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As the name suggests, holdbacks decoratively hold curtains back to let the light in, giving you a light-filled, elegant look for your room. Installing curtain holdbacks is an easy, do-it-yourself project for any skill level.

Tieback or holdback? What is the difference?

Are you confused about the difference between a tieback and a holdback? A curtain tieback is made of soft material or cord. Curtain holdbacks on the other hand, are rigid and decorative being made from various materials such as plastic or metal. They are usually designed to match other curtain hardware like poles and finials.

Holdbacks can be securely attached to a wall with screws or they can be unattached and simply secure your curtain fabric together and out of the way.

Hook-style holdbacks mount directly into the wall with screws that come with the product. To determine where to put your attached holdbacks and to easily install them, follow these simple steps:

  1. Measure the distance from the curtain rod to the floor. Divide this by three.

Example: 108” (from floor to curtain rod) divided by 3 = 36”

Next, measure the distance from the edge of the window casing (trim molding) to the curtain rod bracket.

Example: 6” (from the window casing to the curtain rod bracket)

  1. Measure up from the floor to one third the height of the curtain (in our example, we would measure up 36 inches). Measure away from the edge of the window casing equal to the distance to the location of the curtain rod bracket (in our example, we would measure out 6 inches). This is the approximate location of the holdback.
  2. Position the holdback with the hook toward the window. Make sure that the holdback does not hit the window trim. If it does, move the holdback away from the window until the mounting area of the holdback is flat against the wall surface.
  3. Using a pencil, mark the location of the mounting holes on the wall. Screw through the mounting holes using the screws provided with the holdback. If you do not encounter a wall stud, unscrew the screw and insert a wall anchor (sometimes called a molly) into the hole. Insert a second anchor into the other marked hole. Place the holdback back over the anchors and screw the holdback to the wall. Repeat for the other side of the window.

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Dress Up Bay Windows With Drapery Medallions

Posted by Misti On September 11th

Bay windows really add beauty to any room. During a nice day, it’s a good spot to bask in some sunshine.  Add the perfect touch to your beautiful bay windows with a nice set of curtains and drapery medallions.  The positioning of the windows may look a bit daunting, since there is more than one panel to tend to, but with the right approach and the right drapery medallions, the task can be just as easy as working with a regular window.

If your bay window has seats, make sure to choose a set of curtains short enough to graze the seats.  Otherwise, you can opt for full-length curtains that hang to the floor.  Drapery medallions make the task of hanging your curtains 100 times easier than traditional curtain rods and add an additional touch of flair and aesthetic value to your bay window area.  To view our full line of drapery medallions for bay windows, visit our online showroom at www.metroiron.net.

Curtain holdbacks are an important feature of any complete window treatment design.  A good curtain tie back should not only be functional as to tie back your curtains, but also hold together your entire look and add a design element to your window treatment. Used for a variety of uses in a window treatment, drapery holdbacks allow sunlight to enter and add a decorative flair to your treatment.

Drapery holdbacks come in a curved and straight style.  Metropolis Iron’s online showroom features both of these highly sought after styles.  Our curved medallions are great for holding back your drapes, even those that may be bulky and cumbersome.  If you are searching for a unique drapery rod alternative, try our many styles of straight drapery medallions.  Our straight holdbacks are wonderful for use as a traditional holdback, but can make any treatment pop in lieu of using a drapery rod.

As with all of Metropolis Iron’s product line, our holdbacks are available in a variety of designs, sizes, finishes and projections for all your window treatment design needs.

 

Getting Drapery Vocabulary Right!

Posted by Misti On July 6th

If you aren’t very skilled in the world of drapery hardware vocabulary, creating the perfect window treatment can be a difficult task. Knowing what the item is can make all the difference in creating a fabulous window treatment. Drapery tiebacks or curtain tiebacks are one of the most easily confused items as they can be referred to by a variety of names. Metropolis Iron takes the many names and lumps them under the drapery medallion category. Some common names are drapery holdbacks, curtain holdbacks, drapery holders, and curtain holders. These are general names that refer to drapery hardware that is used to hold the curtain in an open position.

A large portion of drapery hardware is named by its shape or design rather than its purpose. Drapery medallions and curtain medallions are the most popular and stylish of these types of drapery decorations. These types of drapery hardware were initially created in the shape of a medallion, but over time have evolved to include an array of custom designs. Metropolis Iron offers one of the largest lines of this type of drapery decoration and works with interior designers, drapery workrooms and distinctive customers to create cutting edge designs. Another design style is the drapery knob or curtain knob. This items name gives away its style as it features a knob design. Another example of this type of drapery hardware is the drapery rosette or curtain rosette. This design generally features a rose or floral design and dates back to the mid Victorian age.

