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Window Shades - What To Buy For Your Home

Window shades are right behind window blinds in ease of use, but are right at the top of the
chain of popularity for window treatments. Shades are are the Swiss army knife of the window
world, and they get that nickname for a good reason. From typical sheer window shades to solar shades that block UV rays, you are going to be able to cover and treat your windows however you please when going with shades.

The world of purchasing binds, shutters, and shades is a confusing one. Although it may seem
simple and easy to pick, by the time you are ready to go, you will have hundreds of options to choose from. We have compiled the best types of window shades on the market right now in this buying guide. We will be dissecting the pros and cons of each type shade and how long they will be lasting as window treatments.

The main window shades options are:

There are more shades out there, and even more blinds to cover, but these are the few we are focusing on.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are the most popular version of window shades. They have the look of
horizontal shades, but the functionality of cordless shades. They provide a plethora of styles to
cover the window, and all of them are original. These shades are the most versatile, and will find themselves inside of other shaded categories. They can be cordless, made of bamboo, and even made of UV ray blocking technology.

The cellular shades are usually made of a hard paper and soft plastic mix, making them not the most durable. If you are looking for a more durable window cover that will withstand the test of time, this is not the option to go to. As you surf the other options, you will realize how truly expandable the cellar shades are. Most cell shades are white, but for an elevated price point, you will be able to darken the room or add a shade of your preferred color.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are very convenient, especially for hard to reach places or bigger sized windows. Vertical blinds are slowly falling out of the trend, and roller shades are taking their spot in the popularity contest and in sales. This window covering is rolled up at the top, and it is quickly becoming one of the most popular window fashions.


Roller shades they look like curtains, but they couldn’t be anything more opposite. Curtains will give you a fit and will be hard to manage, but these shades will be a easy pull of a string away from perfect lighting. The shades roller will give you the ability to adjust the height and light very quickly and precisely. There isn’t a better solution for a long vertical window or a window that is usually out of reach for darkening.

Cordless Shades

Cordless shades are exactly what they sound like. They get rid of the shades roller or the
strings, and let you adjust the shades all with your own hands. The light control with this option is unparalleled, and the ease of moving these shades is the best quality of them.
Cordless shades are often met by a pole with a handle at the end that is also dedicated to
moving the shades.


Both options are popular, but the option without the pole and handle is going to be for more
accessible and high traffic windows. If you are putting these shades in a place that is more
complicated to reach on a regular basis, you are going to want to role with the shades with the
handle to take care of the height of the window shutters. The cordless shades may be a bit
more pricey, but the ease of the product is going to get you your moneys worth very early on in your relationship with the shades.

Bamboo and Natural Shades

Bamboo shades and natural shades look very similar to horizontal blinds, but they serve a
completely different purpose. These shades are much cheaper than most people would think
they would be, but the price reflects the low durability. Many parents think these shades would be perfect for a kids room, but too much little kid contact and they will find bamboo all over the house in no time.

Bamboo shades lets natural light come in more than most shades, but the look of the
shades is what people are buying here. Bamboo is perfect for your tropical vacation home, a
light room in your own home, or even the high up window most people won’t touch, but will see.  If you are looking for the best way to impress your guests while maintaining your budget, natural and bamboo shades are a great way to go.

Roman Shades

Roman shades are the most expensive shades on the market, and they have a fantastic reason
to be. With silk, cotton, and vinyl as options to decorate your windows, the versatility and
customization is next level. Roman shades fold on top of them selves, or roll, to make them look as presentable as possible. They are often mistaken for drapes, but that is not what they are in the slightest.

Through all major window treatment companies, you will be able to make your roman shades
exactly how you want them to be. The shades look like they are also folded on top of each other often, which only adds to the professionalism. Through different materials and patterns, you home is going to look fantastic with these at the front. They are most often used in main rooms and laundry rooms, as they are not the not the best blackout shades or shades to keep
unwanted lookers peeking in.

