There Is No Better Means Of Beautifying The Windows In Your Gilford Home Than By Adding Beautiful Window Treatments From Hunter Douglas… And We Guarantee That!
We are Rod Ladman’s Window Designs, a full service Hunter Douglas dealer that sells, installs and repairs a full line of high quality window treatments, Not only in the greater Gilford New Hampshire area, but anywhere in Belknap, Carroll, Grafton and Merrimack counties.
We have our own in-house fabricator, Karin Conn, who is a long experienced artisan who enjoys creating exquisite custom-made soft furnishings for her customers in her workroom. Our clients now have the option of choosing from either the standard catalog of Hunter Douglas products, or opt for unique, one of a kind treatments that are created from your vision.
We are now dealers for other great window treatment companies like Graber, Alta, Norman, J.Geiger, Horizons, and Comfortex!
We are in the window treatment business for over 40 years, but we still enjoy meeting new clients. We would love to come out to your Gilford NH home and discuss your window covering needs. As always, Our consultation and measuring services are completely free with absolutely no obligation
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
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 it.
How a curtain frames an opening is in an important part of a window dressing’s overall design. You can leave a curtain hanging unadorned, but by using a tieback, you can create a sculpted silhouette of fabric against a window. You can also control he amount of light that comes into the room and create a dramatic frame that enhances a view or covers an unsightly one.
Where you position the tieback affects the way a curtain hangs. The curtain can be caught back in dramatic swoop of fabric, or it can gently held open, revealing a colorful contrasting lining. The traditional tieback positions – high, midway, and low – are some of the most effective placements. Looping a tieback around or just below a pole, angled high, creates a short curve of fabric; don’t use this arrangement where the curtain is moved often. A tieback positioned midway shouldn’t fall exactly in the center; the best placement is slightly above or below the middle of the curtain. Two-thirds of the way down the curtain is the proper place for a low tieback.
When using this position, check that a tasseled tieback doesn’t brush the floor, however.
A center tie – when one or two curtains are gathered at the middle so that they curve on both sides – can look impressive if it’s on a bay or bow window. Use a rope tieback or, if the material is lightweight, literally know the fabric. A crisscross arrangement requires two curtain roads and looks best with lightweight or sheer fabrics. When each panel is caught midway, the top halves overlap.
You don’t have to limit yourself to one tieback per curtain. To create a bishop’s sleeve, arrange two center ties at different points on a curtain (one high, one midway). Pull out the fabric above each tie to create a double tier of soft poufs.
Try an angled double tie with a sheer under treatment because the sinuous outline stand out against a gauzy backdrop. Slightly different from the bishop’s sleeve, the two ties are arranged at the high and midway points on the panel so that the curtain swoops into graceful curves on only one side of the window.
Putting it all together
Whether you are choosing curtains for an entire house or just one room, the process is the same. You need to make three basic decisions about your treatment. Will it be formal or informal? Lined or unlined? What type if heading? Once these decisions are made, you can finalize a design that enhances your décor and meets your practical needs.
Formal vs. Informal styles
A room’s window treatments are influenced by a number of elements, including the function of the space, the architectural style of the house, and the decorating preferences of the homeowner. The result is that the same windows can be treated quite differently. For example, picture a dining room with a bay window. That type pf window is often given a multilayered, floor-length window dressing-in other words, a formal window treatment. But if you prefer a more casual style, you can choose the informal look of café curtains with sill-length, tied-back side panels.
A Full Formal Treatment- This often involves two or three layers. One layer, called casement curtain, is installed inside the window’s trim area. Typically it’s a sheer, solid, or lace panel that lays straight or is gathered at the top.
Over-draperies, often referred to simply as draperies, make up the second layer. Generally, they cover the window and the trim and, space permitting, extend beyond to the sides or the area above the window. The third, and optional, layer of a full formal window treatment is a valance, sometimes called a pelmet, which runs horizontally across the top of a window and covers the drapery or curtain heading.
A hard valence, also called a cornice or a lambrequin, is usually made of wood and covered with fabric or upholstery. To some eyes, the window treatment is unfinished without this last element, but this is strictly a matter of taste. Luxurious, heavy-weight fabrics, such as damasks, brocades, silks, tapestries, and velvets, enhance the sophistication of formal treatments. However, remember that these fabrics require professional cleaning every couple of years.
An Informal Treatment- This may consist of one or two layers or nothing at all. If location and privacy considerations permit, a beautiful window looks attractive without a dressing – especially when there’s also something pleasant to see outside. Sometimes simple casement curtains look attractive in casual rooms. If only the lower half of the window needs covering, café curtains offer privacy without blocking light. Fabrics that lend themselves to an informal look include all cottons, such as chintz, ticking, toile de Jouy, linen, gingham, and muslin. Unlike the fabric for formal draperies, most of these are washable.