Thursday, August 17, 2017

Drapery Trim Ideas

You know me, I mull things over for quite a while before I finally make a decision.  If I don't then I usually wind up changing it 15 times.  I always think over any sewing project for quite a while.  It just makes sense to have a plan finalized before I start in on yards and yards of fabric.

Drapes can be subtle and quiet, I really like that look, or they can command a little attention.  I really don't like for my drapes to command too much attention.  I like for them to blend into the background of a room and add some softness to windows, not dominate the window.

In the living room of my last house I had some really pretty beige and white plaid drapes that I loved.  They gave just enough pattern to the room, yet they didn't dictate what other pattern I was using.  These stayed with the house at the new owners request.  I think she liked them as much as I did.

See how they add just a touch of pattern and texture with a slight shimmer to the fabric.  They don't scream at you, they just add interest in a really quiet way.

 I liked that I could still use any pattern I wanted with them and they still held their own.

The family room in that house had quite a few different treatments too.  At one point I was into a little more farmhouse style, so I went with checks.  These were fun and so economical.  They are tablecloths.  How easy is that.

Then I changed my style to a little more transitional and put up some soft camel and white tiny stripe drapes with some grasscloth textured roman shades

The master bedroom got a fun diy pair of made-over Ikea drapes.  These were so easy and matched the shams on the bed.  This is just two different widths of grosgrain ribbon sewed down the side.  (You can buy great grosgrain ribbon at Walmart for $1 a spool)

I plan on using simple linen panels for our new house living room, but I think I will embellish them a little with some trim down the side of the panels.  There are scores of great pictures of trim on drapes.  I love this tone on tone.  It looks elegant to me and doesn't scream at you at all.

Ribbon trim is definitely a favorite.  Super simple and tone on tone could be used again.

 This one has a lighter trim than the drapes, but still tonal.

 This is tonal too.

  I was looking on line and found some really fun ones that I loved at a  etsy shop called shopofembellishments.    There are your normal greek key trim and lots of different ribbon treatments, but this shop had a few unusual things.

Embellished lace.  Isn't this different.

 Embroidered lace.  I like this one too.

 More embroidery in all gold.

 How about this zig-zag embroidered one in silver and gold.

All of these are 2" wide or wider and are sold by the yard anywhere from $4 to $8 per yard.  I think that is really reasonable for all this detail.

Hobby Lobby has this 2 1/4" soft beige and white greek key trim that I have used before on lamp shades.  It would be gorgeous to trim out my drapes too.
Food for thought.  Not sure if I want to go with something different, or stay with tried and true.   Guess I just need to see those really huge long drapes first (almost 10' long) and then I will know what direction I want to go.


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  1. I'm leaning toward the simple stripe or subtle textural braid patterns. Good luck, I can't wait to see what you decide.

  2. Love the Greek key and I love your idea of keeping the drapes subtle. Have fun deciding - I know it will be beautiful!

  3. I really like the embelleshed lace or embroidered lace trim! Can't wait to see what you decide!

  4. I love that embellished lace! The gold would tie in nicely with your gold mirror!

  5. Alright, I am convinced, drapes do give a very soft look to a room. I like the Greek key, and tonal. I am learning to be a little more adventurous, so am looking forward to what ever you decide.


  6. Marty, I am sure you will pick the right choice. You have excellent taste and everything you have done in your new home is very lovely. I liked at the choices you made in your last home also.

    Have a great weekend and looking forward to seeing your choice.


  7. Lots of pretty choices...glad I'm not the one doing the choosing...ha! xoxo

  8. I like the soft stripe, Marty, but you have to make the choice in the end!! You will be fine.

    I have the opposite problem. I ordered curtains from Overstock last summer for the lake. Just now trying to hang them. They are way too long for our huge windows and I have to find a place to hem them--like 6 inches. Grrrrr... We Iive in a fishbowl, albeit the country. I still get a chill when I see the glow of raccoon eyes through the windows at night!!

    Jane x

  9. I am loving houses as Your :)

  10. Hi Marty,
    I love your post and just wanted to let you know that we are featuring you tomorrow for our link party #iDIYedthat! Thanks for sharing and I hope you share again tommorrow! Have a great night.

  11. glad I'm not the one doing the choosing...ha! xoxo