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Archive for November, 2012

Cellular shades for Energy Efficiency

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Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades

Any window shades that are insulated will help you save on energy costs as well as increase the quality and comfort of your home. If you’re looking for options, cellular shades (often referred to as honeycomb shades) are well known for their energy efficiency.

Cellular shades are made of a solid fabric that stacks like an accordion. There are two sheets of fabric and in between are individual cells or tiny empty pockets of the shades that trap air. When the shades are pulled down, the pockets trap the air and help insulate the room. These cells protect your home or room against heat absorption in the summer and heat loss in the winter. The cells also run parallel to the seam to resemble traditional pleated shades and from the outside are viewed as a crisp window covering. Read more »

What’s the Difference Between Curtains and Draperies?

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Curtains

The words “curtains” and “drapes” are often used interchangeably, but they are actually quite different. Both were made to cover windows, but for different reasons.

Curtains are most often used as window coverings and are usually made of very light or sheer fabrics, but not always. Most curtains and casual and are usually the length of the window, although sometimes can be floor-length. Curtains are used because they can open and close when needed to fully see out and into the window. Because curtains are most often made with thin, light fabrics, they don’t block sunlight very well. Read more »

Fabric Window Treatments

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Fabric Window Treatments

Fabric Window Treatments

Enhance your interior décor with window treatments. The number of ways to decorate your windows is endless, especially with the variety of fabric options. Whether you like the look of straight, clean lines for a more modern feel or if you’re a bit more traditional, take a look at some of these fabric window treatment options.

Window Shades

Folding Shades are decorative and provide beauty and functionality to any room décor. There are different types of folding shades including Roman shades and honeycomb shades.

  • Roman Shades provide a clean, classical look and most commonly have a flat panel of fabric that creates soft folds when raised by overlapping folds.
  • Cellular shades or honeycomb shades are fabric shades with pleated fabric that stacks like an accordion. These shades come in different fabric options, pleat choices and of course, colors.
  • Balloon shades are similar to Roman shades in that they operate the same way, but instead of folding, the shades create billows at the bottom of the shade (when opened) to create a more romantic effect.

Folding shades can be used in a variety of ways for your home. Many use folding shades on their traditional windows and others use them in the kitchen. There are many fabric options for Roman shades, cellular shades and balloon shades. Read more »