A Beginner’s Guide To Window Treatments
Picking out window treatments for your home may feel overwhelming with all of the available choices. What exactly is each type of window treatment and what are their benefits?
Let us run through the different window treatments available to help you find the right treatment for you and your home:
Also known as cellular shades, honeycomb shades are an energy efficient solution to any home. These window treatments are pleated in the front, while the honeycomb design traps air pockets to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Others contain a honeycomb within a honeycomb or a mylar core for increased energy efficiency and room darkening.
Honeycomb shades come in both vertical and horizontal options so you can mix and match your shades while still maintaining the look of your home.
Shutters are the picture of elegance, bringing to mind both class and country charm. They come in three types:
Hardwood shutters have a wide variety of stains, shapes, configurations and frames available, requiring special care so they do not warp, dry out, or become faded and damaged. If you’re not keen on the care required, you can opt for composite wood or vinyl shutters. These alternatives are easier to care for and also come in different stains and colors to match your home.
Composite shutters give you the look and feel of hardwood shutters at an affordable price with worry-free cleaning. Vinyl shutters are designed to endure humid or moist conditions, making them perfect for muggy St. Louis summers or steamy bathrooms.
Roman shades offer clean lines, condensing into graceful folds when raised, and they can be tiered, flat, or traditional when lowered. These shades are very versatile and can be designed with a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures, and fabrics — including woven wood. You can choose from horizontal or vertical to meet your needs. If you want both, mixing and matching is a great way to add a modern look to your home.
Roman Shades are available with various lift systems, including a cordless option and motorization. A privacy liner can be added to create a room darkening shade for greater privacy.
Sheer shades are gauzy and translucent, letting in and dispersing light. This gives your home more privacy and UV protection than bare windows without obstructing your view. They can also be paired with a room-darkening liner behind the main shade for additional privacy when you need it.
Others like Luminette Privacy Sheers come with internal vanes that can be opened or closed like traditional blinds, diffusing light when open allowing you to see outside while offering room darkening or privacy when closed.
Roller shades come in a wide variety of colors, fabrics and patterns to guarantee that you’ll find what you’re looking for, be it woven textures, screen shades, or colorful patterns. These shades are designed to provide your home with privacy while letting in the natural light you crave, as well as to disappear from sight when raised.
Blinds are arguably your most basic window treatment, but don’t let that or their bad rap fool you. Today’s modern window blinds can be customized with your desired material, slat width, and direction to meet your needs. In addition, new lift systems like the EasyRiseTM & Clutch Roller System remove dangerous cords, making blinds much safer and more convenient than they were even just a decade or so ago.
- Roman shades
- Roller shades
- Honeycomb shades, vertical and horizontal
- Sheer shades, vertical and horizontal
Please note that some window treatments like shutters cannot be motorized. If you want motorization in your home, we can help you find the perfect window treatment that will complement your home and lifestyle.
Motorization is especially useful if you are away from your home and need to open or close your shades or if you have high or tall windows where it would difficult to raise or lower them manually.
Room darkening shades control the amount of light that comes into your home for increased privacy and a better night’s sleep. They have the added benefit of deflecting sunlight to help reduce energy bills during the heat of St. Louis summers.
Room darkening can be added to a number of different window treatments like:
- Silhouette A Duex®
- Vignette Roman Shades®
- Silhouette Duolite®
If you require room darkening in your home, your window treatment professional can help you find the right shade for you.
As you can see, there are many different options to consider when you decide it’s time to upgrade your window coverings. Contact us to speak with an experienced expert and find your perfect window treatments today!