My accommodations in architecture school came with windows but no window treatments.
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Living on a student budget, I did nothing, a solution that suited me just fine—the purist in me strongly believed that windows should be allowed to do their job of letting light in unfettered by the messiness of curtains or the clutter of Venetian blinds. And then one day a friend pointed out that while I may be comfortable exposing myself for the sake of architecture, those with a view into my room at night might not feel the same way. The owner of the local hardware store suggested roller shades.
I installed them myself—my first DIY—and have been committed to their simple effectiveness ever since. A chain pulley system or a spring mechanism rolls the fabric up and down. Automated roller shades are available, but automation seems to unnecessarily complicate things.
Why are roller shades the best window treatment?
I like for the dimensions of my windows to be fully exposed, and in their open position, roller shades disappear in a way that curtains, shutters, Venetian blinds, and Roman shades never do. And when I have to lower them, roller shades have a visual consistency that allows them to become part of the architecture as opposed to an added layer of decoration. Though, conversely, curtains can add a grandeur that shades lack, and they can keep out drafts. We needed shades on all our windows because we have a privacy issue on the street front, and throughout the house the windows cause computer glare.
In their simplicity, roller shades have a neutral appearance and go with all styles of decor, from traditional to contemporary.
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The mounting options, of course, depend on your existing conditions. Curtains, on the other hand, need to be dismantled, washed, and pressed—or dry-cleaned—and then remounted.
Roller shades come in a wide range of sizes and prices, from ready-made versions you install yourself to designs that are made to measure. The Shade Store offers trained installers who will come to your house to measure—and later hang—your shades at an additional cost; Margot tried this and was happy with the results. Well-known brands such as Levolor and Hunter Douglas may be ordered online or through window covering specialists in your area.
Contemplating a remodel? Have a look at all our Remodeling posts. Above: Simple roller shades in a white setting become part of the architecture.
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When rolled up, the shades form a barely noticeable horizontal line. How much light can roller shades let in or block out? Photograph by Chris Tubbs. What type of settings do roller shades work well in?
Photograph by Karen Steffens for Remodelista. Do roller shades require upkeep? If your interior design style is rustic and earthy, then purchasing wood blinds should be at the top of your shopping list, and Sonoma County Shade Company has a variety of wood blinds to choose from for your Santa Rosa home.
Wood blinds require more tender care than window blinds made from other materials, but the extra maintenance is worth it if you desire blinds with a natural finish, high energy efficiency, and the ability to absorb sunlight, heat, and cold. Other benefits of wood blinds include their lightweight composition, durability, and wide size range. Because they're lightweight, wood blinds are often placed on big windows that require large window treatments. They're extremely customizable, and you can choose from a range of colors and stains to match your home's woodwork.
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Faux wood blinds are an affordable alternative to wood blinds, and many Santa Rosa homeowners enjoy their minimal maintenance, durability, and resistance to warping. Like wood blinds, faux wood blinds absorb sunlight, although they aren't quite as effective as wood blinds. A specialist from our window treatment company may recommend faux wood blinds if you prefer the natural look of wood blinds but don't want to deal with their required upkeep. You can choose from faux wood blinds that are constructed out of vinyl, PVC, or composite wood materials.
They're often placed in rooms with high humidity levels like bathrooms and kitchens because they absorb moisture. Homeowners who are environmentally conscious enjoy faux wood blinds because they're entirely recyclable. When selecting new window blinds for your home, consider purchasing aluminum blinds if you value durability, simple repairs, energy efficiency, and a reasonable cost. Aluminum blinds are available in many colors, including black, white, tan, blue, metallic bronze, and forest green.