Curtains, shades, blinds and all kinds of window Treatments are undoubtedly one of the most important elements of Interior Design. They hold and blend the colour schemes used in the décor, set the tone of the room and also go on to create a bold style statement if done up right. In some cases, they are also used as primary accents that build the character of the entire room layout and décor. But in order to achieve that, one needs to know the various types of curtains, shades and blind stylesso that one knows exactly which to choose for making your room look good to glam!
Top 5 Curtain Types to choose from:
Curtains are unlined and lightweight fabrics that are used to cover windows in order to filter out light, sound, draft and also as a decorative component. The most popular curtain types include:
Cafe Curtains: This curtain style includes covering only the bottom half of a window. In some cases it is paired with a valence (drapery style on the top part of a window) for a stylish and different look to a room.Sheer Curtains: A style that we all love, the translucent fabric that gives a stylish and chic look to your room. It filters light, provides a certain amount of privacy and is often combined with heavy fabric drapery for ornate interior designs.
Lace Curtains: This gives the same effect as the sheer curtains with the exception that these are made from lace fabric.
Gathered Curtains: This style involves using curtain and drapes that are pulled up half their heights and are tied to the sides.
Bishop Sleeve Curtains: These types of curtains are very much trending and involves having vertical panels of the curtain where it is pinched up at regular intervals to get a series of blousy sections followed by a gathered pleat.
Top 5 Shades & Blind Styles:
Unlike curtains, shades and blinds are window treatments that fit inside a window frame. Various options exists which can be used to create a stylish and modern look to your home. Some of the most popular options are given below:
Balloon: This refers to the old stage curtain style where series of draw strings hang vertically across d width of the window, that gathers up the material when pulled. Festoon style or the ‘London shade’ is similar to the Balloon with the exception that both the edges on the two sides are not gathered. Hence, Balloon gives a semi circle look while Festoon gives d style a tail.
Cellular: This style involves a crisply pleated fabric shade that folds up neatly together when drawn. Basically in this style, the shade is made into a honeycomb providing insulation to a certain extent since pockets of air are held in between the honeycomb structure.
Roman: The Roman shade is a chic style where the shade creates a flat panel when closed. The folds are spaced and occur at regular intervals and overlap each other when they are drawn up.
Roller: This style consists of a simple and flat shade which can be pulled down at any height and again rolls up to the roller at the top when it is drawn.
Blinds: These refer to shades made out of wood, metal, plastic or fabric that remains suspended in a string mesh. When drawn up, the entire treatment goes out of ones view.