Types of shades defined
When refitting your home with the appropriate lighting, it is important to think of the natural light you will be letting in. Choosing the right shades to suit your lighting needs is as important as having the right lamp. Shades are more than window dressing, they control the amount of light that comes in and can even add color and patterns to that light, changing the mood in a room according to your tastes.
Shades vary in opacity and pattern, depending on the material used. Depending on the style, shades will let in anywhere from a lot of light to entirely blocking the sunshine. More than a fashion statement, the right shades can set the right tone for a room, making people feel comfortable in that area, thus performing probably the highest function of an inanimate object after safety. And blinds can even perform safety tasks!
Honeycomb & Cellular Shades
The honeycomb, also known as cellular shade, is an energy efficient form of light and temperature control. There are single and double cell honeycomb shades, with variously sized cells. The size and number of cells controls how much light comes in, while maintaining cool in the summer and warm in the winter by insulating with one or two cells filled with air. Honeycomb shades are great for bedrooms where some light is wanted but privacy is a key concern.
The Roman shade is another light-filtering option. Best suited for rooms that require a bit more style, this style shade rolls down into place, filtering the light from a little to a lot. These are shades made of fabrics intended to match the décor of sitting rooms and the like, where light control and elegant design are of equal importance.
Bamboo & Woven Shades
The kitchen has never looked so inviting as when decked out with bamboo shades. These loosely woven shades let light in between the opaque pieces of bamboo or other material. While not a full light-blocking shade, the woven shade is intended to always let light in while creating a barring effect in front of the window, making the room feel more secure from prying eyes.
The roller shade does just what the name advertises: rolls into place. As such, the shade must fit the window exactly. These are great shades for entertainment rooms and bedrooms alike, as they can filter light, adding a soft coloring, or perform as black-out shades.
Solar shades, also known as sun shades, help reject heat and glare while maintaining the visibility. These are ideal in areas where the sun might be a bit too harsh during certain times of the day, but the view is too good to shutter away until later.
The sheer shade is made of a translucent material and can be similar to blinds. Some sheer shades use the same louver design as do blinds, the big difference being the material of the louver in the sheer shade is going to be more translucent, allowing for a wider array of light admittance.
Pleated shades resemble blinds, yet they do not contain the louvers, and therefore the holes, that admit stray beams of light. The pleats serve similarly to the single and double cell shades, helping to reduce the light while providing an energy efficient insulating effect.