A Shade Better

Published July 19, 2012

If you are in the process of a renovation or building a new home you know what it’s like to be faced with a myriad of decisions. Everything must be decided upon from paint colours and door handles to mouldings and window coverings. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. If you like the open feeling of windows left undone and simple that’s great. However, there are instances where direct sunlight can fade and ruin furniture over time so it becomes necessary to have a window covering of some sort. Window coverings today serve many purposes. Everything from helping you control the amount of natural light entering the room to privacy from your neighbours  and insulation from both heat and cold. Perhaps your sitting area is in a spot where the sunlight streams into your eyes in the morning or at dinner hour.  If one of these scenarios sounds familiar to you here are some window covering options you may want to consider.


Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are great for quick fix ups. Quite often these blinds may be found ready-to-go on store shelves or they can be made to order as well. Everything from vinyl, fabric and cane is available with this type of blind and they tend to be relatively inexpensive. If you prefer the cane blind then you can alter the size simply by cutting the sides with a pair of scissors.


Roman Blind

Probably the most common and well-known blind, the Roman has a more upscale look to it and is a great way to add colour and pattern to a room. This blind can be made in many types of fabric and is available with a roller cord option or regular cord with a cleat. Decorators love this blind for its versatility and custom options. If a custom Roman blind is what you are thinking of have your designer draw out some interesting shapes and styles for your window.


Pleated Shade

This shade is similar to the Roman but it has an accordion-style pleat. You have the option of purchasing a ready-made version or can have one made to order. It provides a great amount of privacy and is easy to install. Kids love this style of blind and it adds a lovely texture to small bedroom windows.



Shutters are always a great option for a window treatment. They are definitely in the higher price range for a window covering however well worth it. Choose from PVC, real wood and vinyl for this covering.  Position the slats to control the amount of sunlight entering the room and be sure to check out the many paint finishes and stains available.

Don’t forget about natural shades made from eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, grasses, wood or other organic options. It’s always a good idea to think green. These are just a few of the many window treatments available on the market today.  Shop around for more choices and be sure to speak to the sales expert on what option they may think is right for you and your home.