Thinking about making some home updates, remodeling or simply looking for a change? As the eyes are the windows to our soul, our windows are the eyes to our homes. And, while buying new furnishings can help to renew a room, installing quality window treatments can provide a timeless update - beautifully framing our view. Don't overlook the power of window treatments!
Comfortable furnishings, exquisite artwork, and classic accessories, all working in harmony to decorate a room. A beautifully designed window treatment can pull all of these elements together to help create a wonderful ambiance.
Bring delicate detail to your room with our great selection of cast and wrought iron drapery hardware. Complete with an unrivaled variety of styles inspired by 18th and 19th century iron works, our selection includes drapery accents, tapestry hanger hardware, drapery brackets, drapery crowns, drapery rings, drapery rods and more that provide the perfect finish to your window treatments. Elegant, hand-cast scrolls and florals are essential for any Victorian, traditional or upscale home decor.
Choose from two delightful collections at Iron Accents - the Amore Drapery Hardware Collection and the Artistica Drapery Hardware Collection - to find styles that bring decadence to your drapery. Many of these hardware options feature intricate metal and iron works that have been hand-finished in the color of your choice to coordinate perfectly with your home's unique interior décor. Each one a distinctive work of drapery art, these curtain hardware options allow you the flexibility and versatility required for homeowners who know that the glory is in the details.
Distinctive curtain rods can transform a window into a work of art
In fact, it is not uncommon to see a decorative window treatment as the focal point of the window, and in some cases, of the entire room. So while, the perfect wood and iron furniture, exquisite metal wall art, and classic accessories all work in harmony to decorate a room, one of the easiest ways to make a dramatic difference in your home is to change the window treatments.
Whether your taste is classic and traditional, contemporary and modern, or vintage and old world, your window treatments really add to the look and feel of your décor. Once you wade through the wonderful variety of fabrics, colors and designs you are sure to find just the right drapery to suit your home. But, don't stop there you also want to pay attention to the hardware you are going to use. When you combine a great set of drapes with the perfect curtain rods, you get a look that truly enhances your style.
Following is some information to aid you in selecting the right curtain rods for your application.
Adjustable Rods - The most popular and widely available curtain rods are "adjustable". They feature two hollow poles (three for longer models) one slightly smaller so that it will slide into the other. This allows the rod to telescope in and out making one rod adjustable to different sizes.
Custom Rods - A custom curtain rod is one that is sized to your exact length. It will have a uniform rod diameter from finial to finial, without the "lip" of an adjustable rod.
Corner Rods -Often when you have two adjacent windows separated by a corner a single corner curtain rod will work better both physically and aesthetically than two separate straight rods. To create a corner curtain rod two curtain rods are joined together at a 90◦ angle by a hinged pole adapter or right angle corner section.
Double Rods - A double rod is two curtain rods one mounted in front of the other using double rod brackets. This is used to accommodate a layer of sheers and over drapes, or drapes and a valance
Swing Arm Rods - Swing Arm Rods are designed to cover French doors and other areas where a full curtain rod is not necessary. They "swing" out to allow you to move your curtains out of the window view.
Bay Window Rods - A bay window is a window consisting of three adjacent windows (angles in between). Typically bay windows project from the building and form an alcove inside. A bay window curtain rod is generally three curtain rods joined together at an angle by a hinged pole adaptor or angled corner sections
Bow Window Rods - A bow window is the windows in the wall of a rounded bay or other round surface, where the curtain rod is to be mounted on the horizontal plane. Bow window rods are custom bent to fit the curvature of the bow window.
Measure for your curtain rods
No matter what style of drapery you plan to use, when selecting the perfect curtain rod knowing how to measure for it is key.
Decide where the curtain rod will go. You want to hang your drapery high enough that it covers the top of the window by at least a few inches. A standard is about 4-6 inches above the window frame, but you must be sure to consider the way your drapes are attached. Pocket drapes put the drapery on the curtain rod, eyelet rings will put the drapery about a half inch below the curtain rod and tab tops, tie tops, or clip rings can create anywhere from 1" to 6"of space between the drapes and the curtain rod. Simply adjust the curtain rod height accordingly to make sure the drapery covers the top of the window. It usually looks good to go a little higher than lower.
When deciding on the width of your curtain rod there is a bit more to it than just measuring the window. You need to add enough length on each side so that the drapes will block the light around the sides of the window, and have room to slide sufficiently off of the window when they are opened. This room is called the stacking width. Chances are that your drapes will be open more than they are closed, and you will achieve a nicer look if you don't try to stack the drapes too tightly. Something to keep in mind when deciding on the stacking width is that more fabric requires more width. Larger windows will have more drapery fabric, which will require more stacking width. A general rule is to add one-third of window width to allow for stacking.
Once you have decided on the width of the curtain rod make sure you have room beyond that measurement for the finials you like.
If you want to add height to a room for a taller, more vertical or palatial look, you might want to hang the draperies a little higher, or even from floor to ceiling.
If you feel that your windows are not wide enough or big enough, you can style your windows to look larger than they are, by mounting the curtain rod so that it extends away from the edges of the window's frame.
Often, windows are set in groups with little space between them and can look cluttered if you try to crowd finials between each window. It is not uncommon to span the whole group of windows with one curtain rod, and group your drapery stacks between the windows and/or to the sides of the group.
Choose sturdy larger diameter curtain rods for heavy draperies.
Sheer panels and lighter silks will look more appropriate on thinner lighter curtain rods.
Reserve heavy cornices and finials for larger rooms with high ceilings.
Keep the scale lighter for smaller spaces with low ceilings.
Mounting the curtain hardware inside a window frame can help to emphasize a window that has interesting architectural details.
Mounting curtain rods outside the window frame can help to hide unattractive features.