Designing with Drapes: Getting It Right

Residential window drapes

For many, curtains, drapes, and other window treatments are purely utilitarian by nature. As long as these do the job of blocking out light, these are fine — except that’s not the case. Window treatments go a long way in dictating the charm and ambiance of a room and, by extension, an entire living space. You can’t just march into any drapery store in NJ and buy the first thing you see. If you want to make the most of these drapes, you have to factor in a few things in your purchase decision.


Your color choice for curtains and drapes shouldn’t be purely out of preference. It’s something you have to think about because it will either blend in with the room or ruin the space’s color scheme altogether. Make sure the hues you pick complement the other items in your room or home. If you intend to use drapes as a unifying element across all areas in your home, be sure the colors jive well in all areas. Additionally, keep in mind that fabrics fade over time, so bright colors will lose their charm faster than dark ones.


What is the material in your drape of choice? The answer to this question is important because it will dictate how well it will hold up in the long run. Heavy fabrics would not fold crisply when you draw it. In contrast, pick a fabric that’s too light, and it wouldn’t fall well. Strike a balance, think of the function your window treatment would serve, and decide accordingly.


Lastly, consider the dimensions of your drapes. The drapes should cover the entire width of the window, but be sure to allow a few extra inches on the sides to block out any light that may creep in. You also should factor in the height from which your drapes would hang. Placing it much higher than the windows gives the illusion of height and makes a room feel more spacious.

Keep these three things in mind, and you’d be designing with drapes in style.