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Your Bay Window

 

Bay windows are fashionable features in many homes. Their  unusual angled shape is striking in itself, and they  let in plenty of natural light and provide panoramic views However, when it comes to hanging  curtains and curtain hardware, many homeowners are often perplexed as to  how to handle the window’s unusual shape. Often these windows have a window seat as well. Don’t let the challenge of curtain or drapery hardware frighten you away from  drawing attention to this lovely spot in your home. There are some creative options for bay window hardware that are fairly easy to install.

Bay window curtain rods are designed in several pieces but work together as one rod. They are specially designed so  that each of the three rod sections is individually adjustable in length. This allows you to tailor each rod section to your specific bay window for a custom fit. Graber makes custom bay and bow window traverse curtain rods that are heavy duty and designed to carry about 1 1/2 pound per foot. Great if you are planning on hanging lush draperies. Graber’s rods are custom made traverse rods that are made to your exact measurements. They suggest that you make a template to help eliminate any possible mistakes due to inconsistent window shapes as well as take precise measurements. As a matter of fact, call them, and they will gladly walk you through the process.

 

Once you receive your hardware, what do you do next?

 

*Have someone on hand to help if you choose to hang curtains on one bay window rod. A bay curtain rod is basically  an adjustable track that can be bent to conform to the contour of the windows allowing the draperies to hang along one rod instead of three separate rods. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for hanging the bay curtain rod. Use the included hardware and drill holes to firmly secure it in the woodwork.

*Slide the curtains onto the rods before mounting them. Adjust the curtains to make them hang evenly along the rods.

*Add tie backs for a decorative touch. Put
the tie-backs at the approximate level of where there would be a window seat.
There are so many options with a bay window and so many ways to dress it, and to utilize it. Check back later as we discover how to live with a bay window.

New Year, New Look

 

The New Year is coming faster and faster, it’s time to get the house ready for a fresh start. One of the harder rooms in the house to decorate is the bathroom.  It’s simple if you look at the common denominator: the bathroom window. By dressing it with a beautiful valance, a colorful roman shade, or plantation wood you can enhance and relax the room, even as you keep the busy world at bay.

Window treatments are as diverse as the sizes of windows they cover, and a unique designer look can be achieved that will fit your budget. In the bathroom, mini-blinds are often paired with valances. The blind offers concealment, and the valance adds warmth to the room. Stylish ready –made valances especially those that are lined can be purchased relatively inexpensively leaving the remainder of the budget for an elegant rod and a store-bought mini-blind. Most simple drapery hardware with decorative finials can be used as a valance rod. Graber Adjustable Cafe  hardware is designed to complement their  decorative Traverse Rod Collection. The cafe  rod sets include the necessary hardware for installation.

If you are looking for a more stream lined effect, Gila privacy window tint has a frosted look that allows you to look out but keeps others from being able to  look in, or perhaps you want a more decorative window. Floral etched glass in a design that coordinates with a wide variety of decorating motifs can be easily added with to any window or glass door with Etched Art Window Film adhesive-free, vinyl film. The film  adheres to smooth glass or plastic through the use of static electricity, without glue or adhesives and is completely reusable. Etch Art window films incorporate real glass for an authentic sparkle and shimmer. Not only does the film enhance the décor of your room while providing privacy, it helps reduce heat and saves energy. Steam and moisture will not affect these window films so it’s also great for the shower door.

If you want to repeat the mini blind theme in your bathroom, you can pair them with valances or with café curtains. If the valance is being hung on a rod, make sure you have enough material to cover the required area including any additional length needed to wrap the material if needed. When attempting to lengthen a window or make it appear larger, avoid covering a large amount of glass. To minimize the appearance of a window, use a longer style of valance that provides more glass coverage. It will not only provide privacy but will let in lots of light through the upper half of the window. I would not recommend hanging long curtains or draperies in the bathroom or powder room because they will get wet and moldy. A window treatment that uses a variety of textures, from fabric to wood would be better. Valances should not cover more than the top third of the window.

What’s next on our New Year’s reboot? Let’s stroll through the house and see!

