Decor 101: 7 Things You Should Know About Shades

Blinds and shades are an alternative to standard window treatments, such as curtains and drapes. Installing blinds or shades in your home is an easy way to control the amount of light and privacy a room receives. Though they share similar functions, there are actually slight differences. To start, begin by determining what you want and where you want it. Do you want Blinds or Shades?

Let’s help you choose.


Shades, much like curtains and drapes are considered to be soft window treatments. They are most commonly found in multiple styles including Roman shades, honeycomb/cell shades, and blackout. A versatile style, shades come in a wide range of textures, patterns, and fabric weights. Unlike blinds, shades are typically controlled by a pull-chord mechanism, which means they can only be raised or lowered.

Types of Shades:

  • Roman Shades: Also called Roman blinds, Roman shades are considered a more tailored and sleek option. Easy to install and operate, the wide pleats fold flat when pulled up. They are also available in blackout fabrics.


  • Honeycomb/Cellular Shades:  These are commonly known as cellular shades.  They are simple and clean looking; its style comes in a wide variety of light-filtering or room darkening fabrics in a large selection of colours choices. This style offers special lifting options, including a continuous cord loop to help lift large, heavier shades, and the popular bottom-up/top-down. This means the shade can be raised and lowered in either direction for privacy similar to that of a café curtain. Like most shades, they offer privacy but allow some light into the room.


  • Blackout Shades: These are a  bit more expensive than other conventional styles but are totally worth their money. For those who dislike the intrusive early morning rays of sunlight, this is your best bet. The blackout shades are solely used to completely keep sunlight out of a room.


  • Woven Wood Shades: This type of shades Offers full, natural coverage. Woven wood shades (many made from bamboo) come in a number of finishes that filter different variations of light.  


  • Roller Shades: While still maintaining privacy, a roller shade is a simple and effective design that filters soft light into a room.  It is most commonly found in two types;  sheer weaves, which allow more light into the room, or the popular room-darkening shade, roller shades can be raised and lowered in one easy motion.


  • Solar Shades: Solar Shades are ideal for sun-facing rooms or rooms that need light control (like a media room or study). These shades are made from sheer weaves to provide protection from the sun by reducing glare, preventing furniture damage from UV rays, and diffusing light.


  • Pleated Shades:  The pleated shades are probably the simplest of them all. They commonly come in multiple patterns and textures and are easy to install and operate. Pleated shades also come with a privacy liner which provides a uniform, white appearance from the outside.

Not for you? Then Read all about Blinds Here. But before you buy, You should be aware of some common mistakes most people make.

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