If you are looking for new interior shades for your home, there are quite a few options available. If you are like most homeowners, you need shades to provide one or more of the following options: energy efficiency, privacy, light, or access to views. Choose which of these options are most important to you so you can narrow down your choices.

Energy Efficiency + Privacy

Tired of heat bombarding your home through the windows and would you also like a bit more privacy? Solid light-blocking shades provide increased efficiency and maximum privacy. Roller and panel shades can be coated on one side with a reflective coating on one side and your desired color on the inside facing surface. When pulled down, no light, heat, or prying eyes can make their way into your home.

Privacy + Light

You want your privacy, particularly for windows that face on busy streets, but you also may want to enjoy plenty of natural light in your home. There are some options that provide both privacy and plenty of light. Roller and Roman shades come in a range of opacities, so you can opt for a sheer version that allows in light but ensures that only shadows are viewed inside the home.

Views + Privacy

If your home offers some nice views but privacy is still an issue, then pleated shades are just the thing. These shades consist of a solid panel that is accordion-pleated. The shades can open from the bottom up, like traditional shades, or from the top down. You can also get them in a variety of opacities, depending on how much light you want to let into the home. If you want to see out but don't want to give up privacy, opening the shades partially using the top-down option is all you need to do.

Light + Energy Efficiency

Natural light plus home comfort and energy savings is achievable. Cellular shades, sometimes called honeycomb shades, have a unique pleated honeycomb design that results in open cells between two layers of fabric. These cells provide maximum efficiency, whether you are insulating against the cold or the heat. Furthermore, cellular shades come in low-opacity and nearly sheer varieties, which means you can still allow natural light to flow into the home while enjoying better energy efficiency.

Contact an interior shades supplier for more help in finding the perfect solution for your windows.