Window Treatments

January 24, 2019

Window Treatments!!

There are so many options when it comes to window treatment; it can be overwhelming! There are many things to consider, functionality, aesthetics, and design.

Well, I am here to help you understand the different types of window treatments that are available. Some you may know, others you may not.

Let’s get started.

1. Hard Window Treatments– These are shutters, that can be louvered or fixed slats. It is made of either wood or plastic. They offer privacy and control the amount of light being filtered.

2. Woven Shades – Sometimes called bamboo shades. Great way to add texture to any space. They can also have an exotic surface like reeds, grasses, and wood.
3. Cellular Shades – Look like honeycombs. They are energy efficient and help insulate your home. They can be light filtering or room blackout. They are made of cloth-like materials. They can come in a single, double, or triple honeycomb.
4. Pleated Shades– Similar to cellular shades, but no honeycomb. They pull up to sit flat at the top of the window. They are thereby giving you an unobstructed view of the outdoors.
5. Venetian Blinds– They can be made from wood, metal, or plastic (not my favorite as they can break easily). The slats rotate, so they overlap, blocking the light from coming in. Slats can also come in many different widths, from micromini to 2 1/2 ” slats.
6. Shoji Pane Screens– Originate in Japan, they are made from translucent rice paper. Easily allows light into the room, so not great for bedrooms. But they do offer an exotic look to any living room or dining area. They are made out of wood or bamboo.
7. Panel Tracks – Often referred to as sliding window panels. They are great for patio doors or picture windows. Come in many different shades of colors and widths.

8. Vertical Blinds – They can be custom made. Come in fabric, plastic, metal or faux wood. They were very popular during the ’90s not so much today.
9. Roller Shades– They are called roller shade merely because they roll up!! You may remember them from your grandmother’s house, but I can assure you, they are not the same. They come in many colors, texture, and features — a simple and elegant way to treat a window.
10. Roman Shades – Fabric that hangs flat when closed. They fold into pleats when raised. Come in many different styles, fabrics, and offer insulating features — a beautiful way to add fabric into space without the cumbersome bulk of drapery.
11. Silhouettes– The vanes appear to float between two sheer panels to create shading. When blades are opened, they provide sheer light diffusion. When closed they offer privacy.

12. Drapery – Also known as curtains. They come in a variety of shapes, materials, colors, patterns, and sizes. They are the most versatile and most likely the least expensive window treatment.

Pole Pocket

Pinched Pleat

Tailored pleat

Inverted Pleat


13. Sheer – Made from translucent fabric. They don’t offer much privacy, but it does prevent people from looking directly into your space. Comes in many different colors and textures.
14. Cafe Curtains – They may cover the lower portion of the window or the upper part of the window. Sometimes they can do both. It allows light to filter in a while keeping the room private.
15. Austrian Shades– Fabric that is gathered into scallops when down and pulls into tighter scallops when pulled up. Fabric can be sheer. I do not like these as they are very “heavy.” Honestly, they remind me of Dracula’s coffin!! No thanks!!
16. Swag – Material that swags across the pole. Can be free-form or custom made. They were very popular in the ’90s. I still see them in homes today, but they are outdated in my opinion.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider. It can be overwhelming at times. No worries, if you need help, reach out to me. I’ll be more than happy to help!! 

“All imagines Via Pinterest.”