Window treatments are without a doubt one of the most important cornerstones of interior design. They reflect the style and set the entire tone of a room. Without stylish window treatments, a room will look “naked”. However, there are countless other reasons window treatments are so important to a room. Window treatments filter light, customize a view, provide energy efficiency, allow temperature control and protect your furnishings.

Curtains are one of the most popular window treatment options. Drapery is an extremely elegant way to dress a window. Whether sheer and airy or opaque and sophisticated, there are drapery options perfect for every room, style and need.

It is important when choosing drapery to customize them based on your windows and furnishings. Custom drapery is custom tailored based on your measurements and light diffusing needs. We also have many blackout options to completely black out the Florida heat. Customizing your drapery options guarantees your drapes are perfectly tailored to your windows and style.

Pinch Pleated Drapery

Pinch pleated draperies are another one of those overlooked and understated window treatments. Often considered too simple, pinch pleated curtains are passed by for more elaborate, stylish window dressing options. In reality, these classics can be used to really spice up a room.

Pinch pleated draperies are unlike flat panels in that they are gathered at the top and hung on a traverse rod with hooks, loops or clips in a way that creates pleats. One thing you must think about with pinch pleated drapery is the stack back. How far the pleats protrude into the room depends on the size of the pleats, the amount of pleats and the fabric used.

Speaking of fabric, that is likely the most versatile feature of the pinch pleated drapery – fabric. You can choose from nearly any fabric you like, and with a few design tricks, really transform a room. Use a patterned fabric that meshes with your décor and put a sheer pinch pleated drapery behind it for an ethereal, layered effect. Choose a solid, bright color and run the drapery from floor to ceiling to give perceived height to a small, short window. Use silks or textured fabrics to add sophistication to a room.

Pinch pleated draperies are simple enough to complement almost any design style, but they can be tailored and customized until they become their very own design feature, as well. Visit Alle Lusso Shades and check out our stylish selection of pinch pleated drapery perfect for your home!

Ripple Fold Drapery

Ripple fold drapery – often written as one word, ripplefold – is very similar to pinch pleated drapery. Both have the visual appeal of bunching at the traverse rod and smoothing out flat as the curtain progresses downward. But as pinch pleats are gathered on the rod, ripple fold draperies have a different heading sewn directly onto the curtain itself. It then typically snaps to the head rail giving it a lovely ‘S’ shape when opened. One benefit that ripplefold curtains have over pinch pleated ones is that they allow more of the window to be exposed when fully open.

However, when fully drawn, there is usually still a small gap between the traverse rod and the curtain, which can allow light in. With professional installation, you can ensure placement corrects this downside.

Another benefit to ripple fold drapery is that it looks identical on both sides, depending on the fabric you select. This window curtains makes them more visually appealing from the outside than pinch pleated drapery.

Ripplefold curtains have a classic look that can be tailored to meet the design of a retro or mid-century home just as easily as a modern, simplistic one as pleated shades. If controlling heat in your Miami home is a concern, consider having your ripple fold curtains lined with thermal, insulating fabric.

As with many window treatments, you have endless options with ripplefold drapery. Visit Alle Lusso Shades and see for yourself the stylish difference ripplefold drapery can make in your home!

Custom Decorative Panels

People turn to decorative panels for window treatments – as well as for other uses throughout the home – for several reasons. Their simplicity is attractive. You can pleat them or let them hang freely; decorative panels come in an endless array of sizes, colors, patterns and textures; and they are often a more affordable way to spruce up the home while adding character to otherwise bland spaces.

In small rooms, large, bulky or overdone window treatments make the area feel more confined and claustrophobic. Simple decorative drapes, hung from classic traverse rods will require little space and keep the look of the room crisp and uncluttered.

Inversely, if you have a large room that feels too cavernous, use decorative panels on tracks to create divisions in the room. Layer patterned or textured decorative panels on the windows in bigger spaces to give the areas depth and points of focus.

If you feel like the sheer number of options is daunting when it comes to using decorative panels in the home, consult with Alle Lusso Shades. A knowledgeable staff member can work with you to customize your window treatments and other home accents using decorative curtains that are right for your environment.

Remember, nothing is permanent, and decorative panels are a safe, simple starting point from which to launch the redesign of your favorite room. If the installation, fabric choices or options for use become overwhelming, simply seek advice. Stop in our South Florida showroom today for customized consultation.

Grommet Drapery

Grommet drapes are popular window treatment options for both the home and office. Unlike regular drapes, grommet drapes have metal rings that surround and reinforce holes toward the top of the fabric. The hanging rod is then threaded through the metal grommets to affix the drape to the wall, covering the window.

