Bamboo Shades and Curtains: Eco Chic Window Fashions

Eco Chic Bamboo
Eco Chic Bamboo

Eco Chic Bamboo

As consumers, we are becoming increasingly more aware of how our choices affect the world around us. Many are making daily efforts to lessen the negative impact on our planet. In addition to recycling, using mass transit, and conserving energy usage, another way we can work toward preserving the environment is by choosing Eco-friendly home décor products.

The term Eco Chic refers to products made with Eco-friendly materials, which are better for the environment, yet stylish and trendy. In effort to “go green,” interior designers encourage and implement the use of recycled, renewable and natural materials. Being environmentally conscious does not mean one has to forgo their sense of style and personality. It doesn’t have to be a sacrifice to do your part. You can live in a more Eco-friendly home while maintaining your creativity.

Bamboo Shades

Bamboo Shades

There has been an increase in the variety and availability of environmentally friendly textiles. The options are vast. The organic production of natural fibers for use as building materials and home décor items is growing as the desire for these types of products rises. “There are varying degrees of ‘green,’ but in general a product must be made from renewable natural material grown organically or harvested with minimal impact to its environment, or a material recycled in an environmentally responsible way.” (Talsma, 2012)

One such material that has become very popular for its versatility in appearance and application, is bamboo. Bamboo grows in most continents except for Antarctica and Europe. Due to its Eco-friendly appeal, quick growth rate, and durability, bamboo is a preferred building material. It is “more lightweight than steel and five times stronger than concrete.” (Green Diary, 2012) It not only lasts a long time, it is completely biodegradable when disposed of.

Bamboo Shades in a Sun Room

Bamboo Shades in a Sun Room

Window furnishings are a great place to start your home transformation. Choosing the right window covering will not only benefit the environment but it can save you money! There are varieties currently on the market that are not only beautiful but serve to allow you to block completely or let in just the right amount of sunlight. Having natural sunlight permeate a room can help reduce costs related to lighting as well as heating in the winter. Having the ability to block the sunlight effectively can reduce the cost of cooling in the summer.

There are several types of bamboo window coverings available. Woven roman shades, roller shades, grommet panels, and drapes are crafted from reeds, grasses, and natural woods, including bamboo. The shades provide a combination of natural beauty, durability, and function. Shades can be flat, hobbled style or accordion, with the same options as other shades or blinds, such as traditional wood valances, continuous cord loop or top-down/bottom-up style for custom design. The panels and drapes can be easily hung with a rod. Because they come in a variety of colors, textures and weaves, with a number of customizable attributes, the selection is extensive. They naturally filter light but a liner can be added to block light and increase privacy. They also pair well with fabric drapery panels.

Bamboo shades, drapes and panels are multifunctional and can be used to accent the home in other ways besides covering windows.

  • Bamboo beaded curtains are great for separating spaces within a room, such as a room divider in a shared kids’ room, creating a private sleeping space in a small studio or setting up a small closet.
  • A woven bamboo panel makes a nice shower curtain that can be easily hooked to the shower rod.
  • Bamboo curtains and shades work well for blocking sunlight when hung over a sliding glass door.
  • Colorful, decorative bamboo shades or beaded curtains make fun wall hangings that are easy to change out for seasonal themes or motifs.
Bamboo Shades with Fabric Drapery

An Eco-friendly home can also be stylish and trendy. Bamboo options will elegantly accent any room by adding a natural touch to your modern décor. Sustainable natural materials are being used to create beautiful and interesting home décor options that will decrease the negative impact on the environment, so you don’t have to sacrifice style to be a green homeowner.

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Talsma, T. (2012, September 7). Going green in your décor. Retrieved from

Energy-Efficient Shades Save You Money

Choosing the right window covering will unify your room and create the ambiance you desire. If you opt for an energy-efficient window treatment, in addition to tying together your decor, it will save you money! There are varieties currently on the market that are not only beautiful but serve to allow you to block completely or let in just the right amount of sunlight. Having natural sunlight permeate a room can help reduce costs related to lighting as well as heating in the winter. Having the ability to block the sunlight effectively can reduce the cost of cooling in the summer.

There are many benefits to having the proper blinds, shades or shutters in your home. They will make your rooms look nice while also preserving privacy, saving money on heating and cooling costs, and blocking outdoor sounds. Energy-efficient shades offer an attractive and practical alternative to drapes. Some popular and stylish shade options are cellular shades, roman shades and roller shades.

Cellular shades also called honeycomb shades, have a single, double or triple layered design that traps the air between the layers of the shade in individual cells. This creates an effective barrier between the window and the room and helps to prevent temperature transference. These are available in an array of fabrics and colors.

Roman shades are solid fabric panels that when raised, gently fold and stack to give a decorative appearance. They can be overlapping, hobbled or flat. There are a variety of styles, colors and textures to coordinate with any decor. They can be created with an insulated lining to improve energy efficiency as well as privacy and can accommodate large windows.

