Decorating with Drapery Hardware Decorating with Drapery Hardware

Using stylish drapery hardware is the simplest way to accessorize different window settings. Conventional decorative hardware choices included components like curtain brackets, rings and tie-backs. Now, drapery hardware pertains to many additions like the use of handcrafted wooden rods, rod finials and scarf holders. Further, there is a much wider choice of materials available. You can choose drapery hardware across various materials like ceramic, galvanized or painted wrought iron and stainless steel. There are not set rules and drapery hardware additions can be matched in any combination to suit your personal sense of style. It is essential that you understand the basic application and styling limitations of different kinds of drapery hardware.

Choosing Curtain Rods

Wooden and metallic rods are the two most common types of drapery rods. Wooden rods are slightly expensive but lend a classic sensibility to the room. They should be used for bigger windows that can accommodate rods with larger diameters. Wooden rods can be easily manipulated for customizing them to different window settings. A thicker rod means that you have more options to accessorize the window using additions like heavier side panels and decorative finials. Metal rods are best recommended if you have smaller, functional windows. Smaller metal rods are easily hidden behind the draperies. They are offered in packaged form with standard hardware components.

Using Decorative Drapery Panels

The choice of panel depends upon whether you plan to keep the drapes permanently open or shut them regularly. Stationary side panels are recommended for drapes that usually remain open. These are easy-to-install and can support heavy, decorative finials. The finials can be attached at either of the fixed sides of the panel or at the center. You can further embellish the panel with knotted tie-backs. The mobile panel hangs more freely at the sides of the window. It cannot support too much drapery hardware since it is regularly opened and closed. However, you can add some style to the moving panels with trendy clip-ons and colorful curtain rings.

Using Layered Drape Hardware

For increasing the volume of the drapes, you can use the layered curtain arrangement. For this, a double rod installation is needed. The layered-look hardware installation is a bit tedious but it has a distinct upmarket appeal to it. The inner rod holds the curtains and the outer rod supports the decorative panels. This adaptable window hardware system can be made more practical by adding hardware for light controls and blind/shutter arrangements near the panels.

Using Tab Tops

You can use tab top curtains instead of conventional curtains. Tab tops are slightly slender curtains that are often combined with slip-through loops. You can use designer curtain rings as the loops. Tab tops can also be combined with scarf holders to create a vintage look.

Curtain Tracks

Curtain tracks are mechanical fittings installed to open/close the window curtains by simply pushing a button. The tracks can be ordered in a wide range of colors to complement the room interiors. Curtain tracks are sturdy and capable of supporting heavy, layered or embroidered curtains. The higher-end curtain tracks are often combined with a light-dimming installation. The motorized components don’t need periodic servicing and are easy-to-operate. Curtain track systems can be installed in rooms with a surround-sound system and, to create a movie hall-like surrounding, special sound-absorbing drapes are also offered. These help to augment the sound effect and ensure your neighbors aren't disturbed.

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