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Different Types of Window Shades

Choosing window shades for your home can be a daunting task because there are a lot of different options you can select. Window shades are necessary to dress your windows, ensure your privacy, and manage light coming into your home. Window shades were originally created to protect homes from sunlight exposure, and they still serve that purpose in the 21st century as well. 

Painted window shades are believed to have originated in Holland during the 17th century. By the 18th century, window shades were common, not only in Holland, but in England and France as well. Translucent paper or fabric window shades made their first appearance in American structures somewhere around 1870. 

These window shades had elaborate artwork that was hand-drawn, hand-painted, or stitched (cloth). Imaginative and romantic landscapes were very popular for window shades in the early 1800s, and some well-known painters made their living early on working on the window shades. 

As time and technology moved on, window shades began to be mass-produced by manufacturing companies, and, in the process, innovations for design, safety, and durability have continued to make window shades more diverse and better. 

Cellular window shades are a very common type of window shade. They provide very good insulation for your home and they are reasonably-priced. There are two kinds of cellular window shades: single cell (sun protection and privacy) and double cell (more insulation and room-darkening for people who work at night and sleep during the day). Cellular window shades come in many styles, so you’ll be able to find something that will fit in well with your home’s décor. Cellular window shades come in both corded and cordless (best for small children and pets) designs. 

Roman window shades are designed for a more aesthetic appearance. This window shade pulls up in billowing folds and can add a nice decorative touch to just about any room in your home. 

Roller window shades are very easy to use and they are safe for small children and pets because there are no cords involved in raising and lowering them. They come in many colors and some kinds have remote controls that will raise and lower the window shades. 

Balloon shades are fabric (thin) and they balloon around the window. They allow a lot of light in your home, but they don’t give a lot of privacy. These window shades are more decorative and are generally used over a more traditional shade like a roller shade or a cellular shade. 

Tie-up window shades are very pretty and are raised and tied with a decorative ribbon to keep them up. These window shades can be hanging from a curtain rod or they can be attached to a mounting board. 

Solar window shades are similar to cellular window shades, but they differ substantially functionally. These window shades a specifically designed to reduce the amount of sunlight that comes into your home. These shades can used to help keep furniture and rugs from fading due to direct exposure to the sun. Because of the function of solar window shades, they tend not be as stylish as other types of window shades. 

If you’d like to discuss different types of window shades, you can talk with our knowledgeable staff at McNeill Palm. You can come to our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228. 

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