There are few items in a room that become obvious they are off-the-rack if you use them in your interior.
Bedskirts are a big one for me. I’ve described the problem with them and how going custom with this one item for your bedding can make a huge difference, right HERE.
You can get away with going retail on beautiful pillows if you buy the right size and fill; however, finding that perfect fabric and fabric combination for the room is like finding a needle in a haystack. Oftentimes, pillows purchased retail are not of the highest quality fill, even though it says “down-filled”. (Post coming soon about pillow-picking!)
However, to me, one of the most obvious elements in an interior that is often done off-the-rack, is window treatments.
We recently did a partial DIY/custom project with window treatments where we supplied the custom hardware, and the homeowner bought ready-made drapery panels. It turned out really well, but took some coordination and a lot of time on her part sourcing the right panels. She did have to order the panels and wait for them, so I guess that’s not quite off-the-rack. They did turn out beautifully, though, and you can check out that project HERE.
The reason it turned out well, is that she bought lined, pleated panels with returns, used our custom hardware and had my installer install and dress them. The reason I love custom rods is that they don't telescope and they are cut to fit. We choose our rings, finials, brackets, and if installed properly, the return on the side of the drapery panel is tacked back on the wall, so that there is no gap between the fabric and the wall. (That's why it's called a "return".)
However, if you have taller windows and ceiling heights, have oddly shaped window situations (and so many people do), you just don’t want to mess with the details or the awkward installation process and responsibility of ordering all the parts and pieces that go into this aspect of interior design, then going custom for these is really worth the investment.
I’m posting this today because we are very nearly getting to cut-off dates for custom window treatments for the holidays.
Our workrooms aren’t quite so busy as in the past, due to our economy here, so we can still slip some treatments in, if you call soon!
This is a great update for your home. It can add quality and a custom designed appearance the minute they are installed. Custom treatments add softness to a room, can hide a multitude of sins and bad construction details, and bring color, texture and interest to any space.