13 Distinctive Types of Window Treatments
If you are buying window treatments for the first time, you are probably very surprised by all the options you have. It can seem a little overwhelming trying to understand all the lingo. Don’t worry, we are here to help.
Check out our primer on the 13 distinctive types of window treatments.
1. Roman Shades
Roman Shades offer you a combination of the softness of the fabric in curtains and drapes with the practicality of a shade which can easily be folded up and down. Roman shades are made out of one piece of fabric and are instantly recognizable by their horizontal folds.
Shutters offer your home a unique look. Typically made of wood or vinyl, they offer more privacy and protection from the sun than other types of window treatments. Shutters can also be appreciated both from inside the home and from the outside.
Blinds are a popular choice because they are more economical than curtains and drapes. Their most unique feature is their vertical and horizontal slates. They typically come in wood, faux wood, bamboo, vinyl and aluminum.
4. Cellular Shades
If you are looking for energy-efficient window treatments, cellular shades are a great choice. The shades are designed to better trap air between the window and the room which translates to lower energy bills winter and summer.
5. Panel Track Blinds
Panel track blinds are a relatively newer type of window treatment. Basically, they are a bunch of fabric panels that you arrange for whatever amount of privacy and protection you want at any given moment. They are great for large windows and patio doors.
6. Roller Shades
Roller Shades are just like they are named. You simply roll them up or down. They are one of the most inexpensive options out there for window treatments.
7. Pleated Shades
Pleated shades are shades made out of fabric that is pleated so it can easily be stacked when you open the windows. It is a more sophisticated version of the plain shade.
Drapery offers an element of sophistication and elegance to your home. They come in many different colors and patterns and lengths depending on the look you are going for in a particular room. They are sold in panels and are usually a heavier fabric than curtains. Most homeowners choose drapes for rooms they want to have a more formal look.
Curtains are probably what first pops into your head when you think about types of window treatments. They are the lighter more informal version of drapes. They are also sold as panels and come in different fabrics, colors, patterns and lengths.
10. Sheer Curtains
Sheer curtains are made of a sheer fabric that lets in more light. They give a room a more airy feeling, but if you need privacy, they are not the best choice.
Valances are used at the top of curtains or drapes to cover the hardware. They are made out of fabric and come in many styles. They are used to add a little extra drama and work with all the different types of window treatments.
Swags also offer a more dramatic effect. A type of valance they usually are folded over the horizontal rod your curtains or drapes hang from. You can get them to match the color and pattern of your curtains or drapes or you can choose to add a contrasting pop of color instead.
Cascades are extra pieces of fabric that can either be draped horizontally over the mounting rod or be cascaded down the length of the curtains or drapes. They are a fun choice when you are trying for a unique look by layering different types of window treatments.
At Emma Custom, we offer you a variety of different types of custom window coverings. Don’t just settle for readymade curtains and drapes when you can get exactly what you want instead. Whether you like the look of custom sheers or prefer more privacy with thicker fabrics and lining, we will help you explore all your options when it comes to types of window treatments so you make the best choice for you.
One of the first things you will have to choose is the curtain heading styles. We offer flat panel, grommeted, pinch pleat, rod pocket, tabbed and tailored pleat styles. You also have a wide range of fabrics to choose from. No matter what colors or patterns you are looking for, we have what you need. Check out our Arboretum Custom Curtains, Bamboo Custom Curtains and our Embroidered Bouquet Custom Sheer Curtains. Chevron and Cross-Hatch curtains are also popular designs.
Custom window coverings like custom curtains don’t have to cost a fortune. At Emma Custom, it is our mission to offer you custom window treatments that are affordable.