Fabric draped on the walls can dramatically change the feel of a reception room from dull to formal. It lets you customise the room with the style and colours you want. The type of fabric you choose depends on the desired look, how you plan to hang the fabric and your budget.
Lacy tulle will give your walls a soft, billowy look that resembles the bride's veil. Use it to cover white walls, as dark-coloured walls will show through. Tulle can also be layered to give a sheer, two-tone look. For example, layer pink and white panels of tulle, allowing each one to overlap the next slightly. A single layer of tulle is light enough to hang with double-sided tape or hang using rods, like curtains, if possible.
White cotton linen can have a dramatic look when draped in panels along a wall. Cotton is less expensive than some other fabrics, but it's easy to work with and can be dyed in any colour. Cotton works best as flat, even panels with hemmed edges that extend from the ceiling. Use white panels to brighten up dark walls or use coloured panels to dress up all-white walls. Leave spaces between the panels or use them completely cover existing walls.
Chiffon fabric is a common choice for draping wedding walls in opulent styles that resemble fancy window dressings. Chiffon is more expensive than tulle or cotton. Though it can be hung simply in panels, if you want fancy chiffon drapery you should hire a professional to hand it. Chiffon is often hung using removable rods that are similar to curtain rods, but extend the length of the wall.
Sheer and shimmery, satin resembles pure silk, but is less expensive. Satin wall drapery for a reception hall can look impressive just hanging straight, with some loose, curtain-like folds. Satin drape come in many colours and textures, from very smooth to crushed. For the best results, satin wall drapes should be hung on rods and installed by professionals. Pure silk is also an option, if you have the budget for it.