Swags and Jabots Hold Sway Over Window Style

The stately and elegant swag window treatment has appeared in some of the most famous houses in the usa. The king of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley, had them in floor-to-ceiling fashion at his Graceland mansion, and America’s forefathers used them to adorn the windows in the White House. Purely decorative in style, the swag is produced by hanging fabric throughout the surface of a window and allowing the underside to overeat or sag, making soft, horizontal scallop-like contours. The accompanying jabot is the perpendicular part of fabric that flanks the swag as a detail — as a panel or put symmetrically throughout.

Whether they’re used to soften a room or simply to add personality, swags may add distinctive style to any window in your house.

Swags with fringe. The symmetrical arrangement of those swags leads the eye upwards and focuses on the ceiling height. The long and thick fringe at the bottom hem requires the swag from ordinary to elegant, softening the overall look of the dining room.

Design suggestion: Utilize any fringe — fabric, glass or wood — to take your swag up a notch.

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Conventional swags. This dining room gets the royal treatment from the heightened center of the swag and the crowning decorative finial. Taking the negative jabots to the floor and allowing them to balloon in the base creates an elegant appearance.

Style suggestion: Paint your partitions the specific same colour as your own window treatments, along with the eye will focus on texture rather than style.

Kathleen Walsh Interiors, LLC

Polished swags. This expertly tailored swag has jabots put over the center scallop rather than behind it. The contrasting banding emphasizes its layout.

Design suggestion: Placing fabric above a corner of any kind produces a warm and cozy space, much like a fabric canopy onto a bed.

LADS Interiors

Swags with details. These symmetrical jabots with coordinating fringe not just add texture (which our eyes love), but they help dress up an extremely functional room, the kitchen. Installing this swag treatment with decorative finials above each jabot is a great designer-quality touch.

Design suggestion: Anything made from toile fabric adds a great traditional touch to a room. It could appear busy at first, but you will love it in the end.

Witt Construction

Swags for her. Flank an architectural window in a woman’s room in a whimsical manner to create a feminine and warm window treatment that does not feel overwhelming. The attention here is the window, not the window treatment. You never need to block a stunning perspective.

Style suggestion: This swag treatment is very easily installed with little fabric and minimal effort. Use two decorative hooks in lively shapes and curtain till you love it!

Marlene Wangenheim AKBD, CAPS, Allied Member ASID

Swags because of him. Dress up a masculine den or office by adding a coordinating swag topper therapy over a full-length drapery panel. The thick accent fringe feels lavish and formless when staying masculine.

Style suggestion: Make this accent swag topper out of leftover material from any upholstered piece in your room to tie everything together.

Susan Serra

Swags using a decorative rod. This formal swag and jabot treatment is downplayed by the cosmetic bamboo rod. The treatment says severe, but the rod says lively — a great combination.

Design suggestion: When using fabric in a kitchen, match or coordinate the fabric of your window treatment to the hard surfaces of the majority of colour. In this case, see how the counter pops?

Craig Denis

Elegant swags. Take your bathroom from hard to soft by adding luxurious fabric. This swag becomes the focal point of the bathroom while still emphasizing the tub. The sheen of the silk fabric almost reflects the glow from the crystal chandelier.

Design suggestion: Insert an additional window treatment behind the swag and jabot combination for even more softness.

Grand swags. Grandeur and elegance are achieved in this great room with plenty of swags and jabots. By applying the treatments to just the clerestory windows (those above eye level), the designer has been able to place the focus on the ceiling height in addition to the ceiling. See how the base windows go unnoticed due to the exaggerated length of the jabot tails.

Design tip: If you have high windows put over low windows such as in this room, consider incorporating window treatments just to the very best ones for a somewhat unexpected appearance.

Cravotta Interiors

Simple swags. This room may appear extravagant, but the swag window treatment is in fact very simple. The thorough ceiling, intricate moldings and thick patterned wall covering will be the primary focal points, along with the swag just ties into the couch shade.

Design suggestion: For easy swag designs, decorative finials and tassels are wonderful ways to create a finishing touch.

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