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Balloon Shades

A window treatment that gives you privacy, climate control and a textured look comes from using balloon shades. The texture comes from the ballooning the fabric does as a result of the construction approach. Use balloon shades with other window coverings to create the special look you want.

Balloon shades offer a beautiful solution to covering your window that is textural and visually interesting. Balloon shades are different from other shades, in that they are fuller and offer you a softer look for your windows and your room. There are many different materials, textures, and designs that you can choose from in your balloon shades to help you create the perfect look for your home. What do you need to know about balloon shades to allow you to make the best decision for your room and your lifestyle?

Balloon shades can be found and created with almost any fabric that you can find or imagine. From sheer fabrics to heavier designed fabrics, you are sure to find the right look for your room to enhance the rest of the décor. You can even use a sheer balloon shade and a heavier balloon shade together to give you added flexibility. You can raise them up at different heights to give a special look with both balloon shades. This gives you maximum light and privacy control.

Balloon shades can be found at most home stores, department stores, and even chain stores. You will want to have the measurements of your window in hand when you visit the store to make sure that you choose the right ones for your windows. When you take measurements, determine whether you want to hang the shades inside your window frame or outside the window's frame. These measurements will be different, so this is a decision you want to make before you visit the store. Armed with your carefully taken and double-checked measurements, you are ready to visit the store to see what sort of collection they have.

You may be lucky enough to find a store that has a large selection of different fabrics and materials that are used in balloon shades, but most commonly, all you can locate in ready-made balloon shades at the store feature more neutral colors and fabrics. If you cannot find a balloon shade that speaks to you, then you have two choices. You can choose to have a balloon shade custom-made for you with your choice of material or you can choose to make your balloon shade yourself, using one of the many different patterns that are available online and off-line. Whether you sew or not, you are sure to find a pattern that fits your experience level with crafting and sewing.

Balloon shades feature pleats in them that create a softer and more visually appealing window treatment that straight shades. It can give a room a warmer and more inviting feeling that you will love. From sheer fabrics to heavy fabrics with designs, finding the right fabric for your balloon shades can help to make your windows more of a cohesive part of your décor, rather than simply functional. You will be amazed at the difference in your entire room's look and feel simply by using balloon shades.

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