Window treatments: Shades

In our continuing Design School series we are studying window treatments this week and today’s topic is all about shades.  Humans have been covering their windows for privacy, light control, insulation and decoration since man moved out of the cave.  Window shades provide a simple unobtrusive solution to all these issues.

Roman shades, which can be made with most any type of fabric, have a tailored look.  This kitchen gets a dose of color and pattern from its window treatment.

Blue and white roman shade

Smith & Noble

Glamorous sheer, grey roman shade

Robert Allen Sheer Roman Shade

Robert Allen

We used traditional roller shades, under a soft valance, in this Kiawah Island master bath.   The translucent fabric allowed light in while giving sufficient privacy.

Roller shades in master bath

J. Rhodes Interior Design

Hunter Douglas has a vast product line including Duette and roller shades, along with my favorite product the Silhouette shade.  With adjustable blades suspended between sheer fabric, it is a cross between a blind and a shade.

Hunter Douglas Silhouette shade

Hunter Douglas

Another favorite, is Hunter Douglas’ Provenance Woven Wood Shades.  Combining wood, grass and bamboo in several natural colors, these shades have a wonderful organic quality.

Hunter Douglas Provenence Woven Wood

Hunter Douglas

Hunter Douglas Provenence Woven Woods

Hunter Douglas

Get your notebooks ready since we’ll be studying drapery in tomorrow’s class.  Speaking of windows I loved seeing Gabby, over at Furniture Works Upholstery, enjoying her view of the world!

Furniture Works-J. Rhodes Interior Design

Furniture Works J. Rhodes Interior Design

Mr. H says: Who ever said that something attractive couldn’t be functional-Enjoy!

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