When decorating your home, the little details are often what takes the design to the next level. Just like with your wardrobe, it’s important to accessorize your interior design. This is especially true when it comes to accessorizing your window treatments. After putting in all the time and effort to choose the perfect window treatments, why settle for ordinary hardware? There are so many drapery hardware options to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Let’s start with the drapery rod.
Choosing the Right Drapery Rod
Your drapery rod may be basic or decorative, depending on the type of window treatment you choose. For example, if your window treatments include a cornice, a basic drapery rod may be all you need as it won’t be visible. However, if any part of your drapery rod is going to be visible, it becomes a design element. Some examples of window treatments where the rod is visible are tab-topped, grommet-topped or draperies hung with rings. First, you need to make sure you choose the right size drapery rod.
Drapery rods come in a variety of sizes. When choosing your drapery hardware, you need to start with the length and width of the drapery rod. A common decorating tip is to choose a drapery rod that measures 4 to 12 inches wider than your window. This will create the illusion of a larger window and allow more room for opening the drapes to let in natural light.
After you’ve determined the proper drapery rod length, it’s time to decide the appropriate width rod for your window treatments. You always want to use a rod that is at least 1-⅜” inch wide. Anything less will look flimsy and detract from the appearance of your window treatments. Treatments made from heavier fabric or with a wider rod pocket will require a wider rod. These could include drapery hardware such as larger round wood or metal rod, a traverse rod, or a wide, flat dauphine rod.
Especially with a window treatment where the rod will be visible, choosing the right color rod is an important factor to consider when selecting your drapery hardware. A darker rod can provide a nice contrast if you want your hardware to make a statement. Choose a shade that matches the other dark tones in the room. If you would prefer your hardware to be a more subtle element, choose a softer color similar to the color of the walls or draperies.
Prefer metallic tones? You should coordinate your drapery hardware with other metal features in the room including the light fixtures as well as the door or cabinet hardware. If you are hanging grommet top window treatments, the grommets and rods should always be the same metal. With sheer window treatments, a clear acrylic rod that will be virtually invisible is your best bet.
Drapery Hardware Accessories
While the drapery rod is a necessity for hanging your window treatments, it can be decorative as well as functional. Once you’ve determined the correct size, color, and type of the rod, it’s time for the fun part – accessorizing your drapery hardware.
Finials are the decorative end pieces that attach to the end of your drapery rods. They are a great place to start accessorizing and can have a major impact on the appearance of your window treatments. While they are often used on drapery rods that are visible, they can also be a great way to accessorize a simple rod pocket drapery. When choosing finials, you want to select a style that complements the design of the room.
If your room has a more classic design you may want to choose a simple cap or ball finial. Carved wood or wood-look resin finials can blend well with a traditional look. For rooms with a mid-century vibe, geometric shapes in wood or brass can complete the retro look. Glass, crystal, or mother of pearl finials can be the perfect finishing touch for a room with more glamorous or glitzy design features.
And the best thing about finials – you can change them! If you change your window treatments or redesign the space you can simply change your finials to complement the new look. Most designer drapery hardware manufacturers offer multiple options when it comes to finials. It can be a great way to coordinate with a new design without buying all new hardware.
Tiebacks are meant to gracefully hold your drapes back to reveal another layer of window treatment such as sheers or blinds or to simply let the light in. They can be a coordinating accessory that matches your finials. They can also be made of materials such as decorative cord and tassels color-coordinated with your window treatments
Where you install your tiebacks will directly impact the appearance of your drapes. Start by dividing the length of your draperies and divide it by 3. For example, if your draperies are 84 inches long, one-third of their length would be 28 inches. If you want the fullest part to be above the tieback, you would install your tiebacks two-thirds of the drapery length or 56 inches down from the top of the rod. To have the bulk of the fullness below the tiebacks, you would install one-third of the drapery length or 28 inches down from the rod.
Accessorize with Drapery Hardware
Custom window treatments are one of my favorite design elements. Accessorizing them with designer drapery hardware can be the perfect way to accentuate the window architecture and add a little pizzazz to your draperies.
In addition to specializing in custom draperies and window treatments, At Home Custom Interiors uses a variety of designer drapery hardware manufacturers, including Paris Texas Hardware and Brimar. We can even match your custom match your hardware package to any Benjamin Moore color. Because you want your drapery hardware to function seamlessly as well as look beautiful, professional installation is always recommended.