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Drapes: Where function meets fashion

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Drapes: Are they long or short, formal or informal? Interior design experts seem to be less concerned with terminology, than the functional and design elements of these popular, window treatments. One of their most practical functions is to keep out heat and cold, during harsh summer and winter months. Whether you choose store-bought or custom, they can add personality and panache to a room. Use a neutral palette or bold splash of color, audacious prints or soft-flowing fabrics, or layer different materials for more depth of design.

According to HGTV, if you have do-it-yourself skills, you can save a bundle by hand-painting silk and making your own for about $15 per yard. Hand-painted silk runs more than $200 per yard at the fabric store. If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can also add ribbon or different-colored fabrics to store-bought window treatments. Don't limit yourself. Make a design statement.

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