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A-Z Window Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part IV

 

Here are more terms and definitions to add to your accumulating knowledge bank of curtain and window hardware. This installment will help you become more informed about Lambrequins, Mullions and Overlap. This is part four of your go-to guide.

 

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Lambrequins: Elaborate cornices, usually made of wood, which extend all or part of the way down the sides of the window. They are often padded and upholstered.

LJB Drapery Hardware: LJB drapery hardware offers custom drapery hardware using wood, wrought iron and resin. LJB wood curtain rods and accessories use farmed hardwoods, the most eco-friendly wood available. Choose from several premium finishes as well as unfinished drapery hardware that will coordinate with the decor of any room.

Lining: A fabric that is used as a backing for drapery panels. A lining can provide body and fullness, light control, and privacy. Often lining fabrics are decorative and chosen to be a pleasing contrast to the drapery fabric.

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Menagerie Bamboo Curtain Rods and Drapery Hardware: Bring the island air to your home or beach house with Menagerie bamboo drapery rods and accessories including bamboo curtain rings, curtain rods and brackets. Menagerie is a 2″ bamboo drapery hardware collection offering many styles for you to coordinate for your individual needs. Menagerie bamboo drapery hardware accessories are cast in resin and stained to match the real bamboo curtain rods. All bamboo curtain rods are individually created by Mother Nature; no two curtain rods are identical. Organic pits, discoloration and curtain rod “curves” are natural enhancements to the bamboo design.

Menagerie Urban Dwellings: Urban Dwellings Drapery Hardware is made from real wood that is both natural and sustainable for those looking to shop ‘green’. Each item is hand crafted from solid wood and then kiln dried. The wood poles, drapery finials, brackets and wood rings are all painted using high quality lead free paints.

Mounting Board: A wooden board installed either inside or outside the window frame to which some types of window treatments are attached.

Mullion: Wood trims that set off smaller panes of glass in a window.

 

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Nap: A fabric with a texture or design that runs in one direction such as corduroy and velvet. A fabric with a nap will often look different when viewed from various angles. When using a fabric with a nap, all pieces must be cut and sewn together carefully, insuring that the nap runs in only one direction.

 

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Ona Drapery Hardware: The ONA Wrought Iron Drapery Hardware Company brings exquisite designs and exceptional value together in their classic collection of wrought iron drapery hardware. All ONA hardware is individually handmade and finished exactly to your specifications. ONA prides themselves on quality workmanship, timely delivery and customer satisfaction.

Overlap: The area where drapery panels cross over each other at the center of a two-way traverse rod.

A-Z WIndow Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part III

 

Are you interested in learning even more about window coverings and curtain hardware? These terms will help you become more informed about headers, Hopper windows, jabot, and knotting. This is part three of your go-to guide.

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Graber Drapery Hardware: Since 1939 Graber has been in the drapery hardware and curtain rod business making quality hardware at competitive prices.
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Header: The top edge of a rod-pocket curtain that forms a ruffle when the curtain is on the rod.

Helser Brothers Drapery Hardware: Helser Brothers recognizes the critical role strong manufacturing processes, precision metal working, tight tolerances, and extremely high quality would play when combined with over-the-top customer service. Competitive and simple pricing, guaranteed quick turn-around time, original custom designs, and a six-point check and balance system to ensure clients get exactly what they order each and every time.

House Parts Drapery Hardware: House Parts has been in the business of making high quality drapery hardware since 1979 at some of the most competitive prices. House Parts Draper Hardware captures the aesthetic qualities of both European and American craftsmanship in the replicas that the company produces.

Hopper Windows : These windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top – the reverse of awning windows.
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Inside Mount Drapery Rods(Wooden): Continental Window Fashions offers several options for wooden inside mount curtain rods.

Iron Art by Orion Swing Arms: A high end, elegant and sturdier swing arm and crane curtain rods. Made of high quality iron, Iron Art swing arm curtain rods from Orion are able to hold heavier drapes than other swing arms. Available in custom lengths, various mounting plates, 3 projections and a 35 Iron Art finishes.

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Jabot: A piece of fabric, long or short, which drape down on either side of a swag or valance, often pleated and tapered.
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Kick Pleated Valances: Valances that are constructed like box pleats, but with the pleats spaced further apart.

Kirsch Drapery Hardware: No matter what type of curtain rod or drapery hardware item you are looking for you can find it at Kirsch. Traverse rods, wooden curtain rods and finials are just a few of the collection that Kirsch has to offer.

