One of the hottest trends in interior decorating last year and continuing into 2019 is the reemergence of Velvet fabrics. Many consider Velvet to be “the fabric of the year”. This multidimensional, rich and chic fabric has made it off the fashion runways and into our homes. Velvet is luxurious yet durable and has an exquisite touch which has always endeared itself to design-lovers. It’s fanbase has been expanding recently so if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon it is time to reconsider this versatile fabric.
Most historians believe Velvet originated in China around the Thirteenth Century and from there traveled west until it reached Italy and achieved its peak popularity during the Italian Renaissance. Velvet was originally manufactured from silk resulting in an opulent fabric with an incredibly soft feel and an exceptionally high price tag. Hence, it’s royal history of robes and thrones. Today’s Velvet is made from a variety of different materials including cotton, rayon and polyester. This in turn has made it more affordable for those who don’t possess a royal bloodline.
Velvet’s short, dense pile hasn’t changed over the years, meaning its illustrious sheen and satiny softness endure. Velvet is perfect in just about any room in the house from the living room to the bedroom (the only exceptions being the kitchen or the bathroom). If you want to add an elegant and regal feel to your home, velvet should be at the top of your fabric list. A sumptuous velvet curtain that puddles on the ground adds a stylish flair to a living room or dining room. For an especially stunning look choose a color that will contrast against the wall. Velvet throw pillows are the perfect way to add color to a neutral sofa or chair.
Paired with Brass
While velvet and wood always look great together, pairing your velvet with an equally luxe material like brass will instantly bring it into the current design atmosphere. Velvet and brass are the ultimate design pairing. If you’re looking for velvet and brass combinations with a modern feel try grommet panels with antique brass grommets. Or for a timeless look, pinch pleated draperies hung on a decorative brass rod would radiate luxury.
The reason velvet colors look so sharp is because the nap allows light to reflect at multiple 90-degree angles, creating that luxe, luminous sheen velvet is famous for. Velvet is now offered in rich, bold colors spanning the entire color rainbow. From a soft pink blush to a vibrant sapphire blue, velvet renders your chosen hue in magnificent color. Jewel tones look dazzling, primary hues look animated, and pastels feel jubilantly femme. Velvet seduces the senses and brings rich and deep hues to life. You will be drawn to the magnetic luster and multidimensional color of a velvet fabric choice.
Velvet has made a stunning comeback in recent years. Its versatility allows this opulent fabric to transition easily from traditional to modern. It has a livability that creates warmth and instantly adds texture to a room. Whether your home is elegant or eclectic, this versatile fabric will give your home new life.
When purchasing window treatments and bedding, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is what color palette to go with. Popular colors for home décor can change from year to year, but buying a specific color in 2018 doesn’t mean the appearance of your window treatments will be out of date next year. However, it may make it easier to find matching furniture, decorative pieces, and paint, as colors tend to become fashionable at the same time.
Expertly crafted to order, Fashion Window Treatments’ custom Roman Shades are available in over 350 fabrics and four distinct styles, including Flat Fold, Hobbled, Casual and Tucked. Roman Shades give windows the softness and style of draperies with less bulk. They’re easy to operate and can give you complete privacy when lowered. Clean lines and classic tailoring have made Roman Shades a popular choice for interior designers and homeowners alike. And because they are available in a range of styles and materials – from classic to casual to elegant – it’s easy to find a look that complements your space.
We get asked this question all the time. And to be honest sometimes the question is pretty simple and at others times a picture of the situation definitely helps. There are so many choices in today’s market it can be overwhelming at times. Most homes today use a Continue reading…
Fashion Window Treatments offers over 100 different styles of semi-custom valances and window treatments. With what could be the argued as the biggest selection available on the internet today, how do you choose what style best fits your home? We wanted to take a moment to tell you a little more about a few Continue reading…
A valance, i.e. a top treatment or a window topper, is a window treatment that decorates the top of a window. There are many different styles of valances and ways that they can be hung, which may influence the style you choose.
First, there is a rod pocket style. This simply means that the window treatment is fabricated with a pocket in it so that you can put a drapery rod through it for hanging. The size of the pocket (normally 1 ½” or 3”) will Continue reading…
When deciding on a fabric to use on your window valances, other than the standard thought process of I really like this one, considering the vertical repeat of the fabric may be something to think about.
For the most part, a majority of window valances average 15″-18″ in length. Large vertical fabric repeats may or may not work well on a particular valance style. Fabrics with a Continue reading…
Window valances were once used just to cover plain curtain rods as they were unsightly. Today valances are used on windows for decorating purposes. They are a great way to add color and softness to a room as well.
Valances come in many shapes and sizes, some lay flat, some are shirred onto a rod for fullness, some drape over Continue reading…
Picking the perfect custom window treatments for your home or office should be fun, but with so many options to choose from, it can sometimes be overwhelming. Here are a few helpful tips to consider when picking your perfect window coverings.
1) Purpose. Begin by determining the purpose these window treatments will serve. Do you need to insure privacy or are they just for decoration. Do you need them to cover the entire window or will partial coverage suffice. Maybe you want to keep the heat out or in. And remember to consider the view too!
2) Style. From swags to drapes or shades to sheers, the style of your window treatment depends on many of the factors mentioned above. Swags are often decorative while drapes can keep out the sun. Or you can consider sheers to let the natural light in and shades are nice if you want to raise or lower them as needed.
3) Fabric. Solids or prints, textured or not, the fabric you pick for your custom window treatments are sure to reflect your personal taste and style. Lined for privacy or for climate control or simply decorative to frame a window in style, consider a fabric that will suit the function for each decorative window treatment.
4) Finishing Touches. For added emphasis you may want to consider custom valances or cornices to complete the look. Designed to enhance, these added finishing touches are sure to impress. And, consider the possibilities the addition of tassels or trims will add to the overall look.
Did you know that you don’t have to do a major remodel or paint job in order to give your home a new look? It’s true. By changing your window treatments you can change the look of room instantaneously and with little effort.
Want to spice it up a little more…add a couple matching decorative throw pillows in the room. What better time to give your home a new look, than during the spring?
You can go from having a valance on your window to having curtains as your window treatment. Or change your current valance window treatment to a new fabric that you just love and add solid colored rod pocket panels to hang beneath your valance and have the tiebacks made in the same fabric as your valance to give your room a decorator touch.
There are so many options these days when it comes to window treatments and we are here to assist you with any questions you have.