Window drapery is actually quite an old fashioned feature of home decor. Interest in it became popular around the period that the textile industry started to take off. Households would make their drapes as ornate as possible to show other people how wealthy they were, especially those in the middle and upper classes.
Pleats and folds are common styles of drapery. If they are not folded they can be left to hang straight down to the floor for a dramatic effect. Regardless of what was done to them the material used to make them was always world class. Materials like velvet, silk and chiffon were popular favorites. Their primary reasons for being used include to provide privacy, to shade a room from receiving too much light and to dress a space up.
Four different kinds of drapes are available, casement, tieback, draw and pleats. A transverse rod is used to hang draw draperies up on and you use a cord to make them work. They can be opened or closed depending on the instruction passed through the cord. They are used to stop light from entering a room and are made from heavy and dark fabric.
A more lightweight alternative is casement drapes, which hang straight and fall close to the glass. Sheer material is usually the fabric of choice for this application. Inverted or Parisian drapes are hung from a curtain rod, the bottom part hangs straight but the top is pleated and more decorative.
Decorative ties can jazz up the appearance of tieback curtains. The fabric is hung on either side, making a join in the middle. The sides are then pulled and held by the tie. Another way of ensuring privacy without using drapery is to install blinds which can be adjusted for privacy levels. They can look great in the kitchen or the bathroom.
Expert advice should be consulted when you are in the market for these products. They will be able to give you feedback on the type of material to use for the room, if you are after a look or style. Make sure you have your sizes ready so that you do not buy less than what you need for the application. You will also need a visual picture of what it will look like once done and measurements will assist with this.
Customized drapery is a bit of an indulgence but worth the expense if you can afford it. It will ensure that all fabric used in the room matches any softs you have as well as your existing furniture. It will draw on inspiration from the strongest features and make a striking focal point in the room if done professionally. Ensure you get a quote on the work to be done and that the consultant takes the correct measurements.
Households have made use of window drapery for many years, since fabrics came into fashion and mass production. They make a room loom more attractive and can provide a level of comfort and privacy. They will add to the use of colour and texture in a room and make a feature according to your specification.