Wonderful Window Coverings
Wonderful Window Coverings
Window coverings do more than offer privacy. They frame your view, provide shade and have a remarkable impact on your home décor. Whether you’re looking for elegant Roman shades, wood blinds, or luxurious drapes and curtains,
Horizontal Window Blinds
Horizontal blinds blend style and function. They can be raised and lowered, partially or completely, and have horizontal slats that can be left open to let in light, closed to block light, or angled to direct light to the ceiling or floor, allowing for partial light and privacy. Horizontal blinds can be made from a variety of materials, such as wood or metal, and include mini-blinds. Horizontal blinds generally have slats up to 2-1/2″ wide. Choose between a lift cord, wand tilt, or cordless lift system to operate your blinds.
Wood blinds lend a rich, warming touch to any room, and complement other wood furnishings and tones in your home. Wood blinds are natural insulators against cold and heat, and help keep rooms more comfortable during the winter and summer. Wood blinds are always an elegant choice, and are regularly used for interior window shutters.
FAUX WOOD BLINDS
Faux wood blinds offer the same modern touch as wood blinds, but are resistant to moisture and warping, making them ideal for rooms with high humidity, such as kitchens or bathrooms. Faux wood blinds come in a variety of colours and stains, and are more economical than genuine wood blinds, yet the two are practically indistinguishable to the untrained eye.
Metal blinds combine quality and value for a refined, contemporary look. Metal blinds are generally made from aluminium, which is easily wiped clean for fast and simple maintenance. Metal blinds are available in an array of colours, and provide a neat, clean appearance to any room. Metal blinds also form a tight seal when closed that is excellent at blocking outside light and providing privacy.
Mini-Blinds have very narrow slats (1″ wide or less) that shut out more light, when closed, compared to standard-width horizontal blinds. Mini-blinds are usually made from aluminium or vinyl, and are a more economical choice for smaller windows compared to other types of window coverings. Because of their small size, they are relatively easy to clean and install.
Vertical blinds are ideal for large windows and doors (such as patio doors), but can be used anywhere as an alternative to curtains or drapes. Vertical blinds have wide slats (up to 4″ wide) that can be angled or closed to control light and privacy.
By using a draw string, vertical blinds can open to stack at one side of a window opening, or have a centre split to stack at each side. Vertical blinds are available in a variety of materials, including real wood, faux wood or plastic, to translucent fabrics that block less light. Vertical blinds made of fabric may also have weights sewn into the bottom of each blind to keep them straight and orderly.
Window shades are available in countless designs and colours to help you put the finishing touches on any room.
Cellular shades (also called honeycomb) are made of two or more layers of folded fabric that deliver strong protection against ultraviolet light, and superb insulation against heat and cold. Cellular shades have a clean appearance and are available in multiple opacity levels, from sheer to room-darkening. They are also available in vertical applications for larger windows and patio doors.
Roman shades combine beauty and privacy for a luxurious look that caters to any interior design. Common designs for Roman shades include a looped style, which features soft, overlapping folds that create a cascading effect, or a flat style for a clean, classic look. Roman shades are available in a variety of textures and fabrics, from luxurious silks to blackout vinyl.
WOVEN WOOD SHADES
Woven wood shades bring the feeling of nature indoors. These shades can be made from bamboo, rattan, sisal and jute grasses, and other faux woven wood patterns. Woven wood shades are available in a variety of colours and textures, from open weaves that gently filter light, to tight weaves that offer maximum privacy. They are also available as flat style Roman shades with a single overlapping fold.
Once only available in white vinyl, roller shades now come in an endless array of fabrics and styles, from translucent fabrics, to opaque polyesters. Roller shades come with a variety of hem and trim options, and can simply be pulled by hand to adjust light and privacy levels. Roller shades are an economical window covering that complements any décor, from simple to sleek.
Pleated shades are economical and a good mix of fashion and function. Basic pleated shades are made of a single layer of folded paper (or fabric) that filter light and provide privacy when drawn closed. Pleated shades are a soft alternative to traditional blinds and shades, and are available in many configurations, including styles for round and arched windows. Pleated shades made from 100% polyester are also suitable for rooms with high humidity, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Solar shades control heat and limit the sun’s excessive glare, but at the same time, preserve your view of the outdoors. Solar shades are an innovative alternative to traditional roller shades, helping filter ultraviolet rays, but allowing natural light to enter rooms while maintaining an unobstructed view of the outside. Solar shades make any room a more comfortable environment, and are also available as sliding panels for larger doors and windows.
Window curtains are made of lightweight fabric that are generally suspended from a rod by either tabs or rings. Alone, window curtains are not fully ideal for regulating light and privacy; they tend to be more decorative, adding style and colour to rooms. Window curtains are available in a variety of materials, from lace and printed sheers, to more opaque fabrics. They can be floor-length, or just long enough to cover a window casing, and are usually opened and closed by hand.
Window drapes generally hang to touch room floors, are sewn with heavier fabric that block more light and give more privacy when closed. They are often lined and attached by hooks to a drapery rod, with a cord behind either drapery panel to draw both drapes open or closed. Window drapes are also pleated and offer a much fuller, richer look, and take up more space when drawn open. As a result, if your window (or door) opening has limited wall space surrounding it, you may want to consider curtains, which can take up less room when opened.
Window Valances and Cornices
Valances and cornices provide a finishing touch to your home décor, and give your window treatment a complete, coordinated appearance. Valances are generally soft, short curtains or draperies, or fabric covered headrails, that are used at the top of windows to give your window covering a uniform look, or conceal its operating system. Cornices do much the same, but are custom-built boxes, without backs, that are stained or painted to match blinds and shades.
Measuring for Window Coverings
Always take proper measurements of the width, height and depth of your window openings before making a buying decision. Also decide if you plan to mount your window treatment inside or outside the window casing.
- Measure the inside width of the window frame at the top, middle and bottom (for vertical blinds, only measure the top)
- Record the narrowest width (do not make any deductions)
- Measure the inside height of the window frame at the left, middle and right
- Record the longest height to the nearest 1/8″ (for verticals, use the shortest length)
If you want the blinds to not touch the window sill, deduct 1/4″. If there is no sill, measure to where the blind is to reach.
- Measure the outside width of the window frame
- Add at least 3″ for overlap (8″ for verticals)
- When deciding on width, consider how much overlap you would like to have
- Measure from the sill to the position of the top of the shade
- If there is no sill, measure to where the blind is to reach
- Add at least 3″ for overlap
For verticals, use the shortest length. Allow 3″ above and below the window opening or moulding. For ceiling to floor, deduct 1/2″ for carpet clearance.
Contact your REALTOR at Coldwell Banker Vantage Realty for more tips and advice on your home decor.