One of the best window treatment alternatives to drapes, curtains, and blinds are shades.
Not only can shades make the interior of your home look nicer, they also make it much easier to control the amount of light that enters the room. They can also help make your home more private as well.
As American Blinds discusses at length, there are also a wide number of different kinds of shades available, ranging from Roman shades to cellular shades and others. Each of these shades types come with different patterns, weights, and textures, and not all are suitable for all types of windows or homes.
This is why it’s important to know about the different kinds of shades that are out there so you can make a more informed decision on what the best shades are for your windows.
Here are the top five types of shades to improve your home’s look, presented in alphabetical order:
Cellular shades are also commonly referred to as honeycomb shades. Cellular shades are notable for the fact that they are usually available in a very wide variety of colors and styles, from single cell to double cell.
As far as specific rooms are concerned, cellular shades are typically a good choice for bedrooms and living rooms. They are also typically constructed out of materials that offer suitable insulation, which can help to save on energy costs in your home. They also come in both room darkening and light filtering fabrics.
In terms of looks, pleated shades are very similar to cellular shades, however they are not as thick. You’ll have the option to choose between cordless and non-cordless options and 1-inch and 2-inch pleat sizes. The cordless option will be a better choice if you have kids and pets in your home.
As with cellular shades, pleated shades are an excellent choice for living rooms and bedrooms. Also as with cellular shades, they are available with both room darkening and light filtering fabrics.
Roller shades are an excellent window treatment option for any rooms that have narrow windows. In addition, if you really want to make the interior of your home more private, you can pair your roller shades with either curtains or drapes.
The best type of roller shades to get will be ones that are at least one inch smaller than the width of your window. Both roller shades are only available in a room darkening option, with vinyl or fabric being your primary material choices.
Roman shades are among the most popular types of shades because they look nice in virtually any room and with any windows.
They are also available in a wide variety of different materials, ranging from bamboo to poly-cotton to polyester. Out of these choices, bamboo can give your home a more natural look, while polyester will be more elegant.
Roman shades also come in both lined and unlined options. Between these two, lined is the best choice if your value privacy and the ability to totally block out light from entering your home, while unlined shades are a better option if you want to filter light rather than completely block it out.
As a final word of advice, you would be wise to invest in Roman shades that come with a foam backing installed on them. This way, they will give your home more insulation and you can save on energy costs.
Do you have any rooms in your home that are directly facing the sun and where the ability to control the amount of light that enters at once will be a top priority for you?
If so, then you’ll want to pay special attention to solar shades. Solar shades are constructed using shear weaves that can reduce the glare of the sun while simultaneously diffusing the light to prevent the UV rays from damaging your furniture.
This is why solar shades can be a good investment: they don’t just control the amount of light that enters the room, but they protect the value and the condition of the furniture you have in that room as well.
Making Your Home Look Better
Installing new shades over your windows is just one way you can enhance the look of your home. The five types of shades we have just covered are the most popular ones used in homes today.