A curtain is a curtain (sometimes known as a drape, mainly in the United States) is a piece of



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  1. Thermal drapery or blackout drapery offers protection against heat and cold. They also act as blackout curtains, keeping out sun completely, due to the extra lining. They are made to look like all other drapery, with the only difference being an addition layer of material for insulation. These are great if you're looking to save money on energy costs. They also provide great privacy.

  2. Sheer curtains let light into a room and still maintain a good level of privacy. They should be bought in excessive width, about double the width of your window, to appropriately fold to cover your window with the adequate amount of privacy. For a more dramatic look, some people add even more width to each window. These are great for plain or decorate curtain rods.

Advantages and Disadvantages of sheer curtains



  • Sheer curtain panels are delicate window or glass coverings made of somewhat transparent materials. They may serve to bring a light, breezy feel to a room, or serve as an additional layer of concealment under heavier curtains.

  • Price can be an excellent advantage of sheer curtain panels. Typically far less expensive than traditional curtains, panels are found at nearly every home decor or home supply store, and can be easily ordered online. The low cost of many types of these panels allows the smart decorator to have the option of changing them frequently; some people have several sets that can be switched out seasonally, turning a summery sage into a fiery autumn orange into a lovely pine green for the holidays.

  • Sheer curtain panels are often easy to install and fit to any window size. Many simply hang on a central bar much like a shower curtain, though more elaborate models may have pleats or draping. Most come in standardized sizes, making it easy to choose the right fit by a simple measurement. If no exact fit exists, the simple design of a panel can allow it to be easily cut and re-hemmed to suit a custom or unusually sized window. Redecorating by adding sheer curtain panels can be the work of only a few minutes, and may change the look of a whole room.

  • Though breezy and casual alone, sheer curtain panels can add drama to a room by providing a multi-layered effect under regular curtains. By creating a curtain set that can pull back or be tied off to reveal the sheer panel, a more formal and color-coordinated look can be achieved. Having a dual layer of curtains also allows more light to spill in by pulling back only the top layer, or allows more heat to be retained by closing both layers.

  • The cons of sheer curtain panels depend on the situation. As they are made of light fabrics, they are very poor insulators and may allow rooms to grow much hotter in warm weather or chillier in cool weather. This may be a problem for those with poor insulation systems to begin with, or for those who try to reduce heating and cooling costs by mitigating insulation problems.

  • As they are sheer, the panels do not usually provide much privacy. While this may not matter in a kitchen or living room, sheer panels in a bathroom or bedroom may be a problem for some. This matter is often solved by using a second layer of thicker curtains to provide additional privacy.

  • Sheer panels are also not very good at blocking out light. This may be a blessing to sun lovers, but for anyone trying to watch television during the day, it may become a glare nightmare. Avoid placing sheer panels in rooms where low light may be necessary, such as in a television or computer room.

BLINDS

Definition; A window blind is a slat made up of several long horizontal or vertical slats of various types of fabric, wood, plastic or metal which are held together by cords that run through the blind slats.

Types of window binds











  1. Panel blinds are becoming popular for shading solutions for large windows, patio doors and sliders. They provide a sleek and contemporary look for most decors� Panel blinds can also be a stylish room divider and they are available in a diverse range of colors and fabrics. Window blinds or panel blinds are unique because they come with wide panels that reflect the sunlight and can keep a room cooler, saving homeowner�s on their utility bills.

When you open these types of blinds, the panels stack neatly behind one another allowing maximum light into the room during the spring and fall months. Closing the panels creates privacy and controls the amount of light into the room.

  1. Venetian blinds have many advantages, privacy, style and the ability to raise or lower the blinds to control the amount of sunlight into a room. Venetian blinds offer the following features:

  1. Vertical blinds offer a similar light control function compared to Venetian blinds. Light can be continuously varied while providing a degree of privacy to any room in your home or office.



  1. Pleated blinds can be custom made to match rectangular windows, skylights or awkward shaped windows. Pricing is similar to ordinary fitted pleats, but offer a higher degree of quality and style, which will add a more professional and increase your home’s value.

  2. Roller blinds are available in a wide variety of fabrics, colors and designs. Many designs are available with different textures like sculptured for example. This brings a new look into any room which is pleasing to the eye and gives a more fashionable appearance. Roller blinds can be fitted to most types of windows.

  3. Cellular shades are designed to soften any room by adding the right amount of sunlight. They have a nice visual appearance even when the shades are left in full-sun position. Cellular shades are sometimes called honey comb shades because of the type of design associated with this type of shade. The honey comb effect allows light into a room but also keeps the heat of the sun out, a great choice for windows that have a southern exposure. Cellular shades are very affordable and popular with most homeowners. You can buy them in almost any color, sales for this type of window shade is on the rise in the United States.

  4. Faux wood blinds are cheaper compared to real wood treatments and they are easier to clean and they don’t fade or warp in high humidly environments. Some faux window blinds do look cheap, but many brands are available that look just like real wood.




Advantages and disadvantages of window blinds



  • Faux wood blinds are inexpensive, offering a real wood look at a fraction of the cost. They resist moisture and are easy to clean. The suit kitchens and bathrooms well. The composite materials make them durable, which is great for homes with children and pets. The disadvantages include the weight of the blinds. Larger blinds are harder to lift. Faux wood blinds come in a limited color selection.

  • Wood blinds come with real wood stains, allowing for more color options. They are lighter than faux wood blinds and cheaper than shutters. The only disadvantage is the larger stack height, which may block views when raised.

  • Honeycomb Cell Shades provide excellent insulation and are great for energy savings. They have a small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed views. There is a wide color selection to choose from. They offer a modern look, which can be a disadvantage to those looking for a more traditional window treatment.

  • Vertical Blinds are the best option for larger, hard to cover windows. They are economical and easy to clean. Again, these window treatments offer a more contemporary look to a home.

  • Aluminum Mini Blinds are some of the cheapest blinds on the market. The lightweight quality makes them easy to operate by almost anyone. They come in a wide range of colors to add a touch of color, or maintain a neutral feel in a room. One of the disadvantages is that they provide poor insulation. Another downside is the aluminum slats can bend, so these blinds are not ideal for areas heavily trafficked by kids and pets.

  • Roman Shades are both stylish and versatile. They come in a wide color selection and offer class to any room. Roman shades are good insulators and versions that pair roman shades with honeycomb cell shades offer some of the best insulation on the market. The only disadvantage is they must be fully raised for a complete view.

  • Roller Shades These shades block UV light as well as cutting glare from the sun and acting as an insulator against the heat. They come with a wide color selection and have a small stack height when raised to allow for an unobstructed view. The disadvantages are they are not great insulators in cold climates and they must be fully raised for a complete view. However, some roller shades and solar screen shades allow view-through options, meaning the weave still allows for a partial view when lowered

WINDOW SHUTTERS

Definition; A window shutter is a solid and stable window covering usually consisting of a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rails (top, center and bottom). Set within this frame can be louvers (operable or fixed, horizontal or vertical), solid panels, fabric, glass and most any other item that can be mounted within a frame.

Shutters may be employed for a variety of reasons, including controlling the amount of sunlight that enters a room, to provide privacy, security, to protect against weather or unwanted intrusion or damage and to enhance the aesthetics of a building.



Types of shutters
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