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Drapery Tips & Tricks

Drapery Tips & Tricks
It’s no secret that the fabric on a window can transform a room. Known among the design community as the window treatment whisperer, Kimberly Voss has a gift for bringing the very best out of any window. A self proclaimed window treatment coach, she trains interior designers, decorators, and window covering professionals, in the process of choosing the most suitable window treatment for any application. Today on the blog we’re SO excited to step into the wonderful world of window treatments, as Kimberly shares her top tips any designer or home owner can use, including her favorite selections from our fabric collection.


Pictured above, our  TITIK / White Natural and TITIK / Monsoon fabric


Do you have any tips to share when selecting a workroom?

This is so important! A workroom is an extension of your design business, so be sure to do your homework! I suggest arranging an introduction with the workroom and requesting to see some finished projects. Pay attention to their workflow and cleanliness which is usually a good indication of the quality of their work.


What are your top tips for maintaining window treatments?

The most common problem when it comes to keeping your window treatments looking great  is dust and lint. You can tackle both with a lint brush or a vacuum attachment. For stains, it's best to spot clean window treatments


Pictured above, our  KETUT / Teal / Oyster Fabric


What are your top tips for selecting window treatments?

There are many design considerations when choosing a fabric for a window treatment. I like to use the acronym PLODS which helps keep the fabric selection process fun. This acronym will help filter all the choices and encourage you to approach each window with confidence!


P / Stands for Pattern.

When looking at a woven or printed fabric pattern, consider the style, color, and impact the fabric design will have on the room. 


L / Stands for Lining.

I always recommend using lining as it will protect the fabric from sun damage and insulate against extreme temperatures and noise. It also gives a clean look from the street view.


O / Stands for Opacity. 

Fabric comes in many weights, from light to heavy. The best way to illustrate this is to hold the fabric sample in the window during different times of the day. The amount of opacity will help recommend the appropriate lining suited for the project.


D / Stands for Drapability and Durability. 

Drapability has to do with the hand-feel of the fabric. If it is stiff, then the material will not fall gracefully and, therefore, is more suited for flat treatments, such as Flat Roman Shades or Flat Top Treatments. If it is too soft or limp, it will be without shape. Light to medium weight fabrics lend themselves to drapery and valances that hang softly and drape easily. Durability will help the fabric remain beautiful over time.


S / Stands for Scale. 

The scale of the window, the pattern's scale, and the length of the design must complement each other. The pattern repeat is the best indicator if the pattern selection is appropriate for the size of the window or the intended design. The pattern repeat is measured from the top of the pattern to the top of the following repeated pattern. If the repeat is large, then the window needs to be large enough to support showcasing the scale of the design. If the window is small and the pattern is large, some fabric is expected to be wasted, and the design cut off.


Pictured above, our  HUTAN / Black Natural Fabric


Kimberly's top pics from our collection:

HUTAN and ARJA lend themselves perfectly for flat fabric roman shades. The large-scale print will display beautifully like a piece of artwork when the shade is closed.

KIYA and BRIDGE will add a splash of color and interest designed as any flat top treatment variety.

The repetitive yet subdued pattern of TITIK and KETUT textiles lend themselves perfectly to a more significant height and width application such as drapery panels."


 Pictured above, our  BRIDGE / Dark Navy and KIYA / Fabric


We're so glad to have been able to feature Kimberly on our blog. To learn more about her visit and @windowdesignsociety on instagram!



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    Caroline Cecil