Drapery accessories are easy to use

Adding drapery accessories is one of the easiest ways to make your drapes stand out from the ordinary. But remember that simple finishes in the right setting can be all that's needed, so don't add accessories if you don't have a good reason for doing so.

Accessories allow you to bring out color or contrasts, to emphasize shapes or soften edges. Some accessories are hidden from view, but help your drapes to hang in attractive ways. Here are the main ways of getting the most from your draperies.

 

Trim

interior showroom with drapes

This interior design showroom demonstrates how trims such as contrasting edging and frills can be used on drapery.

Trims come in many forms. Some you can make yourself, and have complete control over how they look. Other trims can be bought from specialist manufacturers.

Trims are used to give a finished edging to draperies. Borders, gimps and braids can be sewn to the edge of drapery elements, or set back a small distance for effect.

Bound edges are a simple and effective way to

Frills come in two basic forms, gathered or pleated. Gathered frills are more informal, while pleated frills have a tailored look.

 

Cord

pillows with cord edging

These pillows have welting (piping cord) sewn into the seams to give a contrast effect.

Drapery cords can also refer to curtain cords which are used to control the movement of drapes on a track. In the context of trims they are also known as welting or piping cord. A basic plain cord can be covered in a chosen fabric and then sewn to the drapery. Twisted cords can also be bought ready made in many colors and finishes.

 

Hold back

Hold backs are like tie backs, in that they hold curtains back, usually forming an attractive curved sweep. While tie backs 'embrace' the drape, a hold back is normally fixed in position on the wall, and the drape is pulled to one side of it. The front of the hold back often has a circular decorative feature attached.

Tie back

curtain tied back

This curtain is held back by a shaped tie back covered in the curtain fabric.

Tie backs are useful for two reasons. They allow the drapes to be formed into attractive curves, and also hold them back in position at the sides, preventing them from covering the window.

You can find out more about tie backs here.

Crown

This is most often used for bed drapes, where the drapes which spread out to the sides of the bed are gathered up into the center section. The tops of the drapes where they connect to the crown are covered by a cornice or valance.

Sconce

The original wall sconce was a fixture made from wood, plaster or metal which was attached to the wall to hold a candle or lamp. A drapery sconce is a fixture used to hold a drape or curtain in position. They can provide an original and architectural effect for your draperies.

Weights

length of drapery chain weight

Drapery chain weight for use in hems of lightweight curtains such as voiles or lace.

Drapery or curtain weights are one of the features which mark out professional drapery products. They come in two main types:

  1. Single weights in rectangular or circular shapes which are sewn into the base of drapes on the corners and joins.
  2. Chain weights, where small weights are formed into a chain, which can be placed into the base of the hem of lightweight curtains such as voiles or lace.

In both cases the weights help the drapes to remain hanging vertically and help to maintain the shape of the folds.

Tassels

a selection of drapery tassels

These tassels are

Tassels are difficult to make, and are usually supplied by specialist manufacturers. They come in many styles and colors, and will give a traditional look to your drapery.

They can be applied to cornice boxes, valances, and smaller ones to headings such as goblet or triple pleats. They are often used to embellish swag treatments.

 

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