Curtain Styles # 1

pleated drape

Window treatments are an important consideration in any interior design scheme and curtains or drapes can help create a cohesive look.  Pleated curtains add a little bit of luxury to a sitting or drawing room and also have the functional benefits of adding warmth and helping with acoustics.  There are a number of different heading types, which, along with the fabric, will create a specific look.

Headings gather and control the fullness of the curtain and are often integral to the design itself. Some headings are hand sewn, others achieved by using heading tapes, which have drawstrings to achieve the pleating. Some headings give a more formal look while others are more suited to a contemporary scheme.

simple pencil pleat curtains
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This series of posts outlines the different types of window treatment you might consider as part of an interior design scheme.  To start, examples of three simple pleated curtain styles, Pencil Pleat, French Pleat and Euro Pleat.

Pencil Pleat Curtains

A simple, formal curtain heading achieved by using a heading tape which, when drawn up, creates a row of neat, densely packed folds like a row of pencils. Pencil pleat curtains are usually lined (and often weighted to help the fall of the curtains) and look best at full length. Curtain hooks are fixed to the heading tape to enable the curtains to be hung to hooks or rings, which glide along the curtain pole or track when the curtains are opened or drawn. Pencil pleat is a versatile curtain heading which works well in many schemes and can be used with most fabric types and pattern designs.

examples of different pencil pleat curtain headings

French Pleat Curtains

Also known as pinch pleats, this style of curtain is created using a firm heading tape. Pleats are usually gathered into sets of three (triple pleats) and hand stitched together. The resulting effect is as if the pleats have been pinched together along the curtain heading.

For a less full curtain (or if using a large scale design) a double pinch pleat may be preferred. Double pleat curtains tend to be less weighty as less fabric is used, which may be of benefit if using a more delicate curtain rail or wanting to reduce your curtain spend.

French Pleat Curtains

French pleats are often used in a traditional design scheme and tend to be full length to appreciate the fall created by this style of heading. A curtain with pleats more closely stitched will look more full and sumptuous than those with wider spaced pleats, which will have a lighter, more contemporary look.

Euro Pleat Curtains

Very similar to a Triple Pleat, a Euro Pleat is created by stitching the top part of each pleat, rather than the middle of the pleat, to produce a more modern style of curtain heading. The fall of the curtain is a little more relaxed due to the position of the stitching which allows the fabric to fall from the point at which it joins the rail.

Euro Pleats create a contemporary window treatment, especially when combined with a contrasting metal rail as seen above. The pleats have been generously spaced giving a less full look with less stack back so that they can be fully opened to reveal much of the window.

simple pleated curtain heading

Euro Pleat Curtains Full
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There are lots more examples of curtain headings and window treatments over on our Pinterest board.  And you can find out why curtains are called curtains here.  You can find out more about our range of interior design services here and do get in touch if you would like help in planning an interior design scheme for your home, holiday let, guesthouse or boutique hotel.  In the meantime, happy designing.

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