Every project starts with an end result in mind and the journey there always requires creativity and often a little bit of engineering. This was the case in a project we did recently with with Dana, a wonderful designer from The Dana Touch
It’s going to be an interesting project when I get a call from Dana, she always has a vision for the window treatments and just assumes I can figure out a way to make it happen. The baby’s room we worked on recently was no exception! She had the idea to add ombre linen side panels to the one large window in the room. It already had shutters, and she wanted something feminine but not too babyish. Her color scheme was shades of mauve and she envisioned curvy drapery rods to go to the left and right of the shuttered window.
Curved drapery hardware is something we do when we need a curtain to follow the curves of a room, or to accommodate corners and bay windows with fully functioning draperies. Typically, we are working with a gentle curve for a bank of bow windows or a 90 degree corner. What Dana was asking for was a curved rod over a very short span. With bent rods the fabricator always requires a full scale template and we create this by using the existing curve we are trying to follow, but in this case, the curve was inside the designer’s head, and it took a few sketches and conversations to get it out of her and onto paper.
The color scheme was set, the fabric, paint and wallpaper were already selected, it was just a matter of figuring out the drapery hardware. The sophisticated palette and materials being used called out for something glamorous not babyish and I had the perfect thing – crystal finials! With that decided, we moved on to the job of creating the perfect curve. In the end, we used a piece of cording to manipulate the shape into a pleasing curve that was not too snake like but not too flat. Once we had that, we figured out exactly where the brackets would go so they were hidden but able to properly support the weight of the finial and the drapery panels. Then it was up to the fabricator to bend our new creation into shape.
The best part of my job is how it all comes together on installation day. All the creativity, inspiration and problem solving finally come together as the installer, who has the hardest job in my opinion, makes it look effortless as he patiently waits for us to decide exactly how high the rod should be, how close to the shutter the panel should fall etc. And then he does his magic as he secures the hardware and dresses in the new curtains to make them hang “just so” ready for the big reveal.
Window treatments are an important part of interior design helping all the elements in a room come together in a cohesive way.
Whether it’s a simple project or a challenging one, creativity, engineering and inspiration are all involved to ensure a successful installation every time.
Myrna Everett is the founder of Home Vogue Interiors where we specialize in custom window fashions and other soft home goods. If you have enjoyed this blog post, please share it with others. If you are ready to start a conversation about your next project click on the “Your Project” button above and tell us what you’re working on and we’ll reach out to you and help you get started.