Did you know that the type of drapery hardware you choose can make or break your window’s look? It’s important to choose your hardware before or at the same time as your drapes or curtains. Drapes are usually heavier than curtains and most of the time they require a more stable rod. Because of the more formal nature of drapes, you can use more elaborate hardware than you would with simple, sheer curtains.
Before the drapes can go up, you’ll need a drapery rod. Drapery rods come in a variety of styles, café rods, including decorative rods, concealed rods, and traverse rods. Decorative rods are typically more elaborate and much heavier than other types of rods. As the name implies, concealed rods are hidden by the drapes and traverse rods are only seen when drape have been pulled open. If you’re looking for something simple, try cafe rods, which are smaller in diameter than the other drapery rods.
If you’ve installed a standard drapery rod and want to dress it up, purchase new finials. They might be as simple as the Balle Finial from Orion, or as elaborate as the Grappe, also from Orion. Finials are the decorative balls or figures that are attached to the end of the rod.
Depending on the type of drapes you’ve purchased, you may need rings to hang your drapes. Drapery rings are typically at least 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter and usually snap open and closed much like shower rings do. You can purchase simple wooden styles or try the Italian Baroque flat ring with eye and insert from Vesta.
In order to attach the rods to the wall or window frame you are going to need brackets. In some cases, simple brackets will be provided with the drapery rod you purchased. However, you can purchase more decorative brackets, such as wrought-iron brackets from the Robert Allen Ferraforte Collection. They are so pretty, and come antique brass, black, earth rust, Georgian copper, Georgian gold, and pewter. A hammered decorative rosette is sold separately and attaches easily to the front of the bracket.
The possibilities for dressing your windows is endless but not impossible. Take a walk through your house and take a long look at your windows and current treatments. Do they need freshening up? Next time we’ll look at drapes and other window dressing. Right now focus on the hardware. It will get easier, I promise.