Window Shades for Wood Windows

October 10, 2010

When it comes to window materials, natural wood is often both the most traditional and attractive choice. Let its natural beauty shine through by choosing a window dressing that doesn't overwhelm it. Window shades are an excellent choice over heavier, bulkier drapes because they offer privacy and light control while allowing the natural trim and sill to show through.

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Styles of Window Shades for Wood Windows

When choosing window shades for wood windows, it's easy to become overwhelmed by your options. Some of the most popular styles include:

  • Roman Shades. These fabric shades are formed from a flat panel that covers the pane completely when covered, but forms attractive horizontal folds when raised.
  • Pleated Shades. This fabric panel features attractive, evenly spaced horizontal pleats.
  • Roller Shades. One of the oldest styles of window shades, roller shades consist of vinyl or fabric attached to spring rollers and mounted inside a window's casing or frame.
  • Cellular Shades. Also called honeycomb shades, cellular shades are comprised of two or more sheets of accordion-style fabric or paper. This cellular design traps hot and cold air, boosting energy efficiency.

Window Shades Offer Variety of Colors, Materials

When it comes to selecting window shades for wood windows, it's best to a product that not only accentuates the color and grain of the wood, but complements your design scheme as a whole. Fortunately, you can choose from a seemingly infinite combination of colors and materials. Some of the most common materials include:

  • Fabric
  • Woven wood
  • Natural dried grasses
  • Bamboo
  • Vinyl

Choose from a variety of thicknesses, from delicate sheer fabrics and silk to heavy-duty blackout materials.


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