All Types of Window Treatments: 9 Categories to Know

When it comes to the types of window treatments in the design world, how many are you actually familiar with? Some have timeless style, some are new to the scene. Let’s catch you up so you can find your favorites.

The 9 Types of Window Treatments

Light control, privacy, energy efficiency & design…window coverings have a lot to offer. We’ll walk you through these categories. If a style piques your interest, you can dig a little deeper to narrow down the styles you love.

  • Draperies
  • Blinds
  • Roller Shades
  • Roman Shades
  • Woven Shades
  • Sheer Shades
  • Honeycomb Shades
  • Plantation Shutters
  • Vertical Window Coverings



Many times, custom drapery and curtains are the first things to pop into mind when someone says, “window treatments.” Designed to pull across a rod, these window coverings close out the light and increase privacy, within a wide range, depending on fabrics. They can simply filter the light, or provide extreme room darkening. Today’s designs even offer stationery panels, meant to stay along side of the window, to frame the window with stylish patterns and colors.

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Custom Drapery with Roller Shades



Often used to refer to any type of covering on a window, blinds are actually a very specific product. Slats are threaded together, with the option to open, close or adjust for view-through. Those slats are created using materials such as wood, aluminum and composite–or faux wood to coordinate the look of your home.

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Modern Precious Metals® Blinds


Roller Shades

You probably recognize roller shades as one of the most common types of window treatments. From homes to businesses, the whole world sees the value of quick access to close out light or welcome it in with a simple adjustment. While these shades have been around for a long time, their style elements have only improved. In modern fabrics and today’s favorite features, (like dual roller shades!), roller shades are at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists.

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Designer Screen Roller Shades


Roman Shades

Adding personality & dimension to the look of the room, roman shades also invite incredible functional benefits. Traditional romans worked by gathering folds of fabric into stacks to raise them up. That style still exists, but the option for rolling romans is new. With the look of flat front romans, they roll up and disappear into the headrail.

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades


Woven Woods

The design world is crazy for woven fabrics–with good reason. They fit just about any style, crafted with a variety of materials and color schemes. When it comes to these types of window treatments, they are designed with natural fibers, like bamboo, grasses, woods and reeds.

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Provenance® Woven Woods


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Provenance® Woven Woods


Sheer Shades

The category of sheer shades encompasses any window coverings with sheer fabrics–hence the name. The idea of using sheers is to cut the glare and invite filtered light without taking away from the view. Some of the collections within this category also feature solid fabrics within the design. Others appear to float for maximized view.

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Silhouette® Window Shades


Honeycomb Shades

With its cell-like structure, honeycomb shades are also called cellular shades. No matter what you call it, that shape is what creates pockets of air, designed to maintain interior temperatures, resulting in incredible energy efficiency. With today’s modern designs, the fabrics add beauty to the organized look of the pleats.

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades


Plantation Shutters

Crafted from wood, vinyl or composite materials, plantation shutters bring beauty and character to your home while controlling the elements. Louvers adjust open, closed or anywhere in between to control the light and privacy. Shutters can also be a good source of energy savings for your home. One of our collections even offers motorized shutters for instant louver tilt.

gray wood shutters on sliding glass door for guest bedroom
Heritance® Hardwood Shutters


Vertical Window Coverings

Commonly used for sliding doors, homeowners also love vertical window coverings for large windows. The side to side adjustment just makes sense. We offer vertical blinds in wood, fabric or vinyl.

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Somner® Vertical Blinds

When it comes to vertical shades, the options increase. Materials and features add more than just light control and privacy. You can achieve room darkening, motorization and energy efficiency.

duette vertical honeycomb shades for sliding glass doors
Duette® Vertiglide Shades


At Integrated Windows, we want you to know just which which types of window treatments would suit your home the best! Our team of experts would love to provide inspiration and advice for you. Get in touch with us for your free, in-home consultation.