Sunday, July 26, 2015

Curtains and Draperies Decorating Ideas


We have been concerned with the basic problems of curtain and drapery making. But you may want to use your imagination, and window treatments lend themselves to the fanciful touch.

Decorating your shades may prove amusing. Use regular canvas paint, available at art-material stores, and trace or free hand whatever gay design you like, whether it is a sophisticated abstraction or a quaint Pennsylvania Dutch or peasant motif. You can paint your entire shade to match or contrast with your walls or fabrics. If your draperies have a pattern, trace the pattern on the shade. With a broad window treat the shade as a mural, and paint a rural scene or seascape, thus enlarging the horizons of your room. Or, if you have found a stunning fabric that is too expensive for draperies, use it for shades that you make yourself.

Take your old shade as a guide, adding 2 inches for a hem and 2 for tacking the shade to the roller at the top. Hem the sides with a narrow hem. Use your old shade rod for your hand-made shade, binding it in with firm stitches.

Although bamboo blinds are very handsome in their natural state, if you have an elegant room, with metallic fabrics, echo the glint of the gold or silver with metallic paint, or better still with gold or silver leaf, brushed or streaked, very thinly, on your blinds. The effect seen from the outside is entrancingly rich. Another idea is to paint your blinds the color of your room. This also applies to the wider porch or slat type of blind which may be used on a large picture window.

When hanging bamboo blinds simply use large hooks at either end of the window to hold the top bamboo pole. Use cleats, like those used on sailboats, to fasten the rope that pulls them up. Attach these on the inside of the blind, and they will not be seen. Venetian blinds, now available in aluminum or galvanized steel, won't rust, sag, warp or break. They last for years.


In a small room with a high ceiling, you might continue your valance all the way round three walls, directly under the ceiling. This will help to focus attention on the window, and will seem to expand the walls.

If you have television, remember that plain white spaces make it easier to concentrate on the screen. Try a three-quarter length white opaque glass curtain, hung from a bold black or brass pole, and used with draperies that can be drawn aside when your set is in use.

The very newest idea in window styling is that of the fabric vertical blind, for average windows or for large picture windows and window walls. They are custom-made to varying designs by a handful of companies, but the hardware is not as yet available for making these blinds yourself. They are fairly reasonably priced in a wide range of modern bold and pastel colors, come in fabrics such as corded acetate faille, and can be drawn back from the window by one control, and set at angles by another. They are proving a handsome addition to sun-shielding devices for large glass areas.


Finally, use your imagination when it comes to tying in your draperies with your other fabrics. Use the same patterns or colors for portieres, slipcovers, spreads, lampshades. Ensembles, particularly for the bedroom, are more popular than ever. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Life-Saving Hints for Curtains and Draperies

Life-Saving Hints for Curtains and Draperies
Life-Saving Hints for Curtains and Draperies 
A few precautions in storing, cleaning and laundering your curtains and draperies will add to their attractiveness and prolong their usefulness.

Curtains may be kept up and hung in cotton bags during the summer, which is an effective way of keeping them clean when windows are open, or when the family is away on vacation, or storage space and help are limited.

If the unwashable draperies are taken down, they should be brushed, aired and packed away in large boxes. Never pack curtains tightly, since it is hard to get the creases out again. Pile fabrics should be sent to the cleaner to be steamed if they are badly crushed.
With sheers that you wish to put away for the summer, wash them first, and then in the fall dampen and iron them before putting up.

When laundering glass curtains, let the tucks out first so that you can correct the length afterward, using your shrinkage allowance if you have to, and leaving a smaller tuck than the original one for the next tubbing.

