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Curtains, Blinds, Shades, Drapes. One or all?

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Know about Curtains, Blinds, Shades and Drapes.

Let us try and understand the various stages that people go through before they finally install window dressings for their homes – be it a minor makeover or a major one.

Initially, the desire to introduce a dressing germinates in the mind. The impulse could be triggered from a recognition of the fact that an existing covering is inadequate or because one doesn’t exist when it should. It could be due to wear and tear of an existing fitting, due to its nonfunctionality or even because the current dressing was a wrong choice. If it is due to it having been a wrong choice, the way forward is simple. The solution lies in an understanding of the reason it is seen as a wrong choice and choosing a new one that overcomes all the shortcomings. However, in the other instances the entire process proceeds through familiar stages.

Decision-making follows desire. Requirements are discussed and researched. Possibilities present themselves. Curtains? Blinds? Shades? Drapes ? The right choice will provide for the change that one is looking to achieve. It is also a chance to add to the energy efficiency quotient of the home and add value to it. Homes that are done up well, audited and approved by certifying agencies for energy efficiency have more inherent and economic value than those that are not.

While the options, mentioned above, can be used for most requirements, some are more appropriate for the need than any other. For instance, a window in the main sitting area can be dressed up with a blind, a shade, a curtain or a drape. The location of the window to be covered is critical in the decision-making.



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If it is large and eastward or westward facing, having an overbearing impact on the interior décor, a blind would fit very well. Light filtering controls ranging from remote controlled to the manual chord based ones are available at varying price points to suit any requirement. If it is required to perform thermal insulation duties too, a cellular blind will do very well. The cellular honeycomb window shades design arrests the influx of heat from the outside in summer and restrains the exit of warm internal air in winter. It can even provide fully drawn and fully covered functionality, and it is easy to maintain. Blinds can be horizontal or vertical. The elegance of vertical shades increases in proportion to its height. Each vane can be rotated up to 360 degrees offering the best light control adjustment management.

The impact of drapes and shades on the interior décor and ambiance of a home can be very overpowering and if skillfully chosen, can provide oomph to even ordinary settings. Drapes and shades are ideal for north and south facing installations. They are available in a variety of colors and material. If environmental friendliness is of importance, there is a greater chance of finding a drape or window shade made of natural material at an affordable price than a blind. Drapes are made of fine natural or synthetic yarn. The texture, pattern, and color add richness to any interior. Shades made of bamboo, grass,or coarse yarn are very attractive and very often, originate from places having highly skilled craft -persons who depend on the collection, processing and manufacture of the products to earn a livelihood.

The Difference between Shades and Blinds.


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An understanding of the essential difference between a shade and a blind will be helpful. The words ‘slats’, ‘vanes’ and ‘louvers’ refer to the same thing while referring to blinds. A slat is a long, thin, flat strip of material usually made of wood or plastic. Slats are individually put together to create a blind and engineered to work in unison, controlled by a chord. Manufacturers go to great length to make them attractive and appealing so that so that they remain a worthy contender for any window dressing application.

Shades are continuous rolls and made of material that can be rolled and unrolled easily. They offer a continuous smoothness that is different from blinds. Springs and chords are used to control the rolling-up and rolling down of shades. They are not as versatile as blinds for light control. As far as thermal insulation is concerned suppliers have recourse to material and designs that can satisfy any requirement.

Curtains and drapes are more or less synonymous. For variety in richness, texture and design drapes are at the apex of the window dressing pyramid. The word drape evokes images of tradition and elegance. Drapes are swathes of cloth that allow for horizontal control. Drapes allow immense opportunity for creativity. The right length of the right fabric having the right shade and design can be cut out of a roll of fabric and tailored. It is like dressing up a beautiful woman. Pieces of fabric can be put together to provide the perfect fit.

Window dressing is like dressing up the family. Comfort, elegance, perfect fit and thermal protection are of paramount importance. Each door and window cries out to be dressed appropriately. Think about it and just do it.



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