Styling Different Fabrics in Your Room: Three Tips
When creating a stylish and functional bedroom, you need to make sure that you think about more than just the way everything looks. Too many fabrics could end up being something of a sensory nightmare. Think about what you respond to, and style the rest of the room based on what you find to be the most comfortable.
Start with the Bed
This is your bedroom, and so you should start with the piece of furniture that you will spend most of your time on. When it comes to your sheet or duvet cover, there is nothing better to choose than cotton. It is light and breathable, and can easily be layered up if you need to be warmer. You can even choose brushed cotton if you want that extra warmth!
You also might want to think about some of the other materials that you might want to mix in there. For example, though you might want cotton sheets, it might be a good idea to invest in silk pillowcases. These can carry a lot of benefits for your hair and skin, but you need to make sure that the texture difference won’t be too great between your cotton sheets and silk. Create a bed that you will always find to be comfortable, and much of this can be due to the textiles and fabrics you use on your bed.
Think About Colors
Though the focus here is on touch, you also need to think about colors. After all, some textiles will be best in certain colors. For example, you might choose to hang privacy colors in a dark color. However, since they will be made from a light material like gauze, they are going to let a lot of light into the room. If you need to block this out, perhaps to help with sleep, you should maybe look to something heavier like proper blackout curtains.
Even other things like the colors of your walls can have an effect on the rest of the room. You need to make sure that you pick something that will be harmonious with the rest of your décor. Deciding how to choose the right paint color for your bedroom might seem like it is quite an easy decision, but it can have a big impact on how your room as a whole. Even the type of paint you use can have a certain texture and feeling – coupled with the fabrics that you use, you have some really interesting opportunities to play around with different senses.
Play with Layering
The best thing about a bedroom is that you will have different surfaces on which you can play with layering to create some really interesting places to chill out. Let’s head back to the bed to best illustrate this. You might have chosen some fantastic cotton bedsheets and a silk pillowcase to rest on, but if you are a fan of dressing up the rest of the bed, you will have some more choices to think about.
With blankets, it can be a good idea to mix style and comfort. Warm materials like wool are a fantastic option here, but synthetic materials to create fluffy blankets are also a great choice. These will help you to feel warm at night, but they can also provide some additional textures to your bed if you need them. Add in a collection of pillows, and you will have a well-made bed that looks beautiful and is styled with a range of different textures and materials.
Styling a bedroom is a lot of fun, but you need to think carefully about the textures that you are bringing together – not just the overall look. Are there some fabrics that you know you like? If you gravitate towards even more luxurious fabrics like velvet and silk, there will be a way for you to include them in your room. You need to make sure that you create a room that speaks to your personal tastes, but you should also ensure that it is as comfortable to be in as possible. Take your time to create such a room, and you will be able to escape to this oasis whenever you need to.
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Buffalo Check Valance: A Timeless Decor Element
For centuries now, colored stripes have criss-crossed in various enigmatic plaid patterns on our garments, walls and drapes. The iconic buffalo plaid, through its extensive timeline, never surrendered to the mascuine-feminine, maximalist-minimalist, or traditional-modern notions of styling. If you’re looking for a gorgeous decor element which is rustic yet modern, and can fit into a wide variety of decor styles, a buffalo check valance could be the answer.
Spiffy Spools’ 2000+ curated fabrics, expert stylists and trust-inspiring services should certainly put a pleasant end to your hunt for this classic window dressing. We take pride in making homes warm and cozy with our custom window treatments, and invite you to take advantage of this blog post to style your windows with a buffalo plaid valance and shop with us today.
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Buffalo Check Valance for Visual Interest
Decorative frilled valances topping plushly piled drapes is a cherished memory of the Victorian era. These decor elements, like all others, have taken on a simplistic avatar in modern times in keeping with the design trends that have graduated from deep pleats and ruffled laces to clean lines and minimal details. But whether your taste inclines towards the maximalist traditional or the minimalist modern, we have valance choices aplenty for you in two categories: board mounted valances and pole mounted valances.
- Board-mounted valances: In this style, the valance is mounted on a lumber board with velcro, and affixed onto the wall above the window. The board base renders the valance a highly structured and tailored look. Our board-mounted valances come complete with the hardware, board and valance itself – ready to be mounted with minimal effort. Since the velcro-affixed valance is detachable from the board, cleaning and maintenance is not a challenge.
- Pole-mounted valances: The valance is hung on a pole, just like drapes. So, double poles should be installed if you plan to pair a valance with curtains. Depending on the style of valance chosen, show-worthy hardware can be exposed and less-seemly can be hidden to a large extent.
We have various styles under each type of mounting for you to choose from. The choice should entirely depend on the style of your home decor so that it cohesively blends with the rest of the elements in the room. Our valance styles can broadly be classified as:
- Flat front valances: The flat valances with their uncluttered frontage are perfectly at home in minimalist settings. Bold patterns like paisley, ikat or the modern geometrics get an undisturbed surface to display their play of shapes and colors vividly. Go for the straight bottoms for a structured look or for the scalloped bottoms for an informal vibe.
- Gathered valances: The gathered top valances in grommets, rod pockets, and tab tops are excellent additions to a casual space.
- Pinch pleated valances: Pinch pleats, inverted box pleats and euro pleats have tailored intricacies involved which suit a formal traditional decor.
- Opulent swags: Swags, sheffield and scallops with interjected pleats offer a more opulent option for plush settings.
Whatever your style, we have one for you.
Since buffalo plaid is originally a traditional pattern that effortlessly rings in the farmhouse vibe, a traditional style of valance would be ideal. But if your style reveres clean lines and crisp detailing, this iconic pattern could also fare well as a trendy geometric design. Though do consider getting your buffalo check valance with a flat frontage in a modern space to ensure a perfect setting for this lovely piece.
Tips to Style a Buffalo Check Valance
Both fashionistas and home stylists have never ceded their attachment for plaids, and a buffalo check valance is guaranteed to be an eye-catching addition to your home decor. Here are some nice ways to style your home with buffalo plaid valances.
For windows that don’t need covering for privacy, valances are quite a lovely excuse to bring in a pop of color and personality. Since they cover the top portion of the window, they also provide some respite from the heat. If you’re high on expenses already and need a cheaper alternative than curtains to dress your windows, starting with a valance would be the right idea.
With buffalo plaid drapes
Complete the country vibe of your cottage by pairing valances and buffalo check curtains. The coherent flow of pattern can make it a focal point of the room. Imagine the sunny Zafaron in rod pocket valances with trimmed edges and drapes with ribbon bows lighting up your home with its farmhouse-styled look.
With plain drapes/roman shades
Nothing gives a more pleasant visual treat than the play of patterns and solids. Pair solid white drapes or roman shades with a buffalo plaid valance. Any other soft color would work just as much magic in so far as it fits the color palette of the checks. For example, both Yamini Caravan’s lovely blue and Du Jour’s slubby white make a graceful partnership with Civit’s blue-white buffalo plaids.
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With ginghams for cohesiveness
For an eye-engaging play of scales, use gingham drapes, throw pillows or table-runners to cohesively blend with the buffalo checks of the valance. Imagine Aburi’s boldness paired with Water Lilies’ calmness…No prizes for guessing that this is a winning farmhouse recipe!
With florals for balance
Set off the straight lines and edgy angles of the buffalo checks with the delightful curves of ikat and floral prints. Choose the colors and scales carefully to let both the patterns complement each other. For instance, Vale of Kashmir’s wavy flow in earthy tones and Cordonazo’s vine motif would make a striking contrast of shapes with a buffalo plaid valance in a similar palette.
A nursery’s pride
A ruffled buffalo plaid valance trimmed with striped ribbons and pompoms would be such a lovely addition to the little one’s sleep den. Pair with frilly drapes and ribbon tiebacks to make it the nursery’s feature.
Sync various window treatments
Valances help to sync the various types of window treatments in a room on a homogeneous note. If you have used roman blinds, drapes and roman shades in the same room, they run the risk of losing their coherence. But you can use the buffalo plaid valances to work as a common theme to bind all the various windows in a cohesive blend.
A decor element that not just makes a glam statement but also rings in a nostalgic vibe is truly meeting the highest expectations of a homeowner. No doubt therefore that a rustic buffalo check valance is just the right dressing for your windows-whether it be for kitchen or for an other room. If you’ve found the styling tips suggested by Spiffy Spools in this blog useful, it’s time to test them. Have fun shopping with us and decorating your lovely homes!
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Two Tone Curtains: Double Down on Color
Has there ever been a choice as popular as monochromes in drapery? Elegant, restrained, gentle to the eye – and yet, not everyone desires a set of curtains that sports one single color – not least because such a look can often recede into the background. Caught in the middle, clients who desire the pared back elegance of monochrome, and yet worry about their drapery blending into the backdrop, often ask us for two tone curtains.
Two tone drapes take inspiration from the bohemic adulation of colors while diligently avoiding its over-occupation with patterns. If you love the classic appeal of plains but want a stimulating mix of colors without seeming to gild the lily, this blog post is for you. Join our stylists as they walk you through the most popular ways to achieve a dual-tone palette for your curtains without an over-dependance on patterns.
Two Tone Curtains: One Destination, Many Ways
Custom drapes are a tell-all sign of your home-doting, and patterns remain the most popular way to evoke a look that comfortably meets a room’s palette. But if you’re not quite ready to give up on your love for plains, or if your room already has a pattern overload, here are the options to get two tone curtains.
In this style, two different fabrics – often two solids – are stitched together in a single drapery panel resulting in two separate blocks of colors in the panel. The exact proportions of blocks are largely a personal choice, and at Spiffy Spools, you’ll find four versatile options covering a range of color-block looks. This opens up endless possibilities because you can mix fabrics, colors and patterns of your choice and decide their proportionate visibility as well.
No matter which heading style you choose, a decorative contrast of color or texture can only add to the delight. A border band of Light Ochre ornamenting Szar can add such splendid character to the room. Add plush velvets like our Tanager to the bottom of a feather-light sheer such as Krema to enhance the drapery’s opulence and weight. Or team it with the plush Sahara Sands to etch out a classic statement decor. Whatever the mix, be assured that your two tone curtains in this style will have no duplicate anywhere in the world – a marvelous way to make your home unique and special!
For a rainbow recipe for your drapery, ombre’s gradational progression from one color to another is ideal. Here, the entire gamut of hues that lie between the lightest and the darkest extremes are displayed. The colors are neither sectioned nor number-bound, nor is there any reliance on patterns here. What makes this style interesting is that the two extreme shades bracket a wide range of colors with clever restraint that steers clear of overdramatizing.
Our two tone curtains in ombre style are a prized assortment of various hues gliding out of ivory whites, ready embellishments for neutral and vibrant interiors alike. Our Finish Blue grommet drapes can bring the dreamy tranquility of a waterfall to your patio. Prairie grass with its lively orange-yellow tang can elevate even a cold room to a sunny retreat zone. This kaleidoscopic adventure adds visual interest to your room and offers a delightful escape from single-tone plains as well as cluttered patterns.
