Are you wanting to update the look on some of the rooms in your home? One of the easiest ways to revamp one of your rooms is by adding stylish window treatments. However, it can be difficult to find the perfect window treatment for you if you don’t know all of your options. It’s important to learn all of the necessary window treatment lingo in order to make the best purchase for your individualized needs. Below is the basic window treatment lingo that you should know before you make your decision.
Window Treatment Vocabulary:
- Blinds are either vertical or horizontal slats that are held in place by string, cord, or fabric tape. Blinds can be made out of metal, wood, plastic, or heavy fabric.
- Curtains are unlined window coverings that are stationary. They can be hung using curtain rods and are often times tied back in order to let in some amount of light at the control of the owner. Materials for curtains can be most anything lightweight.
- Draperies are slightly different than curtains in that the fabric is heavier and they can be either stationary or mobile. Draperies can also be lined to block light or for insulation and can used with any typical curtain rod. They usually go from floor to ceiling, presenting in a more formal look. While they cost more, it is because of the high quality of the fabric and the formal look that they give off in living rooms, master bedrooms, or dining rooms.
- Shades can actually refer to many different things, all of which can be adjusted to fully or partially expose light into a window. Shades include honeycomb shades, cellular shades, roller shades, bamboo shades or other window coverings that you can’t see through.
- Sheers have the opposite effect of shades as they are meant to let in plenty of light. They are made of translucent fabrics and are meant to obscure a view or be layered with draperies.
- Blackouts are heavily lined or coated draperies made out of heavyweight fabric. The purpose of blackout draperies is to block light out of a room, keep hot or cool air in by insulating the window, and lastly reduce noise that enters from outside. There are many options for blackout shades and liners when choosing a Hunter Douglas Window Fashion.
- Roman shades are sleek looking window treatments that create a flat, tailored look to the window. When the shade is raised, it creates pleats in the fabric that are created by rings threaded with cords on the back of the fabric.
- Plantation Shutters are another option for your windows. Both traditional looking and modern, they offer you many options for a variety of styles. They are made from genuine hardwood, a hybrid material or polysatin material for durability and strength.
With these basics in mind, it may be easier to determine what your individualized window treatments needs are for your home. Of course there are many more types of custom window treatments and materials and options that you can look into when deciding on an appropriate window treatment, but the first step is to begin with the basics listed above. House to a Home Interiors is here to assist you with any and all of your window treatment needs or questions!