With a vast selection of window treatments to choose from it can become a convoluted endeavor to find the right one to fit into your personal style and utilitarian needs.
When starting your selection process it’s important to understand what types of coverings there are as well as the level of benefit each type provides within certain categories of consideration. These categories include varying levels of protection, privacy, and refinement. An often overlooked added-on contribution window coverings offer is their help to protect furniture and flooring from fading over time by filtering out harmful UV Rays.
An additional advantage of sunlight diffusion is that this makes most window coverings an energy-efficient investment by mitigating the heat entering into the home. Privacy is a feature that lets clients have the peace of mind to know that their business stays their business. From sheer or blackout, the levels of privacy vary to provide as much privacy or openness that suits every individual preference at every stage in the day. Some curtains even come with noise-canceling for an increased level of privacy.
No matter what window treatments you choose there are plenty of customization options that can help elevate your space to its most personalized and style-suiting degree. They are a staple of comfort in any design, preventing the oversaturation of light from overwhelming the surrounding space, and making for a more comfortable living arrangement within any given room in the house! It’s also important to keep in mind preservation conditions for each type of covering. There are a few coverings that do not fare well against humid and moist spaces and should be avoided being used in bathrooms and other similar environments.
Curtains are fabric-made window coverings intended to help filter out light and pollution while preventing air drafts from coming through further into the home. This type of window covering is usually made with thinner materials such as cotton or linen however comes in varying privacy levels from sheer to black-out. They can be customized and adorned to preference coming in a wide variety of colors, patterns, opacities, trimmings, and folds. Curtain lengths are also made to preference, usually
either filling out the aperture being covered or hanging right above the flooring. There are options to have your curtain movable or stationary so that it sits in place either on either side of the window or door or covering over it. Along with maneuverability, another consideration to arrange when picking out curtains for your home is whether you would prefer single-panel or double-panel curtains.
Single Panel Curtains
Single Panel Curtains refer to a single wide curtain strip that adorns over windows or doors. Usually this style is able to fit over the entire opening or stay to one side for a uniquely styled look. Popular single panel curtains include sheer stationery covers and are a preferred option for sliding doors.
Double Panel Curtains
Double panel curtains consist of two matching curtain strips that are usually placed at both sides of any window or door or meet in the middle when covering any area. Double panels is the most common type of window treatment.
Drapery refers to a decorative cloth that is hung over or near a window or door for ornamental as well as functional purposes such as light, pollution and noise filtration and draft prevention. Though similar in anatomy and purpose to curtains, drapes are usually made from heavier solid materials such as velvet, damask or silk. They can be made with sheer material though this is not common for this type of window treatment.
Drapes are usually thicker and are generally hung at either floor or beyond floor length to form a puddle effect at the base of the flooring. Like curtains, they can also be stationary or moveable and can be either single or double-paneled. Customizations for drapes are endless with a wide variety of patterns, garnishings, trimmings, and folds to choose from! Most modern drapes also come with an option to be motorized.
Roller shades are sleek window covering that come with many customizable fabrics fit for any style and shade level. Materials can be sheer for minimal lighting to seep through or can black out the light completely depending on the material and fit against the window. When lifted the roller shade rolls the fabric rolls upwards to a cylinder shape and can be hidden behind customizable valances or can be easily displayed without hindrance to the tasteful design. This shade comes in a variety of trims, borders, and beads. Rollers can be moved via cord, motor, or manually with a hidden cordless lift.
Roman shades stack and bunch up the shade material as it lift for classic layered look. This type of shade is easily customizable and suits a variety of styles and designs with plentiful fabrics and patterns to choose from. Amongst the fabric types there are different folds to choose from for a fuller rounder edge to a straight flat one. Avoid using Roman shades in bedrooms and bathrooms, however they are a perfect adornment for the living room! This window treatment can be moved via cord, motor, or manually with a hidden cordless lift.
Sheer shades are a perfect addition to your home when going for a modern trendy look. Soft fabric vanes can be rotated to control the amount of light coming through, working in a similar fashion to horizontal blinds. These shades offer a variety of colors and opacity levels for your preferred style and level of privacy. This window treatment can be moved via cord or motor and does not need to be fully lifted to let light through. Magnetic hold-downs can be used to keep shade in place.
Solar shades diffuse sunlight and glare while maintaining your beautiful outside view. These shades are designed to protect against harmful UV rays and reduce directed heat making them one of the most energy-efficient options during the summer months. Solar shades offer some privacy during the day however there is no privacy
feature to these shades during nighttime. Solar shades can be moved via cord, motor, or manually with a hidden cordless lift.
Woven Wood Shades
Woven Wood Shades are naturalistic window coverings made from environmentally friendly natural materials such as reeds, grass, straws, bamboo and woven wood. Each shade is made unique and offers a crafted product that lets natural light seep through while maintaining a privacy cover against the outside world. For extra privacy, there is an option to line your shades to block out further visibility that may be
open through them. There is a fragility to their design and are most susceptible to fraying, stretching, breaking, and fading in color overtime then any other covering. Woven wood shades can be moved via cord, motor, or manually with a hidden cordless lift.
Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are a stylish and
eco-friendly option that help block out light and harsh temperatures from the outside from coming into your home. Made from thin fabric folds and built within the folds is a honeycomb pocket that comes in varying layers for different points of protection.
The more layers the more energy efficient the shade becomes. These shades often come with a top-down function that lets light through from the top of the window while the rest stays covered to keep optimal privacy. Cellular shades can be moved via cord, motor, or manually with a hidden cordless lift.feature to these shades during nighttime. Solar shades can be moved via cord, motor, or manually with a hidden cordless lift.
Similar to cellular shades, pleated shades share a similar look to cellular shades with a fold but act more so in a similar fashion to blinds with light blocking without the added-on layers of temperature control. These can be a cost effective alternative to cellular shades and share a top-down feature that gives light the access point from the top of the shade while maintaining privacy at the bottom portion of the window. Pleated shades can be moved via cord, motor, or manually with a hidden cordless lift.
Valances are a type of window covering that generally covers the top most portion of any window. They come in a number of different shapes, folds, textures, embellishments and more! They can be quite versatile and are placed either stand-alone or in combination with other treatments.
Vertical blinds have long rotating panels that easily open and close to preferred outdoor exposure. This window treatment is one of the easiest to clean and comes in many colors, stains, textures and materials including: fabric, wood, and solar sheers.
Horizontal blinds consist of several horizontal slates that can be angled to let in preferred amount of sunlight. These slates come in several materials including wood, aluminum, faux wood, fabric, and vinyl. A string ladder is used to stack up the slates
directly on top of each other to uncover the view to the outside.
Similar to horizontal blinds, Shutters have solid panels that can be either fixed to stay stagnant or can be rotated to let in sunlight. Unlike blinds these panels are usually framed and can be placed either on the outside of the home or inside. Exterior and interior shutters possess a similar functionality as mechanism for privacy and controlling levels of sunlight and airflow, however exterior shutters usually include a level of outer protection against harsh weather conditions such as hurricanes. Shutters can be made using materials such as polyvinyl chloride, wood, and metal.