12 Types of Window Treatments

Katie Christopher
Updated May 11, 2021
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Choosing the right window treatment for your home interior can significantly affect its appearance. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Looking for window treatment ideas? Meet our top 12 favorite types.

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No matter the types of windows in your home, take a look at these 12 treatments and learn about the unique features each product provides.

1. Roman Shades

Roman shades window treatments
Roman shades combine functionality with the soft appearance of drapery. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Roman shades consist of one continuous piece of fabric, featuring horizontal folds down the length of the shade. These folds lay flat against the window when down but fold up nicely when raised, combining the soft look of fabric drapery with the functionality of a shade.

2. Shutters

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Shutters are an elegant design feature. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Shutters are a classic window treatment choice, adding architectural design directly to your windows. Shutters are on the lower end of custom window treatment costs but can add value to your home.

The elegant design of shutters looks attractive from both the inside and the outside.

3. Solar Shade Window Treatments

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Solar shades limit the amount of light that comes through a window without limiting your view. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Solar shades are also known as “window sunglasses” for their opaque design that allows you to preserve your outside view while also providing considerable light control. Available in openness factors ranging from 3- to 14-percent, you will want to choose a higher openness to let in more light and preserve your view.

4. Wood Blinds

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Wood blinds are a classic choice for windows and outlast trends or styles. Made of real wood, using various grains and stains, wood blinds remain durable through the years. The warm look of wood blinds pairs well with other wood furniture, flooring and trim.

5. Faux Wood Blinds

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Faux wood blinds are more affordable and durable than real wood options. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Faux wood blinds have the same look as real wood, but are more affordable window treatments because they’re made out of PVC, vinyl or composite wood material. Faux wood blinds are also moisture resistant, making them a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms where real wood would otherwise warp and crack.

6. Cellular Shades

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Cellular shades are the best insulators of all energy-efficient window treatments. They get their name and insulating properties from their fabric honeycomb cells that trap air between the window and the room. This results in heat gain in the winter and heat loss in the summer.

7. Woven Wood Shades

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Woven wood blinds have a casual feel. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Window treatment manufacturers make woven wood shades out of a variety of materials, including grasses, reeds and bamboo. These textured shades instantly add a casual, natural feel to your space. You may add liners to increase privacy or include fabric trim to further customize the woven wood shade to your room.

8. Panel Track Blinds

panel track window treatments
Panel track blinds have a modern feel. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Panel track blinds are made out of a series of fabric panels that slide back and forth to give you optimal light control and privacy.

These blinds are a modern alternative to vertical blinds for covering large windows or sliding glass doors.

9. Roller Shades

roller blinds window treatments
Roller blinds are affordable and discreet when raised. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Roller shades are one of the most affordable options when it comes to covering your windows. These shades roll up neatly onto a tube, making them appear minimal and discreet when raised. With blackout and light-filtering options, you can choose the amount of light control that you wish for any given room.

10. Sheer Shades

sheer fabric window curtains in a window
Sheer shades feature two fabric facings. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Sheer shades are an elegant window covering. These popular window treatments feature two sheer fabric facings over soft fabric vanes.

When vanes are open, diffused light is let inside, and your view to the outside is preserved.

When closed, however, room-darkening styles of sheer shades will completely block out light.

11. Pleated Shades

pleated shades window treatments
Pleated shades, made from a single piece of fabric, feature a sheer look. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Pleated shades are made from a single piece of fabric with pleats that collapse and stack neatly as you raise the shade. This slat-like effect gives your home a casual, semi-sheer look that allows a considerable amount of light to filter through the window.

12. Drapery

beige drapery curtains in window
Drapery can hang over different window treatments to add elegance. (Photo courtesy of Blindsgalore)

Drapery adds style and elegance to your home while also providing functional light control and privacy. Panels hang vertically from hardware at the top to your desired window treatment length.

Available in many different styles, fabrics, colors and patterns, you can easily coordinate drapery to layer with any existing window treatments or simply use panels only.

Other Considerations for Custom Window Treatments

When looking at the different types of window treatments, remember that child-safe features including cordless and motorized operation are available for all categories.

Before you make a choice about which window treatment to use, consider what you will be doing in each given room. Whether you are sleeping, playing or cooking, you can customize your shade to match your style and provide all of the functions you need. However, if you want to spruce up your windows without adding drapes or shades, decorative window film, which comes in a variety of patterns and colors, can make a big visual impact for a lower cost.

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