Instead of attempting to shake out dust, rinse the curtains in a preliminary tubful of clear, lukewarm water. You will discover that you have loosened black dirt too, especially if you live in the city. For delicate materials use lots of suds to cushion the material, more than you would with apparel. If yours is a sturdy fabric, it can be washed in a machine. Use a mild soap. Squeeze the water out, don't rinse, and hang the curtains straight. If the fabric is net or lace and is not shrinkproof, you will need to use a stretcher. With many shrinkable materials, no matter what pre- cautions you take you will have shrinking, and the only course remaining will be to add a new heading that is, of course, unless you have included plenty of room in your shrinkage allowance. A little starch used with most glass fabrics will help to make them look crisp after washing. Ruffles particularly need stiffening for attractive starchiness.

Life-Saving Hints for Curtains and Draperies
Life-Saving Hints for Curtains and Draperies 
With delicate fabrics and colors, rolling in a towel after washing will help to preserve both the color and the fabric.

Color-fast heavy fabrics may be laundered, if care is exercised. Curtains and draperies may be dyed or tinted each season, as you will find they do not keep their color.

Iron curtains lengthwise with a warm iron, stretching them evenly, and when you are through hang them immediately, or lay them on a bed as, again, creases are hard to take out. Sometimes ironing causes curtains to hang unevenly and there is not much you can do about this. Automatic ironers do a better job of ironing, since the pressure is even.

Curtains and draperies that are faded, soiled or sun- burned irremediably at the bottom may be turned upside down, and the damaged part can be covered with cornice or valance, or carefully pleated so that it does not show.


Luckily, curtains and draperies that are somewhat worn always look much better once they are hung than they do in our hands. And trimmings and ruffles over worn edges will word wonders. Also panels may be reversed quite easily, with the right-hand side changed to the left, so that the outside edge which is worn or faded can be next to the trim and tucked under as much as possible, the other edge which was formerly protected by the trim now appearing quite fresh and unfaded. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

How to Improve the Interior Design of your Bedroom

bedroom designs
How to Improve the Interior Design of your Bedroom
There is no doubt that the bedroom is the most comfortable room of your house. It is private and designed for providing you the maximum amount of comfort. Apart from a warm bed, a bedroom also has furnishings like night stand, dresser and closet. Many bedrooms also have an attached bathroom whereas some others have a small balcony connected to it. If the interior décor of your bedroom is beautiful, then you would have a great time relaxing there. A bedroom is your calm sanctuary. You must make it the perfect place by enhancing the interior décor. Here are some methods by which you can do it:
1- Choosing the accurate bed for your bedroom:
accurate bed for your bedroom
This is the most important thing. Choosing a huge bed can make your bedroom look crowded if your room is quite small. If the room is spacious, then choosing a small bed can make it look inelegant. You have to choose the right bed, keeping in mind the size of your room. You must also choose a nice mattress.
2. Selecting some delightful colors:
delightful colors for your bedroom
In general, warm colors, pastel colors, neutral colors and earth colors go well for a bedroom. You can use these colors in your ceilings, walls and furniture. Extreme bright colors must be avoided as it can cause difficulty in sleeping. Soothing colors would keep you calm and peaceful in your bedroom.
3. Selecting a good flooring material:
good flooring material for bedroom
If you choose cold flooring such as ceramic tiles, granite or marble, your floor will remain cold most of the time. So, it is better to choose laminated flooring or wood flooring. In case you have chosen cold flooring, use a warm carpet near your bed.
4. Choosing a beautiful wall décor:
beautiful wall décor for bedroom
You can choose beautiful wallpaper, portraits painted by artists or pictures of your family for your wall décor. Matching the wall color with your wall décor can make your bedroom look aesthetically beautiful.
5. Selecting the perfect curtains:
perfect curtains for bedroom
Pick dark curtains for your bedroom only if you have a light colored wall. You can also sleep comfortably during the day if you have chosen dark curtains. However, if your wall color is bright, then go for light colored curtains.
Apart from these 5 tips that can help you to enhance the décor of your bedroom, you should also use a lampshade for perfect lighting and make sure that your bedroom has good ventilation. If the interior design is made perfectly, then you can have a great relaxing ambiance in your bedroom. So, make it a great place today!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

How to Achieve a Modern Interior Design


There is some debate on where Modern Interior Design originated, but credit is generally given to a group of European designers and architects that started the German Bauhaus School of Design back in the early 1900’s – using the Bauhaus philosophy that “form should be combined with function” in interior design. This resulted in a change in the industry’s use of designing materials, as it introduced glass and metals to be incorporated into household furnishings and other elements of design.


