Drapery Style & Form
Drapery Style Follows Function
Function simply has to do with what you want your draperies to do for the room. Functions can be active or passive:
- They may passively disguise the hard surfaces and angles of your windows with the softer lines of draped fabric.
- Or, actively control light and enforce privacy
Passive draperies–whose job it is just to “hang there and look good”–can be as simple as a scarf arranged at the top of the window, or a swag-and-jabot treatment. See Useful Terms for further explanation of scarf, jabot, and swag styles.
Curtain Panel Length
Generally, sill-length curtains are casual. They’re appropriate for bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens. Floor-length panels, either those breaking at the floor or “puddling” on the floor are formal. Use this length for dining rooms, living rooms, and master bedrooms. Think of puddled curtains as “still life” for your windows—they’re not meant to be opened & closed on a regular basis. See this image, above, for a beautiful example.