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.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bringing Home Baby - Tips For The Nusery

There are so many emotions that come with expecting a newborn. Nothing can quite prepare you for the task of taking care of a new baby, but here are some things you can do to get your nursery ready and feel more comfortable for your new arrival.

Paint the Nursery

Painting is an easy and affordable way to get a nursery ready. Whether you go for a gender specific pink & blue or a neutral color, painting a room will provide the room with warmth and personality. Accessorizing the space is a great way to feel like you are connecting with the baby before its arrival.

Hang Window Treatments

Not only will window treatments add to the decor of the nursery, but getting drapes with black-out lining will help assist with a newborn's sleep cycles. Preventing light from entering through a window will create a calm, dark environment at night while letting the sun shine in during the day.

Invest in a Comfortable Chair

There will be many nights that you will be snuggling up with your newborn, trying to rock them back to sleep. A comfortable chair will be an important investment that will make the time with your child more enjoyable. Pick a neutral fabric that can grow with the child's room decor as they age.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Window Treatments

Spring is in the air, so now is the time to clean those window treatments you've been ignoring for the past year. If you have no time to spare or can dedicate some time to do a complete cleaning, we have some spring cleaning tips for you!

Tip #1: If you don't have a ton of extra time to clean your window treatments, gently shake them instead of taking them down to remove dust. Follow it up with a vacuum attachment, moving from top to bottom. You can also use hair dryer on a non-heat setting to blow dust off.

Tip #2:  Some drapes and curtains must be professionally dry cleaned. Be sure to check the fabric washing instructions before you proceed with any cleaning.

Tip #3: If you decide to wash your window treatments at home, be sure to use the gentle cycle on the washer and remove from the dryer while they are slightly damp to avoid shrinking. Instead of washing your window treatments, you can run drapes or valances through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel. Run for about 15 minutes and hang immediately after.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

3 Simple Tips to Freshen your Decor for Spring

If spring fever has given you the urge to spruce up your home, a few design changes are all you need to banish the winter blues. Follow these tips to incorporate fresh colors, bold patterns and lively spring designs into your décor.

Bring a Splash of Color with Fresh Accents

A total design overhaul isn't required to enjoy the fresh colors that spring brings. Swap out dark or neutral-colored plant containers, window treatments, accent pillows or throw blankets for brightly colored or boldly patterned accessories. For a greater impact, slip a cheerful cover over your sofa or repaint an old piece of furniture.

Refresh Your Table

It's time to pack away the holiday tableware, so why not replace them with dishes featuring a fun design? Pair a spring-inspired dishware set with a fresh fruit or flower centerpiece for a quick and easy dining room makeover.

Dress Your Walls

Gone is the wallpaper of yesteryear; today's wallpaper can be found in peel-and-stick options, making it easier than ever to put up and take down. Choose an accent wall and give it a quick transformation with a bright design, or paper the back sections of a bookshelf or hutch for a subtler hint of spring. Add beautiful silk drapery to dress up the space.

Friday, February 13, 2015

8 Beautiful Kitchens

Some may argue that the kitchen is the most important room in your home, a central location where family meets to enjoy meals and friends converge at social gatherings. Here are some beautiful kitchens featuring amazing design elements that are sure to inspire you in your home.

This white kitchen is warm and welcoming with a blue accent wall and luxurious window valances, while the tile floor ties the room together.

A beautiful white kitchen given a pop of color with red accent chairs, which sits adjacent to a colorful living room that can be seen through a decorative cutout.

Wood cabinets and a tile floor make a statement in this kitchen, but the window treatments provide a beautiful finishing touch.

A cathedral ceiling gives this kitchen a grand feel. A mix of light and dark cabinets provide a unique design element, while the drapes add a stylish yet versatile look.

A large kitchen island with a unique ceiling cutout is the focal point of this beautiful kitchen. Color is added to the room in the window treatment, which softens the space to create a cozier feel.

Dark cabinets and wood flooring are offset by gorgeous counter-tops in this opulent kitchen.

White cabinetry and wood floors are given some life with a mix of marble and granite counter-tops. Elegance is in the details showcased with pendant lighting and patterned valances.

An eclectic use of design elements creates this modern yet rustic kitchen. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Turn Your Apartment Into A Home

Just because you live in an apartment, doesn't mean it can't feel like a home. A few simple updates may turn your apartment into a warm and comfortable space that you love coming home to.

Don't hesitate to ask the landlord what you are allowed to do with the space. You may be able to add paint to freshen up the look of the space. Hanging several sets of drapes along a wall is a great way to give your walls additional personality.

Not able to paint the walls in your apartment, why not add color with window treatments instead? It is a great way to not only dress up your windows, but make a room feel more inviting.

Adding a window treatment with soft curves will open up a cramped kitchen space.

If you have a large picture window and you are looking for privacy, using ceiling mounted drapery is a great way get the coverage you need. Add lining to absorb noise and insulate against heat and cold. You can tie back the drapes during the day to create an elegant, decorative look.