Here are the 5 most popular window treatments to guide your decision making. There is a reason these blinds are the most popular. Read on.
#1 Cellular Shades
Cellular shades are one of the most popular shades in the country because they do so much. The offer a lot of insulation, they offer light control and they come in a wide variety of fabrics and colors. They are available cordless, and some can be raised from the top down. Cellular shades will enhance your windows and work with most decors. Because windows can account for 25% of heat and air loss in the home, the insulation value of cellular shades saves money on heating and air conditioning, a major plus for this product. The structure of the shade creates the insulation. Honeycomb pockets trap air inside and these pockets become instant insulators that stop or slow down the transfer of heat between your windows and the rest of your home. They are available in a single honeycomb, a double honeycomb and even a triple honeycomb, adding more layers of insulation. Fabrics range from sheer to light filtering to room darkening to black out with the black-out fabrics providing optimal insulation.
#2 Faux Wood Blinds
They look like wood blinds but they don’t warp or fade. They can survive moisture without a hiccup and are easy to clean. Faux wood blinds are made of PVC or a blend of PVC and wood which gives them their durability. Another upside – they are cheaper than wood blinds. Faux wood blinds are available in many white and off white colors as well as stain colors so you have a lot of choices. They are a little heavier than wood blinds which results in more ladders (the strings that hold the slats), but it’s a small price to pay for this long-lasting, durable blind.
#3 Roller and Solar Shades
Roller shades are available in a variety of trendy fabric options with varying degrees of light control. Solar screen fabrics offer sun control without completely hindering your view. Light filtering and room darkening roller shade fabrics are smooth, striped, textured, and printed. No longer the spring loaded mechanism of the past, they operate with a clutch system that is extremely reliable and durable. Roller shades offer some of the highest value in window coverings today – an excellent value with unsurpassed, time-honored style makes roller shades a winner in the window coverings world.
#4 Mini Blinds
Originally known as Venetian blinds, this horizontal slated window covering dates back to the 1700’s. The first large, modern building in the U.S. to adopt venetian blinds was Rockefeller Center’s RCA Building in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. Through the years they have gone through a few changes making them what they are today. If you are wondering why mini-blinds are still popular today, just look at their features.
First, they are very affordable compared to most window treatment options. They are available in a lot of colors so generally, they look great with any style. Mini-blinds have evolved in types and sizes of slats and are now anti-static so they don’t collect a lot of dust. They offer superior light control without blocking the view outside and are very easy to install. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, this is a no brainer.
#5 Roman Shades
You have the world of fabrics to choose from with the timeless style of Roman shades. They are a great way to introduce more color or pattern into a room and they can pack a big decorative punch. Roman shades stack neatly when pulled all the way up, leaving a nice valance over your window. They are available in a flat panel, a pleated fold, a hobbled style and a European fold.
The Flat Panel offers a more contemporary look – a simple, elegant, tailored design with no horizontal seams or stitching.
The Pleated Fold is a traditional, structured style with horizontal seams. The seams create the pleat when the shades are folded up.
A Hobbled Style is softer and more billowy. This style is created by hobbling the face fabric onto the lining at regular intervals. This creates cascading soft folds at 6″ intervals.
A European Fold curves upward on the sides when the shade is raised. This softens the entire look of the shade as the fabric gathers in random soft folds. Small tack stitches may be visible on the front of the shade and is recommended for outside mount only.
When shopping for window treatments, come prepared with the right information to help you make the best choice.