When ordering custom drapes, something to consider is the lining they are made with.  Lining not only provides functional benefits, such as extending the life of your drapes, preventing light fading in your room, increasing energy efficiency, and controlling the amount of sunlight entering your room.  It also can completely change the look of custom drapes, helping them hang better, look fuller and more luxurious, and impacting the appearance of the face fabric.  There is a saying in the custom window treatment industry, “a drape is only as good as the lining on it.”  Using a high-quality liner is a must for quality custom drapes.curtain-lining-1PolyCotton

Polycotton is a common lining. It is a blend of cotton and polyester. This material is produced in a way that brings out the best of both fibers.

Although cotton is a go-to material for all-round benefits, pure cotton can wrinkle easily and may shrink after being washed. If untreated for fire retardancy, cotton can burn away easily while polyester would just melt.

Polyester is a synthetic fiber that is extremely durable; resistant to mildew; excellent at retaining color and holds shape well and doesn’t wrinkle easily.

Bringing together the benefits of both materials, polycotton is a strong material that is less prone to wrinkles and can insulate well. This type of lining is perfect for any window, as it can meet most needs.

Blackout and Dim Out Lining

Blackout lining has an extra coating so it can block out the sunlight. It is commonly used in bedrooms to completely block out sunlight. In comparison to PolyCotton lining, blackout lining is made from a thicker material, which means it can help with thermal insulation and noise reduction.

Blackout and dim-out curtains have differing properties and advantages. Dim-out allows for most of the light in a room to be blocked, as opposed to a blackout curtain that completely blocks sunlight. curtain-lining-2Thermal Lining

This lining works for you in every season by either keeping in the heat or keeping it out, depending on the time of year.  Save energy and retain warmth inside a room during the colder months with thermal lining. It can block heat from coming in during the warmer weather as well. This lining also can have the added benefits of being blackout and noise reducing.


Interlining is typically a cotton and polyester fleece used as an additional layer of lining. It is perfect for giving curtains a thicker look and it is great for energy efficiency, keeping the warmth in and the cold out.

This type of lining combines the benefits of various linings while adding volume to create a luxurious look. When using fabrics on the thinner side for larger windows, it is beneficial to use an interlining to create a high-quality finish.curtain-lining-3There is a lot to take into consideration when selecting lining for your custom contemporary curtains – which direction your windows face, especially where the sun rises and sets, how much light control you need, how energy efficient your windows are, the look you want to create, and so on. The right type of lining can make a big difference in the look and function of your custom drapes.  Be sure you are using a quality liner because “a drape is only as good as the lining on it.”

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Pantone’s Color of the Year is “Living Coral” – so how do we use this color in contemporary interior design?


One of the reasons this color was chosen is because of the age we are living in.  Technology has changed the way we interact with people and it’s important to make our environment a friendly, happier place more than ever.  Living Coral can be described as social and optimistic as well as joyful.  Pantone states “vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” It is both energizing and soothing.  So how do we bring this unique color into a sharp and contemporary interior look?

It’s all about the accents, friends.  Accent walls, accent furniture, and accent pieces.pantone-2On the Wall

When you use Living Coral on the wall, use it as an accent wall – on one wall along with other neutral walls.  When incorporating an accent wall, be sure to balance the color around the room by using that same color in accessories, custom window treatments, or custom pillows.   If you prefer a bolder color palette, use it with opposites along the color wheel, like aqua.

Accent Furniture and Accessories

Consider accent furniture to bring the color of the year into your interior.  Whether it be a chair, table, desk, or dresser, accent furniture in a contrasting color adds visual interest to any room.

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Purchasing accessories in Living Coral is a great way to bring this trend into your home for an updated look without the investment of new furniture pieces.  A throw, custom pillows, or artwork can be introduced as a pop of contemporary color creating new life in your space.pantone-5









 If you really, really, just can’t get enough of this color you could go completely monochromatic and create the entire room in Living Coral- just to truly hold up to its name!   However, be sure to incorporate a neutral floor and accents for contrast.    pantone-8

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Your bedroom is your sanctuary, the most private and personal space in your home.  Every part of this room should make you feel truly at ease.  It can be difficult to choose the right combination of beds, headboards, nightstands, contemporary drapes, sofas, chairs, benches, light fixtures, and more. This is why creating a plan is so important.master-bedroomWe’ve put together some interior design tips to tackle putting together the ultimate luxury bedroom:

Ways with Pattern: Go Bold

Strong color and bold pattern? Sure, why not? Luxury bedrooms have an abundance of textiles – plush bedding, layered windows with custom drapes and shades, posh custom pillows, gorgeous throw rugs, brilliant chandeliers, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns as long as they stay within the color pallet.master-bedroom-1Color Your World: High Contrast

Don’t be afraid to design with a strong, contrasting color concept. You can balance the look by sticking to neutrals on the floor and keeping a limited number of colors in your pallet.   The one thing you must decide from the beginning is how you want to feel in the room.  If you want to encourage energy, be bolder with color, patterns and contrast.  If you want to promote nothing but sleep and relaxation, you should use more subdued colors and softer patterns with less contrast.

