Roller Shades Buyer's Guide: Types, Styles and Applications

Roller Shades Buyer's Guide: Types, Styles and Applications

October 22, 2021 By Hunter Douglas

 

If you're considering roller shades, the good news is they're one of the most practical, affordable and versatile window coverings you can buy. Like the name suggests, roller shades are made with a continuous panel of fabric or material that rolls up into a hollow tube and, when raised, is not visible at all. And since roller shades come in so many fabrics and styles, these coverings can work with almost any décor.

Sonnette in Elan Daisy White
Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades Fabric: Elan®  Color: Daisy White

The Many Shades of Roller Shades

 

So you've decided on roller shades. Now the question is, which kind should you get? Traditional roller shades? Roller screen shades? Are there other types? Roller shades have long been admired for their sleek look and flexibility when it comes to their extensive fabric selection and light-filtering options. And for rooms that get a lot of sun, roller screen shades offer excellent UV protection while maintaining your view of the outdoors. There are even coverings like Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades that combine the energy-efficient construction of a cellular shade with the clean lines of a standard roller.

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Design Studio™ Roller Shades Fabric: Floral Stamp  Color: Green/Blue

Different Roller Shade Styles

 

Sheers, opaques, patterns, textures and colors—roller shades feature plenty of choices to fit your style. Hundreds of fabrics and fabric-like materials as well as top and bottom treatments—including fabric valances—let you customize your shades to fit almost any application. If you're looking for unique patterns for a room, opt for roller shades from the Design Studio Featured-Artist Series. Within this series you'll find exclusive prints from designers Rebecca Atwood, Marcie Bronkar and Seema Krish.

Alustra in Entwine Branch

Diverse Light Control 

 

For versatility, Designer Roller Shades and Alustra® Woven Textures® Roller Shades are available with a dual-roller system that combines two shades on a single headrail, so fabrics can be combined in different opacities for varying degrees of light control.

Designer Roller Shades in Brunswick Angora
Designer Roller Shades Fabric: Brunswick  Color: Angora

What Applications Work Best with Roller Shades?

 

With a clean, neutral appearance, roller shades work well in almost any setting, from modern to traditional. Placed behind your draperies, they add an extra layer of privacy and style to your room. And if you have gorgeous views, roller shades are a particularly good choice because, when raised, they totally disappear into the headrail. The really great thing about roller shades is that they can be mounted a number of ways. An inside mount highlights your windows—but keep in mind, there may be a small light gap on the sides of the shade. An outside mount covers the window frames. And a ceiling mount can make your room actually seem taller. 

Designer Roller Shades in Sheer Linen Stardust & Dover

Roller Recap

 

With a clean, modern look and so many fabric, design and light-control options, roller shades are the perfect choice for almost any type of application. Features like the dual-roller option and innovative lifting systems allow for even more flexibility. And as an added bonus, roller shades are easy to clean and work in all sorts of sizes and styles.