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Tracking Drapery Hardware Trends

Fine Interiors

Here are some trend tidbits we’ve spotted on the decorative drapery hardware trend horizon.

  •  Clean lines showcased by French poles and growth of endcaps instead of finials.
  • Stacked elements.
  • Acrylics define transparency.
  • Vintage luster and patina.
  • Layered up traversing solutions.
  • Straited Surfaces/Ombres and Painterly touches.
  • Imperfection and recognition of the hand.
  • Forged Craftsmanship.
  • Mixed Media make up hardware sets.
  • Marble and Stone on the horizon.


crystal stacked finials
The list above comes together to form Soft Modern– a nod to a redefined Minimalism. Soft modernism is defined by straight lines, neutral colors and minimal ornamentation. New modern looks are minimal, but never cold. To balance clean lines and neutral color palettes, window coverings introduce soft textures, sheers, knits and casements. These pair with an organic palette of metal, acrylic and textures in drapery hardware to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Warm metals take center stage in poles, rings and finals and cause an interplay of metallic shimmer. Don’t expect to see warm metallic accents retreating in 2020. While there have been rumblings the chrome is due for a redo, expect the warm-toned metals to again prevail.

warm metals

Graphite and matte black with golds, rosé or nude and natural shades are timeless; as is the mix of brass and transparency. Soft Brass, a softly luminous finish that offers a subtle, luminous glow replaces high shine brass of the past. Window treatments embrace the principles of simple, clean design; all the while taking into consideration the feeling of coziness, we all crave at home. There’s even a renaissance with macramé and string art; it’s a fresh take on the 70’s craze with a touch of hygge. Could beaded curtains on H rails be next?

black French pole

Today’s window fashions borrow from architecture with more structure to silhouettes; starting with headings framed by drapery hardware. These hardware designs impress with their structure, lightness and graphic sophistication. In-it-to-win-it windows are making a powerplay by combining sumptuous, soft fabrics with impeccable tailoring mounted on H rails, twisted or square poles and fascias to add form to treatments. Geometrics have a new perspective; not traditional looks where shape and form are obvious but presented more abstractly and unexpectedly; fusing quality creativity and functionality to lend an architectural element to a room.

What drapery hardware trends have you spotted?


square rods

Image credits Fine Interiors, Orion

Metals of the Moment

brassToday designers are fearlessly mixing metals in all kinds of living spaces. The metals of the moment- gold, brass and copper – add character, warmth and soft shine to interiors. These metals also play nice with other finishes  in a room and act as a counterpoint to rustic woods and brick.  Brass –lacquered, unlacquered, vintage or hand are replacing nickel and bronze finishes on the trend curve. Look for golds, to follow the lead of brass to warm up our homes next year.

“We’re seeing warmer metals i.e. brass and copper rather than stainless steel.” Emma Farkas of Emma Farkas Design

Take note that copper finishes are fast emerging as the metal of choice being favored by both architects and interior product designers in 2016. What’s not to love? Often used as a statement accent, copper is hugely versatile and works harmoniously alongside natural materials such as wood and bare brick. Exuding raw luxury and sophistication it works well in rustic or modern loft looks.

Mixed metal design schemes are pretty important right now; so venture outside-the-box to mix these metals together for some distinctive scheming.  Take it one step further and mix these warm metals with bold saturated lacquered color and you have a winning combo. Do you have a project coming up? Can’t find the right finish? We’re ready to help. Look to Orion not only for custom fabrication, but we customize your paint or finish as well as fabric match.


Spotted: Metals of the Moment

You’ll find these metals in furnishings, tables, insets, upholstery and accessories. Not to mention the kitchen, bath – every room of the house.The new Brass is popping up everywhere from door hardware to  kitchen faucets-So why not in drapery hardware?

courtney cox dc designhouse brass orion

Courtney Cox used shiny brass drapery hardware in her bedroom for the Washington DC showhouse.



faucet doorknob


You didn’t get the memo if you weren’t showing at least one piece with a brass or gold finish at last month’s Fall High Point Market.

bernhardt brass orion

Bernhardt’s swivel tub chairs with brass bases.



Cynthia Rowley’s new collection for Hooker

orion brass gold chandelier global view

Global views’ stunning Sprocket chandelier


Petra jacquard

brass base

Creation Baumann’s Brass drapery fabric

The Gold Rush

Following right behind brass as the metal of the moment is anything Gold. American consumers love anything new and shiny and gold leadf, gold plaet or 24 karat  fit the bill. American manufacturer Knoll is introducing gold-plated versions of its Platner Collection, including chairs, tables, and stools. The company is also bringing out Bertoia’s diamond chairs in the new metal finish, and the Danish company Fritz Hansen is currently selling a special edition of Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 chair with gilded legs. ll these iconic pieces were previously only available in nickel or chrome finishes. The process of gold-plating metal furniture has become less expensive for manufacturers and the quality is now more consistent, according to Knoll.


Fritz Hansen’s pink Series 7 chair with gilded legs is also an anniversary reinterpretation. The 24-karat legs and pink seat limited edition marks the 60th anniversary of the chair’s introduction and will only be available in 2015 (a chair with a blue seat and black legs was also launched as a more masculine counterpart).


Gold-plating is also being used by contemporary designers like David Adjaye, who used the finish on his Double Zero seating for Moroso, introduced earlier this year.