Drapery adds the finishing touches of drama, function and personality

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Interior designer Alykhan Velji weighs in on creating some window wonder.

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As the days get longer, I think we are grateful for a little more vitamin D in our lives. When it comes to our homes, natural light is key and I think the more you have, the better it is. When you have a lot of windows in your home, it’s always a good thing, however, window coverings need to be considered. Window coverings can encompass not only blinds but also drapery. I think both are essential when it comes to decor, as they can add such a beautiful layer to your space. Windows that are kept bare or just with blinds often look unfinished, and a drapery moment can help with adding softness and privacy.

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The key to window coverings is to not think about them as simply utilitarian but as things that will bring beauty into your home. Adding those layers and textures into the space helps pull the whole design and decor of your home together and adds your personality.

Add character to a bedroom with drapery.  Styling by Alykhan Velji Designs, and photography by Klassen Photography
Add character to a bedroom with drapery. Styling by Alykhan Velji Designs, and photography by Klassen Photography Photo by Joel Klassen /jpg

Bedrooms

We always have window coverings in bedrooms and often do both blinds and drapery. The blinds can help with blocking out the light, and the drapery adds softness to the space. Think about keeping your fabric selection light and try a pattern. Go bold and graphic or something a bit softer, but this will add a lot of character to your space.

With tall windows, wall-to-wall drapery adds panache.  Styling by Alykhan Velji Designs, and photography by Klassen Photography
With tall windows, wall-to-wall drapery adds panache. Styling by Alykhan Velji Designs, and photography by Klassen Photography Photo by Joel Klassen /postmedia

living rooms

I love creating wall-to-wall drapery moments in living spaces. A simple rod with a ripple-fold drapery treatment in a simple and natural linen looks stunning. The linen keeps the look from appearing too formal and adds a casualness to the space, which I love. Drapery doesn’t need to be fussy in a home. Remember that when installing a rod, if you are looking to elongate the wall, place it closer to the ceiling and if not, split the area from the top of the window to the ceiling.

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For living rooms that have a lot of height, wall-to-wall and floor length drapery adds so much drama. Think of a simple, more neutral fabric choice or even a sheer fabric. This will help to keep the look subtle and not overwhelm the space with too much fabric.

Be bold with drapery choice in the dining room.  Styling by Alykhan Velji Designs, and photography by Klassen Photography
Be bold with drapery choice in the dining room. Styling by Alykhan Velji Designs, and photography by Klassen Photography Photo by Joel Klassen /jpg

dining rooms

Consistency is key to any home. If you have an open floor plan, you want to ensure you are continuing the drapery in the dining room, as well. This will help tie the spaces together but also make your dining room a little more pulled together. If you have a dining room that is separate from the rest of the space, then have fun with it. Be bold and do something a little more daring to create a gorgeous moody space.

Alykhan Velji is the founder and principal of Alykhan Velji Designs, a residential and commercial design studio in Calgary.

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