Shades or Drapes, Which is the Best Solution for Your Windows?

Window treatments often serve as a way to provide while helping to control the levels of natural light. Window treatments can also help with the cooling or insulating of a room. But which one is the best solution for your home?

Roman shades can easily be the centerpiece of a room and draw your eye towards the windows. Roman shades are highly effective at blocking light and protecting privacy by adding blackout liners and flannel interlining. Roman shades can diffuse or block out light completely depending on how sheer they are.

Roman shades, which are more structured than drapery, and are perfect solutions for tricky windows or spaces. Roman shades fit in the window frame or on the outside of the frame. They work well on windows that sit up high off the floor, are particularly narrow, or are divided into multiple segments. However, to allow light, the shade must be lifted entirely which means if you need privacy, you’ll have to sacrifice natural light in the process.

Drapes can be made of beautiful luxurious fabrics and can give a room a formal appearanceDrapes are perfect for dining rooms, living rooms, and other areas where guests are frequently entertained. However, drapes don’t have to be installed only in formal rooms. When paired with high-quality blinds or shades, they’re perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any room in your home.

Drapes are great at insulating and soundproofing rooms. Thin, sheer drapes will provide virtually nothing in the way of insulation and soundproofing, thick thermal drapes are great for reducing heat loss during the winter and keeping away cold drafts. Thick drapes also create a dampening effect for loud and bothersome noises, making them ideal for homeowners who live near train tracks, industrial facilities, or busy highways. Drapes, with their added layer, block out light and are thus popular for bedrooms. They can also insulate against heat and cold.

Drapes may be more expensive than Roman shades due to the amount of fabric required. But adding draperies to a room can really add warmth, design and texture and really finish a room nicely.

If you have any questions about Roman shades or drapes, please contact one of our talented designers. We would love to help you create beautiful, high quality window treatments.

Window Covering Myths

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Drapes should be hung on the window trim

Don’t cover up your beautiful trim molding! Drapes should be hung high and wide. Typically, drapes should be hung an inch or two from the ceiling. The inner edge of your drapes should fall on the outer edge of your window, allowing plenty of natural light to filter through. If light control or privacy is a concern, chose functional drapes that can close or pair drapes with blinds or shades.

DrapeStyle customers can enjoy professional design services so you don’t have to worry about figuring out the right placement of your drapes. We would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have!

Window treatments will make my home too dark

Room darkening window treatments are a blessing in bedrooms and theater rooms. But window coverings come in a variety of opacity, from sheer to blackout. Even room darkening treatments can be opened during the day to let in light. One of the first questions our designers will ask you is about your light control needs. We’ll use your answer to guide you towards the appropriate products for light control. See our lining guide for more information.

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Window coverings will block my views

Certain window coverings will block your views, but not all. If maintaining your views is important to you, be sure to tell our designers so they can help you find the right solution. Need more information? Review our measuring guide.

You can’t have window treatments if you want a minimalist aesthetic

Minimalist design is sweeping the country and with it the false belief that window treatments must be avoided in order to achieve this aesthetic. Don’t skip window treatments — and all the advantages they offer like privacy and energy efficiency — for the sake of design when you can have both! It’s actually quite possible to achieve clean lines and lots of natural light with the right window treatments.

Minimalistic window coverings

Window treatments are all the same

If you go to the hardware store and choose the exact same product for every room in your home, we can almost guarantee you’ll be disappointed in time. Each room in a home has different lighting, privacy, and design needs. Because of this, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we help our customers identify the needs of each room and customize solutions that will meet each of those needs. For example, we may recommend blackout coverings in the bedrooms, striking draperies for the formal dining room, and economical blinds in the garage.

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A retail chain will have the best pricing

Believing this myth could really cost you! Retails chains often sell inferior products at higher prices, so do your research on the types of fabrics being used and the type of construction. In most cases, for the same price retail chains charge, you could purchase custom made window treatments from DrapeStyle in sizes you need, not the limited sizes the retail chains want to offer.

For more information or questions, please contact us.