Honeycomb shades are also known as cellular shades, and they’re one of the simplest, most cost-effective ways to make your house more eco-friendly. Plus, while you’re going green, you can also go stylish and make your shades the envy of the neighborhood and the highlight of your living room.
Basically, these type of shades feature cells that fit together a little like a honeycomb. Each cell has air in the middle, and this air works to trap heat or cold in between your window and the outside world. The shades can keep heat or cold from coming in or going out, so the insulation can help you save on heating and cooling bills all year round. If you have decent windows but still want to make your home more energy efficient, this is one of the simplest and most stylish ways to do it.
Like our other shades, these shades come in a variety of options. One of the main things you must decide is how much light you want to get through them. Even if they’re letting light in, they’re still working to trap heat and cold and lower your energy bills! However, in some rooms, you might want to let light filter in, while in other rooms you may need to block out as much light as possible.
Blocking out all the light with blackout options can be great in bedrooms and media rooms. It’s also nice if you’re gone during the day and want to block light from south and east facing windows with honeycomb shades, since the light can itself generate extra heat in your home. Filtered lighting is nice for blocking angled sunlight in the mornings and evenings, and it’s particularly nice for family areas where you need privacy but don’t necessarily want to live in a cave.
These shades work similarly to Roman shades in that they sit inside the window and slide neatly up and down. They are not only energy-efficient but also very sleek and modern looking. Plus, with a control on the front of the shade, you don’t need to worry about dangling cords that can be unsightly or even dangerous for pets and young children.
While these shades aren’t made in completely custom colors, they do come in a wide palette that gives you the ability to make your shades look as custom as possible. Choose a neutral color if you redecorate often, or match your furnishings exactly for an elegant, upscale look. Cellular shades are perfect in any room of the house, but they’re particularly helpful in areas where excessive wind or sun exposure increases your energy usage for heating and cooling.
If you think these types of shades might be right for you, check out our online window gallery for ideas on colors and styles that might work for your home. Then, call to set up an appointment with one of our professional window treatment designers. They can help you sort through your available options and decide on the styles, transparencies, and colors that will work best for your needs. There are simply so many options of honeycomb shades available that a professional can guide you to making the best style choices for your home – or just help you order the right shades when you already know just what you want!