5 Tips for Decorating with Window Shades

Window shades are incredibly versatile. They can be purchased in a huge variety of colors, styles, and materials to fit any type of décor, and they serve many purposes. Here are five decorating tips to keep in mind when choosing your Bloomington window treatments.

  1. Consider privacy when selecting shades – Don’t pick your shades based only on looks, consider their functionality as well. That navy blue screen shade may look beautiful in your front living room, but after the sun sets, everyone on your busy street will be able to see right through it and into your home. That doesn’t mean you should never buy a screen shade, nor does it mean that you can’t use any type of shade in that room. Just make sure you talk to an expert to get the window treatment that fits all of your needs.


  2. Add draperies to your shades – Draperies blend seamlessly with shades and provide additional benefits that shades by themselves don’t. If you’re using a shade that is made of something other than fabric, draperies add a softness to your window. They can also introduce pattern and color to an otherwise plain window. If you need more privacy or less natural light on occasion, having curtains to close over your blinds gives you that extra coverage. If you are interested in combining window shades with custom draperies in Bloomington, Illinois, the designers at Sungard Window Fashions can help you with both.


  3. Use Roman shades instead of draperies – Some places in the home just don’t lend themselves to draperies. If you want fabric window treatments instead of blinds or shutters in these rooms, consider using Roman shades. They provide the softness and unlimited color and pattern choices of fabric without having yards of material to get in the way. Perfect places for Roman shades include bathrooms and windows over kitchen sinks or eating areas. They can also be lined for additional energy efficiency and to block out more natural light.


  4. Add an inconspicuous roller shade – No other window treatment can disappear as quickly and completely as a roller shade. This type of window treatment is perfect for those windows that sometimes need to be covered but you normally prefer to have completely unobstructed.


  5. Include a blackout shade – Unlike the blackout curtains used as a safety measure during WWII, blackout shades in Bloomington today are unobtrusive and virtually invisible. The room darkening shades offered by Hunter Douglas can be attached directly to the back of your decorative shade, providing almost complete light blockage every time the shade is lowered. If you prefer to have the option of using your decorative shade without the blackout shade, they can be mounted separately, with the blackout shade conveniently hidden until needed.
There is a shade out there to fit every window in your home. Consider all the options to make sure you find the right one.