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Blinds, Shades, Shutters, Custom Drapes, and other window treatments including repairs

Washington, D.C. Interior Designers
Washington, D.C. Interior Designers
Washington, D.C. Interior Designers

Specializing in Blinds, Shades, and other Window Treatments, serving the Greater Washington DC area (DMV), as well as Greater Baltimore area.

Glossary of window treatment terms

Daily operations of a specific industry, and the window treatment business is no exception.

To help you understand the terms, acronyms, and phrases regularly used in when purchasing custom window coverings, DP Interiors has created this handy reference guide. Here you’ll find valuable information allowing you to comprehend and communicate your window treatment needs effectively.

Window Treatment. A window treatment is an interior decorating element placed on, in, around or over a window. Often, a goal of professional window treatments is to install the elements which enhance the aesthetics of the window and the room

Window Blind. Fundamentally, blinds are window coverings that have slats or vanes that enable the raising and lowering of the blind to cover the window but also to adjust the aperture of the vanes when the blind is down to let in more or less light.

Window Shade. A window treatment is an interior decorating element placed on, in, around or over a window. Often, a goal of professional window treatments is to install the elements which enhance the aesthetics of the window and the room

Window Shutter.A window shutter is a solid and stable window covering usually consisting of a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rails (top, center, and bottom).

Cornice. A cornice is any horizontal decorative molding that crowns a furniture element – the cornice over a door or window, or the cornice around the top edge of a pedestal or along the top of an interior wall

Window Valance. A window treatment is an interior decorating element placed on, in, around or over a window. Often, a goal of professional window treatments is to install the elements which enhance the aesthetics of the window and the room

Curtain. . A piece of material suspended at the top to form a covering or screen, typically a pair at a window.

Sheer Curtain. A sheer curtain is a type of curtain that allows the most light through the fabric, which also means it offers the least privacy. If held up to your face, it's possible to see completely through the fabric. Sheer curtains are sometimes paired with opaque drapes for a more formal look, as well as additional privacy after dark.

Hourglass Curtain. A curtain which is tied around the center creating a "waisted" look which resembles the shape of a traditional hourglass. The hourglass curtain is most commonly used on glazed doors or french doors.

Roller Shade. A window shade/curtain mounted on a roller.

Duofold Shades. Top Down Bottom Up (Duofold) Shades are a type of window covering that can be lifted from either bottom to top and also be opened from top to bottom

Natural Woven Shades. Woven shades are crafted with natural materials of hand-split bamboo, reeds, grasses, rattan, and jute, accentuated with the textural imperfection that only nature provides.

Austrian Shade. A window shade in which the fabric falls in a series of puffy festoons created by vertical rows of shirring

Roman Shades. Roman shades are a type of window covering used to block out the sun. Roman shades are different from standard window shade in that they stack up evenly when being opened; however, when they are open they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical shades or blinds.

London Shades. A cross between a Roman and an Austrian blind/shade. They are softer than Roman blinds but more tailored