Roller shades are a sleek design option made as a flat panel of fabric that rolls up and can be concealed. Roller shades are a simple, streamlined look that can be used to filter or block sunlight completely. Roller shades can help to prevent heat loss, block drafts around windows and absorb sound. They are stylish and efficient with many patterns and accessories available.

These types of energy-efficient shades are available in light filtering and room darkening and in a variety of styles to match any home or office. They can also be equipped with no hassle cordless operation for convenience and safety. Eliminating cords and chains gives a clean and uncluttered look and keeps your small children and pets safe. Energy-efficient shades are attractive and functional. They successfully provide privacy, light and sound control, and protect furniture and floors from damaging ultraviolet rays all while cutting down your electric bill!

Cordless Blinds and Shades: The Safe and Stylish Option

There is nothing more important than the safety of your children. The best place to start taking precautions is in your child’s room. Consider the following tips from the Window Covering Safety Council, regarding window areas: Never place a crib, playpen, bed or any type of low-standing furniture near a window. To avoid your child accidentally becoming entangled in a nearby window cord, place cribs and furniture on a non-windowed wall. It is recommended that only cordless window products be used in young children’s bedrooms and play areas. Retrofitting older window coverings is also an option.

Cordless blinds and shades are available in a variety of fashionable options. You do not have to sacrifice style in the name of safety. You will find many colors and designs to suit any decor. In fact, the clean, slick look of cordless is gaining popularity because of its streamlined appearance. Most traditionally corded types are also available in a cordless version using either spring-loaded mechanisms, remote controls or wands.

Some examples available with cordless options are roller blinds, cellular shades and pleated shades. These typically operate by gently pushing up or pulling down on the bottom pull or rail to position at desired height. Remote control blinds give you safety and convenience. Wand operated blinds allow you to easily open, close and traverse slats. Eliminating cords and chains gives a safe, clean, and uncluttered look to enhance any room. Horizontal blinds and shades, vertical blinds and even wood blinds can be used to beautify your home while also keeping your small children and pets safe.

The Window Covering Safety Council was founded in 1994 by major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings. They formed this coalition to educate consumers about window cord safety, to raise awareness of the potential hazards of window cords, provide free retrofit kits and information, and promote the industry’s continuing commitment to product quality and safety.

For your number one priority, consider replacing your old window coverings with cordless possibilities. If that isn’t an option, retrofit your existing blinds. The Window Covering Safety Council provides free retro kits for your convenience.

Hardwood Blinds vs. Faux Wood Blinds

Wood blinds add warmth and elegance to any room. They are a stylish window solution for traditional or contemporary homes. Many blind options are available to homeowners but if you favor the wood look then the decision is between real hardwood blinds and faux wood blinds. When it comes to hardwood blinds vs. faux wood blinds, the question isn’t which is better, as they are both good choices. The question is which is better suited for your needs. There are some key differences between hardwood and faux wood that one should consider before setting out to make a purchase.

Hardwood Blinds

Hardwood Blinds

Real hardwood blinds come in many colors and stains. They look luxurious on any window but rooms with high moisture such as bathrooms or kitchens, should be off-limits as the real wood is susceptible to warping. They are light-weight for easy raising and lowering which puts less strain on the mechanism and in turn extends the life of the blinds. Because of their light weight, you will find more size options available if needed for large windows. The real wood also helps to insulate the room against heat and cold and can assist in protecting furniture from sun fading. Because the wood doesn’t give when pressure is applied it is more fragile than its faux counterpart and does not stand up well to wear and tear by children and pets. Also, harsh chemicals should be avoided when cleaning.

Faux wood blinds resemble real wood but are more resilient and flexible so the slats are less likely to break. They are heavier than real wood and can be harder to raise and lower if the window is large. The options may be limited for larger sizes due to their weight. Because they are made at least in part with vinyl or PVC, they can resist moisture and would be the best choice for bathrooms and even shower windows. Cleaning is easier since there are no restrictions on the types of cleaning products that can be used. The color selection for faux wood is limited so matching stained window trims might be a concern. When choosing faux wood blinds, be aware of cheaply made products. Some are made of foam that is less durable and may yellow in time. Inexpensive should not mean cheap. One thing to note about their heavier weight, faux wood blinds have smaller spacing between the cord ladders. If more visible cords is a problem, you should consider real wood blinds. If you’re considering decorative tapes keep in mind the tapes cover each ladder cord, so it may look excessive on a faux wood blind.

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux Wood Blinds

Hardwood and faux wood blinds both offer quality options for beautifying your home. If you have children and pets, are buying for a high moisture room or you have white or neutral color painted window trims, then faux is the way to go. If you have stained wood trim and want to easily match to your blinds or you need to cover large windows or want the light-weight option and have no worry of kids or animals, then real hardwood blinds are the right choice. Either way, hardwood or faux wood blinds are the home improvement worth making.

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