Pleats please: Our guide to curtain pleats

March 15, 2017

What’s the best part of owning a home? Well, apart from the fact that you have grafted hard to acquire it, it’s the latitude of fleshing your dwelling with details that you love which makes it so intimate and valuable. That’s the best part we reckon. We know you are house-proud, profoundly attached to every thing, whether big or small that has a footprint in your space. Your choices - some impetuous, some calculated and influenced by your travels and constantly evolving taste seek to give a personal definition to your home.

Windows are an important feature of your architecture. We know it’s duh-uh but there’s something that may have eluded you. Here’s it - if you treat your windows as the springboards of your design project, you won’t have to spend time wracking your brain to think up ways to array other décor pieces in your space. Everything will follow automatically.

So how do you ensure that you get your first step right? Decide how you want your curtain to hang. Does a regimented, tailored look ring your chimes? Or a graceful, voluminous fall makes your heart sing? This all hugely depends on the heading you opt for so let’s get down to the brass tacks and familiarize you with some of the common types of curtain pleats -

 

Pencil pleats

The most common and versatile of them all, pencil pleats are best suited for casual and unpretentious settings. Pencil pleats are called so as the tiny vertical gathers look like closely stacked pencils. Though they are traditionally known and specifically constructed to work well with lightweight fabrics and sheers, pencil pleats also get into easy rapport with heavyweight fabrics like velvet and linen.

Look at that velvet mustard pencil pleated curtain! It hangs pretty with its casual pleats and adds heft to the background.
 

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We love colorful painterly splotches and are literally drooling over the fullness and the neat folds that are covering the window.
 

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Goblet pleats

For a couture-like flourish to your curtain, look no further than goblet pleats. We are big time suckers for anything that looks well-sculpted and dramatic and goblet pleats have it to the rafters. This pleated heading jibes well with sumptuous,heavyweight fabrics and looks fabulous on long windows.