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Roman Shades

Window treatments can make a room. Curtains and drapes are traditional favorites, but there’s more to window dressing.

Shades There are many different styles of shades and blinds. There’s one for almost every décor, and they can multiply your design options if you pair them with other window treatments.

  • Roman shades are soft fabric shades that you raise and lower with a cord that runs through the sides of the fabric. They fold up accordion style when open. Roman shades can be pleated or straight.
  • Roller shades can be made of vinyl or fabric and are used for room darkening and complete privacy. The shade is wrapped around a dowel and rolls up and down.
  • Pleated shades have horizontal panels of fabric and operate like Venetian blinds.
  • Cellular or honeycomb shades are made from light-filtering fabric and have insulating properties. Blackout styles completely block light.
  • Woven wood shades are made from materials like bamboo. They can filter light and offer privacy.
  • Venetian blinds are also known as horizontal blinds because they have horizontal slats of wood or plastic which you can adjust to allow in as much or as little light as you wish.

    Sheers and Valances These extra pieces are used as accessories to other window treatments. Sheers are used behind curtains to filter light while valances go above the window to add extra f

  • Insulated Shades: Form And Function
    Shades are a wonderful way to dress a window with a tailored, sleek style. Not only are they stylish, they can actually help you save money on your electric bill. Insulated shades combine the decorating credentials of a shade with insulating properties that will help you control your energy costs.

    Insulated shades come in the same styles as regular shades. Roman shades, fabric shades that softly fold as the shade is raised, become insulated shades when they are backed with a layer of insulated fabric. Cellular or honeycomb shades, which are made up of two panels of pleated fabric that are fused together at pleats, are insulated because of the nature of their construction.

    Both types of shades effectively block warm air in the summer and cold air in the winter, preventing loss of heat or air conditioning through the windows. By keeping warm or cool air inside, your heater or air conditioner will not have to work as hard to keep the room a comfortable temperature. This will save you money.

    In addition to energy savings, shades have other advantages. Insulated Roman shades can act as blackout shades, keeping light out, making them ideal for those who are light-sensitive or work at night. Conversely, cellular shades provide insulation while allowing light into the room, and are an ideal choice for preserving privacy without darkening the room.

    To be effective, shades should be mounted as close to the glass as possible and the sides should come very close to the walls.

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