We all want unique items. There is something about having what no one else does that makes us proud. But sometimes lack of time and money get in the way of us having one-of-a-kind pieces. When it comes to window treatments like draperies there IS a way to have the best of both worlds. Store- bought window treatments can be dressed up to appear as if they were custom made. Adding trims with beads, baubles or tassels instantly allow the panels to appear expensive. Another embellishment option that gives a more streamlined look is adding a band of fabric along the edge of the treatment.
Don't forget about the hardware. My advice to my clients is to always splurge on a rod with a larger diameter (1.5- 3 inches). Steer clear of the thin half-inch metal poles that look as though they will snap if you stare at them too long. Finials add a sophisticated element that enhances the decor of the room. You want a finial to have some weight to it so it looks sturdy and correctly proportioned to the size of the rod.
A popular look for hardware right now is to use a pair of shorter rods instead of one long one. This can only be done if the panels are not functional (meaning they do not open and close). I refer to non-functional panels as "dummy panels". You hang these drapes on either side of the window, each with its own rod. The appeal to this method is that you aren't staring at a rod that sprawls the width of the window. Instead your eye can focus on the beautiful draperies that flank the window casing.
Happy window dressing!