With Your Furnishings: The furnishings for your living area will incorporate clean, sleek lines that reflect a delicate balance of simplicity and comfort while incorporating elements of metal, chrome or glass that results in an overall slimmer silhouette. Many say it would be the exact opposite of a Traditional Interior Design, which in contrast incorporates bulky furniture and wood elements. Keep in mind, the use of the “form and function” method is prominent with a Modern Design – so the placement of the furniture is just as important as the type or style of the furniture.



With Your Walls and Color Scheme: When incorporating your color scheme you will discover there is a certain “coolness” that needs to be achieved to reflect the feel of the Modern Interior. Toned down colors add to the effect when using tone on tone or white for paint choices. Inspiration is pulled from the sleek, metal lines of the furnishings to create a soothing backdrop which adds to the simplicity and aura that a Modern Design Style encompasses.


With Your Fabrics: Texture will play a role as it will offset the rather sleek lines of your furnishing elements. Keeping the colors of the fabrics neutral will add to the cohesiveness of the room, but the texture will be what makes the room resonate with warmth. By using fabric drapes for your Window Treatments, you will pull in softness and add comfort – but choosing to go with blinds will also be complimentary to the overall simplistic theme of the design. Both options will work well and will depend on the overall function you require.


With Your Accessories: Many Interior Design themes have a minimalistic approach, the Modern Interior Design style is no different as its basic platform is “less is more”. Choose understated accessories that blend rather than demand attention – unless it is the focal point of the room. The use of metal and glass are prominent in accessorizing, as well as framed art or other wall hangings. Remember to emphasis clean lines and “de-clutter”.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Curtains Design for the Living Room

Curtains Design for the Living Room
Curtains Design for the Living Room
In our article we will see curtains and shutters combined in the same living room. This is so the sunlight can be managed from the predominant light source. The other window can stay “undressed” except for the curtain at the side which can be drawn at night. This way a view can be seen during the day through the window, and the harsh light through the other can be negated. A patterned fabric has been selected, the background color is the same as the wall color which allows them to sit quietly in the corner and blend, add some pattern to the simple design and decoration of the room, but not overwhelm.

Curtains Design for the Living Room
Curtains Design for the Living Room
Simple cream curtains in this living room abruptly stop the boldness of the red color of the walls. The room is warm and cozy, then bang! The cream curtains frame the window for you to look at the view. A roller blind has been used to block the sun when required with a decorative scalloped lower edge.

Curtains Design for the Living Room
Curtains Design for the Living Room
The curtain design in this living room is one of the focal points of the room. They are used to frame the window and the view. They are held back with hold backs keeping the fabric is a particular manner to permanently frame the window. The fabric is darker than the walls so you are naturally drawn to it and it sets a formal tone to the room. The heading is very ornate, and coordinates with the quality and style of the furniture and accessories of the living room.

Curtains Design for the Living Room
Curtains Design for the Living Room
A rouched valance with tails provides a formal curtain for this living room. The curtains are allowed to hang quite fully and held back at a low point with cord tie backs. The use of sheers and such a full drape of fabric blocks the view out the window and allows you to focus on the living room and the detail of the ceiling and the chandelier.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Creative Ideas for Living Room Curtain

What looks better at night than luxury curtains drawn in your living room, they make the space appear warm and cozy and add texture and color to the room.

Throughout the day the curtains frame the window adding softness and design to the living room.

Get some ideas for unusual types of curtains that can be used in the living room as decoration or as functional curtains. The photographs will probably glimmer your imagination and provide you with ideas to create original curtain design ideas of your own.

