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Designer Details: Banded Drapery Panels

An easy way to add style and interest to your draperies is to combine two different colours or fabrics for a banded two-tone effect. It’s a simple concept that can be dramatic or subtle depending on how it’s done. To see how to get this particular designer look in your house, keep reading.

Dean J. Birinyi Photography

Darker cloth in the base. This stunning room includes blue drapery using a rich bronze band at the base. The dark band grounds the panels and adds a bit of the unexpected.

Cecile Lozano Interiors

In this example, chocolate brown in the base offers striking comparison to this Moroccan inspired print, and becomes a dark background for the light-toned furniture.

Studio William Hefner

Lighter fabric at the top. The panels in this elegant dining room are done in 1/3 ivory and 2/3 taupe lightweight cloth. If the draperies are shut, light filters through the gauzy panels, using more brightness on top. Lightweight rings and fabrics add casualness into an otherwise formal looking area.

Ziger/Snead Architects

Lighter cloth at the base. Pale periwinkle blue and white create this modern bedroom seating area light and airy. White in the base of the panel is fresh and keeps it from mixing into the blue and white patterned carpet.

Chipper Hatter Architectural Photographer

One band toward the foundation. A dark charcoal band contrasts dramatically with the white cloth drapery, creating a striped effect. This works nicely with the accent panel in the walls and the remainder of the horizontal lines in this attic living room.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Multiple rings. Within this fashionable toddlers, two narrow chocolate brown rings on top, and one over the wider one in the base of these panels repeat the edge pattern in the region rug.

Hint: if you’re on a budget and can sew, buy readymade panels and put in your own rings.

Patterned trim. For a subtle accent, then add a patterned decorative band in a comparable but slightly darker tone. In this bedroom, a light brown trim adds a wonderful detail into the neutral drapery panels.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

Top edge. Rather than flat rings, attempt vertical ones onto the top edges of each plank. The yellow ones on such drapes add to the brightness provided by the throw pillows, seat and ottoman.

Dufner Heighes Inc

The top edges on these blue-gray panels are subdued and coordinate with the ivory walls and furniture.

Tracery Interiors

Top, base and top edge. Inside this kind of detailing, the panels have been outlined on three sides. Here, white drapes with dark brown rings repeat the colours of this area rug and supply a contrasting background for the chairs.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Be creative. Add elegance to your bathroom with a customized shower curtain. This smart designer created a cheerful white and pink Moroccan inspired bathroom. A pink picture print cloth on the base of the curtain provides a fun routine and brings the wall shade to the floor.

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