Fabric shades are a stylish and functional window treatment. They can be created with beautiful fabrics and become the focal point of the window. They are also paired well with drapery panels when laying window treatments. Flat shades are the simplist of the fabric shades. The main goal is to control light and add style. Austrian or shirred shades are formal and less functional. Balloon shades and london shades can soften the room and add style.