Honeycomb shades, also known as cellular shades, were created by Hunter Douglas in response to the energy crisis in the 1970s, and they have been covering homeowners’ windows ever since. What makes these shades so unique? Quite a few things, actually.
Honeycomb Shades Are Incredibly Energy Efficient
Since they were invented after an energy crisis, it should come as no surprise that honeycomb shades are perhaps the most energy-efficient window treatments on the market. The original single-layered Duette® shade helps keep cold air out in the winter and in during the summer, reducing your heating and cooling bills. Double and triple layers of cells are available in the Applause® line, increasing the number of cells between your comfort and the outside elements.
If you want extra insulation without extra cells, Architella® Trielle™ is for you. These shades have an astonishing six layers of material within each cell, providing 20% more energy efficiency than those with a single layer.
Cellular Shades Absorb Unwanted Noise
Warm and cool air are not the only things that are blocked by the cells of these window treatments. Cellular shades also effective at reducing noise in your home. They keep outdoor noises from coming in and help dampen indoor sounds, improving the acoustics in your room. Applause shades with double or triple layers of cells are the most effective.
Differing Opacities for Varying Natural Light Needs
Just because honeycomb shades are energy efficient doesn’t mean they will completely darken a room. The fabric used comes in a wide range of opacities. Even the window treatments with additional layers can still let in light. IllumiCell is a clear material used as the inner layer that insulates without blocking the natural light.
For rooms that need to be dark during the day, you can choose from a variety of room-darkening fabrics.
Orientation Options to Fit Any Window
While normally pictured as hanging horizontally on an average size window, cellular shades can also be hung vertically, similar to a vertical blind. This orientation is perfect for sliding glass doors and large windows that open to the side, and it allows you to take advantage of their insulating power on the largest panes of glass in your home.
These versatile window coverings also work well in arched windows, creating a beautiful fan-like effect.
Honeycomb Shades Work Well in Any Room of Your Home
With the numerous fabric colors and patterns available, honeycomb shades are guaranteed to match your décor, whether you choose a neutral tone to blend in or a bright hue for an accent. Selecting an operating system won’t be easy, because these window treatments are available with traditional cords, with retractable cords, without any cords, and even motorized.
Are you ready to try these revolutionary shades in your home? Come visit the Unusual Designs showroom in Newport News, Virginia or schedule an appointment to meet with one of our interior designers. We proudly serve Williamsburg, Suffolk, Gloucester, Yorktown, Poquoson, and Portsmouth, Virginia.