Your window shades are an important part of your home’s environment. First, they help create a particular look and contribute to the overall aesthetic and feel of your place. Poorly chosen shades can look bad and affect the atmosphere of your house. Secondly, shades also have a practical use. They can effectively reduce the heat of your house, keep the warmth in during cold seasons, and regulate the light depending on the time of day or night. Considering all of this, it can be tricky to choose the right option for your home because there are so many things to take into account. Let’s make the task a little easier and consider the main types of shades there are.
First, you need to consider the place where you will put the shades. What’s the room like, how much light do you need, what’s the window’s shape and size? Do you want a lot of light for the family room or the possibility of complete darkness for the bedroom to guarantee a restful night? You may want to consider the overall style of the room as well. Is there wooden paneling or furniture or is the design mostly minimalist and modern? For the first option, you may want wood (or imitation wood shades) and for the second, plastic in light colors.
Let’s consider some popular types of shades that might help you choose the best option for your home:
Classic Fabric Shades
You may first look at classic fabric shades, which use single or separate pieces of fabric to cover your window. Roman shades are made of a single piece that can be lowered and raised, and they look like a combination of shades and drapes. They have an elegant appearance and usually come in light colors. Another type of fabric shades is pleated shades that don’t look as much like drapes but seem more like slats. They have horizontal folds that make them look like traditional blinds, just made out of cloth. Honeycomb shades are also made of fabric but these are organized into cellular shapes, which optimize cooling and heating depending on the season. It’s a great option for places that hover between more extreme temperatures, as they help keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Wooden and Natural Woven Shades
Not all shades are made of fabric. Some use horizontal pieces of wood, imitation wood, or bamboo to give your home a novel look. Bamboo shades and those using other exotic woods, as well as those made from more common types of wood, are versatile. They tend to be sturdy and withstand the heat and can give a room a very different type of ambiance. Using bamboo helps give your home a touch of the exotic. This can also apply to woven shades, which use different types of fabrics and organic materials to create a unique, natural look. Woven shades can be made from reeds or grasses and will give your home a sense of natural beauty.
Motorized shades use a mechanism to open and close. They can save you a lot of time because instead of pulling a cord, you would just need to press a button. Modern shades of this type tend to be more expensive but offer a variety of features, including remote controls, the possibility of programming when they open or close, or very specific adjustments that can be made to the position of shades.
Solar shades or sunglasses are sun filters that can control light. They are especially useful for rooms where you may need to adjust or change the degree of lighting frequently, for example, bedrooms or living rooms. They tend to be more versatile and provide a variety of options that give you more control over how much light enters your home without blocking the amazing sights beyond the glass.