One of the trends that we are seeing hit the market is not new; it is a resurgence. Roller shades are back in a big way. Now, you’ve seen the screen shade boom in the commercial market. Every Starbucks I’ve ever been in has them and a great deal of restaurants and other places of a similar vane. (Though I suggest you try to support your local coffee houses and restaurants and not necessarily chains!) The specific product I’m highlighting today is the trend of the dual roller shade. In the photos, you will notice that there are two shades mounted in the same opening. This is done because people really seem to like the sheer screen products. We have reviewed these many times on this blog. The problem with the screen shades has always been that at night, people can see in your home if your lights are on. Big issue for those of us who aren’t exhibitionists! Therefore, the dual roller shade. You can combine almost any other material with your screen shade. You can choose a translucent or opaque shade to get the perfect combination of light control and privacy. As you can expect, this solution comes at a price, and depending on the company can be just an upcharge or can be the price of two separate shades. You will also notice by looking at the profile photo, that the depth of the shade is not excessive, but keep in mind that the depth of this bracket is about 5 inches, which means that it will not fit inside the casing of many windows. You do need to plan ahead on this one and of course we suggest using a professional window fashion company to help you lay out your design accurately. The header can be done three different ways with many minor options.
You can have the bracket mounted at the top without any covering. This is the best option when you are designing your own top treatments. You can choose a cassette option, which is very clean with its curved, fabric covered, metal headrail. There are size limitations on this option, as the cassette has a finite size. The other standard option is the fabric valance which is pictured here. You have a choice of many different heights. This one is 8″ which was chosen to hide the very tall shade brackets. Again, you should choose the correct height for your application.