Swags and CascadesSwags and
cascades are popular top treatments for windows. Swags are
similar to valances except they are typically draped over in
folds over a rod that runs horizontally across or mounted on a
board. Cascades are fabrics that descend in a ziz-zag pattern
either on the sides or across the top. They can be placed over
swags or underneath them.
Similar to valances swags are a
decorative top treatment for windows. While valances tend to be more
formal and can be used to offset the proportions of a window, swags
are less formal and tend to be more decorative in nature. If you
have lush drapes or curtains, you probably want to match that with
swags of similar material. Because swags are more elaborate, you
should take a moment to think if you need swags or simple valances
before you decide. If your drapes and curtains are fairly plain or
if your room d¨Ścor is standard, putting swags may draw too much
attention that part of your window. You want the swags to fit in
with the rest of the d¨Ścor of your room.
Cascades are basically another type of swag or valance
that has descending edges along the sides, similar to water flowing
down. If you use tiered or layered window treatments, you can have a
swag and a cascade or a valance and a cascade on different layers.
In other situations, you may not even need curtains or shades at
all. A swag and cascade may be all you need. This type of window
treatment combination works for windows that do not need much
privacy or light control.
Types of Swags and Cascades
Swags come in various materials. Swag materials are similar to
those used to make drapes and curtains. In fact, many times, the
material used for swags are the same as the window treatments that
exist already on the window. The color and pattern can be different
to differentiate the swag from other window treatments. The number
of swag drapes or folds is the key difference in how swags look.
Most swags are either a single fold, 3 fold or multiple folds (more
than 3). In terms of available materials, cascades are similar to
swags. As a design consideration, you can choose from even and
uneven cascades. Even cascades have the same length on both sides.
Uneven cascades introduces a more nonconforming look.
Making and Buying Swags and Cascades
do prefer to make swags and cascades. Swags can be easily made with
drapery fabric and a curtain rod. All you have to do is wind the
swag along the curtain rod and let the sides hand down. ThatĄŻs about
the simplest form of a swag. Cascades can also be done the same way
as well. Swags and cascades that you buy will usually have hinges
that you can hang on your curtain rod. Although the swag look
resembles winding the drapery material around the rod, the swag can
be actually hung on the rod. This is similar to putting on a clip on
tie for comparison. There are many online retailers selling swags
and cascades. You should always check out your local window
treatment store and make sure you talk to an expert before you
purchase directly online. There are great deals out there. Good luck