Windows are the eye to the outdoors. That s why you have to think carefully when deciding on a style for each room in your house. But with so many terms exclusive to the window industry, how do you see clearly? Here s a guide to help you sort out all of the jargon.
Type: Horizontal blinds
Materials: Aluminum, plastic, wood and faux wood
Uses: Control light and privacy easily. Durable and easy to maintain.
Type: Vertical blinds
Materials: Aluminum, vinyl or reinforced fabric
Uses: Overlapping nature enables light control.
Type: Swags (curtains)
Materials: Soft or sheer fabric
Uses: A portable style that can be draped over another treatment or used alone to soften a window frame.
Type: Curtains and drapes
Materials: Fabrics in various colors and patterns
Uses: They can be designed to suit your decorating style. Fabric can add visual warmth to a room.
Type: Cellular shades
Materials: Sheer or opaque paper or fabric
Uses: Available in various opening methods such as motorized or pull from bottom. Can be custom fit for any window shape or size.
Type: Roller shades
Materials: Vinyl, canvas or bonded fabric
Uses: Offer moderate to full blackout of light for total privacy.
Type: Roman blinds
Materials: Various fabrics
Uses: Manipulated cords and pulleys. Offer a casual look and add insulation
Materials: Wood or polymer panels or louvers; fabric, glass or metal inserts
Uses: Give an old-fashioned, cottage aura to a room
Type: Cornices or valances
Materials: Varies; anything from wood to silk-flower garland
Uses: Used to hide drapery hardware or make window and ceiling look taller.