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Choosing the Right Shades and Sheers for Your Home

Living toward the southern tip of Florida, you may not think a shade or sheer would be able to handle the sun that streams into the windows of your home on a daily basis. But there are numerous options that will help you beat the heat, enjoy your view, or protect your belongings from damaging rays.

Honeycomb shades

Just as their name implies, these shades consist of individual cells resembling those found in honeycombs that are put together to create a shade. They come in single, double, or triple cells in varying sizes. Single-cell shades block some outdoor heat and noise and filter out harmful UV rays, while double and triple-cell options double and triple the protection. Looking for more light and noise filtering capabilities with a single-cell shade? Consider the “honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb” Architella line from Hunter Douglas. All honeycomb shade types come in endless color and material options, sure to fit your home décor. They can also run vertically rather than horizontally, making them perfect for sliding glass doors.

Roller shades

Roller shades come in a wide variety of colors, textures and prints. They provide a sleek look when down and disappear almost completely when retracted. Because of their slim profile, sheer roller shades can be combined with draperies or curtains, allowing you to block a little or a lot of sunlight. If you prefer a single treatment on your window but require more shade or privacy, select an opaque roller shade.

Roman shades

Most often made with fabric, Roman shades provide the same softness and coverage as draperies can, but are perfect for places that loose curtains aren’t, like bathrooms or over kitchen sinks or counters. Although traditionally hung horizontally, they can also be hung vertically to cover sliding doors and vertical windows and are available with or without cords.

Sheer shadings

Sheer shadings combine the best of both worlds by sandwiching more opaque veins between two panels of sheer material. The sheers can be drawn up completely to the top of the window for an unobstructed view. When the sheers are down but the veins are open, the light and view are allowed to come in, but UV rays that can damage flooring and furniture are filtered out. Close the veins within the sheers and sunlight is even more muted. If the vein material is completely opaque, the room can be effectively darkened.

Woven woods

Woven wood shades bring texture to a room or wall without adding a distinctive or distracting pattern. When open, they may be gathered from bottom to top like a Roman shade or rolled up behind a headrail or valance like a roller shade. Many of the woven woods can be lined to increase their room-darkening and energy-saving abilities; or leave them unlined to allow natural light to filter in.

When choosing shades or sheers for your home, be sure to visit the design experts at the Blind and Shutter Gallery. We proudly serve Cape Coral, Captiva, Pine Island, Punta Gorda, Fort Meyers, Sanibel, San Carlos Park, Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples and surrounding Florida areas.

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