Designer Window Shade Variables

Window shades are shades that control the amount of ultraviolet light that enters your residence. Designer shades can be used to filter radiant rays and add beauty to your home's interior or an enclosed screen porch. Choose a texture, pattern, color, and shade style that will beautify each room in your home.


Textured shades include pleated and bamboo coverings. Pleated varieties will contain strips of vinyl or fabric that overlap. Pleated varieties are often called Roman shades. This style is similar to a set of blinds but may contain strips that are slightly wider than an average set of blinds. Bamboo shades are constructed of natural bamboo stalks. This shade style will have a grainy texture.


Fabric shades may contain a pattern across the entire span of fabric that a window covering is constructed of. Flowers, hearts, zig-zags, and polka dots are some classic designs that may be added to a patterned shade. Intricate needlework may be used to add a pattern to custom shades or high-end shade products. Embroidery may be hand or machine-stitched along the front side of a fabric panel.


Vinyl and fabric sections may be hand or machine-dyed. Dye colors will include pastels, bright colors, and muted tones. The color of a shade can significantly impact how much sunlight enters a room. Color can also influence the mood of a room. For instance, yellow window coverings installed in a kitchen could give the kitchen a bright and cheerful aura. A black shade, on the other hand, can promote a relaxed state within a den or a living room.


Shades may contain a single panel of vinyl or fabric or multiple pieces of vinyl and fabric that are sewn together. Material thicknesses may differ from product to product. Window shades may contain a pull cord, which is located along the bottom or side of a shade. Some fancy shade styles may be automated. This type of shade will contain a frame at the very top of the shade that will conceal the vinyl or fabric when the shade is lifted in its entirety.

A shade product like this may be more rigid in design. When an automated shade is fully suspended, it will lay flush with the bottom of the window pane that is resting behind the shade panel. An automated product will require the use of a manual control unit that is battery-operated.