Today in stores you can find all the necessary details for drawing up a beautiful and harmonious interior in any style. Correctly selected curtains are important components of any room. These elements can be supplemented with beautiful lambrequins, which perform not only a decorative, but also a practical function.
What it is?
Lambrequin is a decorative detail of the drapery of a window opening. These elements are installed on the upper half of the curtains in a horizontal position. As a rule, lambrequins have a width that occupies the entire cornice. But their height does not exceed 1/5 of the length of the canvases. With the help of elegant lambrequins, you can give a more lively and complete appearance to the window reception.
There are several types of lambrequins. They differ from each other in bases, outdoor design and fasteners. So, lambrequins are:
- Classic. Straight options like this are simple fabric pieces gathered at the top of the curtains. They are made in the form of chill molds, beautiful folds, ties and bells.
- Soft. Such specimens are made from light and soft tissues. Soft lambrequins can be painted in one color or combine several different shades at once.
- Bando. This name is given to rigid varieties of lambrequins. They are woven tape that is fixed to a solid base. Such options give the room an incomparable extravagance and memorable style. The edges and edging of bando lambrequins are oblique, curly, regular, round or patterned.
The rigid structures are monumental. They do not require complex maintenance. Bando can be both straight and bay window.
- Openwork. Graceful openwork lambrequins are gaining popularity. As a rule, such varieties are created at enterprises using high-tech laser technology. With the help of such devices, a variety of patterns and intricate ornaments are cut out on the material.
Openwork options are rigid and combined. They are installed on the eaves using special Velcro fasteners or fabric fasteners. Combined lambrequins have solid frames, complemented by soft drapery. The result is a real piece of design art.
It should be borne in mind that for design ideas, you need enough free space in the room, therefore, it will be possible to create a truly spectacular and beautiful composition only in spacious rooms. Openwork products that are fashionable today can be conditionally divided into two categories: curly (or modular), as well as plank-type options (they are also decorative):
- Modular lambrequins are very complex designs that consist of parts of different heights. The side parts of the modular lambrequins are complemented by massive carved elements, and the central part has narrower details. These varieties are a one-piece construction, ready for use. On such lambrequins, patterns of varying complexity may be present. These can be simple and laconic lines or cunning ornate weaves.
- Plank lambrequins in another way are called tape. Such products are best suited for non-standard design solutions. They are produced in duplicate rolls.
- Asymmetric lambrequins . These elegant and unusual options are placed in a variety of ways. Often, the edges of such details are decorated with ruffles, fringes or tassels. With the help of such elements, you can form a very interesting composition in any room.
Lambrequins differ in the type of attachment:
- The most common products are hinged. With such elements, the curtains look truly elegant and sophisticated. The fastening loops can be combined with ties decorated with bows, ribbons and laces.
- Lambrequins on eyelets are no less popular. These mounts are rings. They are made from metal, wood, or cheap plastic. You can choose such details for any setting, size and shade of curtains.
- Also lambrequins can be attached to the base with a special curtain tape. In such designs, all the components are attached to the curtain with hooks, glue or Velcro. Thanks to this fastening, beautiful folds can be created.
As a rule, intricate designs of lambrequins consist of several parts:
- Swagi. This element is the most important in the design of the lambrequin. It has a horizontal orientation and is a piece of material with a drape in the form of a circle. Swags are attached with a straight and wide piece at the base of the cornice. Neat and soft folds should face down.
There are compositions in which there are single even swag, located in the central part of the window opening. Such details are called symmetrical. There are also more interesting options in which there is a swag with a swing on one side. Such lambrequins are asymmetrical. Swag can have different designs, the most popular are scallop, shell and skirt options.
- Half-wag and crossover. Such elements differ from a simple swag by a free area in the middle part of the semicircle between the curtain and the lambrequin. Such details look very light and airy. There can be several semi-wagons. Such kits outwardly resemble a liana, gracefully framing the curtain.
- Jabot. This element has a horizontal orientation. It is a continuation of horizontal swags and semi-swags. The jabot is fixed both on both and on one side of the opening, continuing the beautiful asymmetrical swag.
- Tie. This part also has a vertical position. She is not approached so often because she visually "cuts" the window. A similar thing is suitable exclusively for wide openings or several windows combined with each other.
- Puffs. These elements are a single piece of textile with lacing. They are attached to the cornice with a cord. Lambrequins with such additions do not block the window and do not interfere with the penetration of natural light into the room. There are lambrequins-puffs called comb and reaper.