Styling Tips for Two Tone Drapes
Beyond patterns, color-block and ombre are the two most popular styles to attain dual tones for your drapery. If we’ve convinced you to explore these for your windows, the following styling tips are worth bearing in mind before you shop them.
- ENSURE UNHINDERED VIEW: The drape’s ability to generate visual interest lies in its entirety. If either the top view is hindered by a deep swag valance or the bottom by a piece of furniture, the thoughtfully achieved designer look will be to no avail.
- SELECTION OF COLORS: Match the darker shade to the accent elements of the room. In case you introduce patterned fabric in your color-block, let its accent color match perfectly with the plain fabric. Let the neutral color of the drape either match the adjacent wall exactly or complement it.
- GO RIGHT TO THE FLOOR: Both the two-toning methods look great on tall windows; if you aren’t lucky enough with the window size itself, we recommend draping from ceiling to floor.
- LAYER WITH SHEERS: Layer the drapes with plain sheers for additional light-blockage and to add depth and dimension to the room.
PLAIN ON PLAIN: Layering plain on plain, you can keep the matter-of-fact approach while adding vibrance and variety. You can layer the front drapery in one color with sheers of another color at back. Or layer curtains with roman shades at back. Our prussian blue Neer – for example – can bring in the seashore vibe when coupled with the airy sheer curtain Dazzle Me. Or for a more streamlined option, couple it with a pristine white roman shade with Heavrth.
You can also place two plain curtains side by side or enclose one plain panel with two same-colored panels on both sides. Pairing a neutral and a bold is a balanced approach – like our Ruya and Brick Facade will steal the show. Or if you want to say goodbye to neutrals altogether, pair two complementary colors that will both enhance as well as set off each other. Try a Boho approach with our awesome Cheerful and Rare Wine or Tuscan Clay sheer with Dark Cloro.
PLAIN WITH TRIM: Trims, ribbons, pom-poms, and tassels usually cherry-top a lovely drape, but in this case, they will do still more by providing the second tone to a plain drape, thereby making them two tone curtains.
Soft Apricot velvet drapes bordered with super-cute white pom poms are as soft as a lullaby for a tiny tot’s nursery. For a plush treat, pair a fabric like the classic Jeledon with Pied Piper red wine tassels and complete with a burgundy magnetic rope tie-back. To stay true to your Scandinavian leanings, try something like our White Pepper with light beige Grosgrain ribbon trim.
A home brimming with varied hues is not aspiring towards aesthetics alone; it seeks to affect its members with energy and cheer. Adding color to your home just makes it more cozy and homely and getting to do it your way is the ultimate gain from custom drapery. Your windows can don two tone curtains by employing color-block or ombre – two zingy alternatives to simplistic plains – or explore options like layering and trimming – all making for a visually absorbing, vivacious set of drapes that can not just define the color palette of the room but also make a statement decor of itself.
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Back Tab Curtains: Raw Elegance for Windows
Any designer will tell you – curtains make a room — but only when done right. From choosing the right fabric to measuring with surgical precision – every decision takes you a step closer to your perfect set of drapery. The choice of heading style – whether a traditional pinch pleat or a casual grommet top – is one such key consideration to ensure your drapes sync perfectly with your aesthetic while fulfilling their functional destiny. In this blog post, our stylists take readers through one of our most popular curtain heading styles: back tab curtains.
Interested in knowing about other heading styles we offer? Read our full DRAPERY HEADING STYLE GUIDE.
What are Back Tab Curtains?
Known interchangeably as back tab curtains or back tab top curtains, these drapes – as the name suggests – are stitched with tabs or loops behind the top portion (header) of the curtains at regular intervals. The curtain rod is passed through these loops on the back, while the front top of the panel covers the hardware, rendering it practically invisible. The outcome is simply fantastic – floating curtains with neat, even pleats and having a smooth, seamless flow from top to bottom.
This resulting neat, tailored look without the hassle of handling rings and clips, is what makes back tab curtains an ever-popular choice with our clients. Traditional, modern or contemporary, no matter what your personal interior design style preference, back tab curtains are a smart choice.
Pros and Cons of Back Tab Curtains
The key reason back tab curtains are top faves of so many of our clients is the clean, architectural quality of the drapes’ fall that is signature to the style. Because the tabs are sewn at equal distances, they resist clustering of fabric on top. The construction ensures that the resulting pleats are uniform and unfussy, making the style an especially good pick for semi-formal, minimalist spaces. In summary, the heading is elegantly simple, and yet a complete style statement in itself.
Another advantage is that this style allows you to do away with all the additional hardware like rings and clips, that you’d need for most other headings like flat tops or any of the pinch pleats. It saves you the fuss that comes with handling accessories and also a few bucks in your purse.
Last but not the least, we recommend this style (amongst a few others) for spaces where light blocking is a high priority. Some heading styles, such as grommet tops and regular tab tops for instance, will always allow some light to leak through the grommets or loops. But back tab top curtains – with their specific style of construction and mounting – allow for much lower level of light leakage through the top, and therefore present a strong candidate for spaces where preventing light leaks is a front-burner issue.
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For clients who are considering this uber-chic style for their homes, there are two key limitations worth keeping in mind. One, back tab curtains can only be mounted on poles, not on tracks. This means further investment in new hardware for homes that may already be furnished with tracks.
Two, the tabs do not glide along the rod as easily as rings and grommets do, and therefore we recommend this style primarily for lightweight fabrics and/or decorative drapes that are rarely closed. If used regularly with drapery-weight fabrics, we advise gentle care and pull while gliding to avoid tearing tabs with harsh handling.
Measuring for Back Tab Curtains
If back tabs rank on the top of your list, you are surely counting on its tailored look and architectural finish. Indeed, the ability to hide the hardware and the neat, controlled fall of this heading style is a thing to fall for. But, any tailored piece can only get as good as the measurements. For a perfectly crafted drape, take accurate measurements as given in the guide.
Length: For back tab top style custom drapes, measure length from *top* of your curtain pole/rod to the desired end point. This should be the final length provided to us in your custom order specifications.
Width: While width is a personal preference to some extent, our general guideline for back tab top curtains is to order panels that are close to double the width of your curtain pole/track.
For example, if your curtain pole is 36 inches wide, we suggest two panels that are 36 inches *each*, and not two panels of 18 inches each. This will get you a rich fall/gather. If your drapery pole is 36 inches wide and you order curtain panels that are also 36 inches wide altogether, they will hang absolutely flat with no pleats or gather.
If you are looking for less than average fullness and/or to economize on budget, 1.5 times should also be acceptable, but we do not recommend more than 2x fullness for this style as the tabs restrict ‘bunching’ of fabric somewhat at top and therefore panels do not gather as neatly with too much width.
Interested in knowing how to measure for other heading styles? Read our full DRAPERY MEASUREMENT GUIDE.
Back Tab Vs Tab Top
Although the two sound alike, tab tops and back tab tops are two very different styles and therefore should not be confused!
Tab top curtains also hang on tabs but the tabs are stitched as loops on top of the curtain header. The loops are therefore visible and are – in fact – a signature feature of this style. Unlike back tab curtains that hide the hardware, regular tab tops do the exact opposite and are often chosen by clients who want to show off the hardware. This very feature also adds a vibe that is much more relaxed and casual than that rendered by back tab tops.
Back tab curtains are an exercise in restraint and pared down elegance. A cross between the formal and the informal, they are neither too structured like the French pleats drapes nor too informal like the grommets and tab tops. If you are looking for clean lines, minimalistic style, seamless flow, freedom from additional accessories – an overall uncluttered look and feel – back tabs are a perfect choice. Paired with poles with ornate finials, they can manifest a luxe, modern touch to your interiors. Topped with pretty valances, back tab curtains will give you the benefit of orderly pleats while imparting a more relaxed feel.
So go on, browse our collection of over 2000+ carefully-curated fabrics and get any of these stunners handstitched in this lovely style. When it is so easy to order custom back tabs and a whole world of choices are just a click away, why should a dexterous stylist settle down for readymades?
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Floor to Ceiling Curtains: A Complete Guide
Are you considering floor-to-ceiling curtains to revamp your space? Well, we can’t agree more to the fact that when it comes to drapery, truly “more is more”!
Afterall – in a world full of little black dresses – it’s still the decadent sweeping Gabbanas that light the Met Gala.
Curtains take a large amount of visual space and done right, they can elevate a window from prosaic to panache. The purpose of your drapery is best fulfilled when you give some precious thought to the details, and oh – length is definitely part of that. And floor-to-ceiling drapes do more than just serve as instruments of light control and privacy. These tall graceful furnishings usher in the glamor and drama of a sweeping Gabbana right into your room.
Why Floor to Ceiling Curtains?
Full length drapes add drama and depth to the interiors. In homes designed on modern and Scandinavian concepts, where open spaces, large windows and lighting are key elements, floor-to-ceiling drapes slay the look. While sill-length curtains can read outdated these days (unless used in kitchens or bathrooms), sleek and stylish floor-to-ceiling curtains are perfectly befitting in a contemporary aesthetic. Hung across the entire width of a room, a set of bold-patterned, full-length drapery is a statement piece in itself, no different from a carefully considered accent wall.
No doubt, the biggest reason we are such passionate fans of this statuesque sizing is its pure grace and elegance. But full size drapes offer more than that. They merge form into function, make a low ceiling look high, cover up architectural flaws, emphasize the salient design features, while meeting the essential mandate of light and privacy control. Here’s how:
- ELONGATE YOUR ROOM OPTICALLY: In case you have low ceilings and can do nothing to change the situation, floor-to-ceiling custom drapes can create an illusion of height by drawing the eye upwards. Employing this one element to emphasize the vertical space in the room instantly evokes a sense of expanse and openness. Consider hanging a full length, vertical striped drape on a low-profile track directly onto the ceiling. Letting the striped curtains fall from the highest point in the room serves as a subtle guide to the eye to grasp the full vertical space. It elongates the space visually, while playing down the feeling of being cramped in a low ceiling room.
- COVER UP THOSE DESIGN FLAWS: Clients often struggle to dress up windows of different sizes in the same room. Curtains or shades of various lengths to accommodate these only emphasize this rather inconvenient flaw, drawing further attention to inconsistent sizes. Full length curtains, however, by virtue of being the same length – bring a sense of optical uniformity to disjointed windows. Similarly, some windows sit at an awkward height, either just a foot or two from ceiling and/or similarly awkward distance from floor. Again, floor length curtains serve to de-emphasize these obvious architectural faux pas, tricking the eye into ignoring the awkward placement of windows.
- THROW SPOTLIGHT ON UNCONVENTIONAL WINDOWS: Arched windows are both a dreamer’s delight and the dresser’s nightmare. Hardware for arches is not only more expensive, but also typically only serves an aesthetic purpose accommodating just stationary drapes. Floor to ceiling curtains, however, allow for unfettered function while living up to the aesthetic appeal of these arched architectural elements.
- ENSURE PERFECT INSULATION: If you need total insulation from light to be able to catch some sleep during daytime hours, blackout floor-to-ceiling curtains are highly recommended as they’re uniquely equipped to prevent light leaks through top and bottom edges of the panels. Also, for sleeping well through an extra cold night, they will provide better insulation than a window-sized curtain.