Curtain Ideas for Living Rooms

Creative Ideas for Living Room Curtain
Creative Ideas for Living Room Curtain
It isn't necessary for Curtains to be functional; they can be used purely for decorative purposes, adding design flair. Here a lovely brass curtain rod is used and fabric appears to be draped over the rod and the tied in a waisted form. It is a very novel and individual approach to window drapery. It covers the window frames and breaks up the window space form, softening the wall of blinds.

Creative Ideas for Living Room Curtain
Creative Ideas for Living Room Curtain
This is a curtain design idea that I have never seen before. For myself, I don’t like it but it does create a talking point. As you can see different fabrics have been used for each side of the window curtain and the tie backs. The more I look at it the more I dislike it. Firstly I think that the fabric is too light compared to the upholstery fabric of the chairs and sofas, it is in a different style and not in keeping, secondly I feel that they are hiding the lovely detail of the windows behind. I will stop there!

Creative Ideas for Living Room Curtain
Creative Ideas for Living Room Curtain
We don’t always have to have heavy lined curtains for the living room. Here you can see sheers have been used effectively as curtains, creating a soft and delicate look at the windows. This curtain design idea creates an informal feel to the living room space.

Creative Ideas for Living Room Curtain
Creative Ideas for Living Room Curtain
Once again, a brass curtain rod has been used to create decorative window treatments in this living room. These curtains are purely decorative and sit at the sides of the windows and have a contrasting swag hanging from the top. This look formalizes the living room, and is an idea for window treatments if you don’t need the privacy or insulation properties of curtains, you solely require the aesthetics.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

French Interior Design Ideas

French Interior Design Ideas
French Interior Design Ideas
Eloquent, glamorous, romantic and charming – are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind when describing the feel of such an indulgent style of interior decorating as a French Interior Design. With its elegant appeal of timeless drama, you don’t have to reside in Paris to enjoy the simple sophistication of this popular decor.
French Interior Design Ideas
French Interior Design Ideas

The French Simplified Glamour

This enduring style of design has branched off in many different directions as the years have gone by – but a true French Interior boasts of a particular Parisian style that focuses on vintage pieces of furnishings, collectibles, and beautiful antiques. Dreamy silk fabrics and textured wall coverings are thrown in for good measure.
The French spared no expense when creating an interior design that would resonate through the years. Its indulgence for the finer things in life; gold inlaid trims, chandeliers, sculptures, marble, and other ornate luxuries all came together in a more simplistic approach to glamour.
French Interior Design Ideas
French Interior Design Ideas

Elements of a French Interior Design

o                 Walls: In one word: intensity. The color doesn't really matter as much as the depth of the color. It should be dripping with richness and opulence. If selecting wallpaper, go with a heavy texture that feels luxurious to the touch.
o                 Furnishings: Your furniture pieces should blend together nicely. Everything will have its place. Although the French Design is sophisticated and dreamy, it is also comfortable and inviting – not a “hands-off” approach. Choose original designed French furniture with its elegant, curved arms and legs and richly dressed with upholstery fabric.
o                 Window Coverings: Beautiful draperies made of silk, damask or other fine fabric will suit any French designed room well. Use tassel tie backs with a touch of radiance that captures your eye, but doesn't overwhelm.
o                 Accessories: Your lighting choices will be a main ingredient in your accessorizing; chandeliers, wall sconces and lamps. Trim them out in gold, feathers, crystals or other ornamental touches, to put the finishing “ta da!” on this chic French Interior. Mirrors, whether actual antiques or replicas, will fit nicely in any room. Richly colored throws will adorn your chairs.
o                 Flooring: As in most interior design styles that were implemented years ago, hard wood flooring is the obvious choice. However, you don’t necessarily have to stick with a dark color, choose a lighter shade if it fits your tastes better. Choose oriental rugs to complete the floor and bring the room together.