The dining room is so much more than just an area of the home where you eat. It’s where you family gathers to share meals, where you host guests, and where some of the best holiday memories are made. It’s for these reasons that it is often one of the most lavishly decorated rooms in the home (check out some really beautiful dining room designs here). Given its reputation as the crux of family life, it’s only natural for each aspect of the decor to carry a certain air of elegance, and with that, it’s only natural for many homeowners to stress over how to round out the atmosphere properly.
Window treatments are the unsung heroes of dining room decor. The right shade can really bring out the hues in the wood of your dining room table or the right set of blinds can make the light dance off of a fine-China cabinet. The good news for the consumer is that there is a wide range of options at all price ranges. Let’s take a look at the best blinds and shades for dining rooms to help you make your decision.
Shades are single pieces of continuous fabric that normally can’t be adjusted for light. Thankfully there are plenty of different designs for different privacy and lighting needs. Shades often feel cozier, fuller, and more decadent than blinds, so make sure to shop around and compare them with the other pieces of furniture in the room first. Let’s look at some of the best kinds:
Premium Roman Shades – Roman Shades are a classic window covering that you can never go wrong with. As beautiful as they are timeless, they differ from other shades in that they stack up evenly when completely rolled up, but look stunning, smooth, and elegant when unfurled. Many can be customized into pleated or hobbled folds, come with or without a cord, or be equipped with optional blackout liners. Their main advantages are their timeless style, utility, and their soft feel. Read up on the history of this timeless window treatment while you’re at it!
Cordless bamboo shades- all-natural, chic, and a delicate mix of just the right amount of light but still plenty of privacy, bamboo shades are one of the bestsellers in the shade category, especially the cordless version. They are the perfect complement to almost any dining room decor (and any decor in any room for that matter!). Although we don’t recommend them for traditional, elegant styles, they will work with just about anything else. Natural, eco-friendly, safe for children, and super stylish, you can’t go wrong with bamboo shades in the dining room.
Premium woven wood fabric shades – While roller shades do great in the privacy department, they are often lacking in the style department. When you consider that the dining room isn’t necessarily the most demanding in terms of privacy that could cause a bit of a sticky situation. The answer to that problem is premium woven wood fabric roller shades. Made out of stylish materials and meant to resemble wood and bamboo, the high-quality fabric cuts out light and glare, they are available in nearly all colours, so you won’t struggle to find the right fit for your home.
Deluxe light-filtering sheer shades – As I said before, privacy isn’t normally priority #1 in the dining room, so it’s OK to go with a model of shade that doesn’t completely block out the sun. Light-filtering sheer shades are a combination of blinds and shades, and they do a great job of filtering light, cutting down UV rays, and reducing glare, all while still looking great while doing so. The vances combined with the sheer fabric make for a wonderful window treatment.
Solar shades – Designed to reflect light instead of allowing it to penetrate, solar shades are a practical, stylish, and eco-friendly option for homeowners looking to keep some extra money in their pockets on energy bills and still get beautiful shades. They are extremely durable, preserve the view out the window well, and help to keep the heat down. You can even buy thicker options to help you find the perfect balance of light filtering and privacy! Here are some other great tips for preserving home energy.
Blinds are more versatile than shades and allow for more options in terms of filtering light. The drawback is that it can be difficult to create a cohesive style in a dining room with them. That is, unless you use these models!
Premium faux-wood blinds – Faux-wood is normally made out of PVC or polyester, but looks exactly like the real thing. They are more durable, easier to clean, and less expensive than real wood, faux-wood blinds are great if you’re on a budget or don’t like the idea of having to maintain wooden slats. Did we mention that nothing rivals the beauty and elegance of wooden blinds?
Privacy wood blinds- Just like their name suggests, these wooden blinds are designed with complete privacy in mind. The good news is that they don’t sacrifice style while doing it. With these blinds, you will have complete privacy while also getting extra protection from the sun! Wooden blinds are all-natural and give off the perfect vibe in any dining room. Just choose your color!
Faux-wood plantation shutters- You might think that shutters, especially ones with the word plantation in the title, are only for traditional dining rooms. That’s not the case in the slightest. Modern and bright, traditional and cozy, elegant and regal, it doesn’t matter; faux-wood plantation shutters fit everywhere. These lightweight window treatments combine the look of real wood with the durability of a lab-born product. Hollow and easy to install, easy to clean, and very versatile, they are without a doubt a great choice for any homeowner looking to add some style to their dining experience.
The dining room is one of the most important rooms in a family’s life, so deciding which window treatment to buy for rounding out the vibe is important. Now that we’ve covered the best blinds and shades for dining rooms, you have all of the info you need to make the right decision!
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