Furthermore, because full-sized windows are notorious warmth stealers in winter, having them covered from all sides will save you some sleep shivers. Similarly, if wall-sized glass windows overlooking your patio offer you a covetable sun-kissed living room but leave you begging for respite from the heat and the glare, ceiling-to-floor lined drapery can save the day.
Picking the Right Length for Floor-to-Ceiling Drapes
By the sheer fact that you choose to let your drapes cover the entire vertical space, a question arises on how close the drapery bottom should sit on the floor. Well, there are three key looks worth considering: the float, the kiss and the puddle.
- FLOAT: This finish has some ready benefits because the curtains clear about half to an inch off the floor. The length is an especially practical choice for rooms that collect floor dust easily. Floating curtains also tend to need less manual dressing and pleat setting, as compared to kissing or puddling drapery, for a neat look. The upkeep is relatively easier too since they don’t drag on the floor and are therefore recommended for spaces where curtains will be opened and closed often.
- KISS: You achieve this look by taking exact ceiling-to-floor measures. The curtains lightly graze the floor as if rending a gentle kiss. They are suitable for semi-formal spaces and impart an elegant touch without being too formal. For formal spaces, many clients and designers prefer a variation of this look, adding just an inch of extra length (called a ‘break’) so the pleats fold and sit ever so primly on the floor.
- PUDDLE: These curtains have 4 to 18 inches more length than kiss-length which allows the fabric to pool on the floor. The pleats formed thus are amazingly opulent and stylish. Suited especially for velvets and silk drapes, this is the dream look for floor-to-ceiling drapes because of its highly dramatic appeal and suitability for formal spaces. For further expert guidance, read our Puddled Curtains Guide.
Do’s and Don’ts
To not keep you from your shopping spree any further, below are a few handy tips to bear in mind when considering floor to ceiling curtains. Hope they help!
- HEADING STYLE: If the ceiling is more than 8 feet high and drapery will be closed and opened regularly, ease of movement may be challenged owing to the excessive length and weight of the drapery. Although all drapery heading styles suit well aesthetically for floor-to-ceiling curtains, if you want to achieve functional ease, we advise avoiding heading styles like tab tops, back tabs or rod pockets because fabric loops and pockets are not easy to glide on poles. Instead, opt for styles like grommet tops or any of pinch pleats that glide effortlessly on grommets and rings.
- HARDWARE: The hardware should be sturdy enough to manage the weight of the fabric, especially where ceilings are too high. If installing tracks, do consider mounting directly onto the ceiling for a seamless top-to-bottom flow. Chosen wisely; your hardware and curtains can be a part of the architecture itself, a perfect blend of art and engineering. Don’t miss the opportunity!
- HEATERS: If a heater is placed right below the window, full length curtains may not be the safest, most practical choice as they’ll block the heat generated by the radiator/heater. If you’re keen on full length drapes for aesthetic purposes – and we wholeheartedly share the passion of course – we recommend using them only to frame your windows and adding roman shades for function.
- WINDOW PLACEMENT: If your windows are just a foot or so short of touching the ceiling, hanging curtains from the top of the window is certainly going to make the gap look awkward. So we recommend mounting the hardware as close to the ceiling as possible and draping from ceiling to floor, so the space effortlessly becomes a sweeping delight.
- KITCHEN & BATH: Between the need for safety from fire, saucy spills and saute splashes, it’s easy to see why full length curtains may not be the best choice for kitchens. For baths, we recommend cafe curtains or roman shades to save the bottom from getting frequently wet from splashes.
Overall, apart from a few exceptional cases, floor-to-ceiling look is the ideal window treatment for most homes. Your windows deserve to be dressed up elegantly because nothing less looks right. Think of them as the eyes of your house, and cash in on every bit that you stand to gain by simply choosing to go floor-to-ceiling for your drapes. You’ll never ever regret it if you follow our guide, that’s a Spiffy guarantee.
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Bathroom Window Treatments: Top Options For Your ‘Me’ Space
Bathrooms are perhaps the most utility-oriented rooms of a house – the most maintained yet often also the least styled. But whether you consider them a purely functional space to conduct a daily ritual or a relatively more beloved “me space” – privacy here is key – thereby making bathroom window treatments one of the most important decisions you’ll make while planning your very own rejuvenating retreat.
To this end, Spiffy Spools is at your disposal with tips to dress up bathroom windows, a wide range of curated collections, multiple dressing options, and suitable assistance from our expert stylists.
Bathroom window treatments can range from functionally efficient cellular blinds to fancifully gliding puddled drapes. Your choice should factor in your functional priorities, aesthetic vision, decor style, and the features of your bathroom. It’s a tough row to hoe, therefore this blog aims to help you to master the balance between form and function while you shop here for your bathroom window treatments.
TOP FACTORS TO CONSIDER FOR BATHROOM WINDOW TREATMENTS
Bathrooms are where you begin the day and end it, where you are ‘you’ without pretense or regret, where you escape with an uncluttered, unfettered mind, and where many an internal battle is won with a bubble and a splash! Working your personal spa to its nano details is, therefore, well worth the toil but easier said than done.
Even as you are charged with a shopping spree, myriad questions can overwhelm you. Curtains or blinds or shades? Which material, which style, which color? You want a window treatment that nails the look, keeps the functionality, and proves easy for upkeep, so keeping an eye on a few key criteria is important. What are these key factors to bear in mind? Here goes…
Privacy guard vs light inflow: Unless your bathroom window is facing an uninhabited area or to a private room, privacy typically will be the key concern when selecting window treatments. But natural light and heat inflow are necessary to ensure hygiene. Striking the balance is the key requirement. Choose a window treatment that can let in ample light as well as maintain privacy when closed, and provide free passage of air and light when opened.
Keeping mold at bay/ Ease of upkeep: The high levels of humidity in bathrooms makes them the most welcoming hosts to mold and mildew; wrong window treatments make the case worse. Hard wood shades and shutters – for example – don’t work well in bathrooms because the humidity and heat cause them to crack, warp and peel over time. Consider using materials that are least porous to ensure minimum water absorption, faster drying to avoid mold formation, and easier to wash – for example – man-made fibers for drapes, and faux wood in blinds. Apply the same logic when selecting the accessories and add-ons too.
Distance of window from the wet area: If your wet area is sufficiently far from the window, the risk of exposing your window treatments to damp floors and humid air is minimized though not completely nullified. The farther, the better, the more leverage you have on the choice of material and style. Floor-length drapery, for example, may not be practical in a small bathroom, but in a large enough space – they are the perfect medium to bring softness to what can often be a sterile space.
Blend with the style: Let your bathroom window treatments blend with the style reflected in the interiors. White rod-pocket sheers can fine-finish your Scandinavian bath, checked roman shades can do the job for a farmhouse look and cellular blinds should top your ultra-modern acrylic tub shower with impressive sophistication. Valances finished with ornate tassel trims pair up beautifully with a clawfoot tub to intensify the whimsy in a traditional shower room. Whatever the style, there is an alternative that blends with your decor effortlessly.
Shrinkage/stretching of fabric: If you’re choosing fabrics, make sure to consider their dimensional stability. When in contact with water, fabrics can shrink or stretch. Since bathrooms are the epicenter of humidity in the home, this can cause the drape to outgrow the required length with sagging protrudes or contract distastefully. Man-made fibers like polyesters usually resist this phenomenon, dry faster, and therefore stand up to mold and mildew. Natural materials like lightweight cotton are also well-suited for larger spaces. We recommend avoiding thick, heavyweight fabrics as they tend to retain moisture longer and are therefore less immune to mildew build-up.
ARRAY OF CHOICES FOR BATHROOM WINDOW TREATMENTS
Having made note of the deciding factors, you may now want to know what the various options are for bathroom windows. Well, you will not run out of choices we assure you; what you might face rather is a choice overload. We enlist them here to expose the whole array for you to choose from.
Curtains have a coziness that alone is enough for many clients to put drapes at top of their list. They can soften an area otherwise dominated by hard surfaces. Cafe curtains prove ideal in many bathrooms with their ability to block the view of half of the window while letting in air and light through the open area above. If your bathroom’s window is at a safe distance from the wet area, floor-length drapes have the potential to become the show stoppers in your sanctuary. The key factor to bear in mind when choosing drapery is the fabric weight and composition. Make sure you’re picking lightweight fabrics so they dry sooner, and don’t collect dust and moisture in folds. Man-made fibers can get all the boxes ticked to your relief and come with a variety of colors and designs to soothe your artistic leanings.
If you want to use fabric but want a less frilly and fussy option than curtains, a set of classic custom roman shades will answer your call. Its versatility to blend with any style of decor from traditional to modern makes it our bestseller. You can make them outright simplistic or stylistically ornate by choice of fabric and the stitching style. In any case, their elegant, neat, tailored look can uplift the coziness and charm of your bathroom instantly. You can go for the flat folds for an architectural finish or for the European curved folds for a more casual and relaxed feel. To keep mildew in check, always go for less porous, light-weighted fabrics.
Valances dress up the top portion of the window and are usually used to pair up with curtains but do an equally nice job if used as a stand-alone in bathrooms. They are perfect for spaces where privacy is not a key priority, or where windows are frosted for privacy but you need an excuse to bring in color and oomph. They can also top your cafe curtains to render extra coverage and do a fabulous job of prepping up your curtains with further finery if you so wish to adorn your “me space”.
What curtains, shades, and valances offer in essence is the hygge factor and the tremendous scope of creativity that comes with varied colors, patterns, textures, and styles – unparalleled by the non-fabric bathroom window treatments available thus far. However, a higher propensity to catch mold is the downside of fabric that you can tackle with regular washes and putting on the exhaust fan for a while after every shower.
Roller blinds, that can be rolled up on the top with a chord and chain mechanism, offer one sweeping frontage without any visual breaks. Available in a wide range of materials such as fabric, vinyl, and aluminum, blinds are easy to install and operate. They incorporate the sleekness and functionality of Roman shades but are relatively more modern. Choices available in terms of patterns and colors will be the widest with fabric roller shades. Vinyl blinds are moisture-resistant, easy to clean, and therefore a relatively sound choice for small-sized bathrooms where ventilation conditions and humidity levels are often less friendly.
An ultra-modern take on bathroom window treatments would be cellulars with their sleek and stylish finish, perfect coverage for guaranteed privacy, ease of operation, ease of cleaning, and higher insulation. With generous spending, you can also avail of some smart features like motorized operation, cordless lifts, and top down/bottom up features. The downside is that they do not befit a color-vibrant space.
Faux Wood Blinds & Shutters
While we do not recommend natural wood dressings in bathrooms given their tendency to warp and crack in humid conditions, faux wood blinds and shutters offer a practical alternative. Imbibing the elegance of real wood while resisting wear and warp from moisture, they can complete the rustic vibe of the wood-paneled floors in your retro showers. Their woven wooden counterparts, evoking the traditional Asian flair, allow for light to filter in through the narrow gaps in the weave even when fully rolled down. But for all our love for warm woody textures and elements, they are not for every decor style and choices are limited for a space that needs a pop of color or pattern.