New Year’s Reboot

 

As New Year’s Eve approaches we start to think about how to reorganize our lives, how to ‘do better’, to ‘eat right’, etc. An easy step toward starting the New Year right is to put your home in order. Simplify. Start by taking down heavy window coverings and replace them with simple shades. Natural light in the kitchen is essential; you spend a lot of time there. Shades offer a privacy treatment and still allow plenty of light. One example of an attractive pleated shade are the Lewis Hyman Sun Solar Shades. They are energy efficient, and reduce cooling costs and block the sun while still letting in air and light.

 

Too much direct sunlight is also an issue in kitchens, making them hot and unpleasant to work in. Simple wood blinds or woven wood shades, like the Bamboo shades from Lewis Hyman are of the highest quality and will add a touch of the tropics to your decor. They come in several colors and styles to choose from, If you need to add more privacy, just add a roman shade privacy liner to keep our prying eyes and light.
The kitchen typically has lots of straight lines- the cabinets, the appliances, the counters – try adding a window treatment with soft curves to open the space up, especially in a small kitchen. Arching a valance is a good option, especially over the sink where we spend too much of our time. Curved curtain rods can not only be hard to find they can be a challenge to have custom made. Since most windows are not the same it requires a company that knows what they are doing to get things made right. Continental Window Fashions specializes in custom bending and curving of curtain rods. Traverse rods for bay windows are functional and serve their purpose but putting up a decorative curved rod changes the look from ordinary to amazing.
Next time our New Year’s reboot will change up the windows in one of the harder rooms in the house – the powder room! Get your tape measure ready, there’s a lot to do.

A Pretty Detail for Lovely Windows…

 

If you’ve longed for a romantic country inn look for your interiors, try the simple freshness of white lace curtains. With paired with jewel toned holiday ornaments nestled on the window sill, they are simple, traditional and beautiful.
White lace curtains are appropriate in nearly every room in the house. They are a fresh alternative to heavy drapes and mini-blinds. Hang them alone where you do not need nighttime privacy or light control, use them over simple window shades or blinds, or hang them under fabric panels that will draw closed at night.
The fullness of lace curtains should be a minimum of 1 1/2 to 3 times the width of the window. In other words, if your window is 24″ wide, the curtain panel should be between 36″ and 72″ wide. In general, the more sheer the fabric, the more fullness may be needed; additional fullness will often give more window coverage.
While lace has associations with country cottage styles, it carries formal roots from drawing rooms and works well in traditional or antique settings.

 
Following are a few suggestions to decorate with lace curtains that are sure to create the preferred effect:

*Add decorative tiebacks to each side of window frames to increase the window treatment options. Select something whimsical, such as an animal or something traditional, such as a knob or disk.
*Integrate the lace curtains with the room’s furnishings by adding a valance. Select one that picks up a primary color from the room’s furnishings

*Arrange well-established potted palm near the lace curtains to make the most of the filtered light and bring more nature into the decorating scheme. Tropical plants such as bromeliads and African violets do well in filtered light. It’s also a great place for your Christmas tree. From the street the lights will shine with a filtered glow.
*When hanging lace curtains or sheers use a translucent rod to keep the harshness of the metal showing. The Graber Collection offers a 2 1/2 Inch Clear / Frost Dauphine Rods that will hold the curtains securely, yet not stand out through the lace.

A-Z Window treatments and Curtain Hardware. QUIZ

 

You’ve made all the way through the A-Z Window Treatment lessons! Ready for a Quiz?
1. Narrow tubular pleats, used on stationery panels
2. Sheer under curtains that hang next to the window
3. A flat paneled fabric shade that folds up into accordion pleats
4. A drapery header with a series of large cylindrically shaped pleats
5. Decorative fabric sashes that hold drapery panels open
6. A fabric shade that pulls up into soft swags
7. A very full fabric shade often sewn with inverted pleats between each swag
8. Sewn to form a reverse box pleat
9. An milky looking layer sewn inside a drapery to block light
10. A shallow decorative box designed to conceal drapery hardware
11. Decorative embellishment attached to each end of a curtain rod
12. A large cornice piece that entirely frames a window
13. A fabric window topper typically 12 to 18 inches long
14. A channel sewn to the top or bottom of a curtain
15. A window treatment of fabric swathed over the top of a window
16. Short curtains hanging from a curtain rod
17. The place on each side of a window where a drapery folds back when fully opened
18. Length from the front of a drapery rod back to the wall
19. A cascade of fabric hanging down the sides of a window

 

A. Pencil pleats
B. Goblet pleats
C. Roman Shade
D. Glass curtains
E. Inverted pleats
F. Blackout lining
G. Tiebacks
H. Roman shade
I. Balloon shade
J. Austrian shade
K. Finial
L. Jabot
M. Lambrequin
N. Return
O. Stackback
P. Swag
Q. Café curtains
R. Rod pocket
S. Cornice
T. Valance

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A,D,H,B,G,J,I,E,F, S,K,M,T,R,P,Q,O,N,L

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.

