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Different Types of Window Treatments

Posted: Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 | Filed under: interior design, modern window treatments, window shading, window treatments
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Window treatments are an important part of any home design. By enhancing the look and allowing yourself to control the amount of light entering your home, you can enhance the aura tremendously. There are many different types of shades to choose from. Below are different window treatment options to help you choose which one works best for you and your home.

Roller shades, which have quickly become the shade of choice, control sun, heat and glare. Roller shades offer a very clean look to windows and the rooms overall. With roller shades, you can choose from a wide range of fabrics available. In order to meet the needs of function and design, roller shades have many different options. Along with fabric options, you can choose solar control shades, room darkening materials or privacy shades.

Folding shades are a second option for residential window treatments. Adding beauty and function to windows can really “brighten” up the room. There are different types of folding shades to choose from – Roman shads, honeycomb shades and accordion-style – all which are available in a wide variety of fabrics. Folding shades can be customized to open with a bottom-up operation, to include valences or even motor-controlled shades.

Depending on location and style, drapery shades may be an option for residential window treatments as well. Drapery shades can work for any location, especially the New York City area. Although at times, vertical shades can be a bit more difficult to maneuver along with the sun’s movement, there are ways to maximize the effectiveness of such window treatments. Sometimes just adding a motorized system to already existing drapery shades may be the solution!

A fourth option you may choose to add to your windows for more of a sleek look are exterior shades. Exterior shads help control the sunlight before it enters the home. Exterior shades are also a great way to control solar light for large windows and ones that face towards the sunlight, such as skylights, sunrooms, solariums and greenhouses. You can often find exterior shades on the top floor of buildings in New York City. By controlling heat and light before it hits the glass, you can manage the amount your want by opening and closing your exterior shades based on the weather conditions.

Window treatments, no matter which type you choose for your home, are a great way to enhance the look and feel of certain rooms, while controlling the amount of sunlight entering your home.

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