Leanne Bailey, store manager at The Blind Store in Carver, Mass., says cellular blinds are popular at her store, while Don Macomber of Atlantic Window Coverings in Rockland, Mass., says horizontal blinds are a top seller.

You may not have to shield your rooms from a strong summer sun for much longer, but window blinds and shades can do much more than simply filter light. Window treatments are good for providing privacy and insulating your windows. They can dim light or darken a room completely.


If you’re looking for an insulating shade, cellular shades are ideal. Also known as honeycomb shades due to the hexagon-shaped cells of the fabric, these shades trap air in each cell and provide energy-efficient insulation.


Cellular blinds are the most popular at The Blind Store in Carver, Mass., store manager Leanne Bailey said. But at Don Macomber’s Atlantic Window Coverings in Rockland, Mass., horizontal blinds are the best seller.


Horizontal blinds are best for filtering light, as they can be tilted to allow in partial sunlight. They are made of plastic or wood. “They are neat and clean looking,” Macomber said.


Vertical blinds, which are great for providing privacy or complete darkness, are gaining in popularity, Macomber said. They now come in a greater range of colors in fabrics and vinyl.


Roman shades are a more upscale, modern style, Macomber said. They are often made of fabric and stack up in large, evenly-sized panels when raised, creating a cascade effect.


To add a personal touch to your window treatments, you can have customized images printed on the shade, like a favorite photograph, Bailey said.


Depending the type and brand, prices for blinds and shades can range from $100 to $500 per window.


Window shades from The Blind Store come with an unlimited warranty.


“If you keep your house neat and clean, blinds should last a long time,” Macomber said.


Ashlee Fairey may be reached at afairey@ledger.com.


TYPES OF SHUTTERS:


Colonial-style shutters: They are typically 0.75 inches thick with 1.25-inch wide, wedge-shaped slats.


Plantation-style shutters: They can use elliptical-shaped slats with a width of 2.5 to 4.5 inches. When the slats are closed, plantation shutters are semi-opaque.


Double-hung shutters: This style features separate panels on top and bottom that open and close independently.


Flair-fold shutters: These shutters form a triangle with the window jamb instead of opening flat, and give a unique look to your window.


Sources: www.allaboutshutters.com, www.thewindowshutterssite.com.