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Window Shades

Window shades come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and colors. You can get any look you want. It's also possible to attain many levels of control with them, when it comes to light, privacy and fresh air. The style you choose impacts the overall window treatment result, ranging from informal to formal. Pleated shades, honeycomb shades, and Roman shades aren't quite as flexible on the light control, but Venetian blinds, vertical blinds, and various-size horizontal blinds give you just the level you want for any situation. Window shades are the final decorating touch in a room, so give plenty of thought to them.

Are you looking for a versatile way to cover your windows so that you have the option of covering and uncovering your window? Window shades are an excellent way to cover your windows and they are easy to pull up so that you can let the sun into your room, too. The great thing about window shades is that they come in hundreds of different materials and colors so you are sure to find some that will help to make your room look great no matter what decorating style you have.

Window shades is a vague term that describes several different kinds of window coverings. The most popular types are Roman shades, pleated shades, honeycomb shades, Venetian or horizontal blinds, and vertical blinds.

Roman shades use woven fabrics that are made into shades with pleats of four to six inches. These window shades can be found in any color that you desire and help to give a room an elegant and formal look. The great thing about these window shades is that they can be raised or lowered for privacy and light purposes, but when they are down, they are not so thick that some light cannot get through. Even when they are down, the lightness of the woven fabric will allow light through to help keep a room looking bright and inviting.

Pleated shades come in many different fabric choices that have pleats of 1/2" to 1". These pleats give the shades a more simple and welcoming look. They are available with different light control backings to help you find the shades that will work best for your room. If you need window shades that can block the light, then you will want to find a pleated shade that can block the light and offer complete privacy. Determine the needs of your room before making your decision.

Honeycomb, or cellular, shades look much like the pleated shades, but they come in different honeycombed thicknesses to help insulate the window and the room. They also come in different light control varieties so that you can find the shades to best meet your needs. They come in single, double, and triple celled varieties for maximum insulation. The honeycomb shades stack easily when opened for maximum visibility out the window, too.

Venetian blinds are usually made of metal, plastic, vinyl or wood and come in many different slat sizes. The slats come in widths as small as 19mm (.75 inch mini-blinds) and as large as 120mm (about 4.75 inches), but the most common size is 50mm (2 inches). They are available in a several different price ranges, which is why they are one of the most popular window shade varieties available. They are also widely available at most superstores and home improvement stores in different sizes, which makes it more convenient and easy for consumers to purchase.

Vertical blinds are usually used for larger windows. They are made from several different materials, including metal, plastic, vinyl, PVC, fabric, or wood and come in different slat sizes and colors.

Choosing the right window shades for your needs and decorating style takes a little planning and research. Determine what the needs are for the room that you need shades for. Do you need to be able to control the light? How much privacy is needed for that room? After you answer these questions, you are well on your way to determining which window shades will be right for you and your room.

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