With so many fabrics, colors, and light control choices, cellular shades are perfect for any home, budget, and style. But all those choices can feel a little overwhelming. Consider the following to help you make your choice with confidence.
1. Light filtering or blackout?
Most people prefer to sleep in complete darkness, and blackout fabrics fit the bill for a deep sleep. Not only do blackout fabrics block light, they also muffle outside noise and provide complete privacy. For complete light control, you can overlap your windows with your shades by a adding a couple of inches on each side.
If you don’t want to live in the dark, double cell light filtering shades offer light in your room with minimal silhouetting- the effect of your shadow being visible on your shade from outside your room at night (think shadow puppets here). If you’re not too concerned about privacy, feel free to get a single cell shade- you can choose large bold cells and enjoy lots of light while still keeping the insulation of a cellular shade.
2. Match the walls or go bold?
There are pros and cons to both ideas. Matching your wall paint color (and it has to be a very close match) will make your room appear much larger. However, you will need to replace your shades whenever you change your wall color to keep this up. So this tactic is really perfect for those who don’t like painting- after all, it’s much easier to switch up the feel of a room through accessories than it is to repaint. If you love repainting (and there are plenty who do!), choose a color for your new shade that either makes a statement or that is likely to coordinate well with future changes- think neutral here. For example, if you know you love the cool breezy look of the eastern seaboard and plan to stick with it for years, indulge in that deep blue shade. Love those tones now but want more flexibility in the future? Choose a creamy beige color that matches your seashell mural- it will tie the room together and leave you open in the future.
3. Standard controls or upgraded lift system?
The easiest answer to this question is simple- will you be raising and lowering your shades every day, or are your shades more likely to be in one position most of the time? If you’re using your shades constantly, or you have kids or pets, opt for an upgrade. Cordless, motorized, and cord loop shades are all great choices that provide safety and versatility when correctly installed. If you know your shades are likely to be down or in the same position a lot, save your cash for a pretty fabric and keep the standard controls. Cordless shades do not operate as well when they are not used every day. If you have small children or pets and are opting for standard corded controls, use cord cleats (small anchors mounted to the wall used to wind cords safely out of the way). If you are going the cordless route, be sure to go in and give your shades a quick “raise-and-lower” to keep them in working order.
When you think of Roman shades, what comes to mind? Is it home-made, bulky, drapery-mimicking window coverings that obscure half the view of your window and have no place in your modern home? Roman shades don’t have to be that. In fact, a Roman Shade can be as versatile a window covering as a cellular without the crisp pleats and modern style of a cellular shade. Because of the wide variety of patterns and fabrics available, these gorgeous creations can lend themselves well to any home, and have an added bonus: Timelessness.
Romans are available in many fold styles, but most internet retailers limit themselves to a tailored flat panel or a hobbled style for the greatest variety of lift options. A hobbled shade can add rich texture to a formal room, while the clean uncluttered lines of flat panel shades offer a deceptive simplicity. A flat panel Roman is the perfect touch to a simplistic modern style of design, and if down the road you decide to get more traditional with your décor, the soft beauty of the fabric will add dimension to any style you choose. Simply add drapery panels and voila: get your fancy on!
In addition, Roman shades can free you from the traditional pull-cord blahs. Want lots of light and lots of privacy? Go top-down bottom-up, with or without pull cords. Have high, inaccessible windows, or large picture windows and don’t want to build your biceps raising and lowering your shades every day? Try motorized shades (available with a wall switch if you tend to lose remotes). Have child safety in mind? Roman shades are available with cordless lift for a beauty all ages can enjoy.
This year, don’t settle for the hard line. You don’t have to worry about pleat sizes and whether or not something looks busy. Wrap your home in the timeless beauty that is a Roman shade.
Cordless roman shade
When equipping your baby’s nursery with window coverings, there are three factors to consider when choosing the right shade.
1) The first and most important factor is safety. If possible, install only cordless window coverings in the nursery. Most shades are available with a cordless option. The next best solution is a continuous cord loop which anchors permanently to the wall. You also want to place the crib on a wall with no windows. Cordless shades make nursery safety a breeze so that you have one less thing to worry about as a parent. The little one may not be able to reach the cord now, but they sure grow up fast, don’t they?
2) The second factor is light control. You should be able to darken the baby’s room so they can nap comfortably during the day. Room darkening shades will provide peace of mind and help your baby rest comfortably. If there is a light right outside the baby’s window at night, black out shades will block out the annoying light. Room darkening and black out shades will also provide needed privacy so no one can see into the baby’s room. A darker room provides a deeper sleep and more relaxing environment. You might even catch a nap in the nursery yourself. Who can pass up a nap when given the opportunity?
Cellular shades, available in black out fabrics, offer a second benefit as they are very insulating. The cell pockets in honeycomb shades trap cold, drafty air that comes in through the window to ensure a warm, cozy environment for your baby in the winter months. Similarly, honeycomb shades help keep a room cool in the summer by trapping unwanted warm or hot air that enters through the window. Temperature, light and privacy control in a baby’s nursery is critical.
3) The third factor is style. When determining the room’s style or theme, you will need to consider whether a gender neutral theme such as animals or a gender specific theme like fire trucks or fairies will work best for your baby’s room. If the walls are neutral, coordinate the color in the room with window coverings. Roller shades in black out or room darkening fabrics are available in bright colors and children’s prints. Room darkening roman shades offer a timeless and classic look. Cellular shades come in so many colors; it will be easy to find the right energy-efficient shade for your nursery.
Decorating your baby’s room is personal and fun. Adding the right window treatment completes the look.