Knotting: A technique used when looping and arranging fabric panels.

Holiday Touch-Ups

 

The holidays are upon us and company is coming. What looked great in our home yesterday looks just awful today! Rather than throw everything away and start from scratch, pick one thing and either change it or enhance it.
Let’s look at your window treatments in your kitchen.

*Take down heavy window coverings and replace with simple shades. Perhaps an upholstered cornice in fabric coordinating with your chair cushions would work.

*Natural light in the kitchen is essential in the winter. Remove the café curtains and add a pleated shade. Pleated shades offer a privacy treatment and still allow plenty of light. Bamboo shades from Lewis Hyman will add a touch of the tropics to your room decor. With several colors and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find just the right shade to add that finishing touch to your room. If you need to add more privacy, just add a roman shade privacy liner to keep our prying eyes and light.

*If you’re using fabric, make sure it’s in a contemporary tone. Terra Cotta shades are very ‘in’ when paired with greens, blacks and golds. Try mixing cotton fabric prints, either within a treatment or coordinating a print in the valance or cornice with another print on the cushion seats or place mats. If your kitchen is particularly tiny, then light, cool colors can make it look larger and brighter, while dark, warm colors can make an over-sized kitchen more inviting.

*Another hot trend is Roman shades made of rattan, bamboo or other natural fibers. They add visual interest with their texture, but still roll up smoothly like the Roman shades of old.

*There are typically lots of straight lines in the kitchen — the cabinets, the appliances, the counters —everything is straight or square. Add a window treatment with soft curves to open the space up, especially in a small kitchen. Arching a valance is a good option, particularly over the sink. Other options include a curved cornice, a box-pleated valance with a curved line along the bottom using an arched rod from the Graber Drapery that is nearly flat at the top but falls from inverted pleats to gentle swags along the bottom, with wings at either side.

A-Z WIndow Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part II

 

Are you interested in learning more about window coverings and curtain hardware? Let’s continue with these terms and become more knowledgeable about fan shades, finials and traverse rods.
This is part two of your go-to guide.

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Decorative metal valance curtain rods: Most simple decorative curtain rods can be used as a valance rod. The decorative rod is used when you are looking for something that has ornamental finials on the ends. Graber Adjustable Cafe Curtain Rods are designed to complement the Graber collection. All cafe curtain rod sets include the necessary hardware for installation.

Decotrax Collection: The DecoTrax collection by Vesta features precision extruded aluminum traverse curtain rod tracks. The track system is easy to customize as it is sold by the foot.

Draw Draperies: Draperies that hang from a traverse rod and can be drawn to open or close over the window.

Double Fullness: Using fabric for curtains or draperies that is twice the measured width of the window. Double fullness creates a fuller look and that is more pleasing to view than skimpy fabric.

Drapes: A decorative piece of material usually hung in loose folds and arranged in a graceful design from a window.

Draping: The technique of looping and securing fabric in graceful curves and folds.

 

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Envelope Shades: Casual curtains attached to a mounting board and hung as a pair of flat panels. The bottom inside corners are pulled out and hooked onto the wall.

Estate Traverse Rod: Kirsch Wood Trends wood traverse rod is made for pinch pleated draperies.

Estate Ultra Metal Traverse Rods: Kirsch Estate Ultra Metal Traverse rods offer the quality of the Kirsch heavy duty traverse rod using an attractive decorative metal fascia. Able to traverse up to 56 pounds, this 2″ metal estate traverse rod can support elegant draperies that have been lined and interlined. The heavy duty ball bearing carriers allow for a smooth closure time after time.

Etch Art Static Cling Window Film Dark Tint Privacy: Use Etch Art blackout film to add privacy and darken a room by reducing the amount of light coming through the glass. Great in bedrooms, home theater rooms, home offices, and rooms you want kept dark. Vinyl window film is 8 mil thick and filters 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Window films help reduce heat and save energy as well as protect your furnishing from premature fading.

 

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Fan Shades: Arcs of fabric pulled together in the center by cords and rings fastened to the back of the shades. The arc, or fan, faces down. When lowered, the shade becomes a flat panel.
Finial: A decorative piece attached to the ends of drapery rods. Usually made of wood or metal and can be many sizes and shapes.

Finial Company Drapery Hardware: Finial Company custom drapery hardware items are hand finished to your specifications. If you’re looking to make a statement with your window treatments, the Finial Company is the way to go with literally hundreds of combinations to choose from.

