Not What You Think: Window Treatment Terms

Reverse Roll

Philadelphia, California, Inside Out, Upside Down, No Rice and Reverse rolls. No, reverse roll is not another piece of sushi. A reverse roll is in fact a term used to describe a roller shade when its fabric rolls off the front of the shade, hiding the fabric roll. The opposite of a reverse roll is a standard roll wherein the fabric comes off the back of the roll. Think of your paper towels or toilet paper—most people prefer a reverse roll where the paper comes over the top. That’s a reverse roll. I tend to think a reverse roll looks cleaner and more put together on a shade, but I also like that with a standard roll the fabric is closer to the window glass so that I can get more light coverage in a room. Just like your sushi, pick your favorite roll to match your taste!

Source: Wallpaper Awesome, BBB
Source: Wallpaper Awesome

Honeycomb Shades

As much as I like the idea of a constantly flowing source of fresh honey wedged into my kitchen window, I don’t like the idea of the little guys that make the sweet stuff hanging around my house. Luckily, the term honeycomb shade is fondly named after the shape of the critter’s home. The exposed interior of a honeycomb shade is a hexagon-shaped matrix of diaphanous material that traps air. This honeycomb-like design makes it difficult for the temperature from the outside to pass through to the inside. That’s why honeycomb shades are a great pick for being comfortably cool in the summer, and nice and warm in the winter. And don’t forget, a honeycomb shade and a cellular shade are exactly the same—just tom-ay-to, tom-ah-to. Anyway you name it, cellular shades are one of our most popular window treatments.

Source: Koza Bal, Blindsgalore
Source: Koza Bal, Blindsgalore

Blackout

No, blackout is not what happens in NYC when there’s not enough energy to go around. Blackout is also not what happens after a long night of college fun. Blackout shades are not even what you wear the day after to hide your puffy eyes. Although some of those terms sound like a lot of fun, blackout shades, are, in fact, a lifesaver for anyone who doesn’t happen to rise and fall precisely with the sun’s schedule. Whether you work the graveyard shift, need to mimic nighttime for a child’s nap, or simply just want a couple extra hours on Saturday morning, blackout shades are a great option. So if you haven’t guessed it yet, blackout shades make your room a wonderful oasis of darkness so that you can get that extra shut-eye. They are great for bedrooms of course, but don’t forget that they can work wonders in a room where you want to watch the big game, or a street-facing bathroom where you desire complete privacy.

Source: Medium, Fifty Shades and Blinds
Source: Medium, Fifty Shades and Blinds

Top Down/ Bottom Up

This is not, ahem, something you’d find in a backroom magazine. It’s also not a Reagan era economics concept nor is it a management cause and effect style, and, no, it is not even a way to describe the hierarchy of ocean life in their feeding ecosystem structure. In The Blindsgalore world, Top Down/Bottom Up shades, known by we self-professed blinds nerds as TDBU (I’ve always thought that sounded like a wing of the hospital or something that might make you get admitted to one) are shades that can open from above or below. Want some sun shining in near the top of your window, but don’t want your neighbor to see in below? And then want it to operate like a traditional shade at other times? TDBU is for you (I wonder if the vanity license plate TDBU4U is available). Top down bottom up gives you many choices to your view outside your windows.

Source: Blindsgalore
Source: Blindsgalore

Bali

This is not where you go for an exotic Indonesian getaway. And Bali Wood Shades are not starring in an Indian movie. In fact, Bali, in the Blindsgalore world, is a brand of blinds and shades that we offer. An insider tip: the name doesn’t rhyme with “Molly” but instead “Sally”– think Bally Total Fitness.

Source: World Tourist Agency
Source: World Tourist Agency

Solar Shades

Yes, solar shades are a multitasking shade that reduces glare from the sun so that you are not squinting in that crisp early morning or bright afternoon sun. Second, they limit heat seeping in from the bright sun and third (and this is my favorite one), they let you still see your view through it all. We have even harnessed the sun’s energy and our new Coolaroo solar powered motorized outdoor shade converts the sun’s power into electricity to easily move your solar shade up and down. Solar shades are so versatile and handy when the sunlight blares and glares but you crave the view to the outside.

Source: Homi Homi, Blindshopper
Source: Homi Homi, Blindshopper

Don’t let weird window treatment terms dissuade you from finding that special blind or shade that will complete the look and comfort of your home. Our homes are full of windows and custom made window treatments make the views spectacular. Luckily, I live in California and it’s a treat to get all the perks of perfect window treatments while still savoring the ocean. Oh, I know, it’s a “hard knock life” here, but you, too, can design your windows in style.

Source: Our Boat House
Source: Our Boat House

Don’t forget to make your study flashcards. We’ll be having a pop quiz any day now.

Did you know? You can check our Window Jargon section any time you are not sure about the terms we use at Blindsgalore or in the window treatment design arena!

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Katie

Our BG designer, Katie, has been creating bright looks for windows and rooms for over ten years. Katie has great ideas and "picks” for your windows. She will be sharing with you her design choices and seasonal recommendations throughout the year. Katie reminds you that all our BG window blinds, shades and drapes are all custom made for you. Each one is hand crafted to your size, color, fabric and special requests with our added attention to quality and detail. Katie will make sure you love your windows.

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