Sunday, July 29, 2012

Just Panels

More is better.  That idea is shared by many window treatment specialists.  More layers, more fullness, more embellishments.  Vignette displays at industry events and discussions in on-line forums often focus on the details, the extras, and the add-ons.  Some of the most popular classes at educational conferences cover how to include these in your designs.  I confess to attending and thoroughly enjoying Gillian Wendel's Inspired Drapery Headings class this year.  Here are some pictures from Gillian's class.  The extras in just these four examples include banding, buttons, tassels, Chinese knots, jewels, smocking, beading, scallops, and color blocking.  Whew!   

Although these drapery headings are truly special and would be a focal point in any design, I'd like to make the case for just panels.  Here is an example where the designer replaced ready made sheers with stationary pleated panels in a colorful and lively Duralee print.  The fabric is a linen/rayon blend and is lined with a napped sateen.  These panels are perfect in the family room of a young, active family.   

Craib Just Panels - before
Here is another example where the designer added Hunter Douglas Nantucket shades for privacy and light control.  She chose a 100% dupioni silk for the lined and interlined stationary panels.  I love the elegance of the tone on tone design scheme in this dining room. 

Here the designer chose a gorgeous, large scale Stroheim and Romann print.  The simplicity of the inverted pleat panels really allows the fabric to shine in this living room.     

Of course it's never wrong to add just a little something extra, like the leading edge trim on these Euro pleat panels.  These blue panels frame a stunning lake view from this sitting room. 


While I love embellishments as much as anyone, to paraphrase Joe Friday sometimes the best solution is to have "just the panels, ma'am".  If you are looking for a workroom that makes beautiful panels, elaborate valances, and anything in between, contact me at