Decorating With Vertical Blinds

By Greg K. Hansward

The more you know about window shades, the better off you’ll be when it comes time to make a purchase. The wide array of fabrics, styles and colors are dizzying, and can intimidate even the most seasoned shopper.

Here are a few types of shades:

1) Roller shades. They are they ones you remember from years ago. They’re flat, and they’re the ones that needed a little tug on the bottom to retract and be stored around the top roller. These shades now come in more colors and patterns than just the white that we knew.

2) Roman. These graceful panels look good no matter what. They’re made of a soft fabric, and when they’re down, they lay in graceful graduated folds. When they’re raised, the folds gather into tight loops. A cord down one side of the shade controls the movement of the shade. They add a classy look to any room.


3) Cascade. The mechanics are very similar to Roman shades, but they’re designed to go up in irregular shaped folds.

4) Fan. This type of shade is pulled up from the middle, thus causing the outer sides to hang, causing a rounded fan shape.

5) Balloon. The fabric panels on this type of shade are raised irregularly to cause billowing throughout the shade. The cord that threads through rings attached to the bottom of the shade help accentuate the ballooning. The variations of this are the skirted balloon, which is the balloon with a flat panel on the bottom, and the tailed balloon, where the center of the shade rises in soft folds and the outer sides hang down, and the cloud, which is the addition of a gathered heading for a different effect.

6) Austrian. The generous fabric in the panel is twice as long as the drop. When the shade is in the lowered position, soft scalloped folds are created.

7) Pleated. These panels are made of folded paper or fabric. The paper shades are popular among the budget-conscious as well as the ‘newly-moved-in’. The paper shades are reasonably priced and are affixed by an adhesive strip on the shade.

Details help create a finished look. You can use tassels, fringe, rickrack or other edgings. So even if you don’t want to make new shades, you can add your own little touch to store-bought ones.

These shades can stand alone or be combined with other window treatments like curtains or valances for a finished look.

Use your imagination and discover a shade style that works for you!

About the Author: Concentrating recent findings in vertical blinds, Greg Hansward wrote for the most part for . His writings on shades are published on his site .


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