Shades, Shutters, and Blinds

Explore the options for these practical window treatments.


Enlarge Image A simple white shade becomes eye-catching with drawn-on geometric designs.

Simply defined, a shade is a window treatment that can be raised or lowered by a cording system or a spring. Style choices include inexpensive standard roll-up shades, elaborate cascading fan shades, tailored pleated shades, relaxed Roman shades, and full balloon shades

When raised, roller shades and pleated fabric shades virtually disappear, making them excellent choices for windows where you want to maximize the sunlight or showcase a gorgeous vista.

Roman shades add pattern, color, and a touch of softness without taking center-stage. Billowing balloon shades and cascading fan shades convey romance.

Enlarge Image Café shutters are a good choice for bay windows.

Use custom-made shutters to fit any window, including arches and eyebrows.

Louvered shutters are available in three styles: café shutters, plantation shutters, and sliding shutters.

Like café curtains, café shutters cover only the bottom portion of a window. Plantation shutters cover a window from top to bottom.

Plantation shutters can also be made from solid wood panels for complete privacy and light blockage, or they can be fitted with fabric panels that have been inserted into a wooden frame. Some hinge in the middle and fold back within the window frame, while others open completely like a cabinet door.

Sliding shutters work like sliding patio doors and operate on a track where one door slides behind the other.

Enlarge Image Matchstick blinds are an economical and attractive choice for kitchens.

Versatile and affordable, blinds fit a variety of décors and are an excellent starting point for windows where privacy or light control is a concern.

Like shutters, blinds come in three varieties: Woven blinds are similar in construction to roller shades; Venetian blinds have horizontal movable slats similar to those found in plantation shutters; and vertical blinds have slats that run up and down instead of side to side.

Woven blinds are typically made from thin strips of natural fibers, usually cane or basswood, that have been woven together with twine or thread. Woven blinds can also be made from vinyl slats. Called quills, the thin horizontal strips in woven blinds filter daylight but do not offer complete privacy.

Venetian blinds are typically made from wood, aluminum, or vinyl and are an excellent choice for both light control and privacy.

Vertical blinds are often made from vinyl or stiffened fabric. Like their horizontal counterparts, vertical blinds offer excellent privacy and light control.


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