Imagine you’re in a medieval castle, listening in on a conversation between Robin Hood and Maid Marian:

Marian:   Robin! It’s so cold in this drafty castle I can’t stand it anymore. The animal skins and rag rugs keep my feet warm, but I’m freezing!

Robin:      I can’t control the weather, Marian. Hang it, I don’t know what to tell you!

Marian:   Hang it? Hmmm…

And the first draperies were born. Well, maybe. We do know that tapestries and wall hangings were often incorporated into medieval decor to combat the drafty cold and dampness in homes and castles, as well as to create privacy and define space. It literally took centuries for wall hangings, curtains and draperies to evolve from very humble beginnings into the beautiful, fashionable window coverings that they are today.

Ancient Egyptians created the very first textiles, weaving linen from flax for tunics, sails and (yes) mummy shrouds. Over time, other cultures developed wool, cotton and silk, all basically homespun until around 1850 when mass-produced textiles became available to the middle classes. Window glass finally appeared in the 13th century, so fashionable window treatments were a natural evolution of the 1800s widespread availability of interesting fabrics. This gave birth to a whole industry of drapers, decorators and architects offering help to homemakers wanting advice on how to bring beauty and style to the historically utilitarian drape.

Function, Style and Form

Inspired Drapes

In this bedroom, a mix of colors and textures in drapes and shades achieve desired function. Draperies with a Cartridge Pleat add formal elegance and the duo fabric shade offers multi-function in a single shade solution. Light filtering fabric in a chocolate color in the top and a light color cellular shade material on the bottom to provide room darkening as needed.

Today there are endless possibilities when decorating your windows. With the myriad choices of fabrics, colors, textures and styles available, your imagination is the only limitation.

If you want to update your windows, what does your drape need to do?

  • Filter sunlight or darken a room
  • Create a whole new, fresh look
  • Make your home more energy-efficient
  • Create a focal point or define a room or area
  • Soften the look of an covered window; layer drapes over blinds or shades
  • Camouflage different sized windows or make windows appear larger

Do you have a favorite decorating style?

  • Formal
  • Casual
  • Eclectic
  • Contemporary
  • Traditional
  • Romantic

Have you reviewed the many drapery styles available?

  • Pleated — Pinch Pleat, Two Finger Pleat, Inverted Pleat, Top Pleated, Inverted Box Pleat, Goblet Pleat and more; hook or ring attached
  • Rod Pocket – with or without a ruffle, top and bottom (often used on windowed doors)
  • Tab Top — Button Tab Top, Tie Top, Droopy Drapery
  • Grommets – flat or pleated
  • Medallions – attention-grabbing hardware treatment
  • Roman Shades – cascading folds add a dash of European style
  • Cornices – various shapes; wood, fabric or upholstered
  • Swags and jabots – especially suited for tall windows
  • Valances – plain or fancy, takes well to embellishments

Once you’ve decided what the drape needs to accomplish and the style you want, it’s time to let your imagination take over and create your own, unique window art.

Your Budget Blinds Style Consultant is available to work closely with you to identify the right colors, textures and treatments for your window coverings.  Sign up online for a Free in-home consultation or call your local Budget Blinds location today 866-590-6341!