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Sneak Peek at Design Arts


We are launching our new Design Arts Collection at IWCE 2015. We so excited; we can’t keep it under wraps any longer. Join us Thursday December 11, 2014 at 1pm EST/ 12pmCST and 10am PST to get a sneak peek at our new Design Arts Collection of drapery poles, finials, rings and more.

7 Statement Window Treatment Ideas and Drapery Hardware

VIA Dering Hall:

To really transform a space, custom drapery is a must! Creative drapery design has the ability to filter light, exaggerate ceiling height, add color and pattern, define vertical space and ultimately complete a design scheme.

SPARK: When you do drapery you HAVE to do drapery hardware.  Drapery Hardware does more than finish off a window treatment. It can solve a design problem; help meet your client’s needs, adds function and  tie the window treatment to the rest of the room. Take a look at Dering Hall’s statement picks and check out the great decorative hardware used in each.


Peace Design

SPARK: Ceiling tracks don’t interfere with the wall  of draperies. Love the cut outs!


Faiella Design

SPARK:  Iron rods, rings and brackets with mitered corner brackets allow the panels to be proportionate


BKH New York Inc.

SPARK: Pockets hide the basic heavy duty drapery hardware.


Beth Webb Interiors

SPARK: French  curtain poles in Iron finish of the great window treatment


Elle Decor


David Scott Interiors, LTD.

SPARK: Ripplefold sheers let in light and function flawlessly with drapery tracks.


Leverone Design

SPARK: Stained wood rods and rings bring the eye up and complement the finishes on the furnishings in the room.

Looking for more statement window treatment ideas? Check out our Designer’s Pride Gallery.


Made in The USA : Decorative Drapery Hardware

Picture2Consumer Currents Impacting Decorative Drapery Hardware

Trendspotting requires anticipating overlapping levels of influence from the Long term (10 years) that looks at the possible evolutions in lifestyle and technology and Mid-term (5 years) that looks at socio-cultural developments to the short term (2 years) that considers contemporary trend-setters– individuals, processes, groups, and events. What is ordinarily referred to as “trends” are usually composites of various factors, influences and behaviors. Most importantly, consumer behaviors are based on changing consumer values and desires. These constantly shifting influences form the basis of our design trends. Interior style trends are nothing more than visual interpretations of core consumer behavior trends. “Made in America” is one of those consumer behaviors manifesting into home décor trends including decorative drapery hardware.


Whether out of a sense of patriotism, a desire to help the American economy or the belief that U.S.-made products are of better quality, consumers increasingly want to see a “Made in the USA” sticker on the items they buy. Retailers and manufacturers are happily responding.  Last year, General Electric began making some of its water heaters and refrigerators at U.S. factories. Wal-Mart announced plans in April to buy an additional $50 billion of American-made products over the next decade, and Orion is fabricating decorative drapery hardware 100% in the U.S. . “Made in Americ”a once embodied ruggedness and a kind of strait-laced patriotism, but recently it has morphed into a symbol of artisanal design and environmental sustainability. Fueled by a renewed enthusiasm for items sourced and produced in the U.S this locavore-tinged version of Made in America is gaining steam. There is even a startup website selling only American made goods. Dave Schiff, the founder of Made Collection, believes that the Made in the USA trend has acquired a cachet among consumers and the trend is a beacon for old school craftsmanship and luxury. Americana chic is going mainstream.

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There is a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. All across the U.S., people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.


At Orion, our team of designers, skilled artisans, and crafts persons create a wide range of decorative drapery hardware and accessories in over 50 beautiful finishes. We’re especially delighted to work with you on projects that require custom design, custom parts, or a one-time fabrication task. That’s because from idea, to manufacture, to hand-painting, it’s all done at Orion, by Orion, just for you. We are always proud to say “Made in the USA”.

The Designer’s Guide to Decorative Hardware: Specialty Applications

orion decorative hardware

Join Us Thursday, May 29, 2014 for The Designer’s Guide to Decorative Hardware: Specialty Applications  1 pm EST/ 12 pm CST/ 10 am PST/ 11 am MT
In the second of our series on decorative hardware, we narrow our focus to specialty applications. Learn the tips and tricks the pros know for bays, bows, arches and more. Learn how –to specify truly custom hardware for your window treatment designs. This is a not to be missed webinar for designers, decorators, workrooms and installers.
Here is the link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5054700502366200577

Missed our first webinar, The Designer’s Guide to Decorative Hardware? You can view it on our You Tube channel.


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The Language of Drapery Hardware

In today’s decorating world there are all kinds of hardware to hang your window treatments on. One of the first decisions you have to make when designing window treatments is how you are going to hang them? Do you want them to function or not? What kind of hardware are you going to hang them on? Loads of questions to answer right off the bat.

decorative drapery hardware by Orion

Knowing the design vocubulary and speaking the language of drapery hardware will make it easier to answer the questions and make the right choices..

Decorative hardware is a functioning or stationery mounting system that holds window treatments- usually draperies that are meant to be seen- and have decorative elements. Decorative hardware is popular today for stationery side panels or functioning drapery and in a lot of cases take the place of a top treatment.

iron drapery rod and rings by Orion Iron Art

You’ll use either a rod or pole. A rod is usually metal; can be adjustable or traversing and comes in a variety of finishes (brass is gaining popularity) and shapes- from smooth round and square to twisted and fluted.

French Pole by Orion Iron Art

Poles, are usually made of wood or metal, but aren’t adjustable and hold a stationery treatment. Wooden poles come in many types, finishes and shapes like rods.

decorative bracket by Orion iron art

Brackets are what support the rod or pole on the wall. They can mount onto walls, window frames, or even ceilings. (Hint: Mounting on the frame is a no-no; unless you have no other room. Mount your rod/pole up at least four inches from top of trim.) Some brackets are purely functional, while others have a decorative life all their own. You’ll want to make sure you have enough brackets across the width of the rod to support the weight of the treatment. Generally Pros use a bracket every 36- 48 inches.

602L style finial by orion iron art  bohemia crystal by orion iron art 7006_l Italian collection by orion iron art flutted wood pole and finial by orion iron art

Finials are the decorative pieces that you add after the rod or pole and rings are in place. Finials are both decorative and functional; they’re attractive and keep curtain rings from sliding off the rod or pole.

Finials can be traditional, contemporary, glamorous and tailored. Finial materials range from wood, metal and resin to crystal, plastic and stone.




Rings attach the fabric at the top of your treatment to your rod or pole either by sewing them or pinning them. Most rings have a small eye at the bottom to attach to. They come in many finishes to complement your other hardware components.

jill ragan scully design uising orion iron art wood poles , rings, finials

Finally, most of these components are sold in sets to make it easier to coordinate, but now that you are fluent in the language of drapery hardware, venture out a bit and think about mixing and matching. No matter what your decorative hardware– it  needs to fit, look great and work properly.