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August 4, 2015

Beyond the Window: Clever Ways to Use Drapery in the Home

by Kim

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As window covering experts, it’s safe to say that most of our installations are at the window. However now and again, we are challenged to think outside the box, installing drapery in atypical places around the house. Check out these six clever ways to use drapery in your home.

Create a canopy bed

Up the wow-factor of your four poster bed by turning it into a canopy. For a subtle romantic touch, add soft, flowy sheers. Or, for a luxe look, add dramatic structured drapery panels and a valance. Keep the panels tied back or open for a relaxed, contemporary appearance.

 

Hide a flat screen

As much as we try to decorate around a large flat screen TV or projector screen, these entertainment units are almost always an eyesore in our living rooms. By installing drapery panels on either side of your electronics, you can keep them hidden when not in use. And when the panels are open, you’ll achieve that private movie theater vibe.

 

Dress up a pergola

Just because you’re outside, doesn’t mean soft furnishings should be scarce. Dress up your porch or pergola by adding drapery panels that will increase privacy from nosy neighbors and create welcome shade during hot summer months.

 

Divide a room

Open floor plan homes are great, however on occasion it’s useful to section of certain spaces from the rest of the house. This option is especially important to homeowners living in studio or loft environments where privacy between living spaces is minimal. Immediately hide a messy eat-in kitchen by pulling traversing drapery panels, or block an unmade bed from view by installing stationary curtains in a studio apartment.

Create a custom shower curtain

Finding a shower curtain that perfectly matches your bathroom décor can be difficult. Skip the ready-made curtain and opt instead for custom drapery panels on the outside of your shower. Just make sure to choose an opaque fabric that will hide the disposable curtain liner behind.

Give the illusion of a window

Do you love the look of dramatic drapery, but lack the windows to make a statement? Fake it! Create the illusion of a wall of windows by hanging more drapery panels than is necessary to cover your windows.

Interior spaces and basement rooms often lack windows to the outside. By strategically hanging drapery panels on a wall, the room feels instantly more inviting. And just because there isn’t a window there doesn’t mean you can ignore these rules for hanging curtains.

Do you have a decorating challenge that could be solved with custom drapery? Sign-up for a free in-home design consultation and we will send a designer to your house!

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Kim is a window treatment and drapery certified designer helping clients in Ottawa and surrounding Ontario communities find the perfect window treatments for their homes. She has more than 14 years of experience in interior design and window coverings.

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