The Many Shades of Style
There are so many styles of décor – from rustic to minimalist. Just about every generation and every culture is defined by a style. And there are now many types of window shades that can help bring a chosen style to your rooms. We love the versatility of Graber’s products and how well they coordinate to create beautiful rooms.
Cellular Shades – This window treatment is great for allowing diffused light in a room while providing privacy and reducing heat loss. Another bonus of these shades is their ability to absorb sound. As for style, they have a clean, modern look with a soft texture, making them great on their own, or as a backdrop for additional layers. But don’t box them into modern rooms; they work in any style and any type of room, from office to exercise room or dining room. One of the stand-out uses of this style of shade is how well they fit odd shaped windows.
Pleated Shades – Though slightly less effective in respect to reducing heat loss and absorbing sound, these are a great option where light control and/or privacy are the primary need. They are a little more modern in style than cellular, good for modern and minimalist styles. However, they also work for traditional style rooms when combined with other layers for additional softness, color, pattern, and detail. Pleated shades are a good choice for bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, workout rooms and offices.
Natural Drapes – This vertical version of the shade is great for adding a natural element to your large windows or patio doors. The textured panel is softer than the other styles of shades, because it mimics a drapery panel, but no one will mistake them for a traditional drape. Made with bamboo, jute, and grasses, they have a unique style that’s a combination of relaxed and refined. Use them to add drapes to a masculine room, or to add a natural textured element to a modern style room dominated by smooth, hard surfaces. Combine them with a cornice in the same material, fabric, wood, or other material to customize their appearance. Add a liner when more light control is needed, such as in a media room.
Natural Shades – When you have windows as well as patio doors in a room, Graber’s Natural Shades pair perfectly with their Natural Drapes and Natural Sliding Panels. The natural materials add texture and especially suit casual, beach-y, rustic or Asian room styles. They can also balance a room that leans toward formal, feminine, or stark, such as an all white room or one with a strong floral pattern. Some of our favorite rooms to use them in include sunrooms, bedrooms, powder rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, kitchens and executive offices. Constructed as a Roman shade, roller shade or sliding panels, liners can be added for additional light control. Combine them with fabric drapes, valances or cornices if a softer layer, more color or pattern are desired.
Roller Shades – A modern take on an old treatment, the simplicity of these shades transforms with the fabrics that are used. They can look at home in any room, and equally suit historic and modern architecture. There is an extensive variety of solid, patterned, and textured fabrics and colors available, with varying levels of transparency, from sheer to blackout. They can also be customized by adding a scalloped hem or decorative trims at the factory, or even embroidered or painted designs after purchase, for a unique designer look. Graber’s Roman Shades and Sliding Panels are available in many of the same fabrics, making it easy to coordinate all the window and door treatments in your room.
Roman Shades – This classic window treatment works in just about any room, depending on the fabric you choose, which can take the style from casual to tailored, or even elegant. There are also variations – looped, flat, seamless, pleated and balloon – that can change the style of this blind. Customize them by adding decorative trims, banding of a contrasting fabric, etc. The balloon variation is best suited to romantic, elegant, and dramatic decors, or “princess” rooms. Installation is typically within the window opening, but when installed above the window and close to the ceiling, they add to the height and drama of the windows and room. Excellent at absorbing sound, controlling light, and reducing heat loss, they can be combined with other layers, such as cornices, drapes and shutters.
Sliding Panels – This newer type of shade is a variation on the slimmer vertical blinds, which can look busy on large expanses of windows. These panels work on either windows or patio doors, have a simple and modern style, and coordinate with Graber’s other shade types. They also work in rustic or traditional style rooms with the right material choices. The fabric options include woven natural materials, solid colors, and subtle to bold patterns. Layer them with drapes for a softer look, or top them off with cornices of fabric, wood, or the same material as the panels.
With great style, fabrics and colors, Graber’s window solutions make it easy to coordinate all the windows and glass doors in your home with your decorating style. Pick your room style, pick your shade, love your room!