We hope that this read has enlightened you to square down upon a choice. Don’t limit your creativity when it comes to bathroom decor because, of the many things that it does, its ability to give you a good start and good finish for each day is enough to leave you wanting to do more. A well-styled bathroom can liven up your mood and relax your nerve, and aesthetic, functionally efficient bathroom window treatments are an important part of that plot.
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Buffalo Check Curtains: Fine-Finish the Country Vibe
Buffalo Check Curtains
It’s easier to get you out of the country than to get the country out of you! Tucked within the contemporary elements of an urban home, it’s not uncommon to find nostalgic love passed on in frilly linens, plaid quilts and of course – our favorite piece of the country – a charming set of buffalo check curtains. After all, your home can’t get any luckier than with windows that let in a homesick waft of memories bejeweled with the old country vibe.
If your desire to dress your windows in this warm, iconic pattern has brought you to Spiffy Spools today, do take advantage of the styling tips in this blog that strives to help you with ideas to make your buffalo check curtains go cohesively with your design. And of course, count on our latest collection to satisfy your quest for variety and on our expert drapers for the fantastic final outcome.
Our Favorite Places to Hang Buffalo Check Curtains
Call them MacGregors or Rob Roys or Buffalo Checks – a rose by any other name would still be a rose! These multiple names however do point to the checkered history of these checks – so Canadians associate them with the red and black lumberjacks, Americans with the classic Woolrich quilts and Scotts with the ancient, immortal clan-symbolic tartans.
The warmth and character that have made buffalo checks persevere across ages and geographies – are also the reason this pattern continues to drape windows of so many of our clients’ homes. Though buffalo check curtains are befitting for any room in a modern country home, we do harbor a not-so-secret obsession for them in three locales in particular: cozy kitchens, adorable nurseries, and festive holiday homes. Let’s see how they work the magic there.
- Rustic Kitchens: One place where you cannot ever complete your decor without buffalo checks is the typical hyggelig farmhouse kitchen. Every element of this nostalgic design speaks volumes about an era in which love was passed on by old wrinkled hands through woven cane baskets, carved wood, and plaid quilts. That coziness exemplar of the French cottage, the English farmhouse, and the coastal decor is wrapped up beautifully within a set of carefully crafted buffalo check curtains, unassumingly softening the hard woody elements of these spaces instantly.
- Nurseries: The buffalo checks, being made of perfect squares all through, have a gender-neutral appeal and implicit visual language that make them strong propositions for nurseries and kids’ rooms. The perfectly symmetrical squares belong to the family of sharp-edged geometric shapes which subliminally inspire trust and security – the sense of groundedness required in a space primarily meant to foster the first and lasting impressions of safety and assurance in a young mind. They might also provide a fun way to teach some basic geometry to your tiny tot. What a cute little den it will make for your child when soft pink-white or blue-white buffalo checked tie top drapes will billow over their breezy window!
- Holiday homes: There’s an unbeatable aura about the ancient uncomplicated buffalo check that makes it effortlessly warm and cozy. Over the years, buffalo checks, especially the red-black combo have gotten deeply associated with the Christmas holiday season although the other color combos in varied magnified scales have found a round-the-year place in rugs, upholstery, walls, and furniture in contemporary interiors. Even so, the deeply entrenched holiday vibe of this adorable pattern is perfect for casual spaces and ideal thereby for holiday homes. The relaxed idyllic vibe of your buffalo-checked drapes can make your retreat house the perfect escape from the harshness of a busy corporate life.
Top Tips to Style your Home with Buffalo Check Curtains
Like walls, window treatments subconsciously occupy your visual attention even when you’re not looking at them directly. Whether you want to neutralize the theme or make it bold, buffalo check drapes can do the job for you. They can efficiently express the color scheme of the house, especially in monochromatically envisioned spaces. They can visually elongate a low ceiling. They can optically widen a narrow room. The possibilities are virtually endless, and listed below are a few techniques from our stylists tap into this delightful style for your own home.
- Layer with Sheers: Since buffalo checks are typically based in white, they allow more light to trickle into your rooms. If you wish to tone them down without losing the brightness, layer them with white sheers. When the white portions of the buffalo checks interject with the serene white of the sheers, it’s an indescribable delight to the eye, besides being an energy-efficient way to keep your room airy and light. Or if you’d rather play up the color, choose the sheers in color and let the white of your check stand tall in contrast.
- Pair Shades and Drapes: If you want to make the best of both – the softness of drapes and the crispness of shades – pair your buffalo check curtains with white roman shades where the drapes will be stationary ornamental features to soften the sharp lines of the walls. Or conversely, use the shades to provide a distortion-free vision of the emblematic pattern and pair them with solid curtains. Complete with complementing ribbon tie-backs this pair of curtains will certainly leave you gazing at your window’s charm for a while.
- Pattern Trinity: Our stylists – like many designers – are fans of mixing patterns and believe three is truly a magic number. We recommend pairing your buffalo check curtains with stripes and florals in other elements to mix the hard and soft. Play wth scale while keeping continuity through palette. For example, place floral and striped cushions on an off-white couch with your buffalo-checked drapes happily backdropping and effortlessly syncing with them in the cozy living room. Or use gingham table runners and floral upholstered chairs in the dining room with your buffalo checks fanning in the evening breeze at your windows.
- Consider Valances and Cafe Curtains: For windows that need to let in air and provide glimpses of the landscape’s scenic beauty more than guarding the privacy – a cozy kitchen overlooking your garden for example – consider using buffalo-checked cafe curtains. The soft overlaps formed in those header-frilled rod-pockets inspire a dreamy homeliness. Buffalo checked valances add to the warmth and work wonderfully with buffalo-checked curtains as well as plain whites. Scalloped or Sheffield valances can cherry-top the sweet casual appeal of your holiday home.
- Choose Complementing Hardware: The rustic appeal of the curtain can be complemented and further accentuated by suitable hardware such as white-painted distressed wood poles, wrought iron poles or warm wood textured poles, and carved wood round finials rather than the plain metallic hardware of modern times. The relaxing vibe of the buffalo checks is truly complete when paired with soft textured hardware exposed by the tab tops or tie tops unless they are hidden away by valances.
Buffalo checks found their way to old farmhouses because they were the easiest to hand-weave but they have equally impressed the less ornate, functionality-oriented modern minimalists, by their simplicity – perhaps the reason why they never exit the main stage. These checks have outlived the fashion trends of centuries before they landed in our twenty-first-century homes and are never ever going to be out of style. They are a graceful blend of the softness of whites, classic appeal of the symmetries, and homeliness of the country home. If you got out of the country but can’t get the country out of you, what better way to gratify your inner leaning than shopping for your buffalo-checked drapes with us today?!
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Euro Pleat Drapery: Tradition Meets Modernity
Euro Pleat Drapery
Love the tailored look and opulent fullness of the classic pinch pleats but want a slightly dressed down, more contemporary version for a modern or transitional style home? Meet Euro pleat drapery – one of the most sought styles in custom drapery for its ability to harmonize with the traditional as well as the modern setting.
Also called Top tack pleats, Brisby pleats or Parisian pleats, Euro pleats are a modern take on traditional pinch pleats: much like pinch pleats in fullness and gather, but with a more casual bearing.
If it is the one-of-its-kind, bespoke look that you crave for your windows, the stitched-in pleats variety – which cannot be found in busy aisles of superstores – is your answer. Spiffy Spools guarantees you that covetable tailor-made look and resourceful consultation besides tons of choices. In this blog, we aim to walk you through the features of the Euro pleat drapes, one of the dozen heading styles we offer.
Euro Pleat Drapery v/s Pinch Pleat Drapery
The pinch pleats, also known as French pleats, are a classic heading style adored by many for formal settings and/or traditional homes. Pleats are formed by delicately gathering the fabric into (two or three) folds and then pinching it at the bottom of the buckram – forming a ‘V’. Hence, the pleat opens in a flowery way, and as the fabric drops down toward the floor, the pleats control the fullness allowing the drape to fall smoothly and evenly.
Euro pinch pleats entail pinching the pleats at the top hem of the fabric. So, the pleats are closed on the top – forming an ‘inverted V’ – and the fabric freely billows down to the floor. This simple rendition enables it to gel with any decor unlike pinch pleats that imbibe the intricate embellishments characteristic of traditional interiors. Depending on the number of folds, both pinch pleats and Euro pleats get bifurcated further into double pinch and triple pinch varieties.
Two-Fold Euro Pleat Drapery v/s Three-Fold Euro Pleat Drapery
Euro Double Pleat Drapery
When a pleat is made by making two folds at the top of the hem, it is called Euro double pinch pleats. The pleats appear like an inverted V. The controlled gather lends a more contemporary look making it a strong candidate for modern house designs.
Euro Triple Pleat Drapery
If the pleat is formed by gathering three folds of the fabric at the top of the hem, it is called the Euro triple pinch pleat. The extra fold ensures greater fullness for that plush look well-deserved by a formal setting or traditional decor.
Why Euro Pleat Drapery?
Three Fold Euro Pleat Drapes
Wanting only the best for our homes is healthy narcissism; wanting the befitting things for our home is wisdom. Each heading style translates into a different appeal, a different set of pros and cons. So, what is special about Euro pleat drapery? It offers an intermediary solution between the formal, tailored bearing of the pinch pleats and the casual appeal of some of the less structured heading styles. Apart from the fact that Euro pleat drapery offers the pinch pleats fans the possibility of dressing up a modern window in their favorite style, it has some other rather expedient features worth your consideration.
Who doesn’t like a waterfall? And that’s the look that the Euro pleats ensure. The controlled fall, the uniform fullness and the graceful flow from the highest point of contact with the hardware – altogether evoke the waterfall effect. The fabric’s billowing fall and the plush gather imitates the restrained flow of waters cascading from the brim of a dam.
Versatility with hardware
Euro pleat drapes can be mounted on both tracks and poles, which means clients rarely need to invest in new hardware to accommodate drapery in this style. Furthermore, depending on personal preferences, this style also offers the option to both hide or show off your hardware. The trick simply lies in correct measurements and how far up or down one inserts the drapery pins in the heading tape at back.
Ease of movement
When it comes to curtains that have been hung for a functional use rather than mere ornamentation, Euro pleats offer a fuss-free movement. Since drapes are hung with clips and rings, the ease of movement is assured, making this style a strong candidate for regularly used windows as compared to tab tops or rod pockets. This also makes them an excellent choice for extra tall and wide drapes.
Unlike grommets and tab tops that cause light leaks through the gaps, Euro pinch pleats are one of the few heading styles that can provide full coverage – ideal for bedrooms and nurseries. See our blog post on techniques for total light blockage for more details.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER
Every heading style is impressive in its own way and serves to meet a specific aesthetic vision. Euro pleat drapes are no exception. That said, it’s also important to carefully consider any limiting factors that may come with a given style. When considering Euro pleat drapery, the following are worth bearing in mind:
- More stacking room: Since Euro pleat drapery requires more fabric for fullness, it also therefore needs more stacking room than some other sleeker heading styles. So, they may not be a good solution for small windows, especially if there is no room on ends to accommodate the stack.
