I've been wanting to tackle the patio door in the kitchen for some time now, but was stuck on which fabric to choose and whether or not I wanted to go with a print or solid. I ordered several swatches to help finalize my decision. As far as I'm concerned, this is a must! You need to not only be able to see how the fabric looks against your wall colour, but you also want to see it in person. Q. Design Centre offers you the ability to order swatches at $1 each through their online store. Each swatch is clearly labelled and a generous size. I taped the swatches on the wall and left them there for a couple of days before making a final decision.
At first, I thought for sure that I would want a white or very close to white fabric, but it just didn't go well with the wall colour. "Cotton" was the perfect choice. As for the fabric choice, I love natural linen, but I know myself all too well and what I wouldn't love is how easily natural linen can wrinkle. The House Linen looks and feels like linen, but doesn't wrinkle. Just lovely I tell ya!
The ordering process was wonderful. From start to finish the team guided me along. They answered every question I had with all of the patience in the world (truly! you should see the email chain!), allowing me to make a decision that I was 100% happy with in the end. If you have any questions at all during any step of the ordering process, the Q. Design Centre team is there for you, just ask away! Questions from hardware options, to sizing, to lining facts, to how to measure, get quick and informed responses by clicking their "Ask a Question" button.
Point in case, our peninsula threw us a bit of a curve ball. It sits closely to the patio door, which is where the drapes are hanging and doesn't leave much room for when the drapes are open. I have been coveting top-tack pleated drapes for as long as I can remember and desperately wanted to make them a reality, but wasn't sure if there would be enough space for that style. Lindsay was great to work with! She was knowledgeable and laid out all of my options, ranging from various hardware options that would allow me to push the curtains all to one side, to the potential results of going with two mounting brackets vs three, to creating two or one single panel and more!
In the end, I chose to go with the top-tack pleated drapes with the thought that I would try getting away with two mounting brackets, that way, I could push both curtains to the right. Well, it turns out, we have just enough space to push the curtains to either side, which is a good thing because due to the weight of the drapery, we will indeed need the middle mounting bracket, otherwise the rod will bow. Of course, there is always the option of pushing the panel on the left to the center, which I'm also happy with.
The result is a stunning set of drapes framing our patio door in the kitchen. I love how well the drapes look against the wall colour and next to the kitchen counter and cabinets. They all work together so nicely! What.dreams.are.made.of.
The quick turnaround time from the moment that your order is placed is phenomenal! It typically takes 2-3 weeks for your custom made drapes to be made and the fact that they are guaranteed to be within 1/8" in accuracy is simply fabulous!
I love the way that they just sweep the floor, how beautifully they hang, the gorgeousness of the pleats when the drapes are both open and closed and that they ever so perfectly filter the light thanks to the cotton lining.
We chose to make drapes for the family room as well, since you can see both the kitchen drapes and the ones in the family room at the same time. A decision that was suggested by the team and simply brilliant for a cohesive look & feel.
One thing I can admit is that I'm picky about hardware. I love the round mounting brackets that are flush with the wall and simple finials. Q. Design Centre is excited to be able to offer hardware options in the near future! A one stop shopping experience!
The drapes arrived beautifully and carefully packaged. The seams are lovely and I'm such a fan of the fact that the drapes come with hooks already in place, so that all you have to do once they arrive is hang them! Weights in the bottom corners help to keep the drapes from flaring out.
I'm giddy excited about these drapes you guys, and I just love how finished the rooms feel now. I knew that great drapes would make an impact on a room, but I didn't realize just how much truth there was to that!
It's so apparent that the team loves what they do. They are there to help you every step of the way and take great pride in their manufacturing and their Perfect Guarantee. Q. Design Centre offers a huge selection of fabrics for every style and taste!
You can find their absolutely beautiful online store here and of course, I want to know, which style and fabric do you think you would go with?
*** Q. Design Centre kindly provided me with the drapes, this however did not influence my opinions at all. I'm just thrilled with the results.