Drapery is my jam!! The one item that can completely transform a space is drapery. Adding drapes immediately warms up a space and gives it a designer look. Drapes are a great way to add a happy snap of color or to add prints and texture to a room. And drapes are, of course, functional. They block light, provide privacy, create darkness and add a layer of insulation to your windows. They can also help with acoustics in a space and block out sound.
Most of the drapery that I use for client homes are custom made, but there are many beautiful options available in stores as well. I have been known to purchase from West Elm for my own home. Measure first, though! A common mistake that homeowners make when purchasing store-bought drapes is to buy them without first measuring the height of the wall. I like the drapes to go all the way down to the floor…they should “kiss the floor” as I say!
My number one tip for adding drapery is to hang them high! At least 12 inches above the window is the general rule. Never hang them right above the window frame. This lets in less light and can give the space a crowded look.
Frame up the view! If you have windows with a view, adding drapes is the perfect accent to really get the most impact. Framing the windows make the windows the focal point of the room, which will add wow factor. Designing in South Florida, many of my clients have beautiful views of the ocean, pool, or beautiful tropical foliage, like in the photo below.
I absolutely love the layering of light and feathery side panels. I am always a fan of sheers, as they create a graceful and soft vibe. They are not great for privacy, however…so keep this in mind when choosing your fabric.