Pretty Pretty Pleats

Pretty Pretty Pleats

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Certainly simple, unadorned drum shades have taken centerstage in recent years.  My house is full of them.  They are an easy and inexpensive way to modernize a lamp and are easily attainable at all of the big box stores like Target, Ikea, etc.  But recently I've found myself drawn to beautiful pleated shades.  While pleated lampshades are such a small detail, they add instant softness, warmth, and sophistication to a room.

 I recently switched the basic drum shades on my Juliska lamps for a pair of pleated shades.  I love the softening effect of pleated shades in my traditional living room. 

I really think the pleats are a good match for the lamps, adding warmth and sophistication.

While pleated shades may not be commonplace today, they have been used in classic, beautiful spaces for years.

Bunny Williams in Elle Decor

Jennifer Flanders

Miles Redd

Elle Decor


Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard

David Netto

I am sure that many of you are wary of pleats, and rightfully so.  Bad pleated shades can look really really bad.  But I do think that they can add sophistication to a room, when done correctly.  So are you feeling the pleats?  Do you think they can work with traditional elements in a modern room?

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