Having recently visited Dromoland Castle and loving curtains and drapery as I do , here are some of my observations with hints and tips on achieving that 5 star look.
The curtains in Dromoland castle were surprisingly made by an English company . They specialise in period homes and have a fantastic reputation , however I am delighted to say that from the electric rollers in the dining room to the fabulously interlined curtains, Wildthings offer the same standards quality of workmanship and attention to detail.
How to achieve the "Dromoland " look.
1. Use good quality fabrics . Linen is huge at the moment as are checks, tartans and stripes in wool or wool mixes.
2. Always use thermal lining or interlining in curtains or roman blinds. Traditionally it was the weight of the drapes kept the cold out
3. Puddle the curtains on to the floor. This looks elegant and stops draughts . However when the curtains are closed it can look a little untidy but fabulous when open and tied up.
4.Line the curtains in a light resistant colored lining or in a contrasting fabric. The dining room in Dromoland Castle was lined in blue and some of the windows surround a semi enclosed atrium so the curtains look really well on both sides.
5.Put plenty of fullness into the width of the curtains . We normally use 2.5 times the width of the window and pleat to the size of the window. For extra luxury and where the budget allows it, 3 times the width is the way to go.
6. Mix and match patterns and colours to achieve a relaxed look.
Some fabrics shown below to get the "Dromoland" look
Fabrics from de la Cuona
Linen jacquard's inspired by the cathedrals in Italy
& distressed 100% linen
Fabrics from Voyage
Try any of the above with this amazing embroidered linen from De la Cuona, french grey painted walls from the "Little Green" range of paints and own your own unique 5 star interior style.
Obviously the options are endless.
Enjoy decorating and go a little wild.
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