Reading Time: 5 minutesHaving a hard time choosing the window covering that will best complement your décor and blend with your home’s interior? Learn all about the different types of window shades, so you make an informed decision.
Fabric ShadesFor practical, stylish window treatment, fabric shades can either substitute draperies or work with them. They can be function or decorative, but you also have both if you so please! You can have them tailor-made or buy them from the stores. No matter what you decide, one thing is for sure: you won’t end up empty handed, considering the vast variety of different styles available. What you do need to determine when shopping for window shades is your needs. Do you want shades to dress up your windows or shades for light control and privacy? These are the key questions you should be asking yourself, to explore your options better and eventually find the perfect window dressings for your rooms.
Roman ShadesThey are beautiful, they are a multi-purpose window treatment, they are stylish, they are majestic. Not only do Roman shades add vibrancy, texture, and color to a room, but are also practical and provide privacy, light filtration, and insulation* at the same time. They can turn a rather bland room into a fantastic room, whether flat or hobbled-styled. Depending on the look you want to create for your home, you can have flat Roman shades for an uncluttered, clean look (ideal for modern homes). Distinguishing features of flat roman shades are the pleats that lie completely flat and blend wonderfully with casual settings. When they shade is raised, they just stack up into each other. For a more formal setting, hobbled style fits like a glove. As it is more ornate, it is often used in dining areas and formal sitting areas to add texture and create a look of splendor. Besides the two styles mentioned before, there are also lesser-known but equally attractive styles, such as the:
- Reverse Fold Roman Shade– Flat when fully extended that create crisp folds as the shade is lowered or raised thanks to the built-in featured straighteners (dowels) that are missing from the flat Roman shades.
- Tuscany Natural Grass Roman Shade– Made from woven wood materials (i.e. sisal, rattan, bamboo, seagrass, and reeds) while maintaining the functionality of a Roman shade.
- Relaxed Roman Shade– A good pick for casual rooms and can work well in combination with side panels or as a stand-alone window treatment. It features a flat shade, only with rounded folds (permanent) at the bottom while its body is flat when entirely closed.