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SmartDrape Choices of Fabric

Today’s blog is about selecting the right style for your Norman Window Fashions SmartDrapes. I typically lay out facts, but this time I am also going to offer a couple of opinions. No matter which fabric you choose, there is very little difference in the function of the SmartDrapes. We have used the catch phrase, “The Function You Require in a Style You Desire” for many years. This discussion deals more with style than function. The video shows one version and the photos below that show all the patterns that are available.

Photos of The Fabric Options

Light Filtering

Net -The Four Fabrics in the Light Filtering version of SmartDrape




The Fabrics you are looking at are the options for Light-Filtering Fabrics. This is relevant because you are unable to get room darkening fabrics in the same colors. Here is a little tip. If you want these great patterns, then choose a darker color and the light filtering material will almost be room darkening. But, of course it has to fit the theme of the design you are choosing.

Here is the order of preference for my clients in regard to the fabrics.

  1. Pacific
  2. Circle
  3. Plain
  4. Net

Pacific is chosen about 60%, Plain and Circle are about 20% each. Net…0%. I think that there are going to be projects that we work on later that will be perfect for NET, but currently, we have never used it. If you have NET and love it, please consider leaving a comment so I can get your feedback.

Room Darkening Fabrics

Our clients choose the room darkening version of the SmartDrape fabrics ONLY when they need their shades to be more “Blackout”. The room darkening version is made using an extra layer inside the material, so there is an up charge. If you have a desire for a lighter colored fabric and you want your room darker, then you should select this type of fabric. There is one pattern available and only four color choices at this time.

Room Darkening Fabric Pattern


This is the area that I feel that Norman Window Fashions will be updating in the future. 4 fabrics does not give us the ability to make perfect choices of color. Sometimes the SmartDrape Fabrics are perfect for the color that is needed, but often the client is having to make a minor compromise to select this fabric. As long as they are aware of the color they are getting, they have been completely satisfied when it is installed.

So, there you have it. I hope this information helps you to decide which fabric to select. When someone deals with us in the Reno/Tahoe region, we help walk them through every step and handle all the little details.

About Us

Kempler Design is located in Reno NV and serves the northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe regions with a mobile design showroom. Paul Kempler, its founder is considered a window fashions expert. Kempler Design has been featured in many prestigious projects, including the HGTV dream home in Lake Tahoe. Kempler Design works with homeowners as well as interior design firms looking for a local contact in the Reno/Tahoe area or is available for travel.


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