History of Window Treatments

History of Window Treatments

Window treatments have stood the test of time—and have evolved. From blinds and shades to curtains and draperies, people have covered their windows for decades, for various reasons. Many of today’s fashions have taken their cue from the treatments of the past, and they work even better than ever before. If you’re in the market for new treatments, speak with a Shutter Guy representative here in Charleston today. We’ll help you find just the right treatment for your needs and budget.

The Beginning—Shutters

In the 1500s, people couldn’t always afford glass for their windows, so they affixed shutters to the outsides of their homes to block out light and heat and cold. After a while, they added louvers to allow air and sun to enter the room. Eventually, shutters moved inside, evolving from functional to fashionable with a purpose. Today’s shutters are so well manufactured and stylish that they’re often referred to as “furniture for your windows,” and they’ll often increase the value of a home. Hunter Douglas offers an extensive line of shutters to meet today’s demands, including Heritance® Genuine Hardwood Shutters, NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters, and Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters.

Curtains and Draperies

Curtains and draperies have long been popular. At first, curtains were used to cover doors rather than windows, and they were made from heavy tapestry fabrics. When curtains moved to covering windows, they were used only in the most important rooms of the house to keep out the cold. Today, custom curtains and draperies have evolved with easy-care fabrics that come in endless colors, patterns, and textures. Curtains and draperies add interest to the window and, either alone or paired with a blind or shade, they will showcase your decorating style.

Shades From Rome

It is said that the Roman empire created the Roman shade to prevent dust, sunlight, and hot air from entering homes. A classic Roman shade or “flat fold” is made from a single piece of fabric, and it folds up accordion-style when raised, creating a valance look at the window. No longer considered “old-fashioned,” Roman shades continue to be a popular choice in window coverings. Consider the Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades, which feature consistent folds and no exposed rear cords so your shade looks beautiful from the inside and out.

Window Treatments in the Charleston SC Area

The window treatment professionals at the Shutter Guy are trained to assist you in the selection of the right treatment for YOUR windows! Our knowledgeable and experienced staff knows how to ask the right questions to ensure your new window treatments exceed your expectations. We service Charleston, SC and surrounding areas including, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Mt Pleasant, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Awendah, Goose Creek, and the “Low Country.”

Contact us to schedule a consultation, and be sure to check out our Calling Out Cancer program to see how a percentage of your purchase with us goes toward cancer support and research.

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