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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.
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 »
Whether you’re looking for traditional window treatments or modern window treatments, three things you need to decide are how much light you would like to let in, your aesthetic preferences and the window measurements. Some windows are hard to find measurements for, which may lead you to seek advice and help from shading professionals, but that’s what you need to figure out.
Traditional Window Treatments
Traditional window treatments can be anything from Venetian blinds to drapery systems to honeycomb shades and valences. There are endless options, but these three tend to be popular choices.
First, decide on how much light you want to block. Venetian blinds are a great way to block light. You can open and close depending on the time of day. The downside to this type of window treatment is that they do not insulate heat well. SO, although they may be a good solution for your design needs, consider the lack of energy efficiency they provide before purchasing.
Drapery systems are a great option for any home. Motorizes drapery systems are even better. Once you master the vertical operational system to control sunlight and heat, this window treatment can provide a great aesthetic and design solution. Since draperies can be anything from a sheer fabric to a blackout type shades, you can design your system for your needs. Motorized shading solutions are easy to use and can help control sunlight and unwanted heat if your system can be set up on a timer!
When searching for traditional window treatments, you may face some challenges for awkwardly shaped and sized windows, but don’t give up too quickly. Many manufacturers give you the option of custom window treatments. There are professionals that will recommend the best shading solution for your window, depending on its size or shape. There are always answers!
Traditional window treatments come in more than just the examples we’ve provided. There are folding shades, Roman shades, blackout shades and many more options, but be sure to ask yourself how much light you want to come through, the size of the window and what kind of look you’re really seeking, then start shopping around.
Folding shades, particularly cellular or honeycomb shades are an excellent energy saver. If you’re in the market for new window treatments and are looking to save on energy costs, these shades are a great way to do so.
Cellular shades provide great insulation for your home. In between the cells of the shades are tiny pockets that trap air to maintain the climate within the room. Since heat moves towards the cold, during winter the heat is drawn towards the cold glass of windows to escape. The shades, particularly the pockets inside the cells block the heat from escaping, maintaining the interior temperature. The same thing happens during summer months when the cool air is trying to reach the warm glass. Whether you’re trying to keep the heat in during winter or block out the heat during summer, these folding shades do both.
Honeycomb shades are a great window treatment for both energy efficiency and light control. Most folding shades are available in a wide variety of fabric and pleat choices, making customization simple. If you’re looking for blackout fabric or a thin opacity to let the light in but still keep in your heat, those are both available.
Honeycomb shades and folding shades have been a popular choice of window treatments for as long as we can remember. If you’re looking to make your life more simple, consider motorized shades. By adding motor control technology to your window treatments, you can open and close them with the press of a button (from the other room!)
Folding shades can also be customized in other types, such as Roman shades. Roman shades. Roman shades don’t have the cell like honeycomb shades do, but provide great solar control for any room! If you are looking for energy efficient window treatments, honeycomb shades are a great option!
One version of roller shades that have become quite common, especially in the New York City area are privacy shades. Privacy shades allow you to control the view from outside in. Not only can privacy shades be installed as window treatments, but also they can serve as a divider in your home.
Privacy shades are installed as a solution to shield others from seeing into your space, not necessarily for solar protection. Although there are other roller shades that provide solar protection and privacy, such as room darkening shades or blackout shades. Depending on the opacity of the fabric and material of the shade you have privacy and light control options. Obviously, the darker the fabric color, the less chance people will see throughout your shades.
Privacy shades can be installed in commercial or residential spaces. Many offices have conference rooms or executive offices that are in need of privacy at times. Privacy shades are a great solution and make great window treatments for the home or office. If you customized your roller shade fabric to include a privacy shades fabric, you can achieve both privacy and sun control!
If you’re looking for a complete blackout or room darkening shade, consider a different solar solution. Blackout fabric is often found in different roller shades and can block up to 99% of visible light from entering a room. Some fabrics can also block noise as well, which is a common request amongst New York City residents.
The most common privacy shades are used to block outside viewers from seeing in, a simple “wall” in between. If you’re more interested in blocking the light from entering your home or keeping the sun and heat out, consider blockout or room darkening shades. Both are solutions for light and solar control and provide great window treatment options to match your existing décor!
Window Treatment Ideas
Sometimes living in a small space can be tough, but there’s no reason to take it out on your window treatments
. Decorating a small space can be challenging, but there are plenty of options to choose from including draperies, window shades, roller shades
and more that will suit your needs perfectly.
One of the most common window treatments for apartments is draperies and curtains. Draperies are a great window treatment for any size room. They help increase energy efficiency and have the ability to adjust horizontally to the sun’s movement. Draperies block heat from entering during hot summer months and keep in the warmth during the winter. Draperies come in so many different fabrics; you even have the ability to add a blackout liner to have the option of room darkening shades. There are different design elements you can add to draperies as well such as tassels or decorative rods.
Another great window treatment for apartments is roller shades. Since roller shades are a clean/minimal look, they are a great complement to any modern or contemporary home. Roller shades control the sun, heat and glare making them a perfect solution to any window treatment need. Roller shades can be customized to include blackout materials or solar control sunscreen materials. This type of window treatment is also available in a variety of fabrics to give you the look and feel you need for your home.
Both draperies and roller shades are great window treatments for any apartment, whether you’re in New York City or Los Angeles. Both provide sun and heat control and given the choices, can be customized to match any décor. There are also other window treatment options to consider including Venetian blinds, window film, valences and more. Depending on your personal style and preferences, any of these window treatments will work for your apartment.