(Yeah… camera still being cleaned…)
When you’re talking about window treatments, there are lots of options and a lot to consider. You have to think about privacy, sun blockage, wear-and-tear, cleaning, and of course, the overall design.
I’ve talked about how to install blinds and how to make your own, but I’ve never reviewed all the options. So let’s start looking at them.
Here are five types of shades or blinds:
Wooden Blinds–These traditional blinds look great on a window. They fit almost any kind of decor and can be paired with curtains. The downside is that they are expensive and can’t be used in room with high-moisture, like the bathroom, since the wood warps. (They do offer faux-wood versions too.) If you shop around, you can find good prices on wooden shades.
Plantation Shutters–My friends have plantation shutters and I love them. They are a type of wooden shutter that are “promotes the free flow of air through a structure in a warm climate,” according to this site. Wooden shutters add value to a house and last a long time. The downside is that they are very expensive and usually have to be installed by a professional. Is the look worth the cost? It depends on your budget, but the payback may be worth it.
Honeycomb Blinds–Also called Cellular Blinds, these are shades that look like this up close:
Honeycomb shades give a room serenity and are best for windows that get bright light. They offer up to 99% UV-protection, which means they are an energy-efficient option that may help drop your cooling bills. The downsides it that they are difficult to clean–always a problem with window treatments–and there is no middle-ground to the light control. The shades are either open or closed, no in-between.
Roman Shades–These fabric shades fit in your window and are a compromise between curtains and shades. Because they come in many styles and fabrics, Roman shades offer versatility in design options. They can look great or tacky. Roman shades are reasonably priced and can often be removed and washed like curtains. They aren’t good in rooms with high-moisture, however, since they can mildew.
Bottom-Up Shades–Instead of pulling these blinds down from the top, you pull them up from the bottom. They are best for second-story windows because they allow for privacy and still let light in. They are great for keeping people from looking into your home.
What do you have on your windows?