Which Type of Shade Best Complements Your Window Type?
By: Architectural Visions
Window shades are one of the best ways to add interest, texture, color and pattern to a space. They can also create the illusion of height and width and make a room feel complete. There are many types of shades available and even more options to customize them for your space. In addition, different window styles work best with varying types of window shades. Read on for insight on the different types of shades and blinds and the types of windows with which to pair them.
Key takeaways for the best window shades to complement different window types:
- A double-hung window works well with a Roman shade to complement the window’s square or rectangular shape.
- Casement windows look great with honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades are also energy-efficient and can help keep the inside temperature stable.
- Roman shades are an excellent choice for bay windows if you have a window seat, as they won’t get in the way.
- Awning windows work well with woven shades, which offer a laid-back look and can be inside or outside mounted.
- Vertical blinds are an excellent choice for glider windows, which come in various colors, textures and materials, such as fabric, aluminum or vinyl.
A double-hung window is a type of window that has two operable sashes that slide up and down. A Roman shade complements a double-hung window’s square or rectangular shape.
Roman shades can be formal or informal, depending on the style. Some of the most common styles are flat, cascade, pleated and relaxed. Roman shades can be mounted inside the window casing or outside the casing. Roman shades are a classic shade style, and come in colors and patterns that will coordinate with any room. A Roman shade can be lined with blackout materials to provide better coverage when blocking out light.
Motorized blinds are also suitable for double-hung windows, particularly in rooms where you don’t want cords, such as children’s bedrooms.
A casement window opens outward to the left or right and open with a handle that cranks. Like double-hung windows, casement windows pair well with Roman or woven shades. Casement windows also look great with honeycomb shades, also known as cellular shades. Honeycomb shades are one piece of fabric that rolls up or folds along the creases. Honeycomb shades are also energy-efficient and can help keep the inside temperature stable.
Another window shade option for casement windows is a roller shade. Roller shades come in many fabric options, and are easy to raise and lower.
A bay window is a window with three sections that extend outward. The center window is a picture window, and the windows on either side is another style, often a casement window or a double-hung window. These two side windows are typically the same style. Roman shades are an excellent choice for bay windows if you have a window seat, as they won’t get in the way. Roman shades are typically hung inside the window casing, and you can be creative with the color and pattern on the fabric.
Blinds, such as bamboo blinds, are another low-maintenance window treatment option for a bay window. Layering bamboo blinds with drapery is a layered look that adds texture, can offer different levels of light control and can also help insulate the room.
Awning windows are hinged on the top and open outward from the bottom, allowing for ventilation and protection from the rain. Woven shades offer a more casual look and can be inside or outside mounted. Woven shades can add texture and are typically made from bamboo, jute or rattan. These natural materials result in a rich, textured look.
A glider window features two sashes, with at least one sash sliding horizontally past another. Vertical blinds are an excellent choice for glider windows, and they come in a wide variety of colors, textures and materials, such as fabric, aluminum or vinyl. Vertical blinds are highly versatile for gilder windows and can help maximize your views outside.
Steel frame windows work with various architectural styles and fit in modern and traditional houses. They have slim lines and offer clear views of the outside. Wood blinds are a beautiful, timeless choice for a steel window and can add texture and a more organic look to the strength of steel.
Tilt turn windows
A tilt turn window tilts inwards at the top and opens outwards at the side, similar to a casement window. Since tilt and turn windows open at the top, bottom-up and top-down blinds are a great choice. They resemble honeycomb blinds, and you can open and close them from the top and bottom.
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