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Design Studio™ Side Panels & Drapery from Hunter Douglas

Drapery is elegant, timeless, and can look fantastic in any home. With the number of options available, you may be curious about how to choose the perfect drapery for your home. Let the team from Creative Hands share some tips with you on choosing drapes that will make your rooms genuinely shine.

Hunter Douglas Design Studio™ Side Panels and Drapery, curtains, drapes near Rochester, New York (NY)

Keep Your Home’s Design Scheme in Mind

Custom-made Hunter Douglas drapery is a great design element in any well-styled home. Each room in your home has its own use, and you should be mindful of this when choosing drapery. Windows in more formal rooms are best paired with high-profile fabrics, such as silk or velvet. You can go with something a little lighter for casual entertaining areas, like linen or a cotton blend. Also, remember your home’s overall interior design. Drapery that looks amazing in an older, classic home may not look so hot in your modern, contemporary one. We recommend gathering samples and looking at materials together in their intended space at different times of day with different lighting to get a truer idea of how materials look in the space.

What is the Room’s Texture?

The texture of a room makes a statement and adds to the overall aesthetic. Select fabrics, colors, and patterns that will integrate seamlessly into the existing decor style of your room. Even the most luxurious custom drapes will look out of place if the vibe in a room isn’t consistent.

Selecting Colors

Color can make the mood in a room. While bright, bold tones are considered stylish and avant-garde, they are not the best choice for every room. Consider less vibrant hues in rooms that receive abundant natural light, such as white, beige, or light gray. These colors are much less susceptible to fading. You’ll need to take the furnishings into account and remember that lighter colors make smaller spaces feel more open, while dark shades give open spaces a cozier feel. But it's your space at the end of the day-trust your instincts!

Hang Drapes Properly

When determining a length for your drapery, longer is usually better. Measure from the top of the window trim to the floor. Reduce that number by an inch for drapery that breaks just above the floor and add two inches for drapery that forms a small puddle. Your drapes should be hung high and wide to make the most of your window and the space of the room. Hanging your drapes at least six inches above the window frame draws the eyes upward and makes your ceilings appear taller. Adding eight inches to each side of the window allows you to open your drapes fully without having to worry about “stack back” blocking part of your view.

Contact Us

Is it time to add custom Hunter Douglas drapery to your home? We would love to help! Call us at (585) 254-5484 to schedule your in-home consultation. As a locally owned and operated business, we are committed to your satisfaction from initial meeting to installation and beyond. We are proud of the work we do and invite you to browse our portfolio. Come visit our store to see our Hunter Douglas Gallery display and our in-house drapery workroom, where most of the draperies and valances are constructed. Our showroom is in Rochester, NY, and we are happy to serve all of Western New York and the Finger Lakes, including Pittsford, Fairport, Penfield, and Victor, NY.