My blog last week touched on several details regarding my passion for drapery and trim.  Here are a few more tips that I hope you will find helpful and informative.

Drapery Basics

  • I always inner line my drapes with a medium weight flannel fabric.  It gives them that extra bit of body and weight.  Drapes that are inner lined also hang and hold their shape better.
  • In order to keep your drapes from looking skimpy, always request 300% fullness.  If your fabric is very expensive and you feel constrained by your budget, you could settle for 250% or 200% but I would not recommend anything less than that.
  • When I design stationary drapes I always make sure that they have a 6-inch “puddle” when tied-back.  This creates a very elegant look.



  • Over the years I have come to love the design and planning that goes into incorporating trimmings on draperies.  The trick is in matching the colors properly.   I typically try to pick up on the colors in the room and in the drapery fabric.  This is where utilizing custom colored trims really pays off – these came from Janet Yonaty.  It really makes all the difference if you are able to choose the exact colors for the threads of your trims.  If you go the custom color route, be sure and request a color strike-off to make sure that everything is blended before all the threads are dyed and the trim is fabricated.  The strike-off will also be a good color reference if you haven’t selected all of your upholstery fabrics or furniture and pillow trims.


  • It is imperative that you know if you are going to use tie-backs before you order your drapes.  Allowances must be taken for the extra fabric needed to accommodate the swag effect that the tie-back creates.
  • Order your tie-backs at the same time as your trims so that the colors coordinate and are in the same dye-lot if they are from one manufacturer.  Once again, if you are going for a custom look a strike-off should be requested and approved.
  • I am a firm believer in using tie-back medallions that are at least 8″ long in projection from the wall – this is one of my favorites from P.E. Guerin.  That way, your drapes won’t be squashed and the folds in the swag will look beautiful.  The medallions should be placed 41 1/2″ above the floor and at the very outer edge of the drapery.