Although it may seem like a small detail, a window treatment’s pleating style can result in a much different look. For a laid-back touch in this otherwise sophisticated red living room, the French doors are dressed with a relaxed Roman shade. In this context, "relaxed" refers to the gentle swoop of the leading edge that adds shape to narrow windows.
To create a tailored look in a simple, monochromatic kitchen, designer Teri Thomas chose a valance and Roman shade in the same fabric. She used a custom-printed fabric from Galbraith and Paul for both the shade and its box-pleated topper, says contractor Duane Johns of Advanced Renovations.
This snapshot of a corner area shows how moldings under the window, the fabric panel behind the bed, and pleated shades add texture and form to this bedroom. The sleek, mirrored night stand and the silver lamp are counterpoints to the design.