October 1, 2016

Pretty Panels: A Window’s Best Friend

One of the best ways to love your windows is to dress them in pretty panels. Panels flatter your window, hugging them on each side like a best friend.  And who doesn’t love good hug?  Panels are similar to that little black dress in your closet.  A classic  ‘go-to’ for window treatments. Dress them up or dress them down, panels always work. Don’t these panels “rock” in this gorgeous room designed by Erin at Elements of Style?

drapery panels interior design window treatments

Via Image by Michael J Lee

Drapery panels are a timeless staple that provide the perfect mix of luxury and softness, plus will give your room a modern update when a trendy fabric or trim is used.  When drawn, panels still allow for plenty of sunshine in, as seen here is this ORC re-design from The Curated House.

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Once you decide to make the move towards panels, the first step is selecting a design that suits the style of your room and provides the function that you need. Single width panels are an inexpensive way to add color, warmth and dimension.  More functional panels, 1 ½ widths or wider, will allow you to fully close them for added privacy and cozy up your room. If the budget allows, don’t skimp on the fabric widths either.  Fuller panels create a richer look and make for a stronger “hug”.

No longer do we settle for a rod pocket header and push and pull those drapes to the side.  There are plenty of options to customize your look.  Although the header choice is mostly an aesthetic preference, the grommet style is very popular and provides ease with opening/closing the panels.

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Via Better Homes and Gardens

Drapery heading styles ……heaader-2

And be sure to hang those drapery panels high and wide! You can see how much bigger it makes your window look here in two rooms designed by Lauren Conrad Interiors.

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Via Lauren Conrad Interiors

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LIving room panels from Lauren Conrad Interiors

.As to a finished length, first determine where the rod will be mounted on your wall and measure down from there. We tend to like a clean, simple break at 1/2 inch above the floor so the panels lay gently. Now if glam is more your style, consider adding length so the panels pool into a luxurious puddle  But just beware, this style may entice your fur babies to take a little nap.

Now for the fun part, choosing a fabric.  Start by analyzing your room and opt for a fabric that will compliment the other colors/textures you have.  Order samples, lay them side by side on the wall and see what works well together.  If the panels are your starting point, choose a fabric you fall in love with and build around that..  Trims can also add interest, as seen down the leading edge in this design by Jenkins Interiors.

Via Jenkins Interiors

Via Jenkins Interiors

Honestly, you just can’t go wrong with panels. They can combine all elements of your room’s design and truly complete your decor. In the end, you want your panels to convey a feeling. Whether it’s a warm and inviting living room, a soft and whimsical bedroom or a sophisticated and chic dining area, panels are versatile and beautiful.  And what better way to love your windows!

Take a peek at the fabrics in our Etsy shop and the gorgeous custom drapery designs we have created for clients.  Just convo us for a quote to get started on your next project!