A Crash Course on Window Shades and Blinds

Decorating your home can be stressful regardless of whether you’re twenty-two and are decorating your first apartment or if you’re retired, gone through the process a dozen times, and are decorating your third summer home on the Cape.

So, if you are decorating, remember to breathe. It’s supposed to be fun. It’s a way to express your personality in a large way through tiny increments–the right sconces for your bathroom, the perfect china for the kitchen, etc.

The best way to avoid stress and truly enjoy the process, however, is to understand the product you’re looking for. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is happiness. Knowledge is not getting lost in the endless options swirling around you.

To help you decorate your home, Comfortex Window Fashions has created a crash course for everything you need to know about window shades and blinds.


CellularCCpost1. Cellular Shades:

Let’s start right at the top of the pyramid. Cellular Shades are the most popular and most common type of window fashion. Their honeycomb design allows for more light filtration. They are typically more affordable than other types of shades and they can even be motorized for easier adjustment. However, one downside to Cellular Shades is that, unlike slatted blinds, they don’t allow for a clear view out of your window unless the shade is fully raised.


2. Wood Blinds:

The difference between window shades and window blinds is that blinds are slatted. You adjust blinds by tilting the slats. As a result, wood blinds are ideal if you want to have more control over the amount of light filtration and privacy. They are also a popular choice because you have the option of real or faux wood blinds. Both types provide the same features, but real wood
blinds are more durable, while faux wood blinds are more affordable. As for the cons, wood blinds usually require more effort to use and maintain than other types of shades.


3. Roller Shades:

Roller shades are both practical and stylish. They not only provide easy-to-use window coverings, but they can add color, design, and texture to a room. For example, a patterned shade would nicely accent a neutral room. Roller shades tend to be budget-friendly and often cost less than window blinds.


4. Roman Shades:

Roman Shades are similar to Roller Shades, except they are often more durable. Roman Shades are different from standard window shades because they stack up evenly when being raised; however, when they are visibly smoothed when lowered, not bumpy or ribbed like cellular shades. These shades are sleek and stylish, but are generally priced higher than Roller and Cellular shades.


5. Sheer Shades:

Sheer Shades will let the most amount of light into your house. They are perfect for rooms where you’ll be entertaining or socializing, like kitchens and dining rooms, and they are also a popular choice for covering larger windows.


6. Vertical Shades:

Vertical Shades are an eye-catching way to cover taller windows and sliding glass doors. They are offered in several different styles, including cellular and sheer. You can also look into Panel Track Shades, which are an innovative and modern vertical shade.

5 thoughts on “A Crash Course on Window Shades and Blinds

  • My wife and I have been thinking about getting shades from Hunter Douglas shades near our house. I really like the look of the roman and cellular shades. I think that it would be cool to have them on a motor that can be controlled from my phone.

    • Hello Michael! We are so glad you came to visit our site! We have two dealers near you that offer our products with several motorization options including remote motorization and a smart app control. Blindman Inc. and House of Drapery, Inc. Feel free to fill out our Request an Estimate Form and send to the dealer of your choice!

  • I like that you say that decorating your home is a way to express your personality. My wife and I are moving into a home this fall, and we want to be able to make it our own. I will keep this in mind while we are looking at options for window blinds.

  • It’s interesting to know that cellular shades are the most popular and most common type of window fashion. My husband and I are remodeling our living room, and we are looking for advice. I will let him know about the benefits of installing roller shades to help his decision.

  • It was interesting to read that wood blinds are advisable in terms of privacy and light filtration in the room, though it is hard to maintain, it is easy to use and more durable. My mother is thinking of installing motorized blinds in our dining area and in her room. Personally, I would prefer the roller shades since it is practical and stylish. I’ll be sure to inform her about your article since this is very informative for her reference. Cheers!

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