Looking for window treatments that provide a controlled light source, privacy, UV protection and energy efficiency, while satisfying aesthetic appearance can be an overwhelming process because there are so many products available to serve many different design styles and functions. However, the process can be simplified by considering several factors beyond the choice of color, texture, and style.

Shade systems are one type of window covering that can be used alone or in companion with other layers, such as, drapery and valances. Shades provide a broad range of versatility and may be the solution to enhance a window functionally and aesthetically. With many factors to be concerned, how does one make the correct shade system choice? Identifying the key reasons a shade may be needed or wanted is the first step in considering the products that are best suited for the window style and situation. Let’s consider a few of the many options!

First, by determining the directional light source of a window, products can be selected for energy efficiency, light diffusion, UV protection or combination of these issues. Generally, windows facing the north may require more energy-efficient specifications, while a southern exposure may require more light-diffusion qualities to protect the interior environment. East and west windows generally have bright, warm light in the morning and afternoon, respectively. More often than not these windows require shade systems to provide light diffusing qualities and UV blockage.

Once the direction of a window is considered and the light source controlled, the next factor one might consider is the need for privacy. The privacy factor is one of a personal preference based on the location of the window area, the function of the room, security issues, and view. Consider the surroundings outside the window. Is it private or in open view to a walkway or road? Are there outside street lamps that may be a bothersome light source at specific times of the day or night? These may be areas where privacy is necessary. Most shade systems offer levels of privacy; sheers that are translucent, semi-opaque materials that cannot be seen through but are light filtering, and opaque materials that one cannot see through and have a room darkening quality. The levels of opacity determine the amount of light that can come through the shade and degree of privacy the shade will provide.

The shape and size of a window is a major factor in determining product availability and necessary lift system options. In order for shade systems to raise, lower, tilt, and stack efficiently they may have some limitations that prevent them from being suitable for all window types and sizes. Shade system and the availability of lift system options whether manual or motorized is determined by the overall product weight, shape, and size. Also, it is wise to consider child and pet safety when making shade system choices.

Style, color, and texture selections provide the intrinsic elements of personal preference. This is the area where function and personal likes or dislikes may part company. What seems the best choice for ones personal choice in style, color, and texture, may not be the best suited for the practical need and function a specific shade system is meant to serve. compromises may have to be made in deciding the treatment most suitable to satisfy aesthetic value, functionality, and budgetary preferences. By understanding the personal criteria one can focus on only these products that will provide the majority, if not all the specifications needed to create the design ambiance while not compromising function to any great degree.

The selection of shade system options can be a more simple process when one understands their design criteria for aesthetic value, function, serviceability, and budget. To learn more about window fashions and shade systems, come by or call our studio/custom workroom at 1615 Cypress Drive, Jupiter, FL. Phone: 561-746-0686. Website: www.villageinteriorsflorida.com