Tips & Tricks: Area Rugs

When choosing an area rug for a bedroom, look for a rug large enough to fit your entire bed plus nightstands and bench or sofa (whatever you have at the foot of the bed), with the rug extending at least a foot beyond all the furniture it’s under. If you don’t have the size available, you may have to go for smaller, area rugs to each side of the bed. master-bedroom-2Make Your Bed and Sleep In It Too: The Cozy Zone

It’s hard to beat the appeal of a cozy, comfortable bed on a cold winter night. Make yours the ultimate retreat with plenty of snugly throw pillows in a variety of fabric textures.  Make the task fun, design custom pillows, so you can mix color, texture, and pattern for your own unique style.  This is where ”lush” becomes “plush!”

Tips & Tricks: Chandeliers as Lighting

Looking for an immediate touch of Hollywood glamour for your bedroom’s interior design? Then hang a chandelier over your bed. Whether it’s glass, metal, fabric, or a combination thereof, the result is the same – pure glamour. master-bedroom-3There are many ways to make your bedroom into a luxurious oasis, but only you know what will click to make it just right!  Layered plush bedding, Custom window treatments, contemporary furniture and accents all combine to create the perfect space made just for you!

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When the days start to grow longer and the sun begins to show a little more, it prompts us to begin the quest of getting our home in order. Time to clean windows, window treatments, walls, baseboards, cabinets, floors, and organize closets and other storage areas.  If you are being environmentally conscious, you won’t want to purchase a bunch of labeled bottles of chemical filled cleaners to do these tasks; not only could they harm you, but they could harm your children and pets.  Here are some alternative eco-friendly solutions that are easier than you think to make yourself!

Things you’ll need:

  • Distilled white vinegar (sold in the cooking section of most supermarkets)
  • Baking soda
  • Olive oil
  • Borax (sold in a box in the laundry aisle)
  • Liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s brand, found in most natural foods stores)
  • Essential oils (super concentrated natural plant oils found in natural foods stores, usually in the cosmetics section)
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths
  • Newspaper

green-spring-cleaning-1Here are a few basic “recipes” and techniques to get you started:

  • Glass: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with one quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on glass and wipe clean with old newspaper or a lint-free cloth.
  • Countertops and bathroom tile: Mix two parts vinegar and one part baking soda with four parts water. Apply with a sponge, scour and wipe away.
  • Floors: Mix four cups of white distilled vinegar with about a gallon of hot water. If desired, add a few drops of pure peppermint or lemon oil for a pleasant scent. After damp mopping the floors, the smell of vinegar will dissipate quickly, leaving behind only the scent of the oil.
  • Wood furniture: Mix equal parts lemon juice and olive oil. Apply a small amount to a cloth and rub onto the furniture in long, even strokes.
  • Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle a toilet brush with baking soda and scrub away! Occasionally disinfect your toilet by scrubbing with borax instead. Wipe the outside of the toilet with straight vinegar.
  • Disinfectant: Mix two teaspoons borax, four tablespoons vinegar, three cups hot water and 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use a spray bottle. Wipe clean.
  • Mold and mildew: Wipe with straight vinegar.
  • Air freshener: Sprinkle essential oil on a cotton ball and stash it in a corner of the room. If you have kids, make sure it’s out of their reach, as essential oils are very strong and could irritate their skin. Lavender is a relaxing scent that is great for bedrooms, while cinnamon, clove and citrus oils are great for the rest of the house. You can stash a few in the car, too—try peppermint, which may help you stay alert

green-spring-cleaning-2More Green Cleaning Tips

1. Hang dry your laundry. Drying your clothes in an electric or gas dryer isn’t just hard on your clothes, but it’s also hard on the environment. Don’t stop with natural laundry detergent—to truly stay green, install a clothesline in your backyard. If space (or aesthetics) is an issue, look for a retractable clothesline, which takes up almost no space when not in use. Weather permitting, line-dry your clothes outside to reduce pollution, while also cutting your energy bill, getting more exercise, enjoying the fresh air and extending the life of your clothes. Plus, they’ll smell like a clean breeze (the real kind, not the chemical kind).

