There are so many types of window coverings. The main categories typically include blinds, shutters, curtains and shades. But what’s the big difference between them all anyway?
Blinds & Shades
One of the most common window coverings is blinds. They are a slatted treatment that can be partially opened to let in specific amounts of light as needed. While the most common type of blinds is horizontal, vertical blinds are also available and work well to elongate windows. There are a lot of options with blinds aside from style, too, to include colors, materials and more.
Shades are somewhat similar to blinds in that they can be retracted or rolled up. However, they are single pieces of material rather than rows of slats. There is a little less control over the amount of light you let in, but the look they create is very seamless. Shades can also be rolled up only partway, so there is still definitely an ability to reduce the light let in as needed.
Curtains & Shutters
Curtains are often used as a finishing touch in conjunction with blinds. But they can stand on their own as window coverings, too. Long, draped pieces of fabric, they tie off to the side to let light in and are an elegant aesthetic option for rooms.
Shutters stand out from the pack as they are custom built-in treatments. Made from wood or modern composites, they have slats similar to blinds but are much thicker and are installed directly into the house. More than a window covering, they are a feature.
Different Window Coverings For Different Rooms
There are multiple options of window coverings for a reason: there’s no one-size-fits-all. Different rooms have different styles, different needs for letting in/blocking out light, different metrics for cleaning and more. Don’t be afraid to use more than one style throughout your home as you like.
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