Does This Window Treatment Option Fit Your Home?
Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are incredibly versatile. They provide insulation, privacy, and light control, but are they the best fit for your space? Let’s highlight some of their main advantages and disadvantages:
- Insulation: The long cells each trap air and act as an insulator, blocking out the summer heat as well as the winter cold. Because these shades come in many different sizes and configurations, they offer a variety of insulation options. Do your research or consult with your local window treatment expert, especially if insulation is an important factor for your home.
- Privacy: Cellular shades offer complete privacy unless you purchase a sheer fabric version. The most versatile models allow you to either lift the blind up from the bottom or lower it from the top, giving you 100% privacy at either the lower or upper window portion, while still allowing light though. Speaking of which…
- Light control: Options are plentiful when it comes to light control, including semi-opaque fabrics and opaque ones. Whether the shade is mounted inside or outside the window frame also has an effect on light control. As you explore your options you’re sure to find the option that works best for you.
- Safety: In homes with small children and pets, it’s essential to find blinds and shades that are safe. One of the biggest safety concern is in eliminating lifting cords, as those are considered hazardous for kids. Cellular shades come in cordless options as well as vertical or motorized options. The vertical option in particular is a great alternative for patio doors.
- Appeal: Cellular shades are versatile and practical. However, some might argue that their pleated paper look is not the most decorative window treatment option available on the market. Thanks to their extremely small stack though, honeycomb blinds can be combined and enhanced with other materials, such as decorative valances.
- Flexibility: Unfortunately, the vanes cannot be tilted—your blinds are either open or closed. While they can be opened partially to control the light coming into a room, this control is not as flexible as aluminum or wood blinds.
Cellular shades are a great fit for most homes—whether your space is modern or more traditional. Get in touch with your window treatment experts today to discuss your window needs and to arrange a free consultation.