- Precise measurement: Since it is a ‘stitched-in’ style of pleating, getting the width measures right is essential. You simply can’t stretch out the drape as you may do with grommet tops or rod pockets.
- Mind the fullness: We recommend minimum 2x fullness with pleats at 4-inch intervals, lest they look sparse. Spiffy Spools’ Euro pleats are usually stitched with 2.5x fullness for a rich gather, but if you’re buying from another drapery studio, it’s worth enquiring what fullness they’d stitch your drapes to.
How to Measure for Euro Pleat Drapes
Getting the measurements right is necessary but not a challenge if you follow all the steps in this extremely simple guide. But should you still have doubts, our consultants are just a click away!
Length: Whether you are using tracks or poles, if you want to hide it, measure the length from the top of the track/pole to the desired endpoint. If you want it to be visible, measure from the bottom of the track/pole to the endpoint.
The exact final length of pinch pleat drapery is determined by your personal preference – whether you’d like your hardware to show or not, and where you’d like the top edge of the drapery panel to sit/start.
Width: Measure width of your curtain pole/track. Add 7-10 inches to this measurement. This should be the final width of your panels *altogether* in a pair. For example, to cover a pole of width 70 inches, we recommend a total panel width of 77-80 inches. Then depending on whether you are looking for a single wide panel or a pair, you can either order one panel that is about 80 inches wide or two panels of 40 inches each.
How to Mount Euro Pleat Drapery
While there are multiple hardware options based on price and quality, we are ardent fans of the functional efficiency of a simple clip and pin mechanism.
Our Euro pleat drapes come with a 4-inch wide heading tape sewn on top at the back of the panels. Drapery pins should be inserted through the heading tape directly into the center of each pinch pleat. The tape allows for inserting pins at three different heights, giving extra flexibility to adjust the exact ‘seat’ and height of the drapes. Once the drapery pins are inserted, the curved end of the pin goes through the eyelet of your drapery ring/clip or rod carrier. And that’s it!
Euro Pleat Drapes
Uniform fullness, controlled fall, tailored look, opulent gather, perfect coverage, traditional appeal, modish vibe – what more can one ask of a drape! If your decor is transitional, the one stitched-in heading style that syncs with it perfectly is the Euro pinch pleat style. No doubt whatsoever about its consistency with the modern. And for a traditional decor that is open to some streamlining, no safer bet than Euro to tightrope between the archetypal and contemporary. With so many advantages to its construction, such ease of installation, and such efficient service at Spiffy Spools, what can perhaps hold you back from getting your very own Euro pleat drapes today?
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French Pleat Drapes: Bespoke Art for Windows
Got a penchant for old-world charm? Handcrafted artistry bursting forth from every jot and tittle of the home? Well, you’re up-to-the-minute because the entire designing world seems to be pivoting towards the ornate mementos of the traditional while staying anchored in the crispness of the modern. For a window treatment under this mandate – we recommend to you – the timelessly classic French pleat drapes.
French pleats share the genealogical traits of an era when homes were an ode to immaculate craftsmanship, and grand chandeliers lit up Queen Anne chairs dressed in decadent damasks. If you’ve chanced upon us while hunting for French pleat drapes that draw on this era of regal artisanship – we promise you’ll find your perfect set of window dressings at Spiffy Spools today.
What are French Pleat Drapes?
Of the dozen curtain heading style options we offer our clients, French pleats – also known as ‘pinch pleats’ – are perhaps the most elegant blend of symmetry, precision, style, and craftsmanship. Tailored, controlled, and full, French pleats are a time-tested style that has towed down to us on the rich aesthetic sensibilities of discerning clients and formidable artisans.
A French pleat is made by gathering the fabric delicately into little folds and then pinching them together to create one pleat, thus also the name – ‘pinch pleats’. The pleats are sewn and spaced evenly apart on the curtain header allowing for a uniform gather and a controlled fall.
Based on the number of folds in a pinch, the style has two key sub-types: two-fold French pleats and three-fold French pleats.
Three-Fold Versus Two-Fold French Pleats
Three-Fold French Pleat
A three-fold pinch makes for a three-fold French pleat (or triple pinch pleat) while two folds render a slightly dressed down option called two-fold French pleats or double pinch pleats. In essence, the double pleat is a pared-down version of the triple pleat, wherein the ‘V’ shape formed by a two-fold – instead of a fuller ‘W’ of a triple – makes it a sleeker, more minimalist departure from the traditional.
While grandeur, tailored look, and architectural appeal are the common assets of both styles, clients prefer one over the other based on personal aesthetic and decor style.
Triple pinch pleats guarantee more fullness and a flowery shape which makes for luxury exemplar – dramatic and princely – and our top recommendation for a traditional or maximalist home.
Two-Fold French Pleat
Double pinch pleats are a resoundingly successful attempt to capitalize on the opulence while translating to a more relaxed and casual feel, making it the perfect candidate for modern settings and casual and semi-formal spaces. They are also a better fit for smaller-sized windows where the fullness of triple pinch drapery may overwhelm the space.
If your home is traditionally styled, browse through our damask curtains and paisley drapes collections that look breathtakingly classic in three-fold French pleats. For a modern setting, our curated linen curtains and cotton drapes sewn in double pinch style are a treasure chest at your disposal.
When shopping for pinch pleat drapes, be careful not to mix French pleats with its modern variant called Euro pleats. Read our blog post on Euro pleat drapery for further details on this contemporary cousin of the classic pinch pleats.
Top Reasons to Buy French Pleat Drapes
The USP of French Pleats is the elegance that transpires from its stitched-in pleats which generate a prolific fullness yet keep them in perfect and uniform control, like the waters cascading from a dam wall, paralleled in this restrained efficiency and unaffected charm by no other heading style. But that is not all, there is more to French pleats that should get you fixated on it for your custom drapery.
None other like it: While many of the heading styles are mass-produced and found easily within indescript aisles of big-box stores, French pleats haven’t surrendered yet to the reign of machinery. They require human touch, knowledge, and expertise in a pain-staking and time-honored craft, paralleled in its personalized approach only by haute couture. Therefore, for clients who demand more than the usual fare, and lovingly curate one-of-the-kind bespoke furnishings for their homes, there really is no drapery heading style as personal as French pleat.
Fullness and vibrance: Our French pleat drapes are typically stitched with 2.5x fullness. It takes more fabric than other heading styles which in turn translates into an opulent, full gather. The most that one can ask of drapes is the bewitching fullness that only French pleats can proffer because shades and blinds can gratify the minimalists, and grommets, tab tops and backtabs bestow a casual finish. The plenitude necessitates, therefore, that when you take the measurements, you consider the extra stacking room they need on the window sides. For small windows, go ceiling-to-floor or from window-to-floor for better results.
Full coverage: Light leakage through drapery edges can prove to be an unforeseen annoyance when it comes to blackout drapes. Some heading styles – such as tab tops and grommet tops – also let light leak through loops and grommets further exacerbating the light leakage issue. However, the heading construction of pinch pleat drapes has an edge over some of these styles – allowing for minimal leakage through the heading, making them strong candidates for bedrooms, nurseries, and other spaces that need room darkening. See our blog post on techniques for total light blockage for more details.
Versatile with hardware: Whether you have installed tracks or poles, whether you want to hide your hardware or show it off, French pleats are versatile enough to engage all your options. The versatility that makes it equally appealing with both poles and tracks and the neat finish as of a kinetic sculpture in fabric are the two wow factors that have kept the French pleats going down the centuries without retirement.
Ease of movement: Since French pleated drapes are hung with clips and rings, the ease of movement is assured, making it our top suggestion for regularly used windows. Where some heading styles like tab tops and rod pockets may not glide smoothly on poles, French pleat drapes can glide easily and are, therefore, a perfect pick for windows that require a regular operation.
How to Measure for French Pleat Drapes
Getting the measurements right is paramount for all heading styles, but especially so in French pleats drapery because the pleats are fixed and permanent. Well, you don’t have to fret your nerves; we’ve made it easy for you. Follow this guide.
Length: If hanging from a track, length should be measured from the top of the track up to the desired endpoint. This will allow for fabric to cover/hide the track itself. If you’d like your track to be visible, measure from the bottom of the track to the endpoint. If you are hanging your pinch pleat curtains from a pole, length should be measured from the underside/bottom of the pole. Or wherever you’d ideally like the top edge of the panel to sit.
In summary, to some extent, the exact final length of pinch pleat drapery is determined by your personal preference – whether you’d like your hardware to show or not, and where you’d like the top edge of drapery panel to sit/start.
Width: Measure width of your curtain pole/track. Add 7-10 inches to this measurement. This should be the final width of your panels *altogether* in a pair. For example, to cover a pole of width 70 inches, we recommend total panel width of 77-80 inches. Then depending on whether you are looking for a single wide panel or a pair, you can either order one panel that is about 80 inches wide or two panels of 40 inches each.
True craftsmanship is an amalgam of passion, industry, artistry, knowledge, and perfectionism, and what’s a better way of showcasing it in drapes than the French pleats? If you’ve made up your mind to let your home beam with fine, artistic detailing, we are all braced up at Spiffy Spools to aid you in your sojourn.
Bonne chance et amuse-toi bien!
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Inside Mount Roman Shades: A Complete Guide
For a window treatment that is soft, sleek, elegant and uncluttered, roman shades get the gold. Shopping for this exquisite window dressing, one often encounters the question about the mounting position to be adopted. Some like to mount their shades within the window recess, while others prefer to install on the wall or ceiling outside of the frame. But which one is ideal? In our blog post last week, we covered the pros and cons of shades mounted outside the frame; this blog aims to apprise you of the occasions where inside mount roman shades might be the better choice of the two.
While at Spiffy Spools, you can rest assured that your custom roman shades will be made to your exact specifications and shipped along with all the necessary hardware for both positions. So, shop from our curated collections and be the proud owner of a spiffy roman shade. But before you shop, know where to mount your shades, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Benefits of Inside Mount Roman Shades
Window treatments don’t just provide privacy and light control; they also help to define the decor style. Roman shades can glory with scallops on ornate casements and also sink mildly into the architecture of modern sleek trims. The fabric, color and style will entirely depend on your decor but the mounting position may largely hinge on the architecture.
For inside mount roman shades, hardware is affixed to the ‘ceiling’ of the window frame, fitting the entire shade neatly within the recess. Let’s see how this scheme can benefit you.
Customized look: A well-tailored inside mounted roman shade has an unbeatable charm. The shade size is pre-defined by the structure of the recess, necessitating precision in measuring. The result is a streamlined, tailored look, a one-of-its-kind window treatment that fits in exactly into the window frame and spills the beans on its made-to-order trait. That customized look builds immense character into your home and makes it uniquely special.
Stylishly sleek: For those who love the softness of fabrics and the clean lines of blinds, roman shades are a hybrid choice that offer the best of both. This stylishly sleek shade becomes even more minimalistic when perched within the window frame, taking nothing away from the room. No other fabric treatment can get this close to the minimalism of modern and contemporary decor.
Enhances the ornate moldings: When the roman shades are mounted within the window frame, the ornate moldings get to share the limelight. Inside mounted shades allow for an unhindered view of the entire window trim and frame unlike drapes and outside mounted shades.
