Friday, June 12, 2015

10 Drapery Terms Defined

You want to add those extra finishing touches to a room - that gorgeous area rug, plus some colorful vases and frames as accent pieces. You know window treatments will complete the look of the room, but not sure exactly what you need? There are many details that go into picking out that perfect window treatment. You don’t have to be an expert, but it is good to know some of the lingo used so you get exactly the look you want.

Casing or Molding: The wooden frame around a window, used as the basis for all measurements for any window treatment.
White Molding Borders Each Window

Header: The top portion of drapery where it is hung on a curtain rod. Different types include: Pleated, Pocket, Grommet, etc.
Pinch Pleat Drapery

Stackback: The amount of space taken up when the drapery is in an open position.
Gorgeous Drapery Highlights Window

Traverse Rod: A rod that drapery can be attached to for easy opening and closing.
Traverse Rod Used For Ripple Fold Drapery

Width of Material: The actual width of the material plus the side seam allowances.
Width of Material Can Vary Depending on Desired Fullness

Return: The amount of drapery needed to cover the hardware from the front of the rod to the wall.
Fabric Covers Hardware in This Valance/Drapery Combination

Tieback or Hold Back: A decorative piece that can be added to drapery to tie or hold back the material to allow light to enter a room.
Tie Back Adds Extra Texture

Drape Lining: Added to a drapery to protect the fabric from the sun’s harsh rays, and can be used to give drapery more body and fullness.
Heavy Weight Sateen with a Softened Lustre Finish

Flat Roman: Type of shade that when is closed has fabric that is flat in appearance. When opened up, the fabric comes together as it folds.
Beautiful Fabric Visible with a Flat Roman Shade

Classic Roman: Type of shade has the decorative pleats visible when closed. As the shade opens, the fabric pleats stack on top of each other in flat even folds.
Classic Roman Shades are Attractive and Functional

Experts at Regal Drapes can help walk you through all of these details at no additional cost to you.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Former Housekeeper Turns Designer: Meet Our Jennifer Adams

Designer Jennifer Adams grew up in a small home that she shared with her family of six. Her family struggled to make ends meet. That did not discourage Jennifer. If anything, it instilled a drive that would eventually catapult her to become a successful business entrepreneur.

As a child she had a passion for decor and home furnishings. She loved redecorating her small room, and would make the most of what was available. She would help her mom make furniture, paint and make draperies. Anything to make the home appear nicer, with no money. Eager to take control of her own financial situation she started a maid service in high school to help put her through design school.

Eventually Jennifer launched her award winning Jennifer Adams Design Group with collections worth millions. She has appeared as a design expert on Better Homes & Gardens' "The Better Show" and as a lead designer on HGTV's "My First Place". She has also been featured on Fox & Friends giving great tips on how to maximize your bedroom for sleep from her book, Bedrooms That Inspire: Rest, Relaxation & Romance. All of Jennifer’s beautiful fabric designs are now available at Incorporate her gorgeous fabrics into your home as drapes, valances, roman shades or pillows and create a space you love coming home to.

Jennifer Adams Design Tip: “In the bedroom, the most important element is function. You want the window treatments to reduce the amount of light to ensure a good night’s sleep. It is recommended that the drapes have a blackout lining behind the decorative fabric of the drapes.”

Friday, May 15, 2015

10 Quick Tips from Professional Drapery Designers

It’s easy to get that designer look in your own home with a few quick tips from our Regal Drapes design team. Follow these guidelines to help make your home design project easy!

  • Start by considering the style of the room. Is it living room that you want it to feel casual? Or is your style more formal?
  • Consider function. Do you need to control the light? Do you want to stop that draft or boiling sun? There are various linings that serve different purposes depending on what you need.
  • Get ideas by looking through magazines, online design galleries, TV and movies. See what looks are trending now or what imagery catches your eye.
  • Having a hard time finding what you love? Why not look outside. You can always find inspiration in nature, either with color, texture or design. Bring the outdoors in and frame the view as you would a piece of fine art.
  • Start to pick out 5-10 fabrics that you really love. Order samples to test out what the fabric looks like in different lighting.
  • Create a monochromatic pallet room that can be popped with a bright primary accents and bold statement fabrics.
  • Dark colors can be used in small spaces and can create a dramatic area when combined with high contrast accents and furnishings.
  • However, don’t be afraid to try colors and patterns together - you don't know until you try it. Some of the best combinations come from thinking out of the box.
  • Almost done! Look at the wall with a critical eye. Is there a light switch or a thermostat that could be in the way? Is the window frame deep enough for an inside mounted shade?
  • Overall have fun - don't take it too serious! Perfection can come from the most unlikely mistakes.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Why Buy Custom Drapes?

