Window Coverings: What Type Should I Choose?
Deciding what type of window coverings to use in your home can be a challenge. You want privacy, energy efficiency, and of course, they have to appeal to your sense of style. The truth is, there are several types of window covering, and each offers a unique advantage. In this product highlight, we’ll discuss custom blinds, shutters, shades, curtains and draperies, and how each is different. You’ll also learn about the benefits that each offer so you can make the right choice for your home.
The beauty of window blinds is that they are very simple in design. This is beneficial because they won’t compete with other design elements. It makes no difference what your design aesthetic is, custom blinds will satisfy your window covering needs. Off-the-shelf blinds that are the right size can be difficult to find, especially for custom-built homes. However, custom blinds are made to fit the exact dimensions of your window, regardless of size. There are a variety of styles of blinds, including horizontal and vertical versions and those with thin or wide slats. What’s more, they come in a variety of materials, colors and textures making it easier to match any décor.
When you think of shades, you probably envision those old white pull-down shades that hung in your parents, or grandparents house. Shades are still made in a similar fashion, meaning they’re a single piece of material that covers the window. Custom window shades are made to fit your windows precisely and the highest quality materials are used. Matching your décor is easy with materials such as designer fabrics, and harder materials like bamboo and wood. You can also choose styles such as roman shades, roller shades, cellular shades and pleated shades. Other options are also available, including motorized and top down options that allow for maximum convenience and privacy.
If you’re looking for a window covering that is truly unique, consider custom shutters for the interior of your home. They are a more permanent option than draperies, blinds and shades, since they don’t need to be replaced as often. Louvered shutters allow you to adjust the amount of light that comes in, and they also allow for air-flow control. Their insulating capabilities help keep your home cool in the summer and warmer in the winter months. You can choose from a variety of stained and painted finishes in endless colors to match your interior design. A major benefit of these shutters is that they look great, no matter what style décor you have, from rustic to modern.
If you’re looking for a softer look for your window coverings, custom draperies are a good option. As with the previous window treatments, drapes are created using a variety of materials. Choose from heavier fabrics that block out light, or lighter, airy fabrics that encourage natural light to come in. One of the biggest benefits of heavier draperies is that they also help to keep the temperature in your home regulated. When they are closed, they help hold in warm, or cool air, and when open, they allow air to flow through with ease. When drapes are paired with blinds or shades, the energy saving effects are even more noticeable.
When it comes to window treatments, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every home, and every homeowner are unique, which is why custom window treatments are so popular. If you’re interested in learning more about custom blinds, shades, shutters or draperies, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help you decide what option is best for you. We offer free in-home consultations, expert measuring and professional installation so you can rest assured you’re getting the best product for your needs.