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The Soft Beauty of Fabric Window Treatments

Contributed by Cheryl Smith, DDCD.

Fabric window treatments are time-honored and still the favorite of homeowners. Fabric can hang in soft folds, adding a sense of abundant luxury, or it can have a tailored, contemporary look when mounted to a cornice board or fabricated into roman shades.  It is wonderfully adaptable to all styles from traditional to contemporary.

Some fabrics naturally lend themselves to formal, elegant treatments while others are more suited to casual or tailored window treatments.  The trick is in selecting a fabric whose unique characteristics, such as pattern and texture, will show off your style in all its glory.

Pattern and texture are only two considerations when determining a fabric’s personality.  Weight, color, and fiber content must also be taken into account. Pattern is the factor that establishes a fabric’s character.  The pattern may be reminiscent of a period, such as Victorian lace or Federal stripes, contemporary  angles and shapes, or traditional florals.

Fabric is often characterized by its weight. Window treatments can be made from sheer, lightweight, or medium-weight fabrics. Although heavyweight fabrics are usually reserved for upholstery, they make great cornices to pair with underdraperies.  With so many options in window treatment fabrics, it’s important to choose the correct weight for each style of treatment.  For example, café curtains can be designed of lightweight, almost sheer fabric, while floor length draperies should be sewn from medium-weight fabric and fully lined so that they hang straight.

Soft, fabric window treatments are a wonderful option if you need to soften the angularity of a room.  Softly hanging draperies bring a sense of grace to a room by subduing the rigid planes of walls, floor, and ceiling.  However, fabric can also complement an angular, contemporary look if, for example, it hangs from unusual or artistic hooks, or the design of the treatment is angular.

No matter what your window challenge, there is perfect fabric treatment for you. 

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