What is best for window decor: Blinds, Shutters, or Shades?
Blinds, Shutters, and Shades:
Blinds and shutters tend to have slats or louvers and, second, that they are generally made of a hard or stiff material, such as wood, metal, or vinyl. These treatments have a more architectural look than that of curtains and shades.
Blinds are often used in hot climates to filter strong light but let air circulate. Their offer of privacy without total loss of light is also particularly useful in urban areas. Blinds may be hung either vertically or horizontally. By adjusting the angle of the slats, light and views can be controlled.
Make a good choice for large picture windows or sliding glass doors. These tend to be made of stiffened fabric.
The most permanent and substantial window treatments. They are often hinged to open like a pair of doors but may also be fixed.
Depending on the type and size of the window, shutters can be installed so that they cover the window frame or are set inside it. Many shutters feature louvers that can be adjusted like the slats of a blind. Wood is a common material and may be left in natural finish or painted to match the window frame. Blinds and shutters suit the clean lines of contemporary interiors.
The advantage of this type of window treatment is variable light control. Slated or louvered blinds and shutters allow you to adjust the degree of light a room receives while still maintaining an element of privacy. The striped patterns of light and shade are also very appealing and add vitality to the interior. Blinds developed as a functional way of screening strong light in the interior.
Blinds can be wiped down in a cinch with furniture polish and a soft cloth or with our easy-clean duster. If the shades get dust or dirt; you can lift away it with the brush attachment of the vacuum, or gently spot clean with warm water. However, any serious grime will require professional cleaning.
Fabric shade is a versatile and popular window treatment. It can be used on a wide variety of window types, including problem windows, and in combination with other forms of treatment. Because a fabric shade generally uses much less material than curtains, it is also very economical.
Shades consist of a single piece of fabric that is raised and lowered over the window. The most common form is the roller shade, which is operated by a spring mechanism. More tailored is the Roman shade, which pulls up into deep pleats. Festoon shades, which have heading like curtains, are the most decorative variety and draw up into soft, luxurious pillows.
The fabric shade is a great problem solver. It allows you to make fine adjustments to both the amount of privacy and the degree of light a room receives because it can be lowered or raised to any level.
In areas where full-length curtains may not be advisable, such as kitchens and bathrooms, shades make a practical solution.
Shades also work well with other types of window treatments. In combination with curtains or even with blinds, they offer optimum flexibility.
Roller and roll up shades are simple and economical. They are generally made of stiffened fabric, but they may also be made of vinyl, sheer fabric, or even woven cane, wood, or straw. A plain white roller shade is the most restrained type of window treatment around. The addition of some color and pattern will strike a livelier note. You can also purchase shades made of blackout material to exclude light completely.
The roman shade is an elegant softer looking than roller shade but more tailored than festoon, the roman shades pull up into deep horizontal folds and coordinates well with the curtains. You need to exercise a degree of care over your choice of pattern. Large or overly busy designs detract somewhat from the clean lines: plains or textured material often look better. Roman shades may be neatly trimmed with contrast bindings or edgings. They can also be lined if you are looking for a more substantial or light filtering effect.
Depending on the fabric, the type of heading, and the way the fabric is gathered at the base of the shade, the effect can be soft and balloon-like or billowier. Suitable headings include gathered, pleated, or shirred. Lining improves the shape. Festoon hangs fairly low down, which means they suit large and tall windows better than small ones. Some types are stationary. The effect of these shades is enhanced by decorative trimming with lace and ruffles.
Interior Design Consultant at Darpan Furnishings