Other pieces of drapery hardware derive their name from their function. Scarf holders are designed to hold up scarf window or door treatments. Swag holders allow you to create a unique or a layered look for your window treatment design. For areas in your home that won’t allow for a traditional curtain rod to be hung, drapery hangers, curtain hangers, drapery brackets, curtain brackets, drapery hooks, and curtain hooks can help to create an attractive solution.

By any name you choose to call them, drapery hardware pieces can dress up the most drab window treatment and add a stylish aspect to any situation.

 

 

Window Treatment Ideas for your Home

Posted by Misti On June 5th

When it comes to decorating, choosing curtains can be an exciting way to add a personal touch to the rooms in your home. But, what about the drapery hardware itself?

Many times, homeowners just think curtain rods.  But there are so many other creative ideas out there for jazzing up your window treatments.  Drapery medallions can be a great way to do this!  But of course, there are many options.  Here are just a few of our favorites.

Curtain Rods – One piece of hardware that is impossible to overlook is the curtain rod itself. However, most people don’t actually take the time to choose a stylish rod because they believe that it won’t make a difference in their room. In reality, curtain rods bring the entire window treatment together and an element that you don’t want to be without.

Finials – If you’ve never heard of finials before, it’s important to get familiar with them because they are one type of drapery hardware that can really add character to your room. Finials attach to the ends of curtain rods to give your room a more finished look. These small touches are available in many styles and finishes, giving you a wide range of options to choose from.

Drapery Medallions – Using drapery medallions can help you better frame your window while still featuring your curtains. Available in a variety of styles, patterns, and sizes, medallions can add the perfect finishing touch to a room and showcase the beauty of your curtains in a different way!

If you’ve been searching for the perfect modern drapery hardware or drapery medallions for your window treatments, then search no more. Metropolis Iron is your one stop shop for everything concerning drapery hardware! We offer the best variety of styles and finishes needed for window treatments.

ModernDraperyMedallionWhen it comes to decorating, choosing curtains can be an exciting way to add a personal touch to the rooms in your home.  But, what about the drapery hardware itself?

Often, homeowners forget that drapery hardware can be just as important and stylish as the curtains themselves, especially when you take advantage of the full range of options available on the market today.

  • Curtain Rods – One piece of hardware that is impossible to overlook is the curtain rod itself. However, most people don’t actually take the time to choose a stylish rod because they believe that it won’t make a difference in their room.  In reality, curtain rods bring the entire window treatment together and an element that you don’t want to be without.
  • Finials – If you’ve never heard of finials before, it’s important to get familiar with them because they are one type of drapery hardware that can really add character to your room.  Finials attach to the ends of curtain rods to give your room a more finished look.  These small touches are available in  many styles and finishes, giving you a wide range of options to choose from.
  • Drapery Medallions – Using drapery medallions can help you better frame your window while still featuring your curtains.  Available in a variety of styles, patterns, and sizes, medallions can add the perfect finishing touch to a room and showcase the beauty of your curtains in a different way!

If you’ve been searching for the perfect modern drapery hardware or drapery medallions for your window treatments, then search no more.  Metropolis Iron is your one stop shop for everything concerning drapery hardware!  We offer the best variety of styles and finishes needed for window treatments.

Drapery Medallion and Hardware Selection Tips

Posted by Misti On September 29th

Drapery MedallionsChoosing drapes can be difficult, but choosing drapery medallions can sometimes be even more difficult.  Typically, this is due to the enormous range of options available.  By taking the time to understand just a few tips, you can make your window treatments both beautiful and functional.

Types of Hardware

Not all drapery hardware is created equal. In fact, some hardware is designed for utility whereas others are meant for decoration.

As you can imagine, utility hardware is often less expensive and more basic, mainly because it isn’t seen and is hidden by your drapes or valences. In contrast, decorative options can get expensive and offer more ornate designs and finishes because they are what will be seen when looking at the window.

Stationary v. Functional Needs

If you’re someone who regularly opens and closes your blinds, you will need a functional drapery medallion that is more likely to be utility hardware.  Of course, even windows with functional curtains often have some decorative, stationary elements as well.  And when it comes to hanging panels to frame the window, you will need a decorative drapery medallion that will help you make a statement.

The Right Style

Depending upon your home and /or personal preferences, you’ll choose a drapery hardware style that suits your needs and likes.  Metallic or iron hardware is ideal for contemporary styling, but can also work well in a traditional home setting.

