Using heavier upholstery weight fabrics will feel softer and look more inviting on seating that you will feel under your legs and hands. Draperies can add to this feeling by using the heavier fabric there too, instead of lighter drapery fabrics, and give the design element of surprise. Either weight can add warmth by making the draperies fuller and long enough to puddle on the floor. This also adds warmth to the walls and floor, and changes the ambiance of the room.

You can also use window draperies to make the room seem larger. Dorm rooms often come with vertical blinds, Leaf says, and you can transform the look by adding inexpensive sheer curtains hung high on a tension rod over the blinds. To make it even more dramatic, use a larger rod (even a tension rod made for a shower curtain) and run the sheers across an entire wall.

When we surround ourselves with nature, we benefit our physical, mental and emotional health. But feeling like we’re one with the Earth doesn’t have to be limited to our time outdoors. Using natural materials in our everyday lives can also help foster that peaceful connection with nature.
Blinds can do a lot for an interior space. They can provide you with privacy when they’re drawn, they can provide your home with natural sunlight when open, and they can even provide you with some pretty impressive energy savings. They can greatly increase the interior appearance of any room too!
Wood blinds are an especially good choice if you’re looking for stylish blinds that provide you with the aforementioned benefits, but all blinds also have a downside—they can be bad for your health.
Published: August 2, 2017 3:00 AM
2 of 3 Photos | Karen Perone poses in the formal Victorian parlor where new draperies with tieback tassels and elaborate valances with festoons and side swags are hung. (Submitted photo)
Those touring the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home during the Carnation City Festival will see new draperies in keeping with the style of the Victorian era home. The annual festival-week open house, with the updated look, is just one of the features this year as the home celebrates its 150th anniversary.

What do your windows say about your home? Are your windows covered or uncovered? As a window covering professional, I am always drawn to the window coverings in homes, commercial spaces, and on TV shows!

If I see a unique design or fabric somewhere, then I get a photo. There are dozens of photos on Pinterest and Houzz that reflect the character of the homeowner and the designer.

It’s a matter of form and function BY JENNIFER TZESES

Window treatments can set the tone for a room by adding natural light or taking it away, creating a level of formality, or keeping things casual.


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