Hidden hardware: Even though roman shades have very minimal hardware requirements, some would not prefer its exposition in the room design. In the case of inside mounts, the hardware is totally out of sight.
Inside Mount Roman Shades Layered with Drapes
Possibility of layering with curtains: Smooth, gliding drapes billowing with fullness are a fanciful element of anyone’s dream home. If you wish to include curtains in your decor for added light and sound control or for an ornamental layering, only mounting the shade inside the frame can keep that possibility alive.
Stays out of the fuss: In bathrooms, inside mounted shades are practically suitable because they can stay as far away as possible from the splashy affair. In kitchens, this ruffleless fabric when mounted within the window recess can escape the splatters from simmering sauces and pose less risk of catching fire. For narrow hallways and cramped rooms, inside mounts are relieving because they don’t project outward.
More insulation: Being located closer to the window pane, inside mounted shades are better equipped to keep the heat out of the room as compared to any other fabric window treatment. It’s an ideal choice for west-facing windows that are exposed to the blistering noontime sun.
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Despite the wows that inside mount roman shades have earned, there are situations that may preclude their use. Some other charming window treatment is waiting to glaze these windows.
Shallow window: The window frame should ideally be at least 3-4 inches deep to be able to host a roman shade. Spiffy Spools’ roman shades need at least 2 inches of flat surface to be able to secure the shade track securely. If the frame depth disqualifies, consider outside mounts or drapes.
Rounded/ arched/ piked window: For a window that is not straight edged on the top end, inside mounted shades are not a viable option as hardware tracks only come as straight structures, not curved.
Small window: For a small window, an inside mount may prove to be an overwhelming option, further emphasizing the small size of the window. The shade will have very little space to fall from its stacked top, possibly rendering a cloddish look.
Protruding window hardware: For windows with protruding handles or crank handles or lifts, inside mounts may not be practical or – at minimum – demand extra care while being operated.
Light-inflow blockage: The stacking room of the shade is within the window frame, blocking away that much light inflow on a permanent basis. For rooms that need more natural light, consider outside mounts or drapes that can clear the window completely.
It is the precision one shows in measuring that can do all the wonders with an inside mounted roman shade. If the measurement falls short, the gaps between the shade and the window frame will cause light leaks; if it stretches beyond the window frame, you can’t fix it in the recess.
Our roman shades measurement guide is going to make this super-simple. Take a steel measuring tape and mark the length and width accurately. Here’s how you go about it:
Measure length: To determine shade length, measure the vertical height of the inside of the window frame in three locations: starting at left, then moving to the center, and then measuring from the top right to the window sill. Find the largest measurement of those three and round up to the closest 1/8”. Please use this number in your order specifications to Spiffy Spools.
If you have several windows in a room that are all similar in height, please order all of them at the largest height to ensure similar pleats.
Measure width: To determine shade width, measure the horizontal width inside of the window frame in three locations: starting at top, then moving to the center, and then measuring at the bottom, left to right. Record the narrowest measurement of those three and round down to the closest 1/8”. Please use this number in your order specifications with us.
Inside mounting is a telling trait of a minimalist design besides the choice of fabric, color, pattern and stitching style. It is easily the most popular way of installing roman shades. However – if the precluding factors are your challenge – and yet you’re keen on roman shades, consider outside mounting style which has advantages galore of its own. The features of your window and your decor style provide the ultimate criterion to decide on the mounting style. But whether you mount your roman shade inside or outside, Spiffy guarantees you a stunner.
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Bring Nature Home with Botanical Curtains
From Victorian-era velvets holding intricate bouquets of roses, to modern-day bold botanical prints, elements of nature have forever been woven and welcomed into homes for their viridescent freshness. But while ornate, ditzy flowers can now be reminiscent of grandma’s kitchen, their close equates – stylized botanical prints featuring foliage and ferns – have come to be accepted as the more modern renditions of the classic florals. These on-trend nature-themed prints fit especially well when used as botanical curtains, introducing vibrant tropical vibes to a space, while keeping with the contemporary style. And if surrounded by some real indoor plants (think dramatic spikes of a snake plant and broad, leathery leaves of a fiddle-leaf fig tree), they create a truly inspired interior look, fluently adding a vibrant touch to the quietest of interior schemes. No surprise, our collection of botanical curtains has seen a dramatic surge in popularity in recent years.
If you’ve landed here today with a desire to dress your windows in a lush piece of nature, read on for all the reasons why designers and nature lovers alike can’t get enough of our botanical prints.
TOP REASONS TO GET BOTANICAL CURTAINS
Bring Nature Indoors
- Bring nature indoors: Taking a cue from nature, botanical drapes are a great way to bring the outdoors inside your living room, dining area, reading nook or bedroom. To build a nature-inspired aesthetic, our stylists recommend adding custom curtains featuring botanical prints that complement other nature inspired elements – a rustic kitchen table or a reclaimed wood coffee table for example – in the room. Imagine your potted plants – the pretty peace lilies and the soft succulents – sitting against your botanical drapery, and voila! – you have increased the allure of your verdurous space tenfold. Green elements – whether real or printed on your drapery fabric – add not just a touch of frondescence delight but also create a calming and rejuvenating environment in a home.
- In step with on-trend greens: The love for color green in home decor/interiors is sprouting with a passion. From pastel hues to deeper bolder shades like Viridian and Sacramento, green is high on style and right on trend. Like many of our clients, if you have welcomed leafy hues into your home, you’ll find that botanical curtains strike the perfect note in your green symphony. With their innate connotation of nature, abundance, and renewal, botanical drapes are an easy go-to choice for spaces veiled in gracious greens. Though remember that just because your love for botanicals is blooming, does not mean that your drapery has to be green as well. In fact, if your space already is saturated with too much of this lovely color, consider drapes in a fabric like Bamboo Gala that summons tropical flair in an unexpected palette of black and white.
Timeless Alternative to Feminine Florals
- Charming without being overly feminine: If you want to add a touch of flora to your home textiles but don’t want them to become overwhelmingly feminine, botanical curtains are a great alternative to delicate floral prints. Featuring jungle landscapes, ferns, and foliage, botanical prints are as timeless as florals, sans the fragile femininity. Botanical curtains – especially if featuring stylistic, oversized patterns – can therefore easily inject nature even in a masculine space, without causing an allergy-inducing allergy attack. Being a relatively gender-neutral aesthetic, they are also a great choice for children’s nurseries if you are going for a nature-inspired or tropical vibe.
Perfect for Boho-Chic Rooms
- Perfect for bohemian and beach-themed decors: Looking for drapery for a boho-chic home? Botanical curtains might be the answer! When chosen in a bold colorful pattern, botanical print drapes complement the bustling colors of bohemian decor perfectly. The added charm of indoor plants and free-spirited accessorizing comes together perfectly to create a bright and lively bohemian-inspired home. Similarly, botanical curtains hung in a seaside home are just the perfect accessory to take you back to your last tropical holiday. A palette of flora green, ocean blues, and sandy creams is especially reminiscent of ocean sands and beachside palms.
- Well suited for organic decor styles: Nature is a central element in several contemporary styles including a modern farmhouse, Scandinavian, and Japandi. In a light-soaked room dotted with timber stools, sisal rugs, and terracotta pots, botanical theme drapes fit in beautifully, creating a balanced yin and yang between indoors and outdoors, while adding to the organic appeal of these styles.
- Induces positivity and freshness: One of the most widely acknowledged benefits of embracing nature-inspired decor with earthy elements is the relaxed and restorative environment it creates. Biophilic designs are known to reduce stress and relieve anxiety. They are also instrumental in increasing productivity and stimulating your creative side. It is for this reason that viridescent themes – in which our botanical curtains fit perfectly – are rapidly finding their way into the home as well as workplace settings.
OUR TOP PICKS OF BOTANICAL DRAPES
When hung sparingly – on a small kitchen window for instance – botanical curtains are gorgeous without being imposing. When displayed en-masse as dressing for a large picture window, they’re an easy-to-create show-stopping moment. Regardless of where you choose to hang these verdant drapes, they will end up looking organic, appropriate and always stunning.
Sold yet? We thought so!
To get you started on your search for the perfect botanical curtains, we present below the top three faves from our collection:
Leaf Medley from Spiffy Spools
- Leaf Medley: Simple yet bold, this charming flat weave fabric features a classic leaf motif that promises to pair especially easily with minimalist, contemporary and rustic decorative schemes. Each bold leaf is outlined in black while the background provides a versatile cream contrast. We especially recommend this lovely drapery stitched in a flat panel top.
- August Ferns: This tasteful fabric features fern frond motifs in autumnal shades of ocher yellow, cinnamon brown and slate gray on a white backdrop. The overlapping and layered watercolor look combined with a rich earthen palette creates a luminous and lovely look. Perfect for a semi-formal or informal space.
- Tasmania: Add nature-inspired charm to your decor with this flatweave fabric strewn with a medley of light-hued leaves. Brimming with cheer, Tasmania fabric features an unexpected palette of blue and eggshell for a botanical print. Utterly perfect for a beach cottage or a boho-chic home.
With our collection of floral drapery, you are all set to transform your living space into a gorgeous biophilic sight. Bring the outdoors inside your home with Spiffy Spools’ custom curtains, lovingly hand-stitched in any size and style you desire. So go on, explore our site and see which of our botanical beauties grows on you!
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BLACK AND WHITE CURTAINS
If life happens in Technicolor, why, then, has black and white persevered as the most iconic of color combinations in fashion and decor alike? The world is in color, as are the digital cameras feeding our Instagram reels. How, then, has romance with this unpigmented palette endured centuries – manifesting itself in old Hollywood films, a classic Chanel suit, the iconic Vans checkers, and in our case, a crisp set of black and white curtains?
Perhaps because the versatility of this high contrast combo is as vast as the conceivable moves and countermoves on the chessboard. Or maybe because of this palette’s incredible scope to focus the eye, devoid of all distraction that color brings. Whatever the reason, black and white curtains are – and forever expected to be – a well-appreciated offering within our collection of custom drapes.
But as simple as it may appear, black and white is an extremely difficult combination to work with for interiors. So if you’ve found us today while shopping for black and white curtains, let’s preview some working principles that might come in handy in picking the right set of drapes.
SYNC IN STYLE
It is fascinating to see how the same high contrast color combo helps minimalists to keep their interiors free from visual noise, and maximalists to etch out drop-dead charm from patterns and textures. But even though the palette is so versatile, make sure that your choice of pattern, heading style, and hardware also syncs with the overall aesthetic and decor of your space.
A black and white paisley print fabric sewn in a triple pinch pleat style and mounted on chunky wooden pole – for example – would be an ideal take for traditional and maximalist setups. While fabrics like ‘Zakuda’ and ‘Road to Riga’ sewn in a casual style, like a flat top, look stunning hanging on a sleek metallic pole within a modern minimalist interior.
Also, while black and white curtains gel perfectly into many decor styles, Scandi and Japandi-inspired spaces deserve a special mention since the color schemes are so well-aligned.
Whatever your style, whatever your aesthetic, make sure that your decision goes beyond the palette, and also factors in heading style, pattern and drapery hardware best suited for your space.
