There's more to drapery than simply the selection of color, fabric, length, and it's hardware. Aside from these very important elements, the type of pleating incorporated is an indicator of your overall décor style. As most of my projects lean towards a more modern, transitional, clean line style, here are my top 4 choices in drapery pleating and how you can distinguish the differences.
Flat pleat drapery is the simplest pleat style, also known as flat panel and essentially meaning drapery without any pleating. It can be found in most off-the-shelf draperies, but don’t let this little statement put a damper on this choice. Flat pleat drapery creates an elegant and effortless look and it works well in informal and casual spaces such as bedrooms and/or playrooms.
Single pleat drapery offers a more up-to date and polished look that is still slightly casual and similar to the appearance of flat pleat. It's straight pleats, clean and simply look are often a good option for modern décor styles.
Pinch pleat drapery creates a more defined and classic look with its accordion design. It works well in formal spaces like dining areas, living rooms, and/or master bedrooms as it’s a bit more dramatic with its added fullness.
Inverted pleat drapery gives you the fullness and formal look of a pinch pleat but with a more modern appearance. The fullness of the pleat is on the back of the drape creating a flat and much cleaner face making this option suitable for contemporary spaces yet equally as formal for more classic and tailored interiors.
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