How to Decorate With Pleated Window Shades

Pleated window shades they are the type of window shade that looks a bit like an accordion. It crumples upwards or downwards depending on whether or not you are opening or closing the window. The pleats are created by bunching that occurs when the pleated shade is pulled either up or down by a cord. They can be made from all sorts of interesting fabrics including silks, satins, chiffons, netting, velvets and even vinyl! However a word to the wise – the thicker the fabric the more difficult the windowshade will be to pull up or down. Also the thicker the shade is the more retro it will tend to look.

The best quality pleated shades have a double cord mechanism. This gives you the option of lowering the shade from the top or raising it from the bottom. This offers you the maximum manipulation of the way light filters into the room. You can really decorate with light when you use this type of shade which is very easy to manipulate so you can get particular effects.

If you have children or pets you can get nice looking pleated shades that are operated by remote control. This is a good idea if you don’t like the risk of your pets or children getting caught in the cords and somehow hurting themselves.

Many people like the versatility of a pleated shade. They can be lowered until they are only slightly rippled looking. This helps keep prying eyes from looking in the window. If you get a sheerer pleated shade, like one made out of cotton or netting then they will still let in plenty of light even while closed (but at the same time still providing privacy.) If you would like a completely opaque effect then choose a heavier damask or solid fabrics. The heavier fabrics look very attractive when the shade is pulled up as they give the shade a crushed appearance. Lighter fabrics look very ethereal in pleated shades, almost like a fairy’s web.

Shades that have smaller or colorful prints look the very best in children’s room although flora prints can be used for more rustic styles. You can even get these types of shades with ruffles on the bottom to suit super frilly décor styles however don’t be surprised if you have to get this type of pleated blind custom made.

If you are looking for shades that have an insulating quality to them so you can keep heat either in or out of your house then consider getting one of the new cellular shades. These types of shades have U.V. protection that can protect a room from too much harmful sunlight. These types of pleated shades were created to help people protect their furniture from fading in strong sun. You can also use the thicker types to help keep a home warm or cold.Who knew that something so decorative could also be so practical?