We were recently at a newly remodeled house in Fremont California installing these super cool motorized mezzanine shades and the topic came up on what you should think about when you’re selecting window coverings for your home in the bay area.

You can check out this video before you move on to the rest of the post.

Style

When it comes to style, this is really a personal decision. Most people give very limited attention to what kind of window coverings they have or want to have. And a lot of people don’t even give it any thought at all!

When selecting window coverings for your home in the Bay Area, one of the first things you’ll want to think about is what the style of the room or space that you’re looking to get window coverings for is like. Is it a commercial space where function trumps style? Is it a space that was just remodeled, and now you’re going for a modern look? Or do you want something that is timeless and classic?

If you want something elegant and stylish, you might want to check out Roman Shades or Sheer Shades.

Looking for function over style? Roller Shades might be the way to go.

Looking for a classic and timeless touch, then get Shutters or some 2 inch Wood Blinds.

As someone much more famous than me once said:

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

Function

Perhaps prior to figuring out what kind of style you want when selecting window coverings, considering the function of the window covering is paramount.

For example, if you’re looking for window coverings for your bedrooms, you might want to consider blackout shades vs. light filtering fabric.

If you have a room where kids are going to be playing, you’ll want to consider safety concerns such as going cordless, using vinyl over aluminum for mini blinds, durability over style, etc.

You’ll also want to consider tradeoffs like privacy vs. the amount of light you want to control letting in. Roller shades, for example, are great at blocking damaging UV rays from the sun, but you can order them to have a certain opaqueness so that you can still see the scenery outside. You might also want to consider having window coverings, like cellular shades, that can be top down bottom up, so you can let light in while also getting the privacy that you need. Here’s an example…

Price

Last but not least, you’ll want to consider price. The costs for window coverings run the gamut. There are even suggestions made that you’ll want to spend 1-3% of the total cost of your home on window coverings. Here’s an interesting article you might want to check out regarding what to spend on window coverings.

The point is, though, that there’s something for everyone when it comes to window coverings. You have mini blinds on the low end to shutters or motorized blinds on the other.

The other good thing about window coverings, unlike floors, for example, is that you can tackle them room by room instead of all at once. Making the ability to afford them much more flexible.

Conclusion

We hope this helps a bit as you begin to shop for window coverings in your home in the Bay Area, and if there’s anything we can do to be helpful, please feel free to contact us at 650-773-7823 or drop us a line on our contact page.