BALANCE IS BEAUTY
Monochromatic fabrics work on the principle of dominance and contrast. One color often dominates, the other accentuates its appeal.
Ask yourself: Do I want white drapery with black elements or a black base with white detailing? Then choose the dominant color based on your aesthetic vision and purpose for the room.
The distribution of color has an important function in setting the mood and ambiance of a space. A white base, that allows more light to gently filter in, is ideal to cheer up laid back, casual spaces. You can bank on the illusive effect of white to make a room appear airy, lighter and more expansive.
Black, on the other hand – with all its dramatic allure – is good to dominate if you are dressing a darker, moodier and formal space. Besides limiting light inflow which serves to make your room dimmer and warmer, black-dominant curtains have the effortless ability to be the focal point, a statement decor.
Patterns that use black and white in an even measure offer an auto-balance option that’d work well in most settings of course.
TEXTURES ARE GAMECHANGERS
Texture and material composition should be key considerations in picking any drapery, but in case of black and white, they become even more crucial. Sans distraction from color, eyes appreciate the subtle variations brought on by a fabric’s weave, weight, texture and composition.
No wonder some of our bestselling drapes are filled with textural and tactile qualities that evoke visual depth and understated opulence. Velvets with their plush piles, and silks with their resplendent slubs are naturally suited for formal places where you entertain. While the nubby weaves of linens and soft yarns of cottons belong in casual, relatively dressed-down spaces.
Colors are softened or hardened, toned down or deepened by the warp and weft of the fabric. A sheer black and white fabric will have a very different role compared to a light blocking, blackout fabric. These characteristics together – weave, texture, weight and composition – open up tons of possibilities, lending life and versatility to a muted color scheme. So do make sure you’re given them due consideration when picking your black and white drapery.
FIND THE ‘FIFTY SHADES’
Black and white decor does not have to – and ideally should not – limit to these two absolutes; there is a whole world of shades and shadows in between to explore. While pure bright white can be too cold and clinical and pitch-black too dark and depressing, the hues in between can often bring softness, warmth, depth, and dimension to a space.
When shopping for black and white curtains, consider all the other elements and undertones at play in your room. Is your ‘black’ upholstery hiding hints of purple? Is your rug really ‘just white’, or an eggshell white with a hint of sunshine? Once you’ve identified the spectrum of hues and undertones playing in your room, go forth and explore drapes that appropriately add to the mix.
Drapes in ‘Zuri’ on a creamy white base for example are a ready fit for a Scandi-inspired room that has turned too bright and needs a shot of warmth. Similarly, mellowed-down alternatives to pitch-black drapes – like our ‘Knotted’ drapery – are perfect for a space that has gone too dark with flat black and needs a bit of textural and tonal variety to bring it back to chic-ville.
PLAY BEYOND PATTERNS
Patterns have a place in interiors but may not play nice in every context. If you’re keen to fulfill your black and white fantasy but find yourself less than enthralled about using patterned prints – fear not – we’ve got you covered here too!
Below are two fantastic options to achieve a black and white look without relying on prints:
- Colorblocking: Bring on the black and white vibe without committing to a patterned fabric by opting for color-blocked curtains. A band of black on side-edge of a pristine white drape can subtly anchor a room’s palette. And a broad patch of white on top end of a dramatic black drape can create a more color-balanced look. Within our collection, you’ll find four styles of color blocking to create your very own designer look; do give them a look!
- Trimmings: Tassels, pom pom and ribbons – are a great way to add tasteful details and a tactile element to your otherwise simple solid drapes, while allowing you to tell your color story uninterrupted. You may accessorize your black curtains with an ornate white tassel trim like ‘Savanna White Sands’ or dress up a solid white linen panel with a black grosgrain ribbon. Whatever catches your fancy, use our lineup of bold, bright and whimsical trimmings to make all the difference in creating that perfect finished look.
We hope the simple techniques discussed above will help make the job of picking your black and white drapery more of an exciting journey than a daunting task. Designers forge elegant and comfy spaces with the iconic combination of black and white – two colors that physicists don’t even believe to be ‘colors’. Whether you are color-phobic or color-obsessed, the high-contrast no-show combination of black and white curtains is just what you need to make your happy place a timeless, chic abode. So go on, browse our collection and have fun picking your salt and pepper drapes!
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Decorating your Home with Cream Blackout Curtains
Curtains are to a room what background actors are to a play. Not directly under the spotlight, and yet so crucial when it comes to setting up the right theme for the story. They work their magic in the backdrop, offering you the perfect canvas to paint your space in style. And what could possibly serve in this role better than cream blackout curtains, brimming with understated sophistication and unpigmented calm!
With the delicate grace of gorgeous cream and the quiet serenity that is signature to blackout linings, cream blackout curtains go a long way in making your home a peaceful haven and keeping the hubbub of the outside world away.
Within the design sensibility where less is more, they offer the perfect base to build up a room on, no matter the decor style you are targeting. Whether you are putting together a cozy monochromatic look for your bedroom or thinking of creating bold contrasts in a living room, cream blackout curtains can shape up beautifully to fit your vision.
And the elevated style quotient isn’t all that makes these drapes such a beloved choice. The functionality offered by blackout lining behind these exquisite curtains is an equally potent factor in making them an ever-popular choice amongst our clients. So go on, dive into some of the top benefits offered by our blackout drapes:
- Restful slumber: Whether you are a night owl or enjoy an occasional late lie-in, a dark room is essential for undisturbed sleep or a power nap. With blackout draperies, you can block out all light and create a night-like environment even when it’s broad daylight outside and get the perfect dark room. They are an especially great choice for nurseries and kids’ bedrooms to help little ones sleep off their tiredness.
- Keeps the noise away: In addition to blocking harsh sunlight, blackout curtains also provide great sound insulation. So whether you are working or trying to catch some zzz’s, all you need to do to keep the unwelcome noises out is draw your blackout curtains.
- Extends the life of your curtains: Your beautiful curtains need protection against the harsh sunlight. Sun can gradually erode the longevity of your curtains, possibly causing them to fray at the edges over time. This is a concern especially with drapes made from delicate materials like often-expensive silks. Adding a blackout lining gives your curtains an added layer of protection and increases their longevity by shielding the drapery fabric from the harmful effects of glaring sunlight.
- Safeguards your furnishings: Sun is not a friend to your furniture or the exquisite fabrics in your room. Blackout curtains block out the UV rays of the sun, thereby protecting soft furnishings like your carefully-curated rugs, prized upholstery, or your hand-picked linens. This is especially important for dainty materials like silks and brightly-colored cottons that are more prone to fading than polyesters and blends.
- Adds visual appeal: Blackout lining is not only a practical choice but also one that adds to the visual appeal of your curtains and subsequently to the look of the whole room. Blackout lining – which tends to be heavier than standard privacy lining – adds weight and volume to the drapes giving them a more luxurious and full look. The added weight also helps the drapes fall ands stay into straight pleats much faster than unlined drapes would.
- Savings galore: Blackout lining prevents the loss of thermal heat in winters, keeping you cozy during the cold days, and cool during the hot summers by blocking out sunlight. Our blackout lining is treated with a thermal coating that can help you save up to 25% on your energy cost. Good for the environment and good for your pocket too!
- No prying eyes: Yet another one of the benefits of blackout drapery is that it’s instrumental in building up an extra layer of privacy for your home. This is especially helpful if you live on a busy street. Your home is your very own exclusive space and with our cream blackout curtains, you can keep any prying eyes at bay. Yes, a gift that keeps on giving, isn’t it?
WHY WE LOVE CREAM BLACKOUT CURTAINS
We have professed our love for cream blackout curtains many times now, and how can we not? From the elegance they bring to a room with their sophisticated charm to the versatility of the hue, there are so many reasons we can’t get enough of this room darkening drapery!
- Adds warmth to a room: In a world of white, it is important to have some pigment. Cream blackout curtains are a wonderful and classic way to invite warmth into a room, without giving up on an all-white aesthetic. Where white alone can be cold, stark and clinical, cream brings a sense of coziness and subtle variation into a space. Playing with various shades of cream and white can bring a sense of layering and texture, breaking the monotony of an all-white environment. Drapery in a solid cream fabric like Warm Snow, for example, could work wonderfully well for an all-white room that needs just a hint of sun kissed charm without calling attention to it. In our cream curtains collection, you’ll also find fabrics like Oymak – that work to bring a bit of pattern play into an otherwise solid-while-led space for an elevated visual interest.
- Pairs well with all hues: Rightfully christened ‘Super-Neutral’ by our stylists, cream has an inherently potent (and effortless) ability to pair with all kinds of colors and palettes. Whether your rooms are inspired by the sun-soaked colors of a desert or the sea-kissed cooler oceanic hues, cream blackout curtains will play along. This year especially – when we’re seeing a strong resurgence of browns as the neutral of choice – cream curtains are rising alongside as an easy go-to pairing option for designers and homemakers alike. Given the versatility of this lovely color, cream curtains work well with visually refreshing sea-foam green, turquoise, or sky blue in a country home. Or hang them in a shabby-chic room with a pale pink palette, and see them blend in like they were always meant to be. An additional benefit of choosing a neutral like cream is that should you decide to change your color palette in the future, you won’t have to spend a huge sum on a replacement for your window treatments, as your creams will very likely play nice with your next chosen palette as well.
- Lets your statement pieces shine: Cream curtains are that perfect understated option that whispers elegance in a room full of statement pieces. They are naturally poised to serve as a quiet canvas to the more vibrant elements in your room, without distracting or taking anything away from them. So if you’re looking for a bashful backdrop for your fiery red velvet sofa, or for something to drape demurely against a bright and bold wallpaper, or a balancing counterpoint for a daring piece of artwork, cream blackout curtains are very often the answer. Not only will custom drapes in cream let your statement pieces shine, but they will also bring visual balance and tasteful depth to your space.
- Goes with all themes: Not only with palettes, cream works masterfully across a spectrum of decor styles as well. Whether tasked with ushering in elegant comfort in a traditional setting, or bringing flair to a more contemporary space, cream drapery has the ability to relax and impress all at the same time, no matter the aesthetic setting. It can ‘read’ traditional when hung in a room filled with baroque antique furniture, and yet also look so fetching when put against a contemporary industrial theme dotted with black accented furniture.
- Creates a cohesive flow: Cream curtains can effortlessly connect spaces together, and can create a sense of connectedness between rooms that might otherwise feel disjointed due to stark differences in color palettes. So if you have chosen different colors from room to room and are looking for an integrating element that creates a sense of flow and harmony, cream curtains are the way to go. For instance, if you have a low-lit dining room dressed in a moody burgundy, adjacent to a light flooded living room in another hue, cream curtains are an excellent choice to create a kinship between the two spaces.
- Sets the stage for bold patterns: Got your heart set out on a quirky print but not sure how to make it work? Or too afraid to bring in a bold pattern in a not-so-bold room. Go down the road most traveled and choose cream for your base fabric. From passionate patterns like paisleys to prints with an eccentric personality, cream sets the perfect foundation for all your off-beat choices. This classic color serves as a ‘restrained’ canvas for bold patterns, allowing you to adjust its role as needed throughout every phase of decorating.
