The world of window treatments
There are so many options when it comes to window treatments; it can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider, functionality, aesthetics, and design.
Well, I am here to help you understand the different types of window treatments that are available. Some you may know, others you may not.
Let's get started.
1 Hard Window Treatments - These are shutters that can be louvered or fixed slats. It can be made from wood or plastic. They offer privacy and control the amount of light being filtered.
2. Woven Shades - Sometimes called a bamboo shade. Great way to add texture to any space. They can also have an exotic surface like reeds, grass, or wood.
3. Cellular Shade - Looks like honeycombs. They are energy efficient and help insulate your home. They can be light-filtering or room blackout. They are made from clothlike material. They can come in a single, double, or triple honeycomb.
4. Pleated Shades - Similar to cellular shades but no honeycomb. They pull up to sit flat at the top of the window.Thereby giving you an unobstructed view of the outdoors.
5. Venetian Blinds - The can be made from wood, metal, or plastic (not my favorite as they can break easily). The slates rotate, so they overlap, blocking the light from coming in. Slats can also come in different widths from micromini to 2 1/2" slats.
6. Shoji Panel Screen - Originated in Japan, they are made from translucent rice paper. Easily allow light into the room so not great for bedrooms. They do offer an exotic look to any living room or dining area. They can made from out of wood or bamboo.
7. Panel Tracks - Often referred to as sliding window panels. They are great for patio doors or picture windows. Come in many different shades of colors and widths.
8. Vertical Blinds - They can be custom made. They can come in fabric, plastic, metal or faux wood. They were very popular in the 90's not so much today.
9. Roller Shades- They are called roller shade merely because they roll-up. You may remember them from your grandma's house, but I can assure you they are not the same. They come in many colors, texture and feature a simple and elegant way to treat a window.
10. Roman Shades - Fabric that hangs flat when closed. The fold into pleats when raised. They come in many different styles, fabric and offer insulting features, a beautiful way to add material into any space without cumbersome bulk of drapery.
11. Silhouettes - The vanes appear to float between the two sheer panels to create shading. When vanes are opened they provide sheer light diffusion. When closed, they offer privacy.
12. Drapery - Also known as curtains. They come in a variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. They are the most versatile and most likely the least expensive window treatment.
13. Sheer - Made from translucent fabric. It doesn't offer much privacy, but it does prevent people from looking directly into your home. Comes in many different colors and texture.
14. Cafe Curtains - They may cover the lower portion of the window or the upper part of the window. Sometimes they can do both. It allows light to filter in, while keeping the room semi private.
15. Austrian shades- Fabric that is gathered into scallops when down and pulls into tighter scallops when pulled up. Fabric can be sheer. I do not like these as they are very "heavy" looking. Honestly, they remind me of Dracula's coffin. No thanks!!
16. Swag - Material that swags across the pole. They can be free form or custom made. They were very popular in the '90s. I still see them in homes today, but they are very outdated in my opinion.
As you can see, there is a lot to consider. It can be overwhelming at times. Just choose the one that is best suited for your space. And if you need help, reach out to me. I'll be more than happy to help.
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