Types of window shades in Palo Alto, CA vary widely, but each type has a specific style and attributes that make it unique. Window shades can shake up a room and give it a makeover that is amazing. If you think choosing the color of paint for your walls is daunting, then choosing window shades might seem like the search for the Holy Grail.
Selecting window shades is really about four things: the size of the room, the décor of the room, the purpose of the window shade, and personal taste.
Room size – as well as the size of windows in that room – has a big impact on the type of Hunter Douglas window shade that may work best. If a room is large and expansive and there are large windows, then you might consider Hunter Douglas cellular window shades. On the other hand, if a room is smaller, such as a laundry room or bathroom, then a woven window shade that lets in a lot of light or a pleated window shade that can be easily positioned may work best.
The purpose of the room will drive the type of window shade that is required as well. For common areas, like living rooms, dining rooms, and dens, window shades that allow a lot of natural light in and that are motorized are often a good option, while in bedrooms, where people may be sleeping during the day or where a lot of visible light – such as from street lights or city lights – comes in at night, blackout window shades are the best choice.
Roman window shades are a popular type of window shade. They are constructed of fabric that folds when the window shade is raised. There are many different types of fabric and designs and colors available. Roman window shades can be used to add texture to rooms.
Pleated window shades are also made of paper or fabric. However, unlike Roman window shades, pleated window shades have a tight, accordion-like structure. These shade can be motorized and they can have a top-down/bottom up option added, which allows for optimal light control and privacy.
Cellular (honeycomb) window shades are constructed of layers of material that is designed into honeycomb-type cells that trap air between the window and the room. This means that cold air stays out of the room in the winter and hot air stays out of the room in the summer, making cellular window shades a very energy efficient window shade option.
Solar window shades filter sunlight and provide very good light control. Although the amount of light allowed may be minimal, the view through solar window shades remains undiminished. These window shades are popular indoors and outdoors on porches and patios.
Many window shades can be motorized. Not only is this more convenient for operating the window shades, but it is also a safer option if small children or pets are in the home, since there are no cords to get entangled in. Motorized window shades also add extra security to a home, because they can be programmed, using smart technology, to open and close during the day when no one is home or while everyone is away for an extended period of time.
If you’d like to learn about different types of window shades in Palo Alto, CA, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Windows & Beyond, Inc. You can visit our showroom at 4020 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303, or you can contact us at (650) 938-8822 for a free in-home estimate.