It is like the window blind’s ancestor, and its basic features is a wide sheet of elastic covering material, most of the times made of plastic or fabric, that is rolled into a cylinder that is situated above the window. You can adjust how the shade covers the window by either pulling the sheet up or down, and is sometimes automated by an electronic device. Shades comes in a wide variety of colors, designs and patterns, if you prefer to use shades, then you need to pick carefully the right pattern or design that fits your home.
Shutter or window shutters, on the other hand, is a window treatment used in homes since the medieval times. It is characterized as an extra “door”, usually comes in pairs and acts as a secondary window. Shutters are mostly used to prevent light and wind from entering the room. It is very simple and almost requires no technical effort to make one. Decorations of this window treatment mostly come from the design of the shutter, which may be of intricate or technical design, depending on the structure where it is applied on, and also comes in a variety of colors and color patterns. The advantage of the shutter is that it can be applied outside the room, giving you yet another space to decorate your window. This kind of window treatment works best when used on contemporary modern homes, houses that are designed after homes of the early 17th to the 19th century.
These are some of the major types of window treatments that are widely used in most homes for decoration today. Choosing the appropriate window treatment would highly depend on the general design of your home or of the room that you are planning to decorate. You might get “lost in time” when you apply the wrong type of window treatment for your home.