Custom Drapes emphasize the style of a room.  Even though a room may be furnished with many high-end furnishings and architectural details, without custom drapes, a room may feel cold and unfinished. Custom draperies, valances, and Roman shades bring color and drama to a well-furnished room.

The unique texture and color of these 2 story sheer drapes completely dictate the unique style of this otherwise ordinary apartment loft.

Color? Choose Anything

When you select a custom window treatment you are open to numerous fabrics, therefore unlimited colors and patterns. This large selection will match your furniture and home décor better than a pre-packaged product. You will have a unique look that no one else will have. 

Add Your Personal Style

Want to create a room that is super formal or super fun?  Pick a print that tells the story. Choosing custom drapes can allow for a person to add additional flare and project the style in the room that they are hoping to achieve. Adding custom borders, valances and custom hardware can all reinforce a particular look.

Go Green & Save Energy

Functioning draperies can add to the energy efficiency of your home by providing thermal control. What good is a living room that feels drafty?  Why not create a space that is cozy and energy efficient.  Lining also protects the drapery fabric and your furnishings from the sun’s harsh rays, extending the life of the draperies and everything in your room.

Built To Operate On Your Window

Your treatment will be custom made for you.  Custom means custom fitting.  If it is designed to block out light, it will. If it is designed to hide an unsightly view of something you doing like inside the room, It will.  If it is designed to obscure the outside view, it can.  If it is designed to be decorative and not operate, it will take up the exact amount of space you design it for.  Stock “off the shelf” drapery treatments often do not operate or fall exactly where you want them.


The quality of the fabric and craftsmanship of a custom drape cannot compare with a packaged, stock drape. Custom drapes are hand finished, and built to last. Your money will not go to waste.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tips On Choosing Patterned Drapery

Incorporating patterned drapery into a room is a great way to add visual interest to a space through color and texture. Here are a few things to consider when selecting patterned fabric for your window treatments.

Size Of The Room

Take the size of the window treatment needed into consideration. A large window or row of doors can handle a large, bold fabric pattern.

Integrating Multiple Patterns

If you want to have multiple fabrics in the room you want to use related colors to tie the patterns together.

Go Bold With Color

If you love the color and pattern of a certain fabric, go ahead and commit to the color on your walls as well. The color does not have to be an exact match. The eye will see it as a repeated color if it is no more than two shades lighter or darker than the drapery.

Neutral Color Palette

A white, or off-white wall color is always a safe option and will allow your fabric options to be unlimited. Use the window treatments to be the showpiece of the room.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Some of Our Favorite Design Tips

Discover different ways to showcase your home with a few of our favorite design tips, and become your own interior decorator. You will create a space you will love coming home to!

DESIGN TIP: Custom window treatments that use a great print fabric, banded with a solid will help highlight the details of the fabric while bringing an additional design element to the room.

DESIGN TIP: Couple a valance with drapery for an extra rich, luxurious feel. Add a tie back for extra texture.

DESIGN TIP: When in doubt, neutrals will always work. If you are not confidant in dabbling into color without an interior decorator stick with whites, off-whites, and neutral window coverings.

DESIGN TIP: Have a corner window, but can’t figure out how to dress with window treatments? One option is have a tension rod for each window, with one drapery panel on each side.

DESIGN TIP: Go ahead and embrace color. The right combination of color can make a room feel cheerful and welcoming.

DESIGN TIP: If you love a certain color but are afraid to commit, use it at an accent color in a room in the drapery or other accessories.

DESIGN TIP: Drapery does not need to contrast with a wall color. This gorgeous bedroom uses all neutral colors in the décor, while the window treatments are used to soften up the wall of windows and entry way.