For Top Of The Line Hunter Douglas Window Treatments, Homeowners In The Greater Andover NH Area, Trust Rod Ladman’s Window Designs Installation Team For Their Experience And Expertise
We are a full service Hunter Douglas dealer that sells, installs and repairs these high quality window treatments, Not only in the Andover New Hampshire area, but anywhere in Merrimack, Strafford, Grafton, Carroll, and Belknap counties.
We have teamed up with a very skilled artisan and fabricator who can create exquisite custom-made soft furnishings in her workroom. Like to see some of her work?, please visit our sister site DRAPERIES NH This diversity of choice allows our customers the unique ability to choose from either the full catalog of Hunter Douglas products, or opt for unique, one of a kind fabricated treatments that are created from your vision, and brought to life by our window treatment installation experts.
We’re in the window treatment business for over 40 years, but still love to meet new clients. We would like to come out to your Andover NH home and discuss your window decor needs Our consultation and measuring services are always completely free with absolutely no obligation – and…you’ll enjoy the meeting!
Please feel free to ask us about our:
- Window Blinds
- Vertical Blinds
- Venetian Blinds
- Wooden Blinds
- Window Shades
- Roller Shades
- Custom-Made Drapery
- Faux Wood Blinds
- Pleated Shades
- Roman Shades
- Solar Shades
- Room-Darkening Shades
- Custom-Made Valances
- Custom-Made Cornices
- Cellular Shades
- Woven Wood Shades
- Plantation Shutters
- Custom-Made Curtains
- Custom-Made Sheers
- Custom-Made Roman Shades
- Drapery Hardware
For some pictures and a short description of some of the above Hunter Douglas product line, please see our Hunter Douglas NH page
And let’s not leave out the many kinds of complimentary bedding accents we can make for you including Duvet Covers, Shams, Tufted Coverlets, Bed Skirts, Pillowcases, et al. AND… Table accessories like Table Cloths, Runners, Placemats, etc. Whatever you need we can do!
We are fully incorporated and each of our employees has complete liability insurance and workman’s compensation
Swags and Jabots
Swags and Jabots are purely decorative window treatments, we tend to think of them as gracing tall windows in stately country homes and elegant town houses, but these window treatments can be a beautiful addition to any room. Heavy fabrics, such as brocades and velvets, and elaborate trimmings are in keeping with their original formality. However, making them with lighter fabrics and simpler trimmings, as well as mating them with shutters or blinds, produces a less formal look.
Swags are the scallop-like shapes that extend across the top of the window. Jabots are the tails-softly pleated or shaped side panels with symmetrical or asymmetrical hemlines that flank a swag.
Step One -CHOOSE A SYMMETRICAL OR ASYMMETRICAL ARRANGEMENT
In a symmetrical arrangement, the window treatment is the same on both sides of an imagined or real centerline. An example of a symmetrical arrangement is a series of 3 swags with matching jabots framing a picture window. The middle swag is positioned so that it’s center of the window; one swag and one jabot flank it on each side. Because a symmetrical treatment appears formal, it looks appropriate in a traditional setting.
An asymmetrical arrangement refers to the balance between different-sized elements of a window treatment as a result of placement. For instance, a circular window can be dressed with a swag that has a long jabot(tail) on one side and a short one on the other. As long the scale of the treatment is correct, the results will be quite pleasing.
Because an asymmetrical arrangement appears informal, it looks at home in a contemporary setting. But it can also work well in a traditional setting. Imagine a wall with a fireplace and two windows which are equal in size and distance from the fireplace. Each window could have a short jabot on it’s inside edge. Individually, each window arrangement is asymmetrical, however, because they are mirror images of each other, the overall result is formal and symmetrical.
Step Two- DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF SWAGS YOUR WINDOW NEEDS
The size of the window affects how many swags are needed. As a general guideline,swags should be no more than 40 inches wide.The depth (or drop) of each swag generally ranges from 12 to 20 inches, depending on the height of the window.
Narrower windows look better with one or two swags, with more, the window treatment will look crowded. The swags should overlap slightly. If the swags are paired with a curtain or a blind, they should overlap enough to conceal the headings underneath. Wide windows require multiple swags to match their generous proportions. It is usually more attractive to use an uneven number of sways so that one full swag falls at the center of the window.
To help you decide how many swags you need, draw your window to scale on a piece of paper. Using tissue-paper overlays, sketch different arrangements of swags. When you find a pleasing one, drape lengths of string or cloth measuring tape across the top of your window to mimic the desired effect.
Step Three- DECIDE BETWEEN FORMAL AND INFORMAL STYLES-
This depends on several factors: the room’s decor, the look you want to achieve, and the style of your curtains. Formal versions of swags and jabots are mounted on a board that is attached to the wall or the window frame. They are usually made from mid-to-heavyweight fabrics, such as velvet, brocade, or satin, and they are lined. Trimmings, including tassels and braids, can be opulent. Formal swags and jabots are usually paired with curtains, and sometimes, sheer inner curtains. Informal versions tend to be made from mid-to-lightweight fabrics, such as chintz, linen, or voile. They often serve as top treatments for blinds and shutters. Informal swags and jabots may be mounted on a board but can also be hung from rods. Trimmings are applied with a light touch. Some informal swags are unlined and resemble scarves casually tossed over a pole.