The following are just a few that we are recommending as our customers get ready to do a bit of spring updating:

  • Gossamer Sheers – Forget harsh polyester and consider adding something more subtle. Interwoven with a wide variety of natural materials, many feature beautiful embossing and magnificent printed patterns.
  • Velvety Velvet - Soft, supple, and ever so easy on the eyes, velvet is a “go to” material that will look great in living rooms and dining rooms. It provides excellent insulation and is highly effective at blocking light.
  • Dramatic Sheers – Cocoa and smoke colored sheers are very popular right now. Further, combining sheers of multiple-tones can create a bit of extra depth and dimension within your window frame. This gives you plenty of opportunities to use all of your favorite colors throughout the home.
  • Grommets – Grommets are simple and make hanging drapes a simple affair. Plus, you can choose grommets that match the curtain rod to hide them, or you can choose grommets to contrast the rod and have them stand out a bit. In fact, many people prefer grommets that bring a touch of contrast to the top of the drape.
  • Long Fabrics. Let the drapes hang loose and all the way to the floor. Don’t let them puddle, instead have them cut to a length that just skims the floor as they waft and wave in the breeze.
  • Patterns Galore – Allow your fun side to shine through by selecting whimsical patterns that highlight your personality. From zebra stripes to giraffe spots, you’re free to use patterns to show the world just how eclectic your tastes and interests are.
  • Hardware is Key – In addition to valances and swags, be sure your hardware creates a visual cue or two. Select rods, finials, and tie-backs that fit the window and match the decor within the room. Whether made of wood, metal, or glass, you will want to choose hardware that blends into the background of the room without feeling obtrusive.

Factory Direct Drapes would be delighted to discuss the latest window treatment trends with you. We invite you to contact us at 866-713-7273 with your questions and to discover the fabrics and styles we recommend for the modern home.

Our Eco-Friendly Drapery are Made from Quality Organic Materials

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Eco-friendly drapery materials are a fabulous way to spruce up your home and help improve the air quality at the same time. Draperies made of cotton, linen, silk, and wool are excellent options that look splendid and will wear well over time.

Start your search for eco-friendly drapery materials by looking at the label. Many will proudly advertise the fact that they are comprised of organic cotton or other fabrics. That’s the starting point, but you’ll also want to look for fabrics that have been dyed with low-impact dyes, or even naturally pigmented fabrics that are referred to as “color-grown” cotton.

This is important because many curtains treated with stain treatments and flame retardants can be a considerable source of PFC’s and PBDE’s in your home. Thus, if you are looking for fabrics that have fire resistant properties, it’s a good idea to choose wool as it will provide roughly the same protection without any risk to the air within your home.

At Factory Direct Drapes, we carry a broad selection of eco-friendly drapery materials. Our options make it easy for you to select fabrics that are just as capable of trapping indoor air pollutants including dust, mold, and chemicals that are wafting through the air. Further, our fabrics are sustainable which means that they support area agriculture and their production has a minimal impact on the soil, air, and water supply within the regions they are grown.

Some of the eco-friendly drapes we carry and recommend include the following:

  • 100 percent pure cotton
  • Bamboo (soft, flexible, durable, and best of all, anti-bacterial)
  • Hemp
  • Silk
  • Recycled fabrics
  • Lyocell (naturally fire retardant)

Each of these eco-friendly options are highly reliable, durable, and come with a lifespan that is 10 years or more. This makes them a cost effective option that you’ll be glad you made. In fact, simply switching your drapes to these eco-friendly drapery materials can have a big impact in your overall health if you have allergies or chronic medical conditions. That alone should be enough to make you smile and breathe easier as you marvel at the beauty hanging in the window.

We invite you to contact us at Factory Direct Drapes for more information about the eco-friendly drapery materials we have to offer. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help direct you to the materials that are ideal for your home’s decor.

How to Hang Elegant Scarf Valances

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Scarf valances are becoming popular decor pieces for the twenty first century home. It can be a lot of fun to hang a valance and get the look just right in your home’s decor. However, it can also be a bit of a challenge to ensure that each loop is perfectly symmetrical with the next so that the finished look is balanced just right.

To that end, the following are some tips that will make hanging scarf valances a simple task:

  • Scarf valances are rectangular in shape, and when folded and secured to the rod, you will manipulate the top layer to create a swag. This in turn creates what is called the jabot at the bottom. Remember that when you pull one direction, the fabric will move in the opposite direction.
  • Start the process by folding it in equal parts like a fan. Each section of your fan should be about four to five inches wide. As you fold, remember to keep the fabric taut, straight, and equal with the other folds.
  • Once you have the folds prepared, tie a piece of ribbon around the pleats to hold them in place. This is an important step because it will help ensure your folds don’t come undone.
  • If you are hanging scarf valances by attaching them to a wall sconce, be sure the valance fits snugly within the sconce otherwise it will come loose. You should pull the top edge of your swag completely through the opening in the sconce. This will straighten the top portion of the fabric. You’ll want to continue pulling your top layers through the sconce while making sure to keep the bottom folds intact.
  • Once your swags are set the way you’d like, take a zip tie and tighten it around the fabric to keep the shape set the way you desire.

Remember, scarf valances should look draped, not strung. Thus, it is extremely important to make sure that you calculate the depth of your folds when measuring the size of the fabric you will need for your windows. Otherwise, you’ll end up with shallow folds that don’t fit the window frame.

For more tips on hanging scarf valances in your home, contact our friendly team at Factory Direct Drapes. We’ll be happy to help guide you through the drapery selection process.

Decorate Your Interiors with Gorgeous Floor to Ceiling Drapes

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Decorating with floor to ceiling drapes is a surefire way to bring a touch of class and elegance into your home. From the bedroom to the living room, floor to ceiling drapes are always a nice touch that is sure to be noticed by everyone who enters your home.

Among the benefits floor to ceiling drapes offer, people genuinely appreciate the sound reduction, increased light control, and diminished heat gain/heat loss. That’s not even mentioning the additional privacy and enhanced ambiance they create.

When decorating with floor to ceiling drapes, it’s a good idea to use a heavier fabric such as velvet, satin, damask, etc. These are more formal fabrics which create the right look and feel for the drapes. Don’t despair, because while it’s best not to pick a non-traditional fabric for this purpose, you can still play with color to your heart’s content.

Floor to ceiling fabrics look great when a solid color such as red, blue, green, or yellow is chosen. They also look stunning when you incorporate patterns such as flowers, seashells, or even stripes. As long as the drape pattern/color blends well with the wall color and the furniture within the room, your floor to ceiling drapes will fit right into your home.

When decorating with floor to ceiling drapes, it’s also a good idea to layer your window treatments. This helps create a finished appearance that is more fulfilling and visually appealing. Thus, coupling your drapes with sheers or blinds is highly advisable. This also helps create more light control within the room and allows you to pull the drapes back for those times when you want a little more light, but not so much that it floods the room.

Regarding hardware, floor to ceiling drapes can be hung on either tracks or rods. Most people prefer using decorative rods because it allows them to select hardware that stands out within the room. In fact, using rods creates a more formal appearance and creates an opportunity to select hardware that ties your drapes into the furniture and structural elements within the room. It’s a trick that decorators have used for centuries because it’s effective at allowing you to introduce more creativity into the home.

We invite you to contact Factory Direct Drapes for more information about decorating with floor to ceiling drapes. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you choose the best drapes for your home.