March 20, 2023

What Are The Best Window Shades For Your Home?

Are you considering upgrading window shades in your home? There’s much to think about when you’re installing new window treatments in an indoor space. There are many window treatment options, including colors, materials, and styles. Before upgrading window shades where you live, it’s important to determine what kind of window shades are available and which ones will look best.

Good window shades accent windows by making them more attractive as well as more functional. This makes your window shades an investment, just like fixtures and furniture that you buy for your home. This is why it’s important to do research before buying window treatments. The team at The Blinds Source can help. Below, we’ve published some information that can help you choose the right shades for you. 

Different Window Shade Options are Available

Window shades come in a range of styles. The style affects the look as well as the way the shades work. Knowing the various options will help you decide which one is right for you. 

Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb shades are made from one piece of fabric that’s been folded and bonded together to form pleats that create honeycomb-like cells. In addition, the space that forms the honeycomb in these shades has an insulating quality, this can help keep your home cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.

Pleated Shades

Pleated shades look very much like honeycomb shades, but for one big difference: pleated shades have only one layer, and have no “honeycomb cells” between the layers. This gives them less able to insulate from sound or temperature and also may make them less of a shield from bright sunshine. 

Roller Shades

Roller shades are a very common shade type. These shades can be made from vinyl or cloth and can come in different colors. They’re also easy to match to the room’s interior. Homeowners like the ease of use (they’re easy to roll down and roll up), and their basic appearance. 

Bamboo Shades

Bamboo shades are attractive as well as inexpensive. These shades have a natural appearance that matches well with hardwood flooring and natural elements found in your home, such as stone tiles. Bamboo shades are made from an assembly of bamboo slats that roll up to open and come down in a large drape when closed. Bamboo shades aren’t totally lightproof, as some sunlight will leak through between slats. 

What Style is Recommended

How do I choose shades for my house?

Upgrading window shades for your home can be a challenge. Some tips to help include:

  • Ask yourself whether it’s important to black out the light from the outside, or if you would like the light to filter into your home. 
  • Coordinate the color of the shades with other colors in the room, to accent windows and make them stand out. 
  • Choose a fabric or shade material that coordinates with other materials in the room (for example fabric has a coziness that makes it appropriate for the bedroom, while bamboo works well in a room where natural materials like wood and stone are present). 
  • Measure each window twice before ordering shades. 

Which type of shades are the most energy efficient window coverings?

Shades that have a double layer to them, such as honeycomb shades, are among the most energy-efficient shades available. Other shades with only a single layer have a less insulating ability. If energy efficiency is important to you, find look for extra thick materials and shades with double layering.

Buy Your Shades From a Reputable Dealer

Buy your custom-made window shades from a seller you can trust. Contact The Blinds Source today to learn more about buying shades.