Window Shades and Sheers

When it comes to window treatments, the options are too numerous to cover in one article. Here we will begin to explore the shades and sheers available from Sungard Window Fashions in Bloomington, Illinois.

Roller Shades

While this term most likely brings to mind the heavy vinyl window coverings from your grandmother’s house, rest assured that roller shades have come a long way. They are available in materials ranging from sheer fabrics to completely opaque to woven woods. The color choices are also endless, with solids to blend quietly into a room and patterns to bring visual interest to a window. The common denominator with all of these shades is that they can be completely rolled up at the top of the window, either manually or electronically.

Roman Shades

Unlike roller shades, Roman shades gather from bottom to top as they are raised. When lowered, their fabric folds immediately soften a room and can lend a touch of color or pattern to an otherwise dull wall. They are available in cordless options and can be dressed up with different valances and trims.

Honeycomb Shades

These shades are aptly named because their cells look like a honeycomb from the side. They range from almost sheer to completely opaque, have cordless options, and can be raised from the bottom of a window or lowered from the top, offering incredible flexibility in light filtering and privacy. They are also available in single, double, or triple honeycombs, which affects the amount of UV protection and noise reduction provided.


Hunter Douglas has taken sheers to a whole new level with it numerous lines available. Silhouette combines two panels of completely sheer materials with fabric vanes that can range from slightly to almost completely opaque. For those on a slightly tighter budget, the Nantucket line has a similar appearance at a lower price point. Luminette offers the same soft dreamy look with vertical vanes, perfect for sliding glass doors or floor-to-ceiling windows. Alustra gives homeowners the option of having different front and back sheer panels, so they can have a texture or pattern facing inside and a plain sheer facing out. Consisting of just one sheer panel with soft loops of fabric that can be open or closed, the Pirouette line lets in even more light. Even with the fabric vanes open, all of these sheers provide protection from damaging UV rays for your flooring and furniture without entirely blocking out the natural light.

Photos and descriptions really don’t do these window treatments justice. If you are looking for sheers or shades in Bloomington Illinois, visit Sungard Window Fashions to see them in person. While you’re there, be sure to take advantage of the combined 50-plus years of experience their designers offer. They also provide in-home consultations so they can take your personal style and situation into account as they help you select your window treatments