There are literally hundreds of different things that you can do to gain privacy through window treatments and then each of those can come in 100 or 1000 fabrics and patterns. So for now, we’ll just go over a few different common window treatments and their various uses, part two of this article explores Curtains and Sheers.
Cellular shades (also sometimes called honeycomb shades) are so-called because when viewed from the side they are made up of tubes of fabric, joined together at top and bottom to form a cell, kept open by the gravity of each one pulling on the next. The benefit to cellular shades is the air that’s trapped between the fabric walls. Snow is a good insulator on an igloo and spray foam is a good insulator in a house, because they are both trap air inside them, in the same way the air trapped within the cellular shade creates insulation between the window and your home. Double-celled Cellular shades are made from two layers of smaller tubes layered together and these provide even better insulation. Cellular shades can also be made with blackout material, and a single or double cell shade, which also blocks the rays and heat from the sun, is going to be even more insulating, but as the benefits increase so does the amount you should be prepared to spend.
Cellular shades come in corded and cordless versions and can also be made “top down, bottom up” like blinds.
Different manufacturers carry different sized cells, 3/8” and 3/4” are common but 9/16” and other sizes can be found, as competitors try to keep their product unique in the market. Double-celled and triple-celled models are almost always made up of smaller cells, though some companies provide a small and large version. In general when choosing cell size the larger cells (3/4”) are better for a larger window and anything smaller will look more appropriate to the scale of a smaller window.
Cellular shades can be made in many colors and textures as well as blackout and sheer fabrics, in general they are made so that the color chosen faces inward with a white fabric facing out, which works great for those with condo boards to please.
Pleated shades are similar to cellular shades in look, but they only contain one side of the cell. They are basically zig zags of accordion folded fabric with strings running through them. Because they are thin they are great for areas that need to be covered for privacy but not specifically for light blockage or insulation, (though they can also be made in blackout fabric) and come corded, cordless or “top down, bottom up”. Many manufacturers now offer a shade that is a cellular “top down, bottom up” but with a thin pleated shade attached to the top section, so that when the top of the cellular shade is pushed down, the sheer pleated section fills the gap to maintain privacy. Enjoy the window treatments gallery.
Cellular shades come in many sizes as well as double and triple cells. Image Source (source)
Sheer Cellular shades can also be used along with other window treatments like curtains for the evening. Image Source (source)
These cellular shades are used with a valance. Image Source (source)
Top down, bottom up cellular shades can be positioned just where they are needed. Image Source (source)
These cellular top down bottom up shades have pleated shades attached to their tops for added privacy. Image Source (source)
Cellular shades in darker colors help to block more of the light. Image Source (source)
This photo shows top down bottom up shades that are operated with cords, you can see the cords holding them to the top of the window frame. Image Source (source)
Top down bottom up shades allow you to block out the harshest rays of the sun, or your peeping neighbors while still enjoying some of the view. Image Source (source)
The sheer pleated shade attached to the top of the cellular shade lets in more light while maintaining privacy. Image Source (source)
Cellular shades are great for a large multi-windowed room as they help with insulation. Image Source (source)
Here is an example of double cell shade construction. Image Source (source)
Cellular shades can come in an even larger range of sizes and lengths than wood or faux wood blinds because they are lighter. Image Source (source)
Cellular shades come in many colours to fit in with your homes décor. Image Source (source)
Pleated shades look a lot like cellular shades but are only one layer of fabric and so are thinner. Image Source (source)
Pleated shades are made of one layer of fabric folded accordion style. Image Source (source)
Because pleated shades are a bit lighter they may be a better choice in semi-horizontal applications. Image Source (source)
An accordion folded shade for a semi-circular window is an example of a pleated shade. Image Source (source)
Like cellular shades pleated shades can come in many colours to suit your space. Image Source (source)
This image shows a pleated shade from the edge as an accordion folded fabric threaded by strings. Image Source (source)
Here is another example of pleated shades attached to the tops of top down bottom up cellular shades to give two different levels of illumination. Image Source (source)
If you can’t reach the top of the window in question always go with corded cellular or pleated shades, cordless won’t help if you can’t reach to pull them down. Image Source (source)
Here is an example of a cellular shade in a printed fabric. Image Source (source)
When pairing cellular and pleated duo’s you can choose any color combination that you like, the red color in this room makes it seem like sunset. Image Source (source)
Pleated shades below compliment the large custom pleated shade on the semi-circular window. Image Source (source)
Cordless cellular and pleated blinds are so intuitive to operate they’re even great for kid’s rooms. Image Source (source)