What are the best shades for home windows?

March 1, 2022
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Window treatments and coverings offer the combination of functionality and style many homeowners love. They serve as a way to decorate and make your home look more welcoming while improving your privacy and protecting your furniture, flooring, and other decorations. 

Window sun shades are an excellent way to define your space, but not all types of window coverings will work for every room in the house. Different materials and treatments create different effects on light passing through them so it’s important you know which type best suits what area before installing any shades.

Here are the top 4 window sun shades that work for almost all parts of your home:

Roller Shades

Roller shades have a minimalist and modern design that can complement almost any and every style a room has. They are easy to use, straightforward to install, and simple to work into any interior design scheme. The shade fabric is rolled up and can be extended or unfurled to block the sunlight and glare while giving you the privacy you need. 

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Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of roller shades:


  • Easy to install
  • Available in many colors, styles, textures, and materials
  • Can add or reduce sunlight and glare
  • Provides privacy
  • Fits any size of window
  • Ideal for bathrooms and living rooms
  • Great as a base layer for other window treatments


  • Requires special cleaning
  • Not ideal for old Victorian-style windows

Roller shades are practically invisible when it is fully rolled up. It will not hinder or obstruct your view when you want to enjoy sunlight and surroundings. They are pretty basic but are effective in providing privacy and light control. 

If you are planning to have roller shades installed in your home, always consider the opacity of the shades to ensure your privacy. This is very important especially if you are installing them in your bathrooms.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are popular for regulating the temperature and improving the insulation inside the room. It is all because of its honeycomb design, hence it is also called honeycomb shades. They are energy efficient in protecting your home during hot and cold weather, trapping the air inside the cells.

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Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of cellular shades:


  • Unparalleled privacy
  • Child and pet safety
  • Great for everyday use
  • Energy efficient
  • Practical
  • Insulating feature helps you save more on heating and cooling
  • Available in many colors, textures, and fabric options
  • Ideal for living rooms and bedrooms


  • Not that fashionable

Honeycomb shades have minimal stack when they are fully raised. They won’t hinder or obstruct your view. And because of their insulating feature, they are ideal for spaces in your home that are commonly used or need to be of utmost comfortable when used. They are ideal to be installed in living rooms where you receive your guests and bedrooms where it needs to be the best temperature for sleep.

Zebra Shades

Zebra shades are roller shades that let you transition between privacy and sheer. That is why they are also called revolve transitional shades. It combines the amazing roller shade technology with the functionality of the Venetian blinds. Zebra shades are window coverings with alternating solid and sheer fabric pieces like zebra stripes. They let you adjust the light coming into your home by simply pulling and controlling the chain.

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Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of zebra shades:


  • Innovative and modern
  • Versatile
  • Improved privacy
  • Better sunlight and glare control
  • Available in many colors, textures, and fabric options
  • Practical
  • Affordable
  • Better insulation
  • Easy to lift and lightweight
  • Ideal for living rooms and bedrooms


  • Not fully blackout
  • Not ideal for narrow windows
  • Needs to be maintained
  • Can be noisy

Zebra shades are modern and innovative that can add a unique and stylish touch to your home. As a result, the stripes add a sophisticated look while making the room feel more homey and welcoming. This type of window shade allows light to penetrate through but is filtered making them not too blinding and overpowering. It adds a sense of privacy without sacrificing the natural lighting inside your home. This will help you save on your monthly utility bills.

It is ideal for spaces where you want privacy but needs natural light as well like bedrooms and living rooms.

Vienna Shades

Vienna shades are somewhat similar to cellular and roller shades when it comes to their functions and style. However, what is unique about Vienna shades is there are alternating soft sheer fabrics that let you enjoy a veiled view outside when it is open. Hence, its alternate name, silhouette shades. When it is fully closed, no light will come into the room and let you enjoy a dark space and full privacy.

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Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of Vienna shades:


  • Improved privacy but with natural lighting
  • UV protection
  • Available in many colors, textures, and fabric options
  • Versatile
  • Practical
  • Ideal for living rooms, bedrooms, and other spaces in your home


  • Too formal
  • Limited insulation
  • High-end window treatment can be pricey
  • Limited color palette to choose from

Vienna shades are the top of the food chain when it comes to window shades. The available color palette selection is fewer compared to other shades because they are more expensive. They are specially created using specialty fabrics to provide the unique and brilliant combination of sheer drapery and blinds.

This combination is what makes it popular for many homeowners. They love the uniqueness and functionality it provides while looking stylish. You can enjoy the relaxing view outdoors while shielding yourself, furniture, flooring, and decors from sunlight and UV rays. But this will depend on the fabric you choose. It can filter up to 88% of the harmful UV rays coming from the sun.

Vienna shades are ideal for all rooms in your home because they provide privacy, natural lighting, and aesthetics that will look amazingly well with any decor and theme.

When to contact a professional for shades

Window shades are a popular choice for many Canadian homeowners. Why? Because they are both functional and decorative. Shades prevent the harmful and bright sunlight from penetrating through your windows and harming your decors, furniture, and floorings. In addition, they prevent outsiders from seeing everything you do inside your home. 

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Now that you have an idea of which type of window shades works for a specific part of your home, it is time for you to consult a professional to help you out. Our team in Wholesale Blind Factory will help you choose which fabric, color, texture, style, and type of shades work for your home. We offer FREE in-house consultation and high-quality products that will look great with your home decor.

Do not hesitate to give us a call at 📞(604) 942-4201 and get a quote from our team of professionals today!

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