There are many incredible advantages to installing patterned window panels, but it can often be difficult for non-professionals to understand the terminology they need to make the right choice for their home. Half Price Drapes has put together this handy guide to give you everything you need to know about these delightful, colorful options.
What’s in a pattern?
Most people understand that patterns are decorative designs, but how do they apply to window treatments? There are literally thousands of options in patterned window panels: bold graphic prints, geometric shapes, chevrons, stripes, and much more! Are you looking for a subtle pattern or one that will be a bold statement piece? There are many tricks the professionals use to enhance rooms. For example, vertical stripes are great for making small spaces look better, while a bold, dramatic pattern balances neutral walls and furniture. No matter what specific pattern you choose, your room’s style will be affected.
Calculating the width
Whether you get pre-made or custom draperies, it’s important to understand how to find the right width. A standard panel of drapes is going to be about 48 inches wide when it’s closed. As you calculate the width you need, keep this increment and your window size in mind.
Choosing between flat or pleated
Generally, patterned fabrics are either printed or woven with the design running horizontally and then repeating at specific intervals along the length. As a result, if your fabric lays flat, or if your panels are stationary, the effect is consistent. On the other hand, if you open your curtains to create pleats, it will change the way the pattern looks. If you want to maintain the desired look, you’ll need to keep this pattern repeat in mind when you decide how much fabric you need. In general, tighter patterns will have several areas where the design repeats, which makes it easier to connect the pattern from panel to panel.
How to hang your panels
You want to hang your rod and hardware halfway between your ceiling and your trim. Placing your curtains here assures you get maximum natural light, which helps your room appear larger. You’ll need to decide between rings, finials, and hooks, each of which has a role in window dressing. Put simply, hooks attach panels to rings, rings attach drapery to rods, and finials come in both bold and understated options.
Are you ready to get started with patterned window panels? Half Price Drapes has a large variety at affordable prices. Visit our site and check out our selection today.