It is true that it all comes down to your personal preferences when choosing drapery medallions, but by keeping these guiding factors in mind; it can make the selection process a bit easier.  When looking for a variety of options of drapery medallions to choose from, one can always turn to Metropolis Iron for the best selections and expert advice and guidance.

OrnateDraperyMedallionFinding the perfect balance between the décor in your home and drapery hardware can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to achieve the perfect look.  Because most drapery medallions and other hardware materials have a distinctive style of their own, doing so can be more difficult than most people think.  But, what if there was a type of drapery hardware that you can choose to be just as unique or neutral as the décor itself? There is – Ornate Iron Drapery Medallions.

A Diverse Range of Styles to Choose From

Iron drapery hardware is known for its ornamental carvings and design, making a statement regardless of where it’s located in your home.  In fact, from elegant cutouts to details etched in the iron itself, the variety of options makes it simple for anyone to decorate no matter what qualities they’re looking for in their hardware.

Drapery Medallions with Impact

As you probably know, the mood of a room can be easily affected by the smallest details, from the centerpiece on a table to the paintings on the wall. Thus, ornate drapery medallions will definitely have an impact in bringing the room together.  Love is in the details!

When you choose iron drapery medallions and other accessories they can be as traditional or ornate as you would like.  In particular, ornamental iron designs can be extremely simple or elaborate, allowing you to customize your selection to fit right into the desired décor.  Truly, the possibilities are endless!

Mix and Match Your Hardware for Maximum Appeal

One of the best parts about iron drapery hardware is that once you find a finish that you like, you can mix and match your hardware to create new, innovative looks.  This makes the combinations endless, as purchasing new drapery medallions can give your drapery a fresh appeal without having to spend a lot of money.

For more information about our products or to peruse our inventory please visit our online showroom at www.metroiron.net.

Airy DrapesSheer curtains have dressed windows for decades or even centuries, but pretty much in the same fashion year after year.  Sheers reduce sunlight and provide privacy, and chances are they’ll be a design staple forevermore.  Spice up your home with a jazzy sheer-curtain look to show off your inner-designer’s adventurous, creative, contemporary side.

The typical layered looks of sheer curtains under drapes are fine, but if you’re looking for something with more design pizzazz, step beyond the stereotypical “box” confines.  Layer white sheers over colored drapes for a subtle effect; the drapery color still comes through, but as a visual “whisper.” Alternatively, infuse a bland space with a touch of color by layering bright or dark-colored sheers over white drapes.  You can still use sheers underneath to filter light and provide some privacy when the drapes are open.

To make sheers less see-through, layer them.  But rather than layering same-length panels, start with floor-length sheers topped by sheers that are one-third shorter, and then sheers that are two-thirds shorter for a gradient look.  You don’t have to use the same colored layers, but if you mix your sheers’ hues, keep the darker colors at the bottom as a visual anchor.  If you layer the same colored sheers, create an interesting twist by using one with a swirly-patterned stitch on the bottom, then one made from plain netting, and then top them with a full, gathered eyelet-patterned sheer panel, for example.  Layer works best when hung with drapery medallions.  The full line of Metropolis Iron drapery medallions come in many styles and finishes complimenting any design scenario.

 

 

 

PlainDraperyMedallionIf you are planning to decorate the windows of your home with something colorful and modern, patterned curtains may be just what you are looking for.  Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you choose what type of drapes to adorn the windows of your home!

Patterned curtains are the best way to add decorative detail to a neutral room.  The pattern makes a focal point without overpowering the room of your home.  Think about the scale of the window treatments.  Putting a small curtain on a large window is like putting on pants that are too short.  It just looks funny.  A large window can handle a large bold pattern.  For drapery panels, hang the curtains close to the ceiling to make to fool the eye into thinking that the window in your home is even much larger.

Remember to measure so that you have a generous amount of fabric that creates more appeal in the room of your home using a constant pattern that draws attention to the beautiful window in your home and the details.  If the room of your home is a busy room, you can still use patterned curtains.  The idea is to keep the pattern subtle and tiny.  This way you will get the added benefit of texture and pattern, but it won’t fight with the business of the room.

Additionally, use a plain, dressed down drapery medallion.  An elaborate designed medallion, will get lost in the pattern of your drapes.  Choose a plain medallion that compliments your patterned drapes.  Our design lines at Metropolis Iron include many beautiful medallions, that won’t take away from your drapes, yet enhance the overall look of your window treatment.

There are plenty of choices when it comes to texture, style and color in patterned curtains for your home.  It’s just a matter of narrowing down your choices and then picking curtains and drapery medallions that compliment the style of your home!