Like pleating styles, the track the curtains hang from often comes down to personal choice – what do you like the look of best?
If you are having a pelmet, the track will be hidden so a plain track is the most economical option. Some people like a decorator track to be the hero of the window, with decorative finials. The look of the pole or tracks should be decided in conjunction with the fabric used for the curtain. There is nothing wrong with having different pleating styles and tracks / poles in the same house – just keep it the same in the one room. There are many visual tricks I use to “link” rooms that use different fabrics and tracks / poles throughout the house.
If the track needs to be joined, ensure you select a system that uses good quality glides that will glide smoothly over the joins. The track may need to be joined if very long, or if limited to the size of the elevator in a high rise building…..
It is important to get good “fixing” – you don’t want the track falling out of the wall or ceiling from the weight of the curtains! It is critical to use the correct type of screws for timber / plaster / masonry. Spring Crest Curtains and Blinds only use expert installers who take the extra time to get a perfect installation.
Pelmets are an over treatment that can be used very effectively over the top of your curtains as an alternative to decorative tracks. Pelmets are also fantastic for insulation. They provide a “cap” over the top of the curtain or blind that will provide an effective insulation seal preventing heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter.
A slimline pelmet over a blind looks very smart – and is a good way to co-ordinate the pelmet fabric back to the décor.
Swags and tails, like pelmets are an effective way to finish your window treatment to give a luxurious opulent look. Swags and tails are a more traditional window over treatment that relies on symmetry and neat pleating to give a look of opulence. Fabric choice is critical – as the swag fabric is cut on the bias stripes do not work, and the feel of the fabric must be very soft for it to drape beautifully.
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By Coleen Radford