Let’s get this straight…curtains might have seen the light of the day for its utilitarian purpose such as providing privacy or filtering light, sound and draft, but in modern times nobody can deny its crucial role as an Interior Design element. Not only does it set the tone and look of any particular room but also goes on to create a bold style statement with its various drapery styles and window treatments.
Curtains Vs. Drapes – Know the difference
Curtains are the unlined, lightweight fabrics that one uses to cover a window. Curtain styles are primarily simple and the length usually is till the window sill or sometimes down to the floor level.
Drapes on the other hand are the heavy and lined fabrics that are usually used to frame a window over and above a curtain. Draperies are fixed and almost always till the floor length. Use of patterns and intense colours, coupled with its sheer bulk and the drapery style makes it something that gives your room a bold statement.
Top 5 Curtain Styles for a glam Interior design:
Pinch Pleat Curtain: This refers to the curtain style where three narrow pleats are pinched together at regular intervals to give the curtain a trendy look.
Pencil Pleat curtains: This style is all about creating folds in the fabric in such a way wherein thy are gathered tightly and spaced narrowly so that it resembles a row of pencils all along the breath of the curtain.
Goblet Pleat Curtains: This style is similar to the pencil pleat with the exception that at regular intervals, a part of the fabric is left ungathered and blown outwards so that it gives a look of a goblet. Sometimes, the fabric is stuffed with stiff paper to give give the curtain the best goblet look. Out of all the pleated curtain looks, this is the newest and trendiest to have.
Tabbed Top Curtains: The Tabbed Top look is one of the most popular styles doing rounds nowadays due to its simplicity and convenience. This informal look is achieved by sewing loops of fabric on top of the curtain panel and then simply hanging it from a rod.
Shirred: The shirred curtain style refers to tightly bunching the fabric all along the curtain rod.
Top 5 Drapes to give character to your Interior décor:
Jabot: A panel of pleated fabric, tapered in length, which hangs down on both sides of a window. It can also be used in sections. Perfect for making a style statement without going overboard.
Swag: A panel of pleated fabric hanged in semi circles, horizontally along the top length of the curtain. Styles include single swag or multiple swags depending on what suits the room. A swag is typically combined with a jabot or a cascade to achieve a more grand or ornate look.
Cascade:A combination of swag and jabot where a panel of pleated fabric creates a swag style and then hangs down on one side of the window.
Scarf: The scarf drapery style is all about taking a long panel of fabric, draping it all along the top part of a window and letting it fall to the floor on both the sides.
Valence: Any kind of drapery treatment done on the top part of a window, typically to cover window hardware sections. Valence is greatly used as an decorative element in any interior design project.