||Allen Nelson, the author,
brings to these articles 30 years of experience in
the interior design field including custom window
decorating design, fabrication and installation.
His specialties involve all types of window decor
including custom made curtains and draperies, ready
made lace curtains and macrame ring lace as well as
blinds, shutters and shades. His designs have
been used in a variety of settings in many beautiful
homes throughout Southern California.
This is an example of a Lace Valance and Tier combination
used in the simplest way inside the window jambs. It
could just as well be mounted on rods outside of the window
jams. In this picture we used a bolder Macrame Ring
Lace. This type of look can also be accomplished with
Lace Curtain fabric purchased by the yard.
Another more formal look would be to use a Swag Pair on the
sides with a Valance between the Swag sides and a pair of
Panels. An Insert Valance is not necessary if you have
a narrower window. Two Insert Valancaes can even be
used to span a wider window.
By using your imagination the same treatment can be used in
a completely different way depending on the configuration of
the window. In addition to this idea you could even
bend a metal rod to the shape of the crescent window on top
for the Swag Pair and in between Valance so that it would
follow the curve of the window (See additional article
As you can see, by tying back the Panels you gain a view of
the outside but lose the privacy. Because the Lace
Panels generally wrinkle where they are tied back you should
decide which way you prefer and leave the Panels eigher
permanently tied back or hanging straight.
This is a good way to make two windows look like one.
As a matter of fact, if these two windows were in a corner
with each on a separate wall you could do the same thing
making the whole corner wider looking, lighter and brighter.
A three window bay could be treated similarly. You
could still, of course, treat each as a separate window and
hang two or three separate Lace Curtains.
The treatment using a one piece Lace Swag is limited to a
fairly narrow window because there is no way to insert a
Valance in the middle. It is a very effective
treatment either with a short Tier as in this picture or
with a full length Panel.
A Festoon Valance is also used on a fairly narrow window but
you could create an entirely different look on a wider
window by using two Festoons side by side.
A Festoon in this case or a straight Valance can be used
over two Panels criss-crossed and tied back to each side for
a totally different and beautiful effect called a Pricilla.
This treatment involves three rods.
In this picture just about every type of component has been
used to create stil another look. There is a Swag
Pair and an in-between Valance over a Pair of full length
Panels tied back with a Tier used inside the window jambs.
THE NOT SO MYSTERIOUS WAYS TO CREATE WINDOW COVERING
BEAUTY IN YOUR HOME
|You can really enjoy creating
your very own professional looking decor by
stretching your imagination. The above
pictures of various window coverings are just a
start. You can probably think of many other
attractive ways to arrive at your own personal
choices of Lace Curtain treatments. In fact,
you could even vary the treatments by purchasing
Lace Yardage and sewing your own version of a window