Finish: Product applied to fabric as a protection against water marks and fading.

French Door: A door with rectangular panes of glass. A French Door is usually hung as a pair of doors in one frame, with both doors opening outward.

Fringe: A decorative trim sewn onto the edges and hems of curtain panels and rugs.

Fullness: Refers to the width of the fabric in relation to the curtain rod

A to Z Window Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part I

 

 

Are you interested in learning more about window coverings and curtain hardware? Start with these terms and become knowledgeable about butterfly pleats and traverse rods, festoons and cascades.
This is part one of your go to guide.

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Adjustable Cafe Curtain Rods: Adjustable in size these rods are a great and inexpensive solution for putting up your curtains. Most sets are sold with everything you need right in the box. No need to buy additional hardware necessary to hang. Select from the Graber, House Parts or Umbra Collection at Continentalwindowfashions.com

Apron: The decorative piece of molding that is installed below the sill. The ends of the molding are cut and attached to another piece of cut molding so they appear to be returning back to the wall. While an apron technically doesn’t have a function, it does add a more finished touch to the look of the window.

Arched Valance: A valance treatment that is arched along the lower edge. It often has a decorative wood casings that require no curtains. However, the lack of fabric can often leave the room feeling cold and empty .The home decorator can obtain a softer look through the use of a lightweight valance. An arched valance will hang inside the window casing, leaving the molding exposed for viewing.

Archi T Rail Traverse Rod Collection: Archi-T-Rail collection by Vesta is a uniquely engineered modern contemporary traverse rod system. It is supported by a special “T” rail without obstructing the flow of the gliders. The 9/16″ traverse rod is exclusively designed for light weight treatments and the larger 1″ traverse rod may accommodate medium weight treatments.

Austrian Shade: A fabric window covering that has soft draping scallops running the length of the shade. It moves up and down by a series of cords threaded through rings.

Awning Windows: Windows that are hinged on top and swing outward to open. Awning windows are usually rectangular, and wider than they are long.

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Balloon Shades: Shades with deep upturned pleats that fall into airy, rounded poufs at the bottom.

Bamboo Drapery hardware: Continental Window Fashions carries 2 different styles of bamboo hardware: the Menagerie collection featuring real bamboo poles with resin brackets and finials that painted to look like real bamboo, and the Phase II is a collection of wooden hardware that looks like bamboo. Both collections are of high quality as are available for immediate delivery.

Bay Window: A window area that extends outward from the main wall, forming a projection on the exterior of the home.

Bay and Bow Window Curtain Rods: Bow window traverse curtain rods and Bay window corner traverse curtain rods are heavy duty rods and designed to carry about 1 1/2 pound per foot. These are custom made traverse rods that are made by Graber to “your” exact measurements.

Bed Crowns: Bed Crowns and Coronas from the Menagerie collection are the finishing touch for your bedroom. The beautiful decorative Coronas are made of high quality resin or metal, forming the main support of bed drapes, centrally mounted on the wall above the bed. The underside of the bed crown is cut with a channel so you can put your desired fabric below the Corona for decoration.

Bishop’s Sleeve Curtains: Extra-long curtain panels that are created by tying and poufing out a portion of a straight panel without the complicated construction of many drapery treatments.

Box Pleats: Deep, inverted, tailored pleats that are flat on the right side of the drapery to create a classical boxy look.

Butterfly Pleats : A pleat with two, instead of three folds to distinguish it from the basic pinch pleat.

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Cafe Curtains: A window treatment that covers only the bottom half of a window. A cafe rod is hung at the halfway point of the window, at sash level.

Cascades: Pleated side panels that flank swags.

Casement Window: A window that is attached to its frame by one or more hinges on the sides. They are used singly or in pairs within a common frame, in which case they are hinged on the outside. Casing: A tunnel of fabric created by stitching parallel seam on folded fabric. A curtain rod is threaded through the casing.

Cassidy West Drapery Hardware: Classic drapery hardware curtain rod sets made from nickel, glass, wood and wrought iron that will match your sophisticated taste and needs.

Combination Rods: Two or three drapery rods sharing one set of brackets. They are used when installing draperies with sheers to create any layered look.

Cornice: A decorative wooden, fabric, or foam header placed above a window to cover the drapery hardware.

Curtain: Usually unlined, a panel of hemmed fabric hung from a rod at the top of a window. Panels can be floor length or end at the windowsill.

