Which Window Treatment Is Right for Me

From blinds to shades, here’s how to choose the right one to personalize your home

With competitive pricing, personalized features and tons of useful upgrades, window treatments are a great way to personalize your home.
 
This guide will help you understand your choices and find the best window treatment for your style and needs.

Types of Blinds

There are three primary materials used for blinds: wood, faux wood, and aluminum, each with differences in price and customization options.

Wood Blinds

Wood Blinds

Wood blinds are made of eco-friendly hardwood and are built to last. Offered with a variety of rich paints, stains and finishes, wood blinds provide a classy and elegant way to add a warm and inviting feeling to your room’s décor.

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds offer the look of real wood at a more affordable price. Easy to clean and maintain, the durable slats won’t warp or crack, even in high-humidity environments, making them a great choice for bathrooms or garages.

Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum blinds, often referred to as mini blinds, are useful when you have a lot of windows to cover on a budget like in an office or storage space. 

The quality of aluminum is measured in gauges. The higher the gauge, the thicker and more long-lasting the blind will be and the less likely the slats will bend or snap with use.
For industry professionals, this contrasts with most other aluminum products, in which the opposite measurement scaling is true.

Customization Options

  • Routeless holes or cloth tapes help eliminate light leakage and can help tie your blinds into your room’s design.
  • Continuous cord loop or cordless lifts make it easier to move heavy blinds up and down.
  • Motorized tilt gives hands-free control over the amount of light filtering in your room.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are typically made of vinyl vanes that hang from the top to the bottom of a window. They are easy to clean and fairly inexpensive. There are also alternatives to vertical blinds that hang the same way but are made of different materials.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are most commonly found on sliding glass doors or very tall windows. They operate on a sliding track system that pushes the blinds out of the way to one side, which allows for a clear exterior view. 

You can also tilt the vertical slats to maintain your privacy while letting light fill your room.

Customization Options

  •  S-shaped slats mimic the curves of drapes and add a soft touch to your windows or doors. They also give you more precise light control and better privacy.
  • To ensure they fit perfectly in your existing space, you can choose whether the vanes open from the right, left or middle of your window.
  • Continuous cord loop makes it easier to move the blinds across wider windows and doors.
  • Some vertical blinds use a back stacker feature which enables the vanes to be pulled from the back, to reduce vane sway. This feature is not available when paired with a tilt wand.

Vertical Blind Alternatives

Want vertical coverings, but not vertical blinds? We recommend these alternatives. They are great for larger windows where traditional horizontal blinds and shades might get too big and heavy to operate. They are also a good choice for sliding glass doors or patio entrances where traditional options aren’t as aesthetically rewarding. 
 
Verticell: With energy-efficient honeycomb fabric and a wide array of available colors, Verticell shades are very similar to cellular shades except they function on a sliding track which makes it easy to adjust for better light control. 

Sliding Panels or Panel Track: These handy panels are available in wood, vinyl, woven wood and fabric varieties. They are not only useful as window treatments, but also as room dividers or patio sliders. 
 
Sheer Soft Verticals: These elegant vertical alternatives are very much like sheer shades, except the slats hang vertically instead of horizontally. They are great light diffusers and give you unmatched control over large amounts of light.

Shades

The most common shades include cellular shades, pleated shades, roller shades, Roman shades, woven wood, and exterior options.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades, also called honeycomb shades after their unique construction, are one of the most popular window treatments on the market. The honeycomb design makes them effective insulators, providing energy efficient savings to your home or office. They are also available with one of the largest selections of designer colors. When they are lifted fully up, these shades compact neatly, providing a clear exterior view. They also pair well with cordless controls, which are child and pet safe.

Customization Options

  • Fabric options includes Light Filtering, Room Darkening and Blackout options
  • For the best energy-efficiency, choose between single, double and triple cell fabrics. You can also customize pleat sizes.
  • Can be paired with a tandem roller shade for extra light control.
  • Add top-down/bottom-up, one of the most popular cell shade combinations. Get the best control over light, privacy and view.
  • Combine with sheer shades for filtering top-down/bottom-up. Instead of a completely clear gap when the top is down, there is a sheer shade that lowers to fill the space. This is called the Trilight feature.
  • Continuous cord loop controls make it easier to lift wide shades and increases durability.
  • Easy-to use cordless lift provides a seamless design.
  • Motorized lift gives hands-free control over the amount of light filtering in your room.

Pleated Shades

Pleated shades have the same look as cellular shades, but don’t use the honeycomb design. They simply fold like an accordion. Pleated shades are some of the easiest window treatments to install and operate. Plus their wide range of decorative fabrics offer a very stylish compliment to your existing design.

Customization Options

  • Add top-down/bottom-up, one of the most popular cell shade combinations. Get the best control over light, privacy and view.
  • Continuous cord loop controls make it easier to lift wide shades and increases durability.
  • Easy-to use cordless lift provides a seamless design.
  • Motorized lift gives hands-free control over the amount of light filtering in your room.

Roller Shades

Roller Shades are one of the most economical and easy-to-use products. When paired with solar screen fabrics roller shades are often referred to as solar shades. Solar screen fabric is a sheer fabric that filters light, reduces glare, helps control solar heat gain and protects your interior from harmful UV radiation.

