The Best Ways to Swag Curtains


Swag curtains give rooms a customized, finishing touch. They can range is styles from fanciful to formal, casual to contemporary. The best swag styles compliment and "anchor" the style of the room, from choice of colors to fabric selection, and set a tone every design aspect of a room - - from the paint to the furniture. Consider every aspect to come up with the best swag curtains to accentuate and complement every design aspect of your home.

Fishtail Swag

  • A fishtail swag is best to create a contemporary-looking swag. The key distinction is that a fishtail swag is one, expansive left-to-right, downward draping "swoop," versus multiple drapes and scalloping. Using a curved curtain rod is the easiest way to create a fishtail swag effect. Alternatively, you can use sconce or tieback hardware to serve as the anchors to create the solid, downward, left-to-right swag effect.

Duchess Swag

  • The "duchess swag" design is best if you want your curtains to have a contemporary design that shows off the lining as well as the fabric. Duchess styles are made by using lining that peaks out from the underneath the main curtain fabric. This allows the swag to maintain a free-flowing look from the front of the curtain to the backside. The duchess style also allows you to pick-up colors that complement and bring out a main color in the curtain fabric or accent the paint color used for the room.

Jabot Cascade

  • Give your curtains a luxurious look with a jabot cascade treatment. A jabot cascade provides the left and right end curtaining "balance" to the center swag of the curtain fabric. To create a jabot cascade the fabric must be cut on the far right and center with a sweeping, circular cut to create the cascade. Install the jabot cascade on the left and right ends of the curtain rod after swag piece has been placed in the center of the rod. Adjust the swag and jabot cascade to achieve your desired effect.

Swag Curtain Lining

  • Lining a swag curtain treatment is the best way to achieve a high-end, professional look. Lining will also help to reduce fading of the curtain fabrics. Lining materials can be thick or lightweight. The important factor for best results is to select a lining fabric that is appropriate for the curtain fabric being used and the amount of sunlight that penetrates the window.

Tiebacks and Sconces

  • Use tiebacks and sconces to help-out in creating a swag and make the work easier and shorter. Use two sconces, placed on the left and right sides of the window to create a contemporary swag treatment, such as the fishtail or duchess design. Use 3-4 four tieback hardware pieces to create multiple swags for a dramatic effect. Consider and experiment with scarves for a loose swag effect, or create tieback strips with the same fabric as the curtains or a complementary fabric. One of the best advantages of fabric and scarf tiebacks is that they can be easily attached and allow you opportunity to experiment to achieve the best effects. After you drape the primary swag portion of the curtain to your liking, you can simply attach a scarf or fabric tieback to the curtain rod with Velcro or simple sewing stitches.

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