Silk was my fabric of choice when I first began looking at options for this dining room window treatment. The issue was going to be finding the right icy blue-gray to complement the different shades of both colors found in this room.
Fortunately, I found the perfect fabric. A smooth, icy blue, silk called Patiala that provides just the right balance between blue and gray.
While the window has the appearance of a door, it’s actually stationary.
The room is furnished in shades of cream and gray with touches of ice blue.
This window treatment style requires a tie back. Fabric or even tassel options didn’t seem like the right choice. My client, Stacy, found an absolutely brilliant option that I’d never even thought of. Beaded Drapery Tie-backs by A Rosemary Home on Etsy. Love this idea!
The tie-back came single strand and 17.5″ long which I knew would be too short to wrap around both the front and back of our drapery but I hoped I could make it work along the front.
Also, one strand was way too small for such a dramatic window treatment so we ordered 3 with the intention of attaching them together to form one, 3 stranded tieback.
On the day of installation, we dressed the curtain and tied it in place with drapery cording.
I began connecting the three tiebacks together but it just didn’t work. As I was twisting and turning the wires they began to break. See above.
This was not the fault of A Rosemary Home but my rough handling. The tie-backs weren’t intended to be manipulated as I was attempting.
Since they were too short in length for our window treatment, I brought them home and reworked them, adding additional beads and joining the three strands together.
The three connected strands are now approximately 21″ long – which drapes along the front of the window treatment.
The single strand “tail” wraps around the back of the curtain to connect to the medallion mounted on the wall.
Here you can see the new 3-stranded tie-back. The three strands end just to the back of the curtain.
The hardware we used is a 2″ rod and medallion which I painted to match the trim.
One issue that arises with this style of window treatment is the tendency to see the lining along the lower inside portion of the curtain where the drape is drawn up.
One tip is to make a taller hem. Most drapery hems are double 4″-5″ hem. In this case, we made the hem closer to 15″ with the lining tucked inside so it’s not seen.
Another tip would be to use a pretty contrasting lining or color match your lining to the drapery.
Stunning! And It’s even more stunning in person! The beaded tie-back was the perfect choice. I’m definitely keeping this idea in mind for the future!
Fabric – Patiala Smooth Silk, Curtain Hardware – FabricResource.com
Beaded Drapery Tie-back – A Rosemary Home Etsy Store
Hardware Paint – California Performance Coatings Acrylic Urethane Enamel Satin
custom color #52991-4 pastel base. (ST-4, SU-4) – Munger Paint OKC.