• Nonfunctioning, or “faux,” shades are perfect for those who want a pop of color in the window, but who don’t need the functionality of a shade that fully extends. As a bonus, they can offer a transitional alternative to valances and cornices.
  • Top-down, bottom-up shades allow the homeowner to shut out glare without blocking all the light, no matter where the sun lies in the sky.
  • The beauty of shades is that they can be constructed to fit virtually any size window. Most home decor fabrics hover around 54 inches wide, so bear in mind that seams are often unavoidable in larger shades like these, but in the hands of a skilled fabricator, they can be made barely perceptible.
  • For maximum functionality, multiple shades mounted on one headrail allow for a visually seamless, uninterrupted flow of fabric across the entire expanse, while each shade can be operated individually. To block unwanted sunlight, you can mount multiple shades on the same headrail, allowing the ability to lower only the two corner shades.
  • Roller shades, which are essentially flat stretches of fabric that unfurl from a hidden roll mechanism, provide an ideal way to showcase a unique fabric.