If there’s one thing that determines the overall look of your curtains, other than the fabric, it’s the heading (also known as the pleated bit at the top). Curtain headings don’t just influence your interior aesthetic, they determine how the fabric falls, how it stacks and how it folds. Textiles might give curtains their warmth and texture, but headings give them their shape.
And like anything else in luxury soft furnishings, curtain heading styles tend to come and go. In the olden days, it was very formal double and triple pinch pleats, or maybe bunched goblet headings. These days people tend to favour a softer, more minimalist heading, but we are seeing more and more homes gravitate back to traditional styles.
Here are three soft furnishing headings you should look out for in 2022.
Soft inverted pleats are a classic heading style, and they’re making a comeback next year. Inverted pleats tend to look great on curtain rods, and they allow the fabric to fall in a very loose, relaxed way. We love this heading with translucent, delicate furnishings. It’s perfect for bedrooms or sitting rooms.
You’ve probably seen S-Fold headings before; they’re arguably the most popular modern curtain heading. But Unstructured headings are a great alternative. They have a similar shape to the S-Fold, but with a softer, less defined drop. Unstructured curtains can also be pulled flat, or gathered and ‘dressed’, making them super versatile.
Pencil Pleat headings have very compact, narrow pleats (basically the width of pencils, hence the name). This is a traditional look with a couple of big advantages. First, it doesn’t take up much space, making it great for smaller pelmets (if you need a pelmet). Second, it stacks quite tightly. And third, it uses less fabric than other styles, so it’s very cost-effective.
If you’re looking for luxury soft furnishings in Melbourne, or you’d like to see some other heading styles, book an appointment here to visit our showroom in Hawthorn.