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A Room Without Fabric?

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Fabric may be used extensively to enhance interior decoration. Today’s home designs include hardwood floors instead of carpet, granite counter tops replacing old style Formica and appliances that are stainless steel instead of enameled finishes in white or black. Now look at the windows. You will find materials like woven natural shades or solar shades, shadings, shutters and wood blinds. What do floors, appliances and window fashions all have in common …they are all hard surfaces. While colors abound in these categories the predominant choices by today’s consumers remain neutral colors.

The missing elements:


Look through Window Fashion Vision magazine, or search drapery and roman shades on Pinterest. (you can search for drapery and shade styles on Pinterest at Metropolitan Window Fashions.) You will see hundreds of images that combine hard window fashions (Hunter Douglas shades and blinds) with fabric or windows with just fabric alone. Look for opportunities to bring out color and enhance the room’s appearance. If the room is loaded with hard surfaces look around the house for color in other elements of the home, art, area rugs, furniture even tableware and wall colors. Picking up on color themes can be your guide to adding a splash of color in pillows, valances and panels. We offer over 40,000 fabric choices from great sources like Duralee, Robert Allen and more.


The strongest senses in design are touch and sight – in many ways they are linked together. Just by looking at a surface you instantly know if it is a soft or a hard material. Notice when you look at fabric it is an instinct to touch it. Comparatively we all know what a wood blind feels like and we ignore it. When we talk about 2 different fabrics we often use the term “HAND” to describe how the fabric feels and how it will drape for the particular application. Fabric also adds texture; most modern elements in today’s home have a smooth texture. Fabric helps break that up by offering a different tactile experience.

Soft material also evokes feelings of comfort and warmth. A great side benefit of using fabric is its acoustic properties it will absorb sound making conversation, listening to music or watching a movie a better experience.


Most of the elements in our home have little pattern. Fabric gives you the opportunity to add an interesting visual element into the space. Rooms with lower ceilings can be enhanced with vertical patterns and stripes to make the room look larger. Adding a pattern, whether geometric or a natural pattern like a botanical, is like adding art to the window. The blinds may be great looking but it is the pattern that is visually interesting to our eyes and can become a topic of conversation.

When we see a room without fabric, we want to help. The most attractive shade will never outshine the visual appeal of a fabric panel, a great splash of color from pillows or that crowning finish of a cornice or valance. Contact us today to have one of our talented designers come to your home or office for a free decorating consultation.
Metropolitan Window Fashions would like to thank Jennifer Rose from America’s Window Covering Buying Network (AWCBN) for the content of this article. AWCBN is a network of the largest independent Window Fashions retailers in the United States.

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The big picture: Choosing drapes for your home

The big picture: Choosing drapes for your home wjfigw4q3

When it comes to selecting drapes for your home, there’s a lot that can be said about different fabrics, the ways in which you can anchor them or even the colors themselves. Yet at the end of the day, there are several considerations that you must always keep in mind, regardless of the room or type of home you are furnishing.

Here at Metropolitan Window Fashions, we pride ourselves on offering a quality in-home service to our customers in the New Jersey and New York regions. As such, we believe that offering the right information to our clients is vital to helping them make excellent decor choices for their homes.

Tips for Choosing Custom Drapes

If you’re starting the process of choosing custom drapes, shades and blinds for your residence, you should consider:

The kind of window – A lot depends on the shape and size of the window you’re furnishing. Before you go pick out the covering, you should consider doing two things. You can either take your own measurements so that you know exactly which size of ready-made draperies to buy.  Or you can rely on a Metropolitan Window Fashions professional decorator to come directly to your home for a free consultation to accurately measure your windows and help you choose custom dressings for your space.

The functionality – You’ll want to consider how often the window will be used before choosing how to decorate it. For example, if it’s utilized regularly, you’ll want to select draperies that are simple to open and close in fabrics that are easy to maintain.  Or, you’ll want motorized window shades that easily go up and down with ease by remote control.

The size of the room – Custom window dressings can have an impact on the look of a room because of its overall size.  When working with a Metropolitan Window Fashions decorator, she will help you select window fashions that are appropriately sized and styled for the room.

Looking for Quality Custom Drapes in the NJ & NYC Area?

Metropolitan Window Fashions is a third generation family business that has been serving customers of the Metropolitan area for 83 years.  We live and work in this community and support other small local businesses. Although our children are in school, they have all worked part-time with us, making them the fourth generation to join the company. We’ve served customers from areas such as Manhattan, Green Brook, Scotch Plains, Watchung, Glen Rock, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, Edison, Chatham, Mahwah, Bridgewater, & many more. Call our NYC & New Jersey custom window treatments experts today and ask about our Roman shades and the other great services we offer!

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