Windows and Walls

Windows and walls… Why custom?

In the wonderful world of window coverings, there are virtually thousands of fabrics and design choices available to today’s homeowners. Many of my clients ask me about custom; specifically, what makes a custom window treatment custom? It’s a good question; so I’ll start at the beginning of a fabric’s journey from being manufactured to hanging beautifully at your windows.

Fabrics come from many manufacturers throughout the world. Some of these manufacturers actually design the fabric, convert raw goods into fabric, print their design on the fabric, then inventory and sample the fabric, and ultimately market their fabric. Like most interior decorators, I select those fabric samples that I feel will appeal to my clientele. And once a fabric decision has been made, it is then turned into a beautifully crafted, uniquely designed window treatment. Believe it or not, there are no two custom window treatment designs completely alike. Why, because each design should truly project your personality and style.

Quality custom window treatments are crafted by skilled workrooms. They are always luxuriously full; never skimpy. Well-made treatments include features like weighted corners in the hems of side panels, to insure an even, continuous hemline or interesting pleats. Lining also plays a major role in custom designed window treatments. Lining is often a must, not only for protecting your beautiful draperies from harsh sunlight, but your furnishings as well. It adds body and shape to treatments or can be functional, such as blackout lining. Another window treatment option is blinds. Used for privacy, light control or energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas blinds and shades are perfect in any window setting. For beauty and elegance consider Silhouette shading; and for light control consider an energy efficient shade like Duette Architella.

Window treatment hardware choices are also endless. Wood or metal, traditional or contemporary, medallions or traverse? Function often dictates some hardware choices.

And while we’re talking about window treatments, let’s talk about a beautiful backdrop for your window treatments…wallcoverings. Wallpaper is hotter than ever! We still love our rich paint colors, but wallpaper is making a big comeback. They’ve made it easier to apply and even easier to take down, so please consider it for your next project.

Again, it’s best to do your homework; and consider utilizing the services of a professional designer.

You’ll have lots more decorative options, and the added benefit of an experienced professional to guide you through every step of the design process.

I proudly serve Chatham, Basking Ridge, Madison, Florham Park, Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit, Gillette and surrounding areas!. Give me a call at 973-701-0550!