So have we got you excited about your cream blackout curtains yet? We thought so!
Go on then, browse our collection of blackout curtains to find your perfect set of cream drapes. Or shop our regular non-blackout cream curtains and simply add blackout lining to your order to make them room darkening. Happy draping!
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Paisley Blackout Curtains: Merging Passion with Purpose
Any decor theme, we believe, can fall in love with the retro, vintage essence of paisley. But more magic happens when you take this bold and daring pattern and pair it with a room-darkening lining; the result – Paisley Blackout Curtains.
A high-performance blackout lining, when added at the back of your pretty paisley statement, promises to enhance the overall drape, hang, and insulation of your drapes. Simply put, paisley blackout curtains are truly rich in both form and function.
BENEFITS OF PAISLEY BLACKOUT CURTAINS:
- Simply to darken your rooms: Blackout curtains hold an impeccable ability to block unwanted outside light from entering your rooms. And when you have darker rooms, you can doze off peacefully regardless of the time of the day; very ideal if you are a night hustler and desire some peaceful, healthy sleep amid daylight.
- Noise-canceling: Blackout curtains also provide insulation from sound. Thus, when the unwanted light and the outside noise are restricted, your circadian rhythm, meaning your sleep-wake cycle is bound to improve. Your drapery’s noise-canceling ability will also ensure you are not disturbed while you are engaged in tasks that demand your 100% attention.
- Protects your furniture: Blackout lining helps a great deal in protecting your paisley curtains from being weathered by the sun, extending their life. They also help prolong the life and looks of your furniture, carpets and other soft furnishings in the same space, from the sun’s UV rays, which can have an aging effect on not just your precious skin but also on your pricey room furnishings. The blackout draperies reduce the in-streaming sunlight to limit the color fading and fabric fraying effects.
- Environment-friendly: What if I told you that your paisley blackout curtains can help you save on your utility bills? Yes, you heard us right. Windows are responsible for 10-25% thermal energy loss in a room, and your paisley room darkening curtains can help limit this loss and save you energy costs by as much as 25%. Moreover, at Spiffy Spools, we treat our blackouts with thermal coatings that keep sunlight out in summers and trap room heat in winters.
- Privacy shield: If you live in a densely populated neighborhood and often happen to see prying eyes peeping through, not anymore you have to worry about that. Your blackout curtains will stand as a great privacy shield. So let the inquisitive eyes remain far away – to where they belong!
These are some of the many benefits of adding blackout lining to your paisley curtains. As for coming back to the essence of paisley patterns, let’s just say there isn’t a print as passionate and powerful as a paisley!
In the 60s, John Lennon had his psychedelic Rolls-Royce painted with swirling motifs that were recognized as ‘paisley’ – leaving the decor and fashion world utterly awestruck and the new-found love for this pattern was discovered.
But paisley’s roots go much deeper, all the way back in the humanist, life-affirming philosophy and religion of Zoroastrianism in ancient Persia, where they were known as ‘boteh’ or ‘buta’ in 224 AD. However, it got its modern name from the Scottish town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, when paisley patterns traveled the silk routes from East to West in the 19th century.
Such an evolutionary journey may make you wonder as to how to deal with a print as bold as paisley in modern decor; well then, let our stylists break down its essence and show you the many ways you can decorate your homes with paisley blackout curtains.
- Vibrant vs monochrome: If a strong impression is what you are looking to make, paisleys can do that for you! Opt for fabrics featuring large-scale motifs in vibrant hues, like our ‘LAquila’ window drapes. Here, the traditional paisleys take an eye-catching avatar, featuring a powerful palette of springtime pinks and purples with touches of brown and black on a pristine white backdrop; simply a perfect accent piece for subdued spaces. Of course, for those passionate about interior design, and a little less about bright colors, there are plenty of demure paisleys to choose from. Single colored paisley embroideries – as featured in our ‘Dijon’curtains – are an incredibly popular way to bring this beautiful pattern into a more minimalist space.
- All-over paisleys versus floating motifs: If you like intricate detailing, then an all-over paisley like our ‘Hidden Harbor’ is what you should be eyeing! This exquisite fabric in hues of champagne beige, sapphire blue and pale aqua is a real visual feast for the eyes. However, if you prefer large-scale, spaced out motifs of the ‘floating-island’ style paisleys, consider something like ‘Sarno’ on a neutral background of cream.
- Layer for pared back paisley perfection: Can’t decide whether you want to go big, bold and busy with paisley or you want to stay simple and safe? Well then, how about both? Layer your windows with color coordinated solid roman shades at back, and paisley curtains at front simply to frame the sides. BONUS TIP: If you feel commitment-phobic about taking your old-world nostalgia for paisley to as far as custom curtains and roman shades, need not worry. Incorporate them as custom dining placemats into your kitchen or dining room, or for a stronger visual show, have them as table runners. You may also consider throwing in some pillows in your living room.
- Mix your paisley with other patterns: Our stylists – like many designers – are fans of mixing patterns and believe three is truly a magic number. If you are looking to mix n’ match your paisley blackout curtains with other patterns in your decor, we recommend bringing in herringbone and stripes; this trinity of patterns is a classic favorite for stylists and interior designers around the world. Imagine ‘Ariano’ fabric for your windows in a burgundy/teal/beige palette, all ready to vibe and blend with its soulmate fabrics like the striped ‘Jalapeno’and herringbone-patterned ‘Kilkenny’.
- Some paisley whimsy for your little girl’s room: Now not many parents fancy paisley for a kids’ room owing to its traditional and ‘grown up’ identity, but the kind of paisley patterns featured in Spiffy Spools’ collection totally breaks the myth that this ornate pattern is suitable only for formal or mature places! The modern-day paisley patterns have become a favorite of designers and stylists who are striving to give ‘age proof’ nurseries to their ‘little’ clients, rationale being that even as your little girl makes her journey from toddler to teen, paisley will remain as fresh and timeless as ever. So while the playful polka dots may have you shopping in a few years, soft paisley window treatments will simply grow up with your little one.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to Spiffy Spools’ collection of paisley curtains, choose what you love, and remember to add room-darkening lining to them. Let your windows brim with the magic of paisley blackout curtains.
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2022 Interior Decor Trends: A Charming Mix of Retro, Natural and Zen
As we blink into the sunlight of 2022, emerging from the shadows of the pandemic, the décor world – as always – is responding to the changing priorities and lifestyles of homemakers around the world. Sustainability in home decor has taken center stage, as has the desire to bring into homes a lot of nature and earth. Vintage accents are having a moment in modern settings, along with reclaimed pieces of furniture. Simply put, we expect interior décor in 2022 to be a heady mix of retro, natural and zen.
So well, it’s that time of the year and our stylists are, once again, ready with the top ten trends that we think will define the character and aesthetic course of many abodes this year.
In the three years leading up to 2019, the sale of houseplants increased by 50 percent. The keen desire to connect with nature started manifesting during the pandemic with our Pinterest and Instagram feeds filled with trailing plants hanging from bedroom ceilings and herb gardens on kitchen windowsills. This movement towards biophilic interior design – bringing in elements of nature to your home – is very much real and we expect it to gain strength in 2022. Result? Happier, healthier increase in one’s connection with the natural world, leading to better physical and mental well-being, alongside striking an aesthetic appeal to your decor. In terms of textiles, botanical trends like leaves and foliage patterns will be seen on wallpapers, wall art, custom roman shades & curtains, upholstery, and so on.
A logical extension of the movement towards biophilic design, this year is expected to be graced by green! The inherently calming shades of green reminiscent of nature will find a place in many newly-renovated homes, but the power green of all will be the jewel-toned (think emerald) and deeper hues (picture hunter green). Owing to their powerful dramatic presence, these not-so-demure greens will be seen making bold, luxurious statements, paired with an array of accent colors or neutrals.
2022 will see an enhanced focus on natural materials in interiors, mirroring a revolution against fast fashion. Wooden floorings, sustainable fabrics, vintage accents, ethically sourced furniture will come into the picture for their deeper meaning, longevity and timelessness. Many homemakers will embrace zen-decorating this year to keep the decor natural and organic.
A GOOGBYE TO GREYS
This is the year we’ll witness the last of décor world’s love affair with greys, to be replaced by deep brown hues as the neutral of choice. This transition towards warmer colors is both a response to an oversaturation of white and grey in living spaces and the additional time most people have spent at home over the last couple of years. After a decade of bare sterility of greys and whites, many homemakers will find themselves returning to the coziness of browns.
THE YEAR OF MAXIMALISTS
By no means a novel or modern concept, maximalism has been a part of the design world for centuries. But the ways in which it has manifested in our homes has changed over time. We foresee this year’s most fashionable interiors to explode with contrasts and ‘happy hued’ palettes. Along with vibrant colors, the year will bring wallpapers featuring bold patterns, ornate furniture, richly layered window treatments, bookshelves packed with myriad of books, and walls replete with mixed art.
SPACES RECLAIMED FOR LEISURE
With a decline in ‘work from home’ requirement, and many looking forward to going back to work, we expect demand for home office furniture and décor elements to fall this year. Interior designers have already seen a sharp decline in home office décor projects and a corresponding rise in projects to reclaim spaces back for leisure and entertainment.
MAKE WAY FOR BOLD KITCHENS
Now look, white kitchens will always remain a classic, but we can all argue that at times, yes, they do fall flat. Interior designers are being asked for sleeker and bolder color play in their kitchens – mixing dramatic stones with rich contrasting hues like a deep navy blue or oxblood red, or just going all dark and moody in a monochromatic fashion. Also look forward to seeing cabinets in medium tones of natural wood or painted a darker hue in match with the walls. Neutrals like warm, yellow or orange base are also recommended for an impact in darker kitchen themes.
RISE OF EARTHY CHARMS
The decor world in 2022 will see more clients asking for earthy tones – from cognac and burnt umber to rusted reds and dark greens – in their homes. This will translate into elements that boost earthy energies – like concrete planters, terracotta tiles, marble kitchen islands, reclaimed dark wood coffee tables, driftwood accessories – becoming desirable additions.
After years of travel restrictions and meeting the world on Zoom, we are really hoping that your 2022 will be filled with travel stories. And many are expected to bring meaningful pieces that will find their place on walls and coffee tables, bringing back fond memories of travel from this very special year. We expect vintage maps, antiques, musical instruments, local crafts, ethnic textiles & rugs to be sourced lovingly from exotic lands and displayed proudly back at home this year.
PAIRING VINTAGE WITH MODERN
Designers will break the barriers between vintage and modern, and give the world more eclectic homes where the old and new coexist in harmony. We expect antique rugs with traditional patterns to show up as statement pieces in modern living rooms and bold ikat window treatments to become conversation starters in contemporary Japandi-style apartments. It’s no surprise that while more and more people are craving a sense of timelessness in their homes, 2022 will be a lot about ‘moving on’. This desire to move on, yet keep our homes timeless, will be the driving force behind this trend.
That’s it from us when it comes to updating you with the decor trends of 2022. Go on, create a home that’s not only on-trend, but remains in style for times to come.
Happy 2022 from Spiffy Spools!
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