Compare the 9 Types of Window Treatments

There are 9 different types of window treatments in the industry today. With so many choices, how do you know which style will work best for your windows? Let’s compare the types of treatments so you can make an educated choice.

The 9 Types of Window Treatments

All window treatments solve common issues such as light control, privacy and energy efficiency. Most coverings can fit into one of the categories below. Which one is right for you?

  • Roller Shades
  • Roman Shades
  • Draperies
  • Sheer Shades
  • Blinds
  • Vertical Window Coverings
  • Woven Shades
  • Plantation Shutters
  • Honeycomb Shades

Some of these treatments can be combined onto one headrail to create dual function.

Roller Shades

The roller shade is one of the most common types of window treatments. While simple function has made them an industry favorite, it’s their style element that has given them staying power. You can now find rollers in a variety of colors, textures and opacities. 

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Designer Screen Shades

Roman Shades

Roman shades date back to Roman times when they were used to keep dust and heat from entering homes. Their cascading design is still popular today in providing privacy, energy efficiency and light control in modern homes. Who would have predicted that an invention created thousands of years ago would be a staple in window styling today. A combination of sensible design, patterned fabrics and a variety of folds keeps this window covering choice current.

soft fabric roman shades in organic materials on patio door overlooking plants
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades


Another type of window treatment that has evolved over the years is draperies. Draperies allow homeowners to have quick access to the window OR complete privacy, too. By choosing from a variety of fabrics, you can create sheer drapes to reduce glare, or they can be fully opaque resulting in a darkened room.

contemporary dining room table and chairs and large windows
Custom Drapery

Drapes can also act as an accent piece to upgrade the look of your room. Install them on either side of your window as stationary drapes to add style and personality. 

Sheer Shades

To create a dreamy aesthetic, sheer shades are the best choice. Sheer fabrics provide an incredible backdrop by filtering light and creating a soft glow. Their solid vanes add style as they adjust from opened to closed, revealing the outdoors or creating privacy.

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Silhouette® Window Shades


Out of all the types of window treatments, blinds are the most well-known and most common. Today, blinds come in a plethora of colors, sizes and materials. Create the look you want by choosing wood, vinyl or composite materials in coordinating styles. Blinds offer light control and privacy and are fitting for any room in the home.

bathroom blinds
Modern Precious Metals® Blinds

Vertical Coverings

Vertical blinds have their own category, too. Many clients choose verticals for their sliding glass doors or large windows. They come in a range of materials like regular blinds do and control privacy and light as well.

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Cadence® Vertical Blinds

Clients choose verticals for their sliders because they open similar to the way a sliding glass door would open, sideways. By choosing vertical shades, you can benefit from room darkening fabrics, energy efficiency and motorization.

An eat-in area with two chairs and a modern light fixture. The room has gray Vignette® Modern Roman Shades on windows, Duette® Vertiglide™ on slider in a gray color over the windows.
Duette® Vertiglide Shades

Woven Woods

Woven shades provide beautiful style at the window. Made from natural elements like grasses, bamboo, reeds and wood, they are the finishing touch your beautiful home may need. They also function well in providing privacy and light control. 

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Provenance® Woven Wood Shades


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Provenance® Woven Woods with LiteRise® Cordless

Plantation Shutters

The classic shutter is another popular client choice. Made from wood, composite or vinyl they have tilting louvers that open and close. Plantation shutters bring incredible design to any home looking for that traditional look of built-ins. Now featuring the hidden tilt, your view outside will not be compromised by the front tilt bar. Enjoy our Palm Beach™ shutters that offer motorized tilt for a more customized experience.

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Heritance® Hardwood Shutters

Honeycomb Shades

Award-winning honeycomb cellular shades are incredibly energy efficient. They were designed specifically to trap air in their honeycomb-shaped cells, now that’s technology! They are great at insulating windows and look beautiful, too. They give a uniform look with their orderly pleats, but come in many colors and textures to bring that designer look you desire. 



Here at Bazaar, we love to discuss all the different types of window treatments with our clients. The more you know about window products, the better informed you’ll be when it comes to that final decision. Together, we can get your windows to look amazing and to function in a way that works for your family. Every home is different, that is why we offer FREE in-home consultations as well as studio visits to show off our products. Schedule one today!