Pleated shades are an age-old favorite of mine. While they can be casual, they can also be sophisticated depending on which material you decide to purchase them in. Pleated shades are also one of the more decorative products out there and come in an assorted array of colors and patterns. Typically, they are used as more of a decoration than anything else, but they do provide a small amount of insulation. However, they do have the ability to come in light filtering or blackout. Another option that is available is the top down bottom up feature. With this option, shades can not only rise from the bottom but also lower from the top, allowing for privacy and a view at the same time.
In terms of cleaning, it is best to use a simple small hand vacuum or a duster to wipe them down. The price range of this product can range from $80-200 depending on the size and material. One caution to be aware of is that the normal width of a shade may have to be sewn in the middle to be made as big as you need it. As for cosmetics, the pleats are clean, smooth, and add a crisp uniform look to a room. This product is great for college dorms, apartments, homes, or offices. So when in doubt of which kind of shade to buy, just pleat it!