Your Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments

Your Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments

Window treatments are any type of material used to cover a window completely or partially. They come in a variety of sizes, styles, and price points. Different types of window treatments service different purposes. To start, they are a simple way to bring personality and style into your decor. Even though stylish, they are also an important and necessary part of a home. This is because they work functionally to filter sunlight, provide privacy, and regulate the temperature in your residence. When choosing the right window treatment for your home you have three options: blinds, shutters, or shades.


Blinds are considered a hard window treatment, as they are made up of a series of hard, interconnected slats rather than a soft fabric. These slats can be manually angled to allow in different amounts of light, even when the blinds are fully closed. There are many types of blinds and we are going to highlight a few below.

Alta Wood and Faux Wood Blinds

A timeless decor choice, Alta’s wood blinds create a warm, welcoming feeling in a room. These types of blinds are built to last. Alta’s real wood blinds come in a variety of stains and finishes, so you can make them match any room. Like all blinds, they work well for bedrooms, living rooms, etc.

Alta also has faux wood blinds which have the benefit of wood blinds, but at a budget-friendly price. These blinds are scratch-resistant, low maintenance, and are easier to clean than real wood blinds. They are ideal for rooms with high humidity as they don’t crack, peel, or warp. Faux blinds come in a variety of colors, and unlike wood blinds can bend without breaking. However, their heavier weight can make them harder to hang than real wood blinds.

Alta Vertical Blinds

Alta’s vertical blinds are a stylish and practical window treatment choice for sliding glass doors and large windows throughout your home. Vertical window blinds offer you complete control over how much natural light you allow in your home. This budget-friendly option is available in many styles and colors, but is most commonly made out of a vinyl material.


Window shades are soft window coverings. Instead of slats, they are composed of one continuous panel of fabric. There are many types of window shades depending on your home’s style. Since they are made of fabric, there is a wide range of colors and designs to choose from.

Alta’s Roller Shades

Alta’s roller shades move up and down with a pull. When lowered they decorate your window with a beautiful fabric that adds a lot of character to a room. Roller shades provide you with full control of how much light you let through your windows. Blackout shades completely stoplight at the window, making them ideal for bedrooms or entertainment rooms. Thinner shade fabric will remove the direct sunlight, but still allow some light to enter. As a bonus, roller shades are the easiest window treatment to clean.

Alta’s Woven Wood Shades

Alta’s woven wood shades bring a relaxed and inviting look into any room. These shades are made of twines, hemp, rattan, ropes, and reeds. Also called bamboo shades, woven wood adds texture and earthiness to any space.


Shutters are a classic window treatment option that are available in many styles and materials. A shutter is made of horizontal louvers or slats in a frame. The larger the louver, the more light and less privacy the shutter provides.

Now that you understand what window treatments are it is time to select what the best window treatment option is for you. At Cool Shades AZ we specialize in helping our customers choose the right customized window treatment for their home.