Window Treatments: What to know

Sometimes you need a change. Big or small, doesn’t matter. Something just needs to be different.

One of the situations that this most often happens in is with homeowners. They love their house, but they’re also kind of bored with it. A great way to make a small change with a big pop is through window treatments. One of the most popular window treatment choices is shades. Here is a list of the most common shade types:


  • Pleated Shades: Pleated shades are a classic. For a more updated looks, go with a wider pleat–at least two inches. This shade is known for allowing daylight to still enter a room, but providing enough cover for privacy. For additional light cover, make sure to get blackout lining. Pleated shades come in a variety of materials, with varying degrees of durability and visibility so it’s easy to find what you need.



  • Cellular Shades: Cellular shades, although they resemble pleated shades, were designed to provide a solution to homes with a temperature control problem. The shades improve insulation through their honeycomb, cellular design. You can choose between light filtering, so that your home gets both privacy and natural light, or blackout shades. (Quick tip: The number of cells is also important, the higher the cell count, the better the insulation).



  • Woven Wood Shades: These shades are perfect for the trendy and eco-friendly. They are made of low-impact organic material and come in a variety of styles and colors. Waterfall woven wood shades are arguably the most popular, they offer the least privacy but the greatest amount of natural light entry. There is also standard woven wood, which offers the most privacy with very little natural light entry; cascade woven wood is a nice balance between standard and waterfall, but has pleats and dowels; roller woven wood offers you the combination of organic material and roller shades–the most simplistic and the most functional of all four styles.



  • Roman Shades: There are six main styles of roman shades, including flat, cascade, aventura, relaxed, tulip, and pleated. These styles are all just different takes on the traditional roman shade. The relaxed looks less structured, the tulip looks fluffy and regal, and the cascade has a more free-falling appearance. The benefits of roman shades include a sleek and beautiful appearance, great functionality, and a wide array of style, material and light-blocking variation choices.



  • Solar Shades: These shades are unique from the rest and, similar to cellular shades, they serve a very specific purpose: glare reduction, fade prevention and UV protection. And this is all while still providing you with your view and plenty of natural light. Solar shades, which look very similar to roller shades because of their mechanical design, come in different levels of transparency so you can customize the balance between natural light and privacy in your home. Many of these shades tend to be eco-friendly, so if that is another goal you can check it off the list with solar shades.



  • Roller Shades: Roller shades are an easy-to-use solution. You can get both light-filtering and blackout roller shades, depending on the level of privacy and darkness you would like. The blackout roller shades, in particular, are excellent in media rooms and bedrooms because they are the most effective of any of the shades styles at keeping out light. The light-filtering shades might obstruct the view, but they do let natural light in while providing excellent privacy–think of it like frosted glass.

While all of these shades do have specific uses, they also all look great with many different styles of home decor. Whether it is help with temperature control or better glare prevention or just some pretty new shades to give your living room a facelift, you’ll find the right shades to fit your needs and style. And if not, you can always go with blinds.

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