The type, placement and size of the windows affects the type of coverings used. Double-hung windows are the most common. They may be placed in singles doubles or even triples. To take advantage of a nice view or a large expanse of window, draperies are hung with tiebacks. This allows for maximum visibility. In the evening or during a private meal, the custom draperies can be drawn closed. Tall windows that can be covered with draperies that hang to just below the windowsill or fall all the way to the floor. Custom draperies are also ideal for sliding glass doors that lead from the dining room out to the patio. They can be left closed and opened when needed. For rooms that absorb a lot of sunlight and radiant heat energy from the sun, minimize the temperature by adding lining.
Choices in drapery material is vast. Decorators and homeowners often choose material based on the rest of the furniture in the room and the type of flooring. When redesigning a space, all of these design elements should be planned together. Keep in mind though that lighter colors can open up a room and make it look larger. Darker colors tend to have the opposite effect.
A popular addition to drapery panels is the pleat. Pinch-pleated drapes offer an extra finish to the top of the draperies. Other types of pleated drapes include goblet, fan, Windsor and French. They add a touch of formality to the room and help the draperies to appear fuller. Other options for personal style include using box mounted valances over the top of the drapes. Valances can coordinate or contrast with the drapes.
One way to add elegance to the dining room is to add finials, decorative trims and tassels to the custom design. These can add a splash of color and texture to the room. Coordinate the materials and colors in these accessories with other furnishings in the room, such as curtain rods, the chandelier or a hutch.