Choosing window treatments can be overwhelming, which is why we put together an overview of essentials to consider. But first, here’s a snapshot at the styles we offer.
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Not all window coverings are the same. Here’s a quick look at the fundamental types.
Shades are made from single panels of fabric or woven wood; you can raise or lower them to achieve the light and privacy levels you want. Shades are available in a number of styles, making them incredibly versatile and giving you an array of options for your space.
Blinds provide the most control over the amount of light in your space. Constructed of horizontal or vertical slats, you can raise/lower horizontal blinds or traverse vertical blinds, giving you as much or as little view to the outdoors as you want. The beauty of the slats is that you can rotate them to let in varying degrees of light or totally block it out.
Interior shutters are your go-to when you need durability in a space (think a playroom), but you don’t want to sacrifice aesthetics. Shutter louvers come in different sizes, so consider the view outside your window. How much do you want to see? The larger the louver, the more expansive your exterior view.
Nothing exudes a classic look quite like drapery, whose fabric hangs from the top of the window down to (or lightly brushing) the floor. Finish a look by adding drapery at both sides of a shade-covered window, or use drapery on its own.
Our window treatments pull double duty—not only do they look good, they also meet specific needs.
With PowerView® Automation, you can conveniently and easily control shades from a remote, tap on your mobile device, automatically or even with your voice (when integrated with a compatible smart home system).
Many of our shades and drapes help block light at the window, for better sleep (or movie binging). Silhouette® Window Shadings, Duette® Honeycomb Shades and Vignette® Modern Roman Shades are just a few of the room-darkening styles we offer.
The superior honeycomb within a honeycomb design of our Duette Architella® Honeycomb Shades traps air in distinct pockets at the window, making it the most energy efficient style available. This extra insulation helps keep your house warmer when temps dip and cooler when they heat up.
Our Top-Down/Bottom-Up feature lets you adjust shades from the top down, bottom up, or both, so you can enjoy the beauty of natural light along with your privacy. Top-Down/Bottom-Up is available on Duette Honeycomb Shades, Vignette Modern Roman Shades, Alustra® Woven Textures Roman Shades and Provenance® Woven Woods Shades.
Our cordless control options—PowerView Automation, the LiteRise® system and the UltraGlide® Wand—eliminate potentially hazardous free-hanging or exposed operating cords, making shades with these controls safer for babies and children.
While home design trends often influence window treatments, you should also keep the following in mind when selecting windows treatments by room.
During the day, you’ll probably want natural light illuminating this space—and then in the evening, a dark room for sleeping. Shades with a room-darkening liner can give you the best of both worlds, as does our Duolite feature, which combines a light-filtering and a room-darkening fabric on one shade.
Like the bedroom, you’ll want natural light in this room balanced with privacy. You’ll also need to keep the humidity factor in mind. Faux wood shutters, such as our Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters, are a good choice as are roller shades (make sure the opacity level of the fabric provides enough privacy).
Sheer shadings, which prevent furnishings, flooring and artwork from fading, are perfect for this room, as it often receives a healthy dose of afternoon sun. Drapery, which brings a signature look to any décor, works well in a living room, too, layered over shades or on its own.
This room requires plenty of natural light so you can see what you’re doing. If your windows are located near the sink or stove, you might consider faux wood blinds for their durability and cleaning ease. Windows located elsewhere are ideal for Roman, roller and woven wood shades.
Energy-efficient cellular shades, such as our Duette Honeycomb Shades, are popular, as are today’s roller shades, available with bold prints and interesting textures. Roman shades are a top choice, too, as they work with both modern and traditional aesthetics. Shades with a Top-Down/Bottom-Up feature are also popular.
When closed, shutters and blinds prevent the outside world from looking in. Shades and drapery can also provide privacy, depending on the type of fabric you choose and its opacity.
Reach out to schedule a meeting with your local Hunter Douglas specialist. Your specialist will suggest options based on your specific needs, as well as styles that will complement your room’s aesthetics.