Gather examples of what you like.
Visit calicocorners.com and be inspired. Or find magazine and catalog swipes, assemble Pinterest boards or Houzz ideas – anything that will give us a sense of your style.
Ask yourself a few questions.
Do you want your room to be layered and luxurious or tailored and understated? Colorful and eclectic or casual and contemporary? And functionally, do you need privacy, light or glare control, insulation, or security?
Do you want your window dressings to open and close? If so, do you want opening to be manual or via motorized controls?
Show us your room.
Take out your cell phone and shoot the room from different angles. It will help us see the size and shape of your windows, and any architectural challenges. If there’s a major focal point that will dictate decor (such as art, antiques or area rugs), be sure we see that, too. If you’re coming to the store, bring samples of fabrics in the room (arm covers, pillows) plus paint chips, carpet, tile and other materials if you have them. If you’d rather we come to you, email photos beforehand so we can do our homework!
Take a rough measure.
For estimating purposes, we’ll need to know the window dimensions, number of windows, and ceiling height – plus any features we need to work around, like bookcases, shelving, radiators, French doors and so forth.
Make an appointment
Our design services are FREE – whether you come to the store or we come to you. If you live more than 50 miles from a Calico location, a $100 travel fee will apply, which may be refunded when an order is placed.
Let us help you measure and install!
Before final estimate and fabrication, we can arrange for a measure by a professional installer. It’s an inexpensive insurance policy to ensure a perfect fit, and the installer double-checks for any issues that might affect your choices. Then, after fabrication, the installer returns, using the right hardware so that rods won’t pull out of the wall, and dressing the draperies and shades so they look just right. The installation fee is modest – and totally worth it.