G
Graber Drapery Hardware: Since 1939 Graber has been in the drapery hardware and curtain rod business making quality hardware at competitive prices.
H
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.
I
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.

J
Jabot: A piece of fabric, long or short, which drape down on either side of a swag or valance, often pleated and tapered.
K
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.

D

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.

 

E
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.

 

F
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

Beaded Curtains – Creating a Magical Vibe

 

 

Strands of colored beads can be used to soften a stark window rather than to provide warmth or protect privacy. Adding beads to your window automatically creates an avaunt-guard  vibe to your room. Graber 3/4 Inch Tradition Cafe Rods are perfect for this project. Since 1939 Graber has been a leader in the drapery hardware and curtain rod business. They make quality hardware at competitive prices.

 
DIY beaded curtains will give a traditional lace covered window a modern, fanciful look. What better place to drift off to sleep than in a dreamy ethereal bedroom with the moonlight creating prisms of jewel toned colors across your bed?
Extend the glassy theme onto a windowsill arrangement with decorative glasses and bottles. The rainbow of colors in the glass beads has a definite magical feel and will transform an otherwise plain and stark window into something more ethereal.

 

Creating your beaded curtains is easier than you think. Follow these easy steps and transform your space into the place of your dreams.
*Shop for beads of different sizes and shapes, as well as clear beading string or fishing line.

 
* Measure the length of the window to determine the length of your string.

 
*String beads using a combination of larger and smaller beads and tie off the opposite end when finished.

 
*Repeat the process with different pieces of string and attach to the curtain rod.

 
*Measure 2 inches above the window on the left corner and mark the location with a pencil. Measure 2 inches up from the right corner and mark the location on the wall.

 
*Holding the beaded curtain rod above the widow, center it so it overhangs evenly on each side of the frame. Line the rod up so the top of the rod sits on the pencil marks.

 
*Mark the mounting holes on the rod.

 
*Drill a starter hole in each of the marked hanger holes.

 
*Screw the brackets into the starter holes. Adjust them until their bases sit flush to the wall and the hook opening is facing upward. Slide the curtain rod over the hooks to hang it.

 
*Sit back and surround yourself with swirling  bits of color.

 
Continental Window Fashions is proud to present the Graber 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.

GRABER’S GOT YOUR WINDOWS COVERED

Since 1939, Graber has been in the drapery hardware and curtain rod business, making quality hardware at highly competitive prices. We have a style and type of rod to fit every window and every occasion. We feature spring tension curtain rods that do not require any screws to hold it up. Spring loaded curtain rods are held in place by a pressured spring located inside the curtain tension rod. When compressed, the rod will fit precisely in the intended area. Our spring loaded curtain rods are one of our most popular lines because of their durability and easy installation. Graber basic curtain rods include, specialty window kits, crystal clear rods, lock-seam curtain rods, sash rods, arched window rods and adjustable lock-seam bay rods. Our speciality window kits features flexible Crystal Clear curtain rods which can be easily cut to length or spliced together to increase length or to add durability for heavier drapery. Clear curtain rods snap into clear clips installed in the frame for a secure fit. We also specialize in curved curtain rods, bay window curtain rods and bow window curtain rods. Our custom Bow window traverse curtain rods and Bay window corner traverse curtain rods are made to “your” exact measurements. Our traverse curtain rods made for these type of windows are a heavy duty rod designed to carry 1 1/2 lb per foot. Beautiful Decorative Traverse Rods make your window treatments stand out. With the addition of new colors, this collection of drapery hardware gives you the new modern look of contemporary curtain rods at an economical price.  Continental Window Fashions are the largest on-line retailer of Graber drapery hardware in the world and with this, comes discount drapery hardware from a brand you can trust.  Choosing Graber drapery hardware for your next window treatment is the smart choice for adding modern style to your home or office.