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Window Shades and Their Different Types

Shades are a popular alternative to typical window treatments, like drapes and curtains. One benefit they offer is they make it simpler to regulate the amount of light and privacy a room gets. It’s important, however, to separate them from blinds, which several people always confuse them for.

For one, blinds are hard window treatments and are made of materials such as aluminum, vinyl, natural fabrics, wood, faux wood. Shades are soft window treatments that are mostly identified by style, texture, pattern and fabric weight. As well, blinds come with slats, which are also called vanes, which can be angled to lead light into the room; while shades are usually controlled through a pull-chord system that raises or lowers them.

Types of Shades
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Now that you know what makes shades different from blinds, you can start exploring the different types they come in.

Roman Shades
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Roman shades, also called Roman blinds, have a characteristic sleek and tailored appearance. They are incredibly easy to install and manage, the wide pleats folding flat as you pull them up. They may also be purchased in blackout fabrics.

Blackout Shades

A bit higher-end than traditional styles, blackout shades are used to fully block sunlight from getting into a room.

Woven Wood Shades

Woven wood shades (generally made of bamboo) give full, untreated coverage and are produced in different finishes that filter several light variations.

Pleated Shades

Produced in numerous textures and patterns, pleated shades are particularly easy to install as well as operate. They come with a privacy liner that provides a consistent, white appearance from the outside.

Solar Shades

Solar shades are perfect for rooms facing the sun or spaces where light control is crucial, like a media room or a library. Solar shades are created from sheer weaves, providing sun protection through glare reduction, light distribution and prevention of UV ray-related damage on furniture.

Roller Shades

A roller shade is a very simple yet effective design that can filter soft light into a room while retaining privacy. Available in thin weaves, which accept more light into the room, or the usual room-dimming shade, roller shades could be raised or lowered in just one smooth, effortless motion.

Honeycomb or Cellular Shades

Generally referred to as cellular shades, this neat-looking treatment comes in a wide array of room-darkening or light-filtering fabrics in many different colors, and is available in single, double or triple-celled varieties. (More cells lead to better insulation.)

This style has special lifting selections, including an uninterrupted cord loop to help buoy up big, heavier shades, and the common bottom-up/top-down. This means the shade may be lifted and lowered to provide privacy that is akin to a caf? curtain’s. Lastly, as with most shades, they offer privacy but let some light into the room.