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  • History of Hues: Denim

    For this edition of History of Hues, let's discuss denim. What Is Denim? Where did it come from and how did it become so popular? Denim originated and was first produced in the city of Nîmes in France, and was originally called the serge de Nîmes. The word denim is the English pronunciation of the French term: “de-nim.” The construction of denim fabric is a twill weave, which creates a subtle diagonal ribbing pattern. Traditional woven denim is a heavy, strong fabric and 100% cotton. The indigo color is achieved by dying the threads blue. In the United States, denim became popular in 1853 during the Gold Rush. Levi Strauss opened a store in San Francisco selling dry goods. He started making pants for miners with big pockets so they could store their gold. One of his customers, Jacob Davis, added copper rivets to the seams and pocket corners to make the pants stronger. They patented the pants and started marketing them to working men. Denim quickly became the fabric of choice for miners, cowboys, and other working men. In the 1950s denim started to inch into the mainstream. James Dean wore denim with a white t-shirt and started the bad boy image which teens immediately copied. During the 1960s the hippie movement took denim casual and personal by painting and embroidering their pants. As the women’s movement gained traction, denim was considered a gender equalizer won by all. Calvin Klein and Brook Shields moved denim onto the forefront of high fashion in 1976. From there, denim became a staple in almost every person's wardrobe. In the ’90s denim became casual, baggy, and ripped as grunge took over. In the 2000s the advancing technology of yarns and weaving led fashion designers to create a wide range of fabric qualities. They started adding stretch to denim for comfort, and changing the color from traditional indigo to a rainbow assortment of any color imaginable. How to decorate with denim? In the home, denim fabric can be used to cover sofas and chairs. It is durable and resilient since it is washable. Most people are very comfortable with the fabric and the color since it is seen in everyday life. At the drape, we chose to use the color of denim as the inspiration for our room darkening denim panels. The room darkening fabric blocks light creating a very cozy atmosphere in the house, just like that perfect pair of jeans. The cotton canvas in Indigo was also inspired by the history of denim. Both of these fabrics and more are available as custom window panels. Order your 5 free swatches and start your decorating project today!

  • How many curtains do you really need?

    Designing and selecting window curtains may be the one thing you are doing to update a room and it is a great way to breathe new life into a space. Like changing an outfit, changing your curtains can transform the mood of your space. If a total room makeover is on the agenda, the window curtain choices can come at the beginning or the end of the design timeline. For both types of projects, take the time to do it right. Measuring and purchasing the right size and quantity of curtain panels is so important. The two questions you need to know to purchase the correct number of curtain panels for your windows. What is the size of the window? Measure width from the outside of the frame (A to B). This will be the base number that we will work from. How much distance is there on either side of the window? This will help determine where to mount the rod. If space allows, plan on mounting the curtain hardware 3-5" from the outside of the frame. Adding width to the window will give it the appearance that it is larger and when the curtains are open, they will hang in front of the wall and not the window. Measure from C to D to determine the width. The height or length of the curtains doesn’t affect the number of window panels that are needed, but it is an important measurement. Mount the rod a minimum of 3” above the window frame. Measure from the top of the rod down for the length that you need. Most panels are 52” wide. If the window is the standard width of 24” to 36” wide, then you will need two panels. The curtain panels will have a fabric fullness when they are drawn closed. Two 52” wide panels will look nice on windows as wide as 72”. Once the window gets wider than 72” it is important to purchase curtain panels that are wider than 52”. For custom widths, we like to suggest a width and a half (75”), or double width (102”) panels. For standard window placement, a panel on each side creates a balanced feel. If the wall space on one or both sides of the window is limited, a single panel hung to one side may look better. At the drape, we want to make all of these decisions easier. We offer free swatches, a how to measure guide, and best of all, FREE 30-minute consultations with our design staff. With the proper planning, your windows will be dressed in curtain panels that are the perfect fit.

  • History of Hues: Black

    In this edition of History of Hues, we will learn about the color black! Renoir, a famous French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style said, “Nature knows only colors... white and black are not colors.” While black is not found in nature, it is a color that most people are familiar with. Black has been a color that symbolizes death as far back as we can trace. In all religions and mythologies, the Gods or idols that represent death are associated with black in their clothes or likeness. However, according to Genesis, the world was created from black, so it is not all doom and gloom. Wearing black clothing became popular in the 1300s. At this time better methods for dyeing black cloth were developed. Prior to this time, black was a double dye method first dyeing the fabric with woad (dark blue) and then overdyeing with madder (reddish-brown) A less labor-intensive method was discovered and allowed women to dye the color at home. A combination of oak gall, vitriol, and gum arabic was combined and boiled with the fabric to achieve a consistent lustrous black. This process was easy for dyers but hard on the fibers and did not create durable fabrics. This inexpensive method to dye black made black a widespread fashionable color. At this time there were also laws about who could wear certain colors. Black was acceptable for wealthy merchants, court officers, clergy, and domestics. This covered a wide array of the population further locking in black as a leading fashion color. Black has remained a popular fashion color, showing up on runways and at retail. Black furniture and accent pieces are a way to make things stand out in a room. Painting walls black is a bold statement and creates a feeling of rich coziness and mystery. At the drape, we like the juxtaposition of black furniture and light-colored curtains because they offer a striking contrast. You can get the opposite effect by hanging black drapery with light walls. The room darkener window panel in black is our choice for creating a cozy, sleepy den. The tonal texture on this fabric adds depth and luxury to the room, contrasting the windows from the walls. This curtain is woven to reduce the amount of light allowed to pass through the fabric. If pitch black is the goal, add the blackout lining to this fabric. Designing window curtains should be fun and we are here to help. Order free swatches and schedule a free consultation with our design team to get tips on measuring and hanging curtain rods.

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  • curtains & drapes | the drape

    create your favorite curtains the linen POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $120 A casual fabric that looks and feels great. the textured velvet POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $140 Luxe velvet with a textured surface and perfect amount of lustre. the cotton canvas POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $100 The timeless solid curtain that coordinates with any decor. the velvet POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $140 Classic velvet with a matte finish and ultimate softness. the room darkener POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $95 Tonal solid texture that blocks most light. the linen blend sheer Light filtering textured sheer. POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $90 the cotton sheer POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $85 Soft light filtering solid sheer. the privacy lining POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $90 Add a layer of privacy. the blackout lining POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $100 Turn any curtain into a maximum blackout curtain.

  • bundles | the drape

    shop bundles by light control the cotton unlined bundle POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $200 Contains 2 unlined panels and 1 sheer. Filters 15% of natural light. the cotton privacy bundle POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $200 Contains 2 privacy panels and 1 sheer. Blocks 50% of natural light. the cotton blackout bundle POPULAR LENGTHS STARTING AT $200 Contains 2 blackout lined panels and 1 sheer. Blocks 99% of natural light.

  • free swatches test | the drape

    Screens can display colors differently. Make sure to get your FREE swatches! We also offer our entire swatch library for $20 select up to 5 swatches

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