Curved drapery rods for Bay and Bow Windows: Curved drapery rods are one of the most difficult to find items in the curtain hardware. Designed to fit bay, corner and bow windows Continental Window Fashions customizes several types of curtain and drapery rods to fit your specialty window.

A Stylish Option for Your Windows.

 

 

 

Window valances are a stylish window treatment option, but it’s important to find one that fits your style. They are also a cost effective way to add interest to an otherwise plain and boring window. Valances come in an abundance of styles such as balloon valances, swag valances and box pleat valances. Adding a window valance as part of your window treatment opens up a wealth of opportunities for expressing your creativity. A valance can add elegance and sophistication to a window, or it can add whimsy and artistic flair to the entire room. You can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost of new and they will give your windows that custom-made look.

There are times when you just want to do something out of the ordinary when decorating a room. You can add a wooden valance to your window and paint it or enhance it in a most unusual way. One example would be to attach dried grass to it for an island themed room. Or, you could paint it in a unique manner. Adhering collectibles such as buttons, shells, or various other objects to the wooden valance would certainly personalize the valance.

Things you will need:
Measuring tape
Fabric
Thread
Curtain hardware from Kirsch Drapery Hardware

Measure the width of the window to determine how much fabric you will need. How long you want the valance to hang from the top? 10 inches is usually recommended. Add 2 inches at the top for the rod pocket and 1 inch to the bottom and sides for the hem. For a box pleated valance, you will need to add an additional 2 inches for each pleat.
Turn the top of the fabric under 1 1/2 inches and pin along the fold line. Sew along the folded edge to create a 1 1/2-inch rod pocket. Create a 1 inch hem at the bottom and sides. If you are adding trim to the bottom of the valance, now is the time to sew it on as well.
Use a power drill to hang the hardware for the rod. Kirsch’s LockSeam curtain rods are the strongest and most versatile rods on the market today. They are enclosed on the back side to provide added strength and durability by preventing sagging, twisting and bending with out  exposed edges to snag the  curtains. Lockseam curtain rods are available in single, double, extended and even triple curtain rod configurations.
The rod should be installed on the outside of the window frame for best results. Thread the rod through the pocket at the top of the valance and hang it on the window. Done!
Continental Window Fashions are the answer to your dreams when you are seeking to add beauty and elegance to their windows Kirsch Drapery Hardware and Accessories is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.

Add a Little Faux Bamboo to Your Home

 

Bamboo is making a comeback as a design material this year, but this time, it has more range than ever. If you would like to introduce a subtle bamboo element into your window treatments, try incorporating bamboo hardware. Bamboo shades and blinds offer a warm color alternative to stark, cold colors of metal Venetian blinds. You can pair your bamboo blinds or shades with any style of curtain, from floral chintz to tasseled golden velvet. Bamboo shades and blinds can also be used without additional window decoration for a modern look.

 

Sometimes it’s not possible to incorporate real bamboo into your life. Phase II Bamboo Hardware is carved out of wood poles to simulate the real look of bamboo. Your finishes and looks will be more consistent than what real bamboo can provide. Made from wood and resin, faux bamboo rods let you create stylish and exotic themes for your home reminiscent of a tropical vacation. Phase II bamboo rod diameters are 1 1/4 inches. They are available in two color finishes: Mahogany and Oak, at 4 foot, 6 foot, and 8 foot lengths. When choosing Phase II bamboo rods, it’s important that you realize that although we will not cut these poles down for you, they can be cut down at home. How? Take equal amounts off each end of the pole. Easy! Need a pole longer that what is listed? Simply connect 2 poles together with a connector screw and use a center support bracket to hide the seam giving you an extra-long curtain rod.

 

Phase II bamboo drapery hardware items are in stock and usually ship in about 7 business days direct from the manufacturer. Continental Window Fashions will give the home or business owner who is looking to add beauty and elegance to their windows a chance to make their exotic decorating dreams come true. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone

Vesta For Everyone

 

Continental Window Fashions is now featuring Vesta Drapery Hardware and Accessories, an extensive line of decorative hardware designs to suit even the most particular of tastes. Available in solid brass, genuine wrought iron, stainless steel, crystal, premium wood, marble, ceramics and resin, Vesta is considered to be the most modern of drapery hardware.