2. Add a little greenery. Install a living air filter—houseplants! Some of the most efficient air-cleaning houseplants include spider plants, English ivy, rubber plants and peace lilies. You’ll need 15 to 18 medium-size (six- to eight-inch diameter container) houseplants for the average 1,800-square-foot house. If that sounds like a lot, place a few plants in the room where you spend the most time.

3. Use Cellulose Sponges

Most household sponges are made of polyester or plastic, which are slow to break down in landfills, and many are treated with triclosan, a chemical that can produce chloroform (a suspected carcinogen) when it interacts with the chlorine found in tap water.

Instead try cellulose sponges, available at natural foods stores, which are biodegradable and will soak up spills faster since they’re naturally more absorbent. For general household cleaning, try Skoy Eco-Cleaning Cloths. These cleaning cloths are non-toxic, extremely absorbent (15x paper towels), reusable, and biodegradable.

  1. Ditch the paper towels. Save trees, cash and landfill waste when you buy specially-made, washable cleaning and dusting cloths, available in all types of fabrics, from cotton to microfiber. Better yet, use what you already have and give an old piece of cloth (stained towels, ratty sheets and pillowcases, too-small t-shirts, etc.) a new life. Simply cut or tear your old item into smaller squares (if you want to get fancy, finish the edges with a sewing machine), and voila! Pop them in the washing machine with your laundry to clean, and use them again and again.


Cleaning up your home for spring doesn’t have to be dirty work. By implementing some of these ideas and products, you’ll benefit your body, your home and the planet. Many of these changes are small ones, but their impact on your health and the environment can really add up over time.


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A dining room is where many conversations happen, many gatherings and events; this is why you will want a point of interest, mood-setting light, a fixture that enhances color and enables great conversation. A chandelier can act as a bold contemporary interior design statement or a subtle one.  It can be an opulent conversation starter or simply compliment a beautiful meal. Either way, the dining room is a fantastic place to add an unexpected design detail with a chandelier that is just your style.

A few key points in selecting the perfect light fixture for your contemporary dining room:

Balancing Texture:

Design elements such as texture play a big part in how the chandelier will work in your room.  Balancing smooth and shiny textures of metal or glass on a chandelier with soft, lush fabric in upholstery and window treatments will give the room a finished look. Contemporary window treatments, especially floor to ceiling custom drapes can have the added benefit of enhancing vertical lines, creating an illusion of more height in the room, and balancing the height of the chandelier for a more cohesive room design. chandelier-1Getting The Size Right:

A chandelier should be harmonious with the scale of the space without overpowering it. Make sure the chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table. If your table is 40″ wide and 60″ long we recommend a 24″ – 36″ diameter chandelier. For the right hanging height the bottom of the chandelier should be around 30″ above the table. If your ceilings are higher than 8′, then you can add an additional 3″ for every foot above 8’. This will ensure that you have ample clearance for hanging your chandelier; and it won’t be too small, getting lost in the room, or overwhelm the space by being too large.  Small dining tables are beautifully complemented by similarly delicate chandeliers. As a general rule it’s best to select a chandelier that is the same shape as your table; for example, avoid pairing round tables with rectangular light fixtures.chandelier-2Creating Lighting Levels:

The amount of light in a room is vital to how you use the space. Not enough or too much light can make a space extremely uncomfortable.  Consider the size of the room as well as the type of light source and wattage.  When you walk into the room and gaze at the halo created from the perfect chandelier, you want to be sure it is creating the right mood.  Keep in mind that lighting from a chandelier that beams directly onto a person from above is neither flattering or comfortable.  Look for chandeliers that offer indirect lighting where the light will reflect off the ceiling or walls for a softer effect.  Avoid high wattage bulbs and consider if you want your bulbs to be a warm or cool light.  For most interiors, 2700K warm light LED bulbs should be sufficient. If you have a space with lots of crisp whites, blues and grays then consider 3000K.  A wall dimmer will also help you control the light and set a more flattering mood. Lighting design has to offer flexibility; changing the intensity is almost a necessity.   Some events may call for a lot of light while others will be more intimate and romantic, so getting a fixture that can be controlled by a dimmer is essential in a dining room. chandelier-3To learn about interior design, visit our website at www.thecontemporarycurtain.com – read more blogs and receive access to our interior design reports!

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