When many people think of shades, they think of roller shades. These classic window coverings have remained popular for many years due to their timeless style and simplicity. Roller shades are highly effective at doing the things homeowners need their window treatments to do—eliminating light and protecting privacy. Best of all they are budget-friendly at all ends of the spectrum and are easy to incorporate into virtually any room in your home, regardless of its color scheme or style.
Solar shades and solar blinds offer excellent sun- and light-blocking benefits. If excessive sunlight shines through your windows, then solar shades may be the ideal solution. They are an excellent window treatment option for windows in rooms that are exposed to the harsh sun. Besides simply blocking the light, solar shades also reduce glare, protect against harmful UV rays, and prevent fading from the sun on carpets, furniture, and household surfaces. You may notice that some solar shades may have different percentage options. These solar shade percentages represent the openness factor, or how much UV rays and light are filtered through the shades. A lower percentage number indicates a greater solar shade opacity.
Solar Shades offer moderate daytime privacy and can prevent people from being able to see into your home. You can also get the best of both worlds by layering solar shades with drapery to provide light filtering during the day and additional privacy at night. In addition, they help to reduce heat by minimizing glare and blocking out light. Similar to the degree of light that is allowed in, the level of heat protection from solar shades also depends on the openness of the weave (the solar shade percentage). The fabric color can also influence heat and light blockage. Since lighter fabrics reflect more light compared to darker ones, choose darker fabrics if you want to block more light and heat.
Roman shades are another timeless window treatment- one that has literally been around since the Coliseum was the popular site of entertainment in Rome. There are two main types of shades- Flat Roman Shades and Soft Fold Roman Shades.
Flat roman shades are made of a continuous piece of fabric and hang flat against the window and are made of horizontal fabric panels backed with sturdy bars to strengthen the shade. This style is more rigid and offers a structured look and is perfect if you love patterns so the design remains uncluttered and pristine. Flat roman shades give a modern, clean, and tailored look, yet the appeal of a soft fabric adds a depth of design.
Soft fold roman shades are also called looped or teardrop or hobbled, but are distinctive as the fabric cascades in a rippling effect all the way down the window. This style retains the loose folds in both the raised and lowered position. Soft fold romans lend a formal, more traditional look and continue to be one of our most popular decorative styles, which portray the “roman look” when the shade is lowered.
Roman Shades continue to set trends in window fashion and complement the simplest or most elegant decor. They simply are a classy window treatment.
Indoor Shutters are a timeless classic look. They provide privacy, insulation, and light control. Traditionally shutters were made from wood and were relatively expensive. Great advancements have been made to make shutters a more sustainable window treatment. Some examples that are now available are fauxwood solid shutters and hollow composite shutters which still offer the classic window covering, but at the fraction of the price.
Outdoor Shutters are a great enhancement to the exterior beauty of your home. They can also be functional with the addition of hurricane shutters, hurricane resistant Bahama shutters or more traditional Colonial and Board and Batten shutters.
Custom draperies add elegance and sophistication to your room decor. Draperies are an element of overall room design and help to bring the theme of the room together beautifully. They can enhance the color scheme you have chosen, provide privacy, and light reduction, or complete blackout to those areas where you want to eliminate any light encroachment. Additionally, certain fabrics can help provide an element of insulation against heat coming in through the window. Drapes are another way to add an element of softness to your window decor. They look great layered with roman or roller shades and help tie a room together.
Our fully stocked design studio is a great place to start your decorating project. Our Professional decorators will work with you to plan your overall room design scheme using our vast array of fabrics, swatches, decorative curtain rods and other items available through our many vendors. We can custom design pillows, window coverings, bedding and upholstered pieces to give your room the perfect finished touch.