To create lambrequins, all kinds of beautiful and elegant materials are used today:
- Lambrequins from a veil look very beautiful and airy. Many home interior designers choose such products to decorate bedrooms. The most harmonious are the options for pastel and neutral colors. The veil is perfect for creating spectacular compositions or simple and laconic folds.
- There are also more dense felt lambrequins. This material is used by many manufacturers to create delicate openwork products.
- Organza lambrequins look good in interiors. However, when choosing such options, it should be remembered that beautiful compositions cannot be made from poorly processed raw materials. They will seem too harsh and broken.
- With your own hands, you can make attractive lambrequins from nylon. This material looks light and airy, but you need to work with it carefully so that no defects remain on it.
- Elegant chiffon options are relevant today. They look expensive and attractive, as chiffon itself is light and soft.
- Jacquard products look no less beautiful in the interior. They have an unusual relief pattern on their surface, which is obtained as a result of weaving of dense fabric. Outwardly, jacquard resembles a tapestry. The highest quality and strongest are fabrics with thick threads.
- If you want to decorate the interior with elegant lambrequins, then you should take a closer look at the tapestry options. This material is easy to care for and pleasant to the touch. Dust does not accumulate on such things, as they have excellent antistatic properties.
- Lambrequins made of flax have a soft and smooth surface. Such products have an original matte sheen and easily fit into many ensembles.
- Also today in stores you can find a huge number of different models of lambrequins made of curtain fabric, mesh, velvet, silk, etc. You can choose the right option for every taste, wallet and interior style.
Colors and patterns
Lambrequins can have a variety of colors:
- The most common, of course, are the classic white variations. Such products can be safely attributed to universal ones, as they look harmoniously in any interiors. Often, snow-white fabrics are combined with contrasting dark ones. The result is very bright and attractive tandems.
- Lilac and purple products look soft and tender. Many interiors can be softened with these delicate pieces. Lilac lambrequins look especially impressive in rooms with light and pastel walls.
- Popular colors are blue and cyan. They look organic in many ensembles. For example, with the help of a blue lambrequin, you can slightly revive the interior. It is recommended to combine deep blue with white curtains. Such a beautiful contrast can breathe life into many interiors, making them brighter and more non-trivial.
- The trend of recent years is turquoise and light green tones. Lambrequins of this color will look organically with both light and dark fabrics. The main thing is that the tandem fits the interior of the room.
- Natural green color has a calming effect. It can be mixed with other colors (eg yellow-green shade). Details of this color are chosen by many consumers, since their appearance does not bother even after a few years and does not cause irritation.
- If you like bright and luscious interiors, then you should decorate the window with orange lambrequins. Designers recommend combining such elements with curtains of light shades. For example, a duet of white curtains and an orange lambrequin will look very beautiful and harmonious.
- A pink lambrequin will look beautiful and gentle in the interior. It can be combined with curtains and swags in white, red, purple, burgundy, coral and burgundy.
- It is unlikely that products in brown tones will ever lose their relevance. These colors are also classics and can be combined with many palettes. Beautiful canvases and brown lambrequins can make the atmosphere warmer and more comfortable.
- Lambrequins are not only monochromatic. Today, options with contrasting ornaments, geometric shapes and lines, and cute floral prints are very popular.
The main parameters that you should rely on when choosing a lambrequin are the height of the room and the dimensions of the window opening:
- If there is a low ceiling in the room, then the curtains are not recommended to be supplemented with wide options, since they can visually reduce the area of the room.
- On small windows, you should not place overly intricate compositions with multi-layered draperies. They will make the window opening heavier, making it even smaller.
- For small windows, it is recommended to choose not too long products (meter, one and a half in length).
- If the window is too large in size, then you can turn to elegant designs that go beyond it by 20-30 cm.
- If you turned to original or extravagant products, then they can go beyond the opening by 40x50 cm.
- For large openings, a short lambrequin is not suitable. The most optimal will be 2, 3 and 4-meter options.
Fashion trends and new items
A spectacular combination of elegant curtains and a rigid lambrequin without additional decorative elements is considered a real fashionable breakthrough in recent years. Light monochromatic options or products with uncomplicated geometric images look especially harmonious against the background of the window. A stylish novelty - chameleon lambrequins - has become wildly popular with buyers. They are made of iridescent materials that change their shade in different light angles.
