Fabric and Style Options

Fabric and Style Options

Working with a decorator gives you the opportunity to customize your home with an assortment of fabric and style options.

There is virtually no limit to the many fabrics that are available. Typically speaking, a decorator will bring fabric samples to your home to coordinate with your existing décor. They should also question you on the types of fabrics that appeal to you such as:

  • Sheer fabrics – Sheer fabrics are a great option. They can be used as a privacy treatment underneath a top treatment. They can be made to open and close if desired. Also, there are now decorative sheers that have embroidery and patterns woven into the fabric. They can make a statement on their own.
  • Print fabrics – Printed fabrics incorporate a wide array of patterns and colors. This is a great way to add some life and color to a room. These can be geometric, floral, plaid or striped to name a few.
  • Upholstery fabrics – If you have furniture that needs to be recovered, upholstery fabrics are made specifically for this purpose. They are a heavier weight to withstand everyday wear and tear. They are typically Scotchgarded and stain resistant. These fabrics are also great for cushions and slip seats.
  • Sunbrella fabrics – Outdoor furniture that is exposed to the weather (sun, rain, etc.) should be covered with Sunbrella fabrics. They are specifically made to be fade resistant and mildew resistant.
  • Silk fabrics – If you want a beautiful, elegant look, silks are timeless and offer a wide variety of colors and prints. There are different textures such as Shantung, Dupioni and Taffeta. Each are unique.

A decorator will initially interview you to fully understand what you want to accomplish with the addition of window treatments. For example, are the window treatments just a finishing touch or do you need window treatments for privacy. Do you want a simple streamlined look or do you want to make a dramatic statement. Depending on your answers, there are many solutions that can be provided. Here are a few:

  • Panels – These can be made a variety of ways including pinch pleated panels that can open and close for privacy. They can include a heavy blackout lining for insulation if you have issues with drafty windows. You can add decorative banding, trim or tiebacks. Putting these panels on decorative hardware is another way to customize the look.
  • Push-On Valances – These top treatments are pushed on a utility rod and are generally more casual.
  • Board Mounted Valances – These top treatments are mounted on a board with many style options including traditional swags and cascades.
  • Cornice Boards – This top treatment is essentially a fabric covered board that can be made straight or shaped across the bottom. It’s a great treatment to show off a fabric motif since the fabric is flat on the board.

Decorators bring pictures and ideas to you to ensure that you can visualize the end product. There are endless possibilities.


Helene and Jennifer