Southern Maryland Kitchen, Bath, Interior Design – All about Drapes!


Curtain Call –  with SKD Studios

As any decorator/designer will tell you, curtains make a room—but only when chosen correctly. When it comes to window treatments, it’s a matter of color and fabric, length and lining, and custom-made versus off-the-shelf. With so many decisions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed – Here is a breakdown
Fabric and Color –
This is one of those things that many clients struggle with.  For me,  a pattern is best used sparingly.  I prefer to have my drapes in a solid color but use a color block technique to add interest or do a side hem in a contrast color to add drama.  Make sure to take into account the rest of the colors in the room and have the drapes compliment them not “match” them.
Length and Lining
When Measuring for Drapery Panels, remember hanging panels higher than the window will give a sense of height to the room.   Designers often hang curtains about six inches above the window frame, but for a dramatic look, we like to go higher.
Measure from the top of the window (plus the added inches of height where the curtains will hang from) to the floor. For a more traditional look, with the curtain slightly puddled on the floor, you’ll want to add another two or three inches to your length. For a modern, crisp look, have the panel fall flush with the floor.
When measuring the width of your window, be sure to add four to eight inches on both sides and double the total number to ensure curtain fullness.   This will avoid becoming a lot of glass when the drapes are open.  If you are going to keep them open, then you won’t need nearly as much fabric.. But, if you plan to use the curtains to shut out the sun, those extra inches around the perimeter of your window frame will also help block out any creeping light.
Off-the-Shelf vs. Custom Window Treatments
Custom window treatments offer many benefits: You can customize the dimensions to your window size and create a tailored look, like a perfectly fitted suit. Custom panels come in endless design options, from material to header style. With these options though, comes a considerable price difference from off-the-shelf curtain panels.
We recommend you get the help from a designer if you have any questions, custom window treatments are an investment that you don’t want to do twice!  Give us a call at 443-404-5686 or visit us at for some help