Velvet and silks are popular for panels and draperies. They add a sense of luxury because of the way the fabric catches the light.
Sheers are popular in dramatic colors and textures. Many types of sheers are available such as iridescence and printed.
Longer 6″ or 8″ pleats are popular. Double pleats are the newer trend rather than triple. When selecting a pleat for your draperies you must take into consideration whether you will have stationary panels or drapes that will stack back.
The preferred length of drapery is with a slight break on the floor, much like the way trousers break over a shoe. The look of drapery with a slight puddle on the floor has replaced the extra-long fabric puddle on the floor.