There are many benefits to using grommet drapery. The metal rings allow the curtains to slide easily across the traverse rod, making opening and closing them quick and simple.

Grommets also give some added weight to the curtain. When it is pulled open or drawn shut, it falls in a very natural, organic way, maintaining its folds – this gives grommet drapes their classic, clean appearance. With pleated or ripple fold draperies, you may have to spend time down the road managing the way the fabric folds, flows and falls.

You also have grommet size options. If you are looking to create an oversized, bold window treatment within a large space, select larger grommets that will allow you to use a more substantial sized curtain rod.

The grommets sliding loosely over the traverse rod means the drapes are very easy to attach or detach – this is key when removing drapery for cleaning. Ripple fold curtains can often be difficult to remove due to their snap attachments, but grommet drapery slides on and off easily.

And versatility is certainly an appeal of grommet drapes. They can be constructed out of any fabric and made to fit almost all window sizes and shapes. Plus, grommet drapes are often a more cost-controlled window treatment solution. To take a look for yourself, stop in the Miami showroom of Alle Lusso Shades today.

Wellington Panels

If you have a low ceiling-ed room in your Miami home, or if your windows are small and cramped feeling, you are likely looking for a decorative way to correct these things. You want to create the illusion of a tall, expansive space and windows that appear complete and well designed.

Wellington panels are your answer. Wellington panels – often called simply flat panels – do not have an extreme decorative edge. They do not pleat or pinch at the hanging rod; they do not billow; and, unlike most traditional draperies, they do not fully close.

They are flat panels that serve to frame a window. So why choose them? They can be hung from floor to ceiling, over another curtain or drape, to give a window an elongated and layered look. Also, if you are looking to add a pop of color but already have window treatments in place, wellington panels serve well as simple accents.

Wellington panels can be constructed using any types of fabric you desire – making them one of the easier window treatments to clean – and they are hung from a café rod using either pins or clips.

If you need something simple to heighten a room, of if you are looking for something classic but easy to add a bit of spice to a space, consider Wellington flat panel draperies. Visit the South Florida showroom of Alle Lusso Shades today for a custom window treatment consultation and decide if Wellington panels are right for you.

Flat Roman Shades

Roman shades are one of the first window treatments people think of when trying to decide what type of shade or drapery to use in their homes. Today, however, several varieties of Roman shades are available to the discerning decorator – natural Roman shades, fabric Roman shades, blackouts, thermals and double Roman shades are all options in today’s window treatment market.

But if you are looking for something versatile, classic and clean, the flat Roman shade is for you. Typically made of fabric, the flat Roman shades does exactly what its name dictates – it lays flat against the window when unfurled, the cord hidden nicely behind the fabric panel. When you lift a flat Roman shade, you are treated to a clean, orderly folding of its distinctive parts, one sitting flush atop another.

Unlike hobbled Roman shades that loop and billow out when lifted, flat Roman shades stack up neatly. They are ideal for rooms that could benefit from de-cluttering or simplifying design elements.

You have the options of lining flat Roman shades with blackout material or thermal fabric to better control the heat and light within a space. You can tailor these drapes to mesh with your current décor by selecting a certain pattern or texture, or you can allow a professional from Alle Lusso Shades to consult with you, ultimately leading to the correct drapery decision and easy installation of your flat Roman shades.

Stop in our Miami showroom to get a professional window treatment consultation.

Valances and Cornices

Bare windows leave a room with an unfinished feeling, not to mention a lack of privacy. Throw up a traverse rod and hang a few decorative panels. Sure, this improves the look somewhat, but does it appear finished or professional? Does this type of window treatment convey your sense of style to guests? Is it something you will be content to look at over a long period of time? If the answer is no, consider adding an accent.

Valances and cornices are both excellent window treatment accessories that help designers create a more cohesive and complete expression. Valances are typically created from fabric and some sort of backing. They are secured around the hardware – which provides an added benefit if your drapery hardware is bulky or unseemly – and they extend slightly into the room.

A cornice typically refers to the upper molding around the rim of a room, featured where the wall and ceiling connect. In the window dressing world, however, cornice wood is used to build a box-like structure, not unlike a valance, that is then placed over the hardware of your drapery.

Both can come in different shapes, sizes and designs. Valances, for example, can be pleated to match the drapery itself; they can balloon, which is traditional; they can be gathered; or they can be simply draped fabric, appearing like a scarf looping loosely around the traverse rod itself.

Wooden cornices can be carved, customized and stained to match almost any décor.

If your current window treatments leave something to be desired, consider finishing them off with a tailored valance or cornice. You will be amazed with how complete, clean and unified the final look becomes.

Stop in the Miami showroom of Alle Lusso Shades for a custom window treatment consultation today.