Window shades are not what they used to be. They used to be simple plastic or vinyl coverings that were pulled down manually to cover the window and then sprang back up to let the light in. Today, there are numerous varieties made of several different materials that are designed to not only cover the window and give privacy, but also for style.
Speaking of style, nonfunctioning, or “faux,” shades offer a transitional alternative to valances and cornices. They are perfect for anyone who wants some color on the window and does not need the shade to fully extend. In addition, these shades bring custom design into a more affordable price range, because they less fabric, the construction is a bit simpler.
If you are looking for a way to watch TV and still let some light in, try the semi-opaque top-down, bottom-up window shades. They allow you to eliminate glare through the delicate filtration of light. They also give you maximum control over the amount and quality of light. You can shut out the glare without blocking all the light, no matter where the sun lies in the sky.
Another important thing to consider when it comes to shades is what it is made from. Try woven wood or a specialty fabric to create a more personal look. The decorator at the showroom can help you decide.
Another popular trend is to go oversized if you have windows that are not typically sized. It offers a feature wall effect that is more easily changed than wallpaper or paint. However, be aware that you will need a skilled sewer in order to hide the seams well.
If you want to get people talking, use a shade for additional privacy and light control on almost any kind of door. It is an unconventional alternative to draperies and can be mounted either above the frame or within it, depending on the look you are going for.
Upgrade old roller shades by using and showcasing a unique fabric. You can repurpose vintage sheets, hand-paint a design of your liking on a couple of yards of fabric, or design and print your own fabric through the internet. Roller shades and flat Roman styles are the best for showcasing special fabrics because, the flatter the treatment, the more like a canvas your shade becomes. This is because roller shades are essentially just flat stretches of fabric that unfurl from a hidden roll mechanism.
If you are looking to add texture, dimension, movement, or richness, you should try a layered window. Shades are the cornerstone of a layered window because, along with blinds and window shutters, they can be mounted on the window frame. This leaves ample unused wall space both above and beyond the frame that begs to be hung with additional layers.
Whatever look you are going for, be sure to have a budget and stick to it. Also be sure to take into account what is already in your home as window coverings should complement your décor.