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Frequently Asked Questions about Draperies

What are the most common drapery design mistakes?
My number one pet peeve is drapery treatments designed with no consideration to the shape of the window. The dressing of a window should complement rather than upstage or obscure from the window shape. The drapery becomes a distraction rather than a design element. Another common mistake is lack of consideration of sun exposure when selecting fabrics for a window. An example of this is a south or west facing window dressed in silk fabric. Silk is delicate and will soon desinagrate in a west or south sun exposure. Solution: In a full sun exposure, use a faux silk fabric which is a man- made look a- like and select a sturdy lining.

What is the best way to protect my furniture and carpet in a full sun exposure?
First you determine your personal style and cater to that. I like inside mount, thermal lined, roman shades using a decorative fabric for the shade. When the sun is not beating on the windows you can pull the shade up and dress the window with a top treatment and side panels. (See example # 5 on the web site.) There are so many ways to combat the heat of a full sun window with style.

How can I know if I have selected the right designer for me?
I get this question a lot, because people truly are hesitant to have a designer in their personal space. My first short answer is TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. My long answer is a list of questions for you.

#1 Does the designer want you to deviate from your style and push you into their style? That’s not good!
#2 Does the designer give you imaginative yet practical design ideas?
#3 Does the interaction between you and the designer feel comfortable and relaxed or strained?
#4 Does the designer suggests designs that fit your budget, lifestyle and are complimentary to the value and style of your home?
#5 At the conclusion of your meeting do you feel excited or concerned?

Do I need window coverings when I do not have energy loss or privacy issues?
I get this question mostly from clients that have beautiful views and do not want to cover the view up. My answer to them is ABSOLUTELY. Consider a view is only a view half the day; a well-designed room is 24 hours a day. Window treatments play a significant role in the success of every room’s décor. They provide more than just privacy and energy control (they do not need to cover the view). Even the simplest treatments can add a pleasing and subtle background to a room... They also add softness to architectural features and can act as a visual transition to highlight a view. Window treatments often provide a dramatic impact and are an important tool to building a room’s style and warmth.
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