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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Shades for Your Home

Window Shades When choosing which window shades you think will fit best within a space, there are several key things to keep in mind. Shades range wildly in style, form, and function. The choice you make will have a large effect on the overall décor and feel of the room that you install them in.

Here are 5 things to consider when choosing window shades for your home.


While almost all shades are made from fabric, there are a lot of different types and prints to choose from. If you are looking for block out shades, you will want to choose a thicker fabric that won’t allow any light to shine through. While if you decide to go with something that will diffuse light into the room, you will want to go with a lighter material.


The sky’s the limit when it comes to the possibilities of colour and print options on shades. You want to choose a colour that will blend harmoniously with the rest of the room. There is also the option of using patterned fabrics to bring a new dimension of design sensibilities to your space. If you are having shades custom made, the possibilities are endless.


As we’ve noted above, the kind of material a shade is made from will dramatically affect the way the window shades interact with the light that shines through. You will want to decide beforehand what the primary function of your shades are going to be. Whether you want them to block out light completely, or merely soften and diffuse the light. The material you choose will likely be somewhat contingent on the function of the shades. However, there is a lot of variability of function within identical materials.


Style refers to the type of shades that you want to purchase. There are a lot of different shade styles, the most classic of which is the old favourite – roller shades. Other options include luxaflex silhouette shades, which come in translucent or room-darkening opacities.


Once you’ve decided upon the above considerations, you will want to make sure that you have an accurate measurement of the size of the space you are hoping to cover with your new shades. This can be done quite easily yourself but is also something that can be done by a professional.

No matter what style, colour, or function of window shades you decide on, the most important thing is that your desired outcome leaves you feeling satisfied. If you keep the above considerations in mind, you’ll have no problems choosing beautiful shades.

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