 

Most Vesta hardware items are imported from overseas bringing the modern European drapery hardware look here to the United States. Vesta Drapery Hardware and Accessories offers a vast array of modern drapery hardware products including drapery rods, drapery rings, decorative finials, tiebacks, rosette kits, drapery wands, traverse curtain rod systems. Looking for a high end traverse drapery? Vesta’s Techno Track collection is hand-traversing and designed with extensive one-way draws in mind. The collection’s Techno brackets support the aluminum extruded tracking from above allowing all gliders unfettered access across the entire bottom rail of the track. Most items are stocked and available for quick shipping.

 

Continental Window Fashions is a dream come true for window designers and any home or business owner seeking to add beauty and elegance to their windows Vesta Drapery Hardware and Accessories is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone

Elegance

 

Just what is elegance? It can mean many things, but the usual definition is a tasteful richness of design or ornamentation, or a dignified gracefulness and restrained beauty of style. It is frequently used as a standard of discernment, particularly in the areas of décor and visual design. Elegant appointments in your home will exhibit a refinement and dignified propriety and House Parts Draper Hardware has captured the aesthetic qualities of both European and American craftsmanship in the replicas that the company produces. Artistic and technical knowledge, as well as an ability and skill in mold making of the many artisans promises unique construction and hand finished individual pieces.

House Parts  Drapery Hardware products include stylish poles, finials, brackets, rings, tiebacks and medallions with a variety of finishes to enable you to add a personal touch to your window covering décor. At Continental Window Fashions, the discerning home decorator will find a large selection of affordable curtain and drapery hardware from House Parts the leader in inexpensive yet elegant metal or wood window rods. Fashioned for the Interior Decorator who desires a full range of colors to complement any homes’ décor, House Parts drapery hardware has many contemporary or traditional styles of finials, brackets, rings or traversing rods for the home.

Continental Window Fashions will give the home decorator looking to add beauty and elegance to their windows, a chance to make their dreams come true. House Parts Drapery Hardware is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.

To Finial or Not to Finial

 

Curtain rod finials can be seen to act much like a barometer of public taste. Many designs look back toward  gothic and neo-gothic architectura for finial design, while other contemporary finials reflect minimalist, art nouveau and other traditional styles of décor. The different materials used are as wide as the range of designs available with brass, stainless steel, various woods and aluminum being pressed into service with a variety of finishes such as ‘satin steel’ and ‘antique brass’. The strength and durability of modern alloys have lent themselves to amazingly intricate and stunning designs.

When deciding on the best curtain finials, look at the shape and material. These elements should coordinate with your curtains and window wall, as well as the whole room. The best curtain rod finials will coordinate with the colors of the room, and capture it’s mood and flavor.
In a casual, beach-inspired decor, colorful, finials will fit in with the theme and overall outdoor feel of the room. In a more traditional space dressed with heavy, formal drapery, classic wood-turned finials would be a far better choice, the same way metal finials with a scroll design will complement wrought iron furniture placed in the same room, adding cohesion to the decor.

A fine choice for finials is Orion Ornamental Iron, Inc. a design studio for decorative drapery hardware, located in North Hollywood, California. Orion’s products are hand-crafted and hand-painted at by skilled artisans. Orion’s team of designers, skilled artisans and crafts people has created a unique range of drapery hardware products including, rods, cornices and crowns, swag-holders, brackets, batons, and iron/wood combinations. Orion finishes are quite extensive in style and scope and include two distinct finish groups: 35 finishes for Iron Art, and 11 wood stains for Wood Art, to match many styles and tastes in home décor.

 

When measuring for drapery hardware, consider where on the wall or window frame it will be mounted. Allow extra wall space for the decorative finials, as the rod dimensions do not include the additional width required by each finial.

 

• Measure the width of the window with a metal tape measure. When mounting the hardware along the trim choose a rod size to fit the required width edge to edge. If you decide on wall mounting, then choose a rod size several inches longer than the width of the window, to accommodate brackets and finials.
• Remember to allow for the ‘stay back’ – the space along the sides of a window taken up by a curtain when it is open. About 1 1⁄2″ to 3″ on each side of the window should work.
•If making the window appear larger is your goal, choose a rod that is 10″ to 12″ wider than the window. Walls mount the rod; leave 5″ to 6″ of extra space on both sides. Hang panels at both ends, just covering the sides of the window.

Continental Window Fashions is proud to offer the Orion Collection. With free shipping orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday – Friday, Continental Widow Fashions strives to make your ordering experience as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call toll free at 866-375-4500.