As a little girl I remember peeping into our neighbor’s window to get a glimpse of the beautiful things that sat prettily inside. It used to be such a frisson – ducking when I sensed someone was approaching the window or craning my neck when the view would be partially obfuscated by the curtains. Those days!
On one such peering adventure, I saw the woman of the house carefully hand-sewing lace trims on a length of a gorgeous fabric. It must have been a wonderfully meditative activity as the lady didn’t realize that she had a spectator by the window, as deeply engrossed as she was, almost unaware that she risked being discovered by the occupants of the house.
My eyes were busy tracing the continuous movements of the needle and thread, occasionally narrowing when the lady through her knitted brows and puckered lips trained focus to scrutinize the stitched stretch. It was like watching a movie!
That’s some curtain commitment, isn’t it?
I like everything that goes into making a curtain – the fabric, the style, the add-ons, the tie-backs, and the whole ball of wax! In this blogpost, I’m going to share with you the trends that people are warming up to -
They are bold, dramatic, spectacular, and luxurious. Emerald green, citrine, fuchsia, turquoise, amethyst, sapphire blue, so on and so forth; the colors possibilities with this trend are exciting and endless. Pick any jewel tone for your window and it will add a 24-carat sparkle to your windows or best make it seem as if you are living in your own bijou ark!
Look at this purple sapphire curtain below, it looks warm and gracious and is paired with a color with which it creates a perfect piquant blend.
Or how about these turquoise curtains? It throbs with a beachy vibe and looks magnificent, and what about the embellishment at its border? That fresh water pearl edging decidedly gives it a lavish flair.
Clean, disciplined pleats
Think triple pinch pleats, goblet pleats, wave pleats, box pleats, and inverted box pleats. Hand-sewn window treatments incontrovertibly look plush, regimented, pleasantly voluminous, and most importantly - are versatile, which means they can effortlessly echo and adapt to any style your interior is built with – be that contemporary, classical or modern.
Look at these perfectly sculptured goblet pleats – these small chalice-like folds are the most gorgeous things that you can ever have on your curtain heading. Those buttons and ropes give it part nautical and part country flair.
Wave pleats' popularity is on a meteoric rise and it’s not difficult to figure out why – they look dreamy and fall softly into gentle folds. Look at this one below –
When it comes to adding decorative garnishes to your curtains, however clichéd it sounds - the sky is the limit. Tassels, pompoms, decorative buttons, fringes, tassels, coins, Swarovski stones, pearls, frog buttons, rosettes, gimp trims, beads, toy cars, color pencils, the options are dizzying and will rightly set off your curtains!
Look at those frog buttons on the wave pleats! They add that special flourish and instant wow factor to the curtains.
Those toy cars as the borders for the curtains were making everyone one of us go ‘aww and ahh’ at the workshop while they were being made. It's making your inner child turn somersaults, isn't it?
Curtains have come a long way from being one-style-for-all-rooms to utility and requirement specific. We meet many clients in a day and the most perceptible difference that I have spotted is that people are house-proud today. They are involved in every little facet of their home - even the seemingly minutiae details are hashed out and consulted over. But most importantly people know what is en vogue and what is it they want. Years ago, people would use bangles or bracelets to cinch their draperies but you won’t see that anymore. Along with curtains, its accompanying accessories too are thought over – have a look at this coordinated tieback below –
Likewise, curtains are specifically crafted in keeping with the mood, feel, and requirement of a space. Curtains in the living room naturally have to be stellar, so stellar they have become – rich embroideries, vibrant hues, flamboyant patterns, and all things beautiful , take a look at this beauty below –
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One major change that I have seen in interiors is the way kids’ rooms are designed. While the allure of princesses and superheroes will never quite diminish, parents however, are opting for design schemes that look sophisticated and will evolve as your kids grow.
This vibrant vignette is composed of all things pretty and nice. A lollipop embroidered blind is flanked by simple, flowy curtains that are edged by color pencils on one side and triangular tassels on the other. The window dressing creates a timeless background which strikes a balance between mature style and child-friendly fun elements.