More Privacy at Home, Thanks to This Interior Designer Trick

More Privacy at Home, Thanks to This Interior Designer Trick

Hunting FOR some fashion and privacy—perhaps far more than ever—without relocating partitions? Consider including hanging material panels in a doorway, a favored trick of interior designers. “Portieres are a clever and versatile device,” mentioned Birmingham, Ala., inside inside designer Stephanie Lyton. When the drapes are closed, spouse and children members know to remain away (”I’m performing!”). Inside drapes also dampen noise and test the chill coming from serious doors that open up on to the blustery globe at massive. On the decorating front, they soften tough edges and devote basic old portals with a little bit of secret and drama. Listed here, a few details.

The Charm

Portieres competently incorporate shade, pattern and texture to two rooms. “Plus, they bring a sprint of romance,” stated Stephanie Lynton, an inside designer in Birmingham, Ala., who additional additional pink to a substantial room’s rose-inflected décor by hanging blush linen portieres in the door frames. Ms. Lynton also notes that portieres deliver the coziness and elegance of drapes to a space with number of or no home windows, or to a generously windowed space whose mild or views you would rather not block with traditional curtains.

Portieres soften an entrance in designer Stephanie Lynton’s Birmingham, Ala., residence.


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On the practical facet, portieres provide privacy and the capacity to different, each time everyday living requires, spaces that connect without a solid door—say, a kitchen and a eating space doubling as a property office environment. The rosy drapes that Ms. Lynton deployed aided block drafts from close by exterior exits. Atlanta interior designer Jackye Lanham observed a different pragmatic use for a material barrier: sealing off a hallway that sales opportunities to guest rooms. “When they are closed, I know my visitors are nevertheless sleeping.”

The Suggestions

When choosing the cloth, think about the portieres’ function. Should really you want to block a draft or noise, dense velvet performs well. Just make sure your rod is strong enough to support the fabric’s pounds, cautioned Ms. Lynton. Light-weight materials will soften a room with a whole lot additional Gatsby-esque billow, but Ms. Lanham endorses shunning stretchy materials “that will eliminate shape and sag over time.”

Ms. Lanham likes to use two complementary fabrics for possibly aspect of a portiere’s panels to orchestrate a diverse visible experience in every connecting house, and hews to the rule that fabrics ought to align with the all round interior décor. To transition from a marble-tiled foyer to a heart-of-pine dwelling space in a stately Atlanta dwelling, for example, Ms. Lanham applied a de Gournay silk edged with hand-tied knots. “You want to contemplate the sought after fullness as properly,” she stated, outlining that in a modern day context, tailored panels appear greatest, but for additional intimate rooms, a flouncier treatment with tiebacks may well stir hearts far more correctly. And get inventive with your products, she said. Classic textiles, embroideries, desk linens and even quilts can be conscripted as portieres.

The Caveats

Portieres’ fantastic offering-point—that they adorn two rooms at once—obliges you to pay much more. Noticeable from both sides, they demand twice as much material as window drapes, which is most likely expensive. Also, you are unable to put in them any where that may possibly impede their perform, “such as far too close to an oven doorway or to drawers that pull out,” stated Ms. Lynton. Even now, mentioned Ms. Lanham, “I consider portieres get the job done in most spaces, even in extra-present-day styles.”


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Appeared in the March 5, 2022, print version as ‘When Is a Doorway Not a Door? When It is a Portiere.’