Interior Design Tips & Tricks  

May 24

Your Guide to Roller, Honeycomb, and Roman Shades

Posted by Nicole King on Friday, May 24, 2019

Picking window treatments for a space can be quite a challenge. Between the rigidity of blinds and the fluidity of curtains and drapes, there’s a vast array of window shades available. Fundamentally, window shades are lengths of fabric, from sheer to light-filtering to blackout, that you raise or lower to adjust the light and privacy of your space. Here are three types of shades that offer the simple functionality of blinds, with the softness and style of fabric.


Designer Roller Shades 

  • Fabric rolls up to the top of the window
  • Best for: a clean, simple, sleek look
  • Great alone, or with drapes, or with a top or bottom treatment, such as a valance
  • Easy functionality
  • Minimal light gap
  • Bonus: available with extra UV protection for patios and sunrooms
  • Bonus: an insulating version also available (Sonette)

Cellular Honeycomb Shades: Duette

  • Fabric shade with a layer of honeycomb shaped pockets that trap air to insulate
  • Best for: energy efficiency and insulation concerns
  • Conveys a more casual style depending upon selection of fabrics, pleat sizes, colors and textures
  • Can be opened top-down or bottom-up
  • Light diffusion and room-darkening together in one shade
  • Bonus: unparalleled blackout capability
  • Bonus: great for doors and specially shaped windows such as skylights, rounded windows, windows that swing and tilt

Roman Shades: Vignette

  • Length of fabric that hangs down flat when closed, but gathers into horizontal folds when pulled up
  • Best for: adding a touch of elegance with ample cascades of fabric
  • Best for: unmatched versatility depending upon fabrics, colors, folds, trims, and opacities you choose
  • Can be opened top-down or bottom-up
  • Light diffusion and room-darkening together in one shade
  • Bonus: an insulating version also available (Solera)

We offer these Hunter Douglas shades because they’re industry leaders. No matter which fabric and opacity you choose for your shade, each one comes with an operating system that works for you and your life. You can select a cord, wand, continuous loop, cordless, wireless, or battery powered operating system. Your shades can even become part of a Smart Home, connected to and controlled by your electronic devices.

Don’t let the options overwhelm you — let us help you! Come into the showroom for a consultation and get a clear view of what shades can do for your space.