Customization Options

  • Choose between light-filtering, blackout, water resistant and thermal liners. Liners are white to the street side to maximize curb appeal.
  • Roller shades and solar shades can be paired in tandem with some cellular or Roman shades. The roller shade is mounted behind these shades and acts as an extra light control feature.
  • Continuous cord loop controls make it easier to lift wide shades and increases durability.
  • Easy-to use cordless lift provides a seamless design.
  • Motorized lift gives hands-free control over the amount of light filtering in your room.

Roman Shades

Roman shades are one of the most elegant shades available. They give you the soft, flowing look of draperies and the convenience of a lifting shade, all with a smaller price tag. Roman shades are a great choice for getting the exact look you want because they have some of the most customizable features and a large selection of rich colors and expressive patterns.

Customization Options

  • Choose from a variety of fold styles including flat, hobbled, pleated and relaxed to better match the spirit of your room’s style.
  • Choose between light-filtering, blackout, water resistant and thermal liners. Liners are white to the street side to maximize curb appeal.
  • Can be paired with a tandem roller shade for extra light control.
  • Add top-down/bottom-up, one of the most popular Roman shade combinations. Get the best control over light, privacy and view.
  • Combine with sheer shades for filtering top-down/bottom-up. Instead of a completely clear gap when the top is down, there is a sheer shade that lowers to fill the space. This is called the Trilight feature.
  • Continuous cord loop controls make it easier to lift wide shades and increases durability.
  • Easy-to use cordless lift provides a seamless design.
  • Motorized lift gives hands-free control over the amount of light filtering in your room.

Woven Wood Shades

Woven wood shades, also called bamboo shades or matchstick blinds, offer a very unique, relaxed and inviting design element to your home. Made from a mixture of different twines, hemp, ropes, reeds, woods and more, woven wood shades are all-natural and eco-friendly.

Customization Options

  • Liners available in room darkening and blackout
  • Choose a variety of weave types. The tighter the weave, the more privacy and less light leakage the shade offers.
  • Available in flat or hobbled fold styles to better match the spirit of your room’s style.
  • Choose between light-filtering, blackout, water resistant and thermal liners. Liners are white to the street side to maximize curb appeal.
  • Add top-down/bottom-up, one of the most popular cell shade combinations. Get the best control over light, privacy and view.
  • Continuous cord loop controls make it easier to lift wide shades and increases durability.
  • Easy-to use cordless lift provides a seamless design.
  • Motorized lift gives hands-free control over the amount of light filtering in your room.

Sheer Shades

Sheer shades are unique in that they both lift and tilt in a single control. They feature horizontal fabric vanes that float between two layers of sheer fabric. When the slats are open, your room is filled with a warm diffused glow. When the slats are closed they act as either light-filtering or room darkening shades. One single control operates both the tilting and the lifting of these shades. Once the slats are open, if more light is desired, the control will begin to lift the blind, and vice versa. Sheer shades are the only shades where a continuous cord loop can be used to control tilt.

Customization Options

  • Add top-down/bottom-up, one of the most popular sheer shade combinations. Get the best control over light, privacy and view.
  • Sheer shades can also be used as top-down/bottom-up when combined with cellular or Roman shades. Instead of a completely clear gap when the top is down, there is a sheer shade that lowers to fill the space. This is called the Trilight feature.
  • Continuous cord loop controls make it easier to lift wide shades and increases durability.
  • Easy-to use cordless lift provides a seamless design.
  • Motorized lift gives hands-free control over the amount of light filtering in your room.

Exterior Shades

Exterior shades hang in patios, porches, decks or sun rooms and help filter harsh light and reduce solar heat gain. They are made from high-quality woven all-weather fabrics available in many shades of whites, greys and blacks. Exterior shades are shipped with extra reinforcing hardware to keep them from billowing and flapping in windy conditions.

Customization Options

  • Continuous cord loop controls make it easier to lift wide shades and increases durability.
  • Easy-to use cordless lift provides a seamless design.
  • Motorized lift gives hands-free control over the amount of light filtering in your room.

Shutters, Drapes and Valances

Shutters are a classic option for simple, easy-to-use window coverings. They are typically made of wood or faux wood horizontal slats, and cannot be raised or lowered, though some models come with a swing open option.

Shutters can be customized to fit unusual window shapes and sizes.

Customization Options

  • Choose between 1-1/4, 2-1/2, 3-1/2 or 4 1/2-inch louver sizes. Larger sizes offer a better exterior view, smaller sizes offer more privacy.

Drapes

Drapes, also referred to as curtains or panels, are a traditional window treatment option that add elegance to a room’s design. Drapes are hung on a single rod and use clips, hooks, grommets or rod pockets to traverse backwards and forwards. Drapes do not use additional controls and are operated manually by pushing the fabric to your desired position. They are often paired with other blinds or shades to add privacy and room darkening options to your home.

Customization Options

  • So they fit perfectly in your existing space, you can choose whether the fabric opens from the right, left or middle of your window.
  • Integrate liner fabrics for enhanced features. Choose between light-filtering, blackout, water resistant and thermal fabric enhancements. Liners are white to the street side to maximize curb appeal.

Valances

A valance covers another window treatment’s headrail to hide the operating mechanism. They are primarily for decorative and provide a beautiful finishing touch to your windows. Valances are often paired with scarves, another purely decorative window treatment option.