Natural light is an asset in any home, so many people look for large, beautiful windows when selecting a home. But while great windows are important, it's also important to be able to draw the blinds, shutters, or curtains for privacy, safety and comfort. Take a look at this quick guide that can give you a basic understanding of all the options available to you when deciding on window treatments for your home.
Roman shades. These shades are drawn up by cords or strings and are made of horizontal slats. When lowered to cover the window, the shades are almost completely flat. They come in several different materials, including woven fabric, bamboo, and solar materials.
Vertical blinds. Vertical blinds are very common, most likely because of the low cost and still relatively great quality. They are usually used for tall windows or sliding doors, and are opened and closed with a string or switch. When opened, they sit perpendicular to the window and allow light to come in. When closed, they overlap and keep light out. The panels are adjustable and come in a variety of materials.
Venetian blinds. These blinds, also known as horizontal blinds, are the standard of modern homes. They come in plastic and vinyl, though today's homes usually have venetian blinds that come in thick wood and faux wood slats. They are opened and closed with a string or switch.
Cellular shades. Cellular shades are also called honeycomb shades, and for good reason. Their six-sided fabric slats are great for letting soft sunlight into your home, and they also provide great insulation, keeping heat and cold out when you want it.
Shutters. This kind of window treatment is great for not only helping to control light but also great for insulation and sound reduction. They can be adjusted to allow for light according to your preference by a piece of wood that runs up and down through the center of the shutters. They are often made of wood and can be painted to fit the interior of your home.
Drapes and curtains. These window treatments are a little more decorative than typical blinds or shutters and are easily interchangeable. You can really add personality to your home with breezy sheer drapery or brightly colored curtains. Not only are they decorative, but they are great for blocking light and insulating. They can even be paired with another window treatment, like blinds or shades, for additional comfort and classy design.
Be sure to visit Aero Shade Co. Inc. to learn more about what window treatments might be right for you and your home.