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How To Be A Decorator:
Principles Of Decoration
Painting Points
Wallpaper Points
Wall Points
Floor Points
Colonial Living Rooms
Veneered Paneling
The English Room
Spanish-Italian Living Rooms
The Living Room Without A Mantel
Living Room Points
Dining Rooms
Dining Rooms Points
Combination Living Room - Dining Room
Living Room - Dining Room Points
Halls, Sun Rooms And Porches
Points For Halls, Sun Rooms And Porches
Colonial And Modern Bedrooms
Bedroom Points
Colorful, Comfortable Nurseries
Nursery Points
New Fashions In Draperies
How To Make Curtains And Draperies
Drapery Points
Slip Covers
Slip Cover Points
How To Make Slip Covers
How To Paint Furniture
Finishes For Natural Wood Furniture

Tips For Draperies And Curtains

( Originally Published 1930's )



1. Glass curtains are the sheer curtains which are hung as close to the glass as possible. They should be made to clear the window-sill.

2. Over-draperies are the curtains which are used as a decorative addition to a window. They may be hung inside the trim or they may cover all the trim, They may be short-that is, to the window-sill; apron length, about six inches below the sill; or long, to the floor. '

3. Net, scrim, voile, gauze, marquisette, organdy, and other sheer materials are suitable for glass curtains.

4. Casement cloth, pongee, heavy silk, sunfast fabrics and poplin can be used as glass curtains, when only one pair of curtains are to be hung.

5. Chintz, cretonne, hand-blocked linen, taffeta, satin, velvet, damask and other heavy fabrics may be used for overdraperies.

6. Over-draperies may be made with or without a valance. They may hang straight or be looped back.

7. Valances may be shirred, plaited or shaped and fitted over buckram. Decorative valance boards may be substituted for valances of the same material as the curtains.

8. Certain fabrics such as velvet, hand-blocked linen, satin, and damask should be lined when used for curtains. Glazed chintz, percale, some cretonnes, sateen and certain sunfast materials do not need to be lined.

9. Glass curtains for casement windows and French doors should be fastened on the window or door itself, not on the casing. They may be fastened top and bottom, or they may hang loose at the bottom like regular glass curtains.

10. Decorative window shades may be made from glazed chintz or cretonne.

11. Window shades of shirred material or of casement cloth or thin silk that can be shirred are used in some formal rooms.

12. In buying figured materials for curtains be sure to allow for matching the pattern in all the curtains.



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