Shades are also known as “soft” window treatments because they are made of fabric including linen, cotton, silk, and other natural and synthetic fibers. Although they don’t have any light-filtering adjustments, they do come in different levels of opacity to allow various amounts of light flow through. If you’ve decided that the best window treatments for your home are shades, then the next thing to do is to decide on the right type of shades for your specific room(s) and requirements. There are three main types of shades to choose from.
Roller shades pull down from a dowel, similar to wrapping paper, and are usually spring-loaded to make pulling them up and down easier. The may be considered to be a bit old-fashioned, but they are often the most practical option because they are inexpensive and can be used alone or in combination with draperies.
These shades are designed to cascade in elegant folds resembling drapery panels gathered into accordion pleats as they are raised, offering a more tailored look than roller shades. This type of shade can be made from almost any fabric, and they are generally a lighter, more affordable alternative to draperies. There a number of styles and designs available, including decorative flat Roman, relaxed Roman that droops elegantly in the middle, balloon Roman for even more droop, hobbled Roman for extra texture, and puffy Austrian shades.
This is one of the most popular types of shades, due to its modern style, functionality, and versatility. Made up of pleated, honeycombed chambers, cellular shades trap air to provide insulation, making them extremely energy efficient, and they come in a wide variety of colors and designs.
Every window shade need is different, which is why it’s important that you to consult with experts before making any window shade purchase. At Crosstown Shade & Glass, we have years of experience with every type of window shade. For more information or to begin selecting the right type of window shades for your home, call 212-787-8040 for our Upper West Side location or 212-647-1519 for our Greenwich Village location, or stop into either showroom. We look forward to working with you!