Window Blinds & Shades: Fashion Trends Vs. Functionality

by Julie Youngblade - August 10th, 2015
Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Home Improvement, Interior Features, Remodeling, Window Shades

Are you in the market to update your window coverings? Perhaps you are gearing up for a remodel or moving into a new home? Window blinds might seem like a simple and straight forward project to tackle, but it is always good to talk with a professional and find out what is best for your particular situation.

There are many choices when it comes to meshing fashion and functionality in terms of window blinds.

Roller shades.

The roller shade is highly versatile – from blackout to sheer – adding a clean and sometimes modern style to the room. Roller shades are trending right now in pattern designs.

So let’s break it down.

Are you after privacy control, energy control or sun control? Oftentimes, this is where the conversation begins.

Privacy Control – Most window blinds offer a material to handle privacy. Here’s a simple test: If the window blind is down, then whatever you can see outside during the day is what people can see inside during the night – if the lights are on in that room.

Energy Control – If you have old windows and are concerned about the cold or the heat coming into the home, the best performing blind to assist with this is a honeycomb style shade. The pockets of air created within the blind help to insulate the window. Also, these shades have a white color, facing out to reflect the sun away from the home. No other type of blind comes close to the honeycomb style for energy efficiency.

Sun Control – Whether you are looking for a blackout shade, room darkening, or one that lets the sun shine through it, many different types of blinds will help deter the fading of furniture, fabrics and carpets while keeping the room dark when you want it that way.

Fashion Trends
So what is trending in window blinds? Here are the top three:

The Lafayette Allure Transitional Shade tends to have a more modern feel, is basically self-cleaning, and is available in a array of colors to fit any room.

The Lafayette Allure Transitional Shade tends to have a more modern feel, is basically self-cleaning, and is available in a array of colors to fit any room.

Lafayette Allure – This shade is an economy version of another shade that has been around for a while. It tends to have a more modern feel, is basically self-cleaning – as it runs up and down – and has a wide variety of color choices to fit any room. It can be room darkening or translucent, yet private. The attraction of this shade is that it is NEW; many people have not seen this type of blind before, and that makes it interesting. It is not good if you want a true blackout in a space.

Roman Shades – This type of shade seems to be all the rage right now. They can be custom-made out of your fabric of choice, and many of the window blind manufacturers are offering this type of shade out of a variety of materials – such as a woven, natural look or a modern solid. The best feature of this type of blind is that it feels like a finished treatment. When it is pulled up, the roman shade has a decorative feel and no top treatment is necessarily needed. This presents a great value.

Roller Shades – This type of blind has come a long way in the last 8 to 10 years. We are now seeing them in patterns and prints, basic textures, solids, and a wide variety of colors. The roller shade is very versatile – from blackout to sheer. They have a clean and sometimes modern feel in a room. They are offered with a cordless control feature, as well. Due to the simplicity of its design, one drawback with roller shades may be that you feel a need to dress it up with a top treatment, such as side drapes or a valance before the window feels complete.

This is only the tip of the ice burg. There are two-inch woods, vertical blinds, honeycomb shades, silhouettes, Pirouette shadings, panel track systems, top-down-bottom-up, motorization, and more.

The list goes on.

The best advice is to seek out a professional, and they will help you to get the right shade to meet your needs and satisfy your unique style.

Julie Youngblade is the the owner and operator of Polk City-based JY Design, a full-service interior design company offering interior design, remodeling, space planning, custom window treatments and exclusive home furnishing services in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Ankeny, Waukee, Polk City, Altoona, Ames, and surrounding areas. 

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