Outdoor Shades

There is no on specific model for outdoor shades, as they are only categorized by their ability to be durable and withstand crazy weather. There are plenty of blackout solar screens that will fin themselves on the on the porch, but that isn’t the only popular model. Thicker bamboo shades are also going to be more of a trend for the outdoors. Motorized shades for your outdoor locations are also fantastic ideas too. They limit the wear and tear on the materials themselves, while offering ready-to-go protection from the sun, wind, and rain.

The opacity on the the outdoor shades is usually going to be very low, unlike any blinds that you will get for your porch. Shades and blinds don’t do the same thing, and that is why you want shades, not blinds covering you. The slats will allow for the harsh weather to get you, as the light filtering material from the shades will keep the bad weather out. With all the types of
window shades, outdoor shades are going to be your best friend for durability.

Solar Shades

With the name solar shades, you are probably hoping that this means that they are going to act as solar panels inside of our house for renewable energy, but sadly, that is not the case. Solar shades are much simpler than that, but their effectiveness should not be understated. Solar shades offer very useful benefits that you aren’t going to find on accident, so investing your money in good solar shades is going to be worth it.


Solar shades can block out the UV rays, reduce glare, and many other sun-related objectives.
For those whose skin is ultra sensitive to even the smallest amount of sun, this is going to be a
must buy. Most retailers know the use of these shades, and don’t want to make them too
expensive to be reasonable. They price varies, which makes this window treatment a must-have for anyone that is looking to reduce the UV rays inside their rooms.

Vertical Shades

Much like vertical blinds, the vertical shades are mostly going to be on doors. As we have
mentioned before, the vertical blinds are going out of style very quickly. They will likely make a return in the future, but for now they are certainly being frowned upon in the fashion sense of window styles. The same can sadly be said about the vertical shades, but they are much more uncommon to be found.


The name is vertical shades, but they move horizontally. They are very customizable and easy
to use, but you should only be buying them if they are absolutely needed. They can come in
blackout, solar, and even roman in some cases. If you keep it in the corner of your glass window until you need it, they won’t be too much of an eye sore, but you should still be refraining from this purchase unless it is deemed absolutely necessary.

Sheer Shades

Sheer shades are going to give you everything that you ask for. A cover and style on your
window while maintaining visibility. If you are looking for something to make your kitchen
window look less naked, this is the go to. It will give you some extra decoration while still giving you the view and visibility that you love. 

There are multiple styles for these type of shades, but the most common are vinyl and wood.
Although some are going to made of faux wood like the blinds, you are will need to stay away
from that material for durability reasons. Sheer blinds aren’t meant to blackout the room, but just to decorate it and make it feel more complete. Any other reason for purchase is going to leave you dissatisfied.

Pleated Shades

Pleated shades are the closest shade to cellular, but they aren’t the same. When you open them out of the box for the first time, you are going to think that they are cellular shades that simply got a bad fold. Thats not the case, just a new fun style. They are going to be much more cheap than other options, and the material is still going to be able to last longer than the cellular shades. These shades aren’t going to be offering great blackout, but they will be offering some good shade from the sun.

Temporary Shades

To describe these shades in one word, I would use the word cheap. You are not going to find
anything expensive here, and there is a reason for that. You shouldn’t be getting temporary shades for anything longer than a “temporary” time. These blinds seem like they made of paper because they actually are. This is not a reliable option to keep in your house for a long time, or even longer than a few weeks.

With that being said, there is still great use for the temporary shades. Also, if there is a window
in your home that doesn’t get much attention or sunlight, this is a fantastic cheap and easy way to decorate and style it. You will forget about it within hours, but it will collect dust enough to remind you where it is within months.

Custom Shades

Custom shades are the best way to go if you have some money to spend. From motorized
shades to solar blackout blinds, you are going to be able to hand-pick your materials and styles.  This will allow you to go all out in your pursuit of your dream home, with virtually nothing standing in your way.


That is why I am here.  I will walk you through your options and help you decide what window shades are going to be best for your home.  Let's get started!  Call, text or email me.​

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