Window shades and blinds are common window treatments found in almost every house and office. The design of blinds and shades range from the purely aesthetic, such as top treatment valances, to designs based almost entirely around function, such as cellular window shades designed for energy conservation.
There are so many designs and styles in between these two extremes that an exhaustive overview of them would require thousands and thousands of words. Instead of making you read through all that, here we are going to overview the most commonly used and most popular styles of window shades and blinds.
Shades or Blinds?
The two terms are often used interchangeably in the industry. For the purpose of this article, shades are typically singular pieces of fabric which are unfurled when lowered or raised.
Blinds, on the other hand, typically consist of operable slates that stack upon each other when raised. When lowered, the slate angle can be adjusted to block or allow light into the room.
Pleated and Roller Window Shades
Pleated shades are made of a cloth or a similar substance that folds up when raised. Similar to Roman shades, pleated shades retain their folds when unfurled, giving them a clean yet utilitarian look.
Roller shades are constructed of cloth like pleated shades, but in this design, the cloth is unrolled from a roller at the top of the window. They are unrolled manually, and the bottom edge of the roller shade usually feature a tasseled or hard edge design for easy gripping.
Aluminum Widow Blinds
Aluminum blinds are most often seen in offices, but people also use them in the house because they are inexpensive and easy to clean. Made of aluminum, they are durable and easily adjustable.
Cellular/Honeycomb Window Shades
Cellular shades are a relatively new invention that allow you to dress up your windows with clean looking shades while contributing to the energy efficiency of your home or office. Featuring a honeycombed design with an interior tube running the width of the shade, the cellular shade insulates the interior air from the surface of the window pane. This designs limits the heat transfer and loss of a window area, ultimately leading to improved energy efficiency.
Vertical Window Blinds
Vertical blinds are great for large windows and sliding glass doors where standard vertical blinds would either have to be divided or so large that they become cumbersome. Fully adjustable, the vertical design provides both privacy and light reduction.
Roman Window Shades
Like the pleated shades, roman shades feature a single folding fabric that folds up when raised. But unlike pleated shades, the Roman Shades are made of a heavier cloth fabric that blocks out light effectively while adding an elegant, gentle folded look rather than the accordion crease of the pleated variety.
Window Shades and Blinds at Reno Blinds and Repair
No matter what your window treatment needs, the professionals at Reno Blinds and Repair can help you choose the perfect blind or shade. Our extensive inventory of blinds, shades and other window treatments include something for everyone in the Reno area. Whether you need the elegance of a roman blind or the functionality of aluminum blinds or the best of both worlds with solar shades, Reno Blinds and Repair has what you need. Come check out our gallery and contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!