Celebrating the Wide Variety of Window Blinds We Use Today

There are so many types of window treatments available today it might surprise you to know that it was only about 160 years ago that curtains were not even really available to common people.  Indeed, before that time, curtains were seen as something that was only available to the very rich. And this is despite the fact that some studies suggest the earliest window treatments might have been very simple curtains dating as far back as the 2nd century.


Among the most common and versatile type of Store Urbain habillage de fenetre
in use today is the simple, common blind. While there are two classification of common blind (the ½ inch and the 2-inch) there are many ways to fabricate the common blind:

  • Roman shade—among the oldest styles of common blind, this is a horizontal shade made with evenly-stacked cloth which opens smoothly
  • Pleated shade—another cloth shade, similar to the horizontal Roman shade, these have sharper pleated edges which appear rounded when not fully opened
  • Aluminum blind—perhaps the most common horizontal blind, today, these metallic blinds are thin and light while still offering excellent manipulation of light
  • Honeycomb shade—also known as “cellular” shades, these look like a standard pleated blind in front but from the side you can see they have diamond-shaped cells
  • Wood-Faux wood blinds—basically, think of these as Roman shades made out of wood.  They are an excellent option for controlling light and heat but they also have quite a better aesthetic than metallic blinds.
  • Vertical blinds—very common for large windows and sliding patio doors


There are lots of different ways to accentuate your window treatments, these days, too:

  • Valance—these are miniature curtains are more commonly used at the top of a window to create a look that is less formal
  • Pencil pleats—small pleats along the top of the curtain
  • Tab Heading—perhaps the most common, contemporary, simple curtain heading
  • Smocked heading—diamond-shaped ornamentation; more common heading to country-style interiors
  • Pelmet—elaborate, decorative, upholstered board near the top of a window; used in traditional interiors
  • Lambrequin—a pelmet with longer sides and more elaboration; from the Renaissance period
  • London blind—formal blind which uses a cord to open and close, horizontally
  • Australian blind—a combination blind with Roman elements