The Evolution of Window Fashions

Custom Valance over Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Several hundred years ago, window glass was very expensive and hard to get, so outside wooden shutters were used to block out light and heat. Later, people added louvers to allow air and sun to enter the room. Throughout the centuries, window treatments have evolved, to become more functional, decorative, and useful. Classic styles have been updated to become even more appealing, and new innovations are available every year. To see the latest in window fashions, speak with a trained Altra Home Décor representative here in Phoenix. We’ll be happy to help you choose what’s right for your home.

Fabric Treatments—Alone or Layered

Curtains and draperies have a long history as a popular window covering. First used to cover doors rather than windows, curtains were made from heavy tapestry fabrics. Today, custom curtains and draperies have evolved with fabrics that come in numerous colors, textures, and patterns. You can also add distinctive drapery hardware, trims, fringes, borders, cornices, and valances finish the look of your room. Curtains and draperies can add visual appeal to the window, and either alone or paired with a blind or shade, they will underscore your decorating style.

Roman Shades

Stories say that the Roman shade was created by the Roman Empire to prevent dust, sunlight and hot air from entering homes. Today, a classic Roman shade is made with panels of horizontally seamed fabric that folds up accordion-style, creating a valance look at the window. No longer considered “old-fashioned,” Roman shades continue to be a popular choice in window coverings and can be made from a wide variety of fabrics from natural fibers to bold or muted colors and patterns. Hunter Douglas offers several popular styles, including:

  • Designer Studio™ Roman Shades – Available in four distinct styles, in a variety of fabrics like linen, cotton, and silk
  • Vignette® Modern Roman Shades – Available in different fold styles, sizes, and a horizontal or vertical orientation. Features consistent folds and no exposed rear cords so your shade looks beautiful from the inside and out.
  • Provenance Woven Textures – Available in five styles, the hand-woven light-filtering reeds, grasses, and woods create a design statement.

Finding Window Fashions in the Phoenix and Peoria AZ Area

Altra Home Décor is your source for window treatments, custom drapery, flooring, and more! We serve the greater Phoenix area, including Peoria, Sun City West, Anthem, Buckeye, Glendale, and Scottsdale, with a showroom in Surprise. Stop by our locally owned store to view our full-size window treatment displays and sample books. Contact us today to schedule an in-home design consultation!