Window coverings have been around for hundreds of years. Humans have been combating the elements and keeping them away from your interiors has been the primary reason for window coverings’ existence. From drapes, shutters, to blinds and shades, coverings have come in many different types and can serve different purposes. But you may ask yourself, which of these is the best fit in a modern setting, which window treatment will keep my home modern today and in the future?
Today, you want your window coverings to serve a few more purposes, such as improved energy efficiency and as a focal point for interior design. There is a whole category of these modern blinds and shades and we can break them down for you individually so you can get a better idea of what will be getting for your modern home.
Cellular shades are what you want if you are primarily looking for a covering that helps provide the best energy efficiency by helping to ward off the hot or cold outdoor air. Modern consumers are often looking for ways to help them save money, and with the energy efficiency cellular shades provide, they will certainly do so. Cellular shades are made in hexagonal pockets stacked on top of each other, hence its other name: honeycomb shades. The pockets trap air, creating a barrier which prevents hot or cold air from entering from the outside, helping to keep your room temperature stable without overburdening the heating and cooling systems.
With cellular shades, you also get a lot of straight lines, which are very appropriate with a lot of modern decor trends like the Scandinavian or post-modern styles. Similar to blinds like wood blinds, the straight lines are accentuated and help blend with the furniture of these types of decorative trends.
Faux Wood Blinds
If you are looking for something that provides straight lines like cellular shades, but don’t want something that looks too rustic, then allow us to suggest faux wood blinds. As suggested by their name, they are made to look like actual wood blinds without using the same material. They are made from a combination of PVC and vinyl making them more durable and able to withstand water better than wood blinds, making them a better choice for bathrooms and kitchens. This feature allows you to use them throughout your home without having to worry about damaging them, allowing you to use them uniformly in every room.
Zebra Roller Shades
Maybe you’re in between your choices in terms of shades versus blinds. Well, allow us to introduce you to marriage between both: zebra shades. They are a type of roller blind and are known as a banded blind. They are alternating bands of see-through sheer fabric and a light-filtering solid fabric. Instead of old-school coverings like wood shutters and drapes, they cover the window and give you great privacy and light control. With the bands, you can align them to fully close or partially open, or you can raise the entire shade to fully open them. The options that the shades give you are similar to classic blinds.
Zebra shades give you great versatility and provide a great in-between blinds and shades. They are a type of shade because the sheer fabrics are almost completely see-through and give you the ability to see outside as well as allow plenty of natural light to pass through them. They are the perfect choice for you if you want something that is very modern and appropriate for any modern home.
Everything in Modernity
You as a modern homeowner want everything you can get in a single window covering. Although cellular shades and zebra shades and faux wood blinds provide different things, they provide a good volume of positives that you as a homeowner and consumer should consider. They have come a long way since the days old when the only option you would have had would be old-fashioned drapes. So whatever your needs, find a modern blind or shade that will decorate your home very well.