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Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod

Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod

One of the complaints that we often hear from professional Interior Designers is about the difficulty they have finding stylish drapery rods for stationary drapery panel designs.  Using drapery medallions to hang stationary drapery panels is the most common solution to this issue.  However, we wanted to provide other solutions for interior designers, drapery workrooms and distinctive homeowners through the creation of decorative drapery rods specifically made for stationary drapery panels.

After experimenting with many different style ideas and configurations, we created the “Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod,” a design exclusive to Metropolis Iron.  The complete drapery rod set comes with a large scroll end that is 11-1/2” H x 7-1/2” W , a small scroll end that is 3-3/4” H x 5” W, up to 4’ of ¾” square drapery rod, wall mount brackets with a 3” projection and touch up paint for concealing screw heads.  The already beautiful design is well complemented by square drapery rings.

The “Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod” will add a degree of elegance and grace to any stationary panel design.  If you like this concept but have another design in mind feel free to contact us.

Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod

Stationary Panel Scroll Drapery Rod

Curtain Treatments for Multiple Windows

Posted by Misti On September 17th
Window Treatments for Large Windows

Window Treatments for Large Windows

Do you have one really long window, or a group of windows side by side, such as sliding or French doors?  Wide windows can keep a room bright and showcase a gorgeous view, but they can also make you feel overwhelmed when you think about window treatments for them.  Here are important considerations to note before purchasing window treatments for multiple or large windows:

 

Treat multiple windows as one by pairing drapes on only the outer edges.

If you need privacy or to block the light, but do not want spend the money on the amount of fabric it would take to fully open and close, create stationary drapes just one to two widths each.  You could also layer a shade behind the drapes.  If the windows are high, consider a motorized shade, which usually come with a remote control or wall switch.  Some remotes can operate up to five separate windows.

 

For a soft effect, hang sheers with drapery medallions from wall to wall.

Sheers do not use lining so they are less expensive to make, or buy readymade, and they do not look bulky when hung across a long window.   Sheer fabric can be used as a valance, as curtain panels or in a swaging technique.

 

If you have a wall of windows that almost stretch end to end, add lightweight panels between them to create an illusion that there is no break between each window.

This is a great look when using non-functional (stationary) drapes because functional drapes could require more widths of fabric, which gets costly, and you end up with a bulkier look that will allow in less light.  If you need privacy for this look, use a shade mounted behind the drapes.  You can use curtain rods or drapery medallions to hang this type of window treatment as well.   It’s very popular to have a few throw cushions made for your couch that match the curtain panels to tie the entire room together.

 

A cornice is another option.

A cornice board is an element of window treatment décor that is fabricated from a plywood, padding and fabric that is hung over a window, door, or series of doors.  They are popular because they hide the seam between the end of the door/window casing and the walls.  It is a decorative separation.    You can add pretty trim and design the shape.   You can even add drapery medallions as a cornice mount application for even more character and charm.  Measured and installed correctly, they will hide functioning blinds or shades.

 

Cornice with Drapery Medallion

Cornice with Drapery Medallion

 

Creative Uses for Metal Corbels

Posted by Misti On September 11th
Banana Leaf Counter Top Support Bracket from Metropolis Iron

Banana Leaf Counter Top Support Bracket from Metropolis Iron

Corbels can be functional elements for the support of wall cabinets, cooktops, counter tops, range hoods and other kitchen features while providing an eye appealing feel to your kitchen area.

Sometimes designers are intimidated by large corbels and tend to undersize them.  A larger corbel will bring attention to an island.  In the kitchen, a corbel serves a real function, it holds up a counter top overhang, but at the same time, it makes a statement of style and importance.  The right size is based on the designers’ message.  If the kitchen’s message is “harmony,” the designer can choose a more common size corbel, around 10” to 15.”  On the other hand, if the designer wants a 9’ island to say, “Look at me!” and make a grand statement, then an 18” to 30” corbel will accomplish that goal.  Metropolis Iron’s full line of corbels differs in sizes for all design options.  If your design includes larger corbels, just ask!  We love custom orders!

The corbel size will set the tone of the kitchen, but what sets the theme of the kitchen are the corbel’s details.  When a designer identifies the client’s preferences, type of material, color, and style, these choices will drive the design process into a direction where the room’s theme will be defined.  When this occurs, the designer can start fitting the room with the proper detail, scale and definition.

Corbels also have different depths.  Shallower corbels have an important aesthetic value.  A corbel that is 1 ¾” to 3 ½” deep can be placed on the face of a cabinet where it makes a design statement that it is not overpowering or an obstacle.

Hammered Counter Top Support Bracket from Metropolis Iron

Hammered Counter Top Support Bracket from Metropolis Iron

Drapery Hardware for Outdoor Living Areas

Posted by Misti On September 3rd
Metropolis Iron's Line of Outdoor Drapery Hardware is Made from Non-Corrosive Aluminum

Metropolis Iron's Line of Outdoor Drapery Hardware is Made from Non-Corrosive Aluminum

Outdoor living spaces add an elegant and luxurious area to your home.   Patios, lanais, porches and gazebos offer relaxing areas to unwind and entertain.  Outdoor curtains displayed with outdoor drapery rods or outdoor drapery medallions will make your lanai or porch more inviting to relax in as they provide added privacy and tranquility. They are the perfect addition to the popular area of your Florida home.

With the artful combination of outdoor drapery and outdoor drapery hardware, you can transform your outdoor living spaces into a space worthy of design portfolios.  Other than its decorative function, outdoor curtains and hardware also have some practical functions for your outdoor living spaces. They can provide privacy, as well as shade and protection from the elements not only for you but even for your deck furnishings. They can prevent sun damage to the fabrics of your deck chairs and sofas.

Outdoor curtains can be grommet curtains, tab top curtains or rod pocket curtains that are the ideal curtain style for outdoor living spaces. They can be coordinated with your other décor and furnishing to create that perfect outdoor retreat.

There’s a fabulous selection of outdoor fabrics available but not so much in the area of outdoor drapery hardware.  Metropolis Iron, Inc. has developed their own line of outdoor drapery hardware because of the high demand from interior designers for decorative and functional outdoor drapery hardware.  Don’t think you are stuck using a pvc pipe to display your beautiful drapery panels.  For more information on outdoor drapery hardware please contact us through our website.  Our line of outdoor drapery hardware and outdoor drapery medallions is so new that we don’t even have it on our website yet.