CURTAINS OR DRAPES?

Window dressing is a key component in current interior styling so what exactly do you have hanging in your windows? Dayle Bygrave of Seneca explains.

Curtains

"Curtains are normally a sheer or an unlined fabric and gives a light weight appearance. This is normally used for privacy or slightly closing off the outside world.”   Style-wise, natural fibres reign supreme with beautiful linens and embroidered Italian cotton. As New Zealand's sunlight is particularly harsh you may want to consider a fabric which blends natural fibres with synthetic to extend the life of your fabric.

Imagining Italian Summers with Elitis, Dolcezza collection. Romo Black Edition, Lorentz in Ochre 

Romo, Lorentz

Romo, Lorentz

Drapes

"Drapes are a heavier lined fabric and used for warmth, privacy and decoration”. Consider balance when using heavy drapery.  Soften formal fabrics by having drops resting on the floor and dress up more casual fabrics with structure.

We very much approve of the luxurious sheen to the Romo Black Edition, Arrazzo in Rosewood and Mark Alexander, Mezzo - Linen Velvet.

Or an architectural look by Elitis with their tweed-like Tailor fabric. 

Romo Black Edition, Arrazzo in Rosewood

Romo Black Edition, Arrazzo in Rosewood

Mark Alexander, Mezzo - Linen Velvet

Mark Alexander, Mezzo - Linen Velvet