Skip Navigation

A guide to window coverings

Feature_windowcov_apr9.jpg

A guide to window coverings

The right window covering can bring style and privacy to any room. But, how do you know which one is right for you? There are many different window coverings out there to choose from that it can take a lot of time and research to figure your best option. Here are five different styles of coverings to help with your search.

Aluminum blinds

These are the go-to window coverings in most homes these days. They’re an affordable choice for decorating on a budget. Some may consider aluminum blinds to be boring, but these days they come in more fashionable choices. They come in different colours, sizes and finishes depending on your liking. Aluminum blinds are also quite light and very easy to install. They work well in kitchens and bathrooms because they are resistant to moisture. Lastly, a good quality aluminum blind can be quite durable in the long run. Despite all this, they do have their drawbacks. Some may complain that they are noisy since they’re made of metal, and, while some brands may treat their blinds to repel dust, not all do, making hard to clean. If you do consider aluminum blinds for your windows, be sure to check the thickness of the vanes because thin ones can get damaged easily.

Cellular shades

This kind of window covering is also known as honeycomb shades because of the shape the channels form when drawn. They provide excellent privacy and shade while also insulating your window. Air gets trapped in the channels and keeps hot air and cold winds at bay. Unlike blinds that can be tilted open, cellular shades give you complete privacy. Of course, sheer fabrics can be selected to let some light filter in. Some offer a top down/bottom-up feature so that you can get full light from only a portion of the window, if you choose. On the downside, cellular shades can look quite plain as they look much like pleated paper. Some may fix this by adding another window element, such as curtains.

Roman shades

Traditionally, Roman shades create a teardrop, looped or dog-eared style when raised. Though some designers have developed a flat shade for a contemporary look. It’s also beneficial that they can be made in just about any kind of fabric. One of the drawbacks to Roman shades, however, is the size of the stack that builds when it’s raised. That can take up a large portion of your window, limiting light and your view. Also, when they’re raised there is no way to filter the light coming in your window. If the sun is too bright, you may have no choice but to lower them all the way making the room too dark.

Curtains

Curtains offer a contemporary design to your décor, depending on the fabric you choose. They come in so many different styles, colours and patterns that they are the most beneficial to the overall design scheme of your room. Unfortunately, fading is an issue when it comes to curtains. And depending on the fabric they can collect a lot of dust. You should also be wary of any dangling accents that may be a hazard to small children.

Window film

One of the most forgotten of coverings is window film. UV resistant film can prevent harmful rays from fading your curtains and furniture, while still providing some shade and coolness to the room. Frosted film will still let in some light while obscuring the view of anyone looking in. Installation is easy, though you do have to look out for bubbles. Also some may find reflective films annoying when viewed from the outside. They’re also not totally effective at night when it comes to privacy.

All these window coverings have benefits to them. Depending on your needs, you may even consider combining a couple for added privacy, protection and light control.

By Meagan Dieroff

comments powered by Disqus