A fresh trend in fashion is a stylish combination of swag (or perekidy) from shiny and matte fabrics. Such sophisticated additions look especially organically in classic settings. Quite recently, interesting openwork lambrequins turned out to be at the peak of popularity. With the help of these details, even the most boring and monotonous interiors can be revived.
How to decorate?
Lambrequins will look even more interesting and brighter if they are supplemented with various decorative elements.
It can be:
- interesting applications;
- additions with beads and bugles;
- inserts with rings;
- crochet details, etc.
Lambrequins are often complemented by exquisite lace or neat embroidery with contrasting threads.
How to choose a model?
It is necessary to choose such decorative elements very carefully, otherwise you risk spoiling the image of the room:
- First of all, you need to focus on the height of the ceilings in the room. As already mentioned, a lambrequin can visually reduce the space, so it is worth choosing options with a height of no more than 2.4 meters.
- The most common height of these decorative items is 40 cm, regardless of the model. This size is optimal for a standard layout.
- The choice of color should also be taken very seriously. Lambrequins should overlap with textiles in the interior so that the furnishings are complete and stylish.
- An important role is played by the shape of the lambrequins. For example, if the room is small and narrow (hallway or children's room), then it is better to decorate it with products with a small number of folds and decorative elements.
- Lambrequins can also be installed on bay windows. For this, both hard and soft options are suitable. With the help of bay window additions, many wall imperfections can be hidden.
- If you want to decorate a window with a balcony door with lambrequins, then you should not choose too large and voluminous options from dense fabrics. Such models will interfere with the convenient opening and closing of the door.
- It is not recommended to decorate a beveled window with products in the form of a shell or a tie, as in an angle position they can be distorted and become ugly. For such areas, rigid or openwork options are ideal.
If you still haven't found a suitable option in the store, then a rectangular or square lambrequin can be made by hand.
We will select lambrequins for interiors designed in different directions:
- For an ensemble in a pretentious baroque style , fluffy and voluminous lambrequins from expensive fabrics are suitable. It is advisable to choose specimens of deep and dense shades, decorated with contrasting white or gold ornaments / patterns.
- Simple and uncomplicated lambrequins with floral or berry prints are suitable for a cute Provence -style interior . You can choose both light and denser options.
- If the interior is made in an oriental style , then an openwork lambrequin of red or burgundy color, as well as charming models with tassels, will magically look in it.
- The interior, made in the style of minimalism , can be decorated not only with monochromatic strict options, but also with more interesting lambrequins with openwork inserts and contrasting color details to slightly dilute the monotonous atmosphere.
- In a fashionable marine style, contrasting combinations of white lambrequins and blue curtains (or vice versa) will look most harmonious. They can be supplemented with decorative laces or striped fabrics.
- For the popular high-tech style, simple lambrequins and blinds will be enough. You should not weigh down such interiors with lush patterned options, since they are not suitable for all modern styles.
How to wash and iron at home?
No matter how high-quality the lambrequins are, they need constant care in any case. They get dirty much less often than ordinary curtains and tulle, as they are located directly under the ceiling.
There are some nuances associated with caring for lambrequins:
- You need to vacuum these parts from time to time. This is to prevent dust from getting into the material. You do not need to remove lambrequins for this. It is enough to wrap the brush with a damp cloth or gauze and walk over the fabric (at low power).
- Cannot be sent to the washing machine. It is better to walk on it with a damp cloth, vacuum it or dry-clean it.
- Soft items are washed once every six months.
- You cannot twist and squeeze the lambrequins, otherwise they will lose their shape.
- As a rule, lambrequins are made of fabrics that are easy to iron, as wrinkled things look ugly, and ironing them for a long time is a rare challenge.
The most beautiful design window designs
- In a bright room with a bay window and a glossy cream floor, chocolate lambrequins with peaks and thick velvet curtains will look spectacular.
- A hard quilted lambrequin can be positioned in front of luxurious dark gray curtains and gray-gold tulle. Place a leather chair with furniture studs and a wooden sideboard next to it.
- A soft milky lambrequin will look amazing in a white room with a floor, complemented by a brown carpet. Place a cozy white couch with a carriage tie in front of the windows, a white classic chair with wooden armrests, and install candle-shaped lamps on the walls.
- A dark blue openwork lambrequin can be hung with blue translucent curtains against the background of a large window. Place a cream sofa with chrome legs in front of it, a light hard chair and a black coffee table with a round shape. Place a black laminate flooring and a gray-black carpet with graceful lines on the floor.
How to choose a lambrequin, see the video below.