Choosing the Right Hunter Douglas Shades or Sheers

There are all types of window shades and sheers available from Hunter Douglas so it can be hard to decide which ones are right for you. Use the following overview to get started, then work with the window treatment experts at Exceptional Views to help make your final choice for the best window shade or sheer for you.

For Energy Efficiency

Honeycomb shades were designed by Hunter Douglas in response to the energy crisis of the late 1970s. Their cellular shape traps cold air in the winter and heat in the summer to keep it from coming into your home, saving you energy. It also prevents your heating and cooling costs from escaping through your windows. Double and triple layers of cells are available, as are multiple layers of fabric within each cell, increasing your protection.

For Multiple Levels of Light Control

If you want beautiful sheer window treatments that provide multiple levels of light control, look no further than sheers and shadings. Luminette®  sheer window treatments are designed for vertical or extra-wide, large window shades  and sliding glass doors. Panels of sheer fabric are combined with vertical vanes of fabric that can be rotated open or closed depending on your natural light needs.


Silhouette® also have vanes of fabric along with sheer fabric, but they run horizontally and work well on traditional windows. The sheer fabric panels gently filter light and the fabric vanes provide more privacy when closed. Or the shade can be raised completely for no window coverage. Pirouettes® are also designed for traditional windows, but are comprised of a single sheer fabric panel with loops of fabric that open or close.


Think these exquisite window shades and sheers are out of your price range? Think again. The Nantucket™ line has the same look and functionality as Silhouette in a more limited and affordable range of choices.

For the Look of Fabric

Some windows beg for draperies or sheer curtains, but the loose fabric just isn’t practical in that particular location. With custom Roman shades, you can put fabric roman window shades in any window. Roman shades stay within the confines of the window, making them ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and high-traffic areas and are perfect bay window shades.   They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, even sheer fabric, and when they are raised, they create soft folds of fabric.

For Complete Coverage and a Thin Profile

Roller shades have been a go-to for homeowners for decades, and Hunter Douglas now makes them more functional than ever. The spring-assist system is a completely cordless window shade while the standard clutch system uses a continuous beaded loop to raise and lower the shade. Because there are no holes for cords like with horizontal blinds or slats in shutters, roller shades have exceptional room-darkening abilities, especially when a room-darkening material is selected to make them blackout window shades.  These shades also have a very thin profile that pairs well with curtains or draperies.


Woven woods may not seem like the best choice to darken a room, but Hunter Douglas has immensely increased their coverage by offering linings that can be attached to the wood shade itself or hung separately behind it so it can be operated independently making them blackout window shades.  These window coverings can roll up at the top like a roller shade, gather in folds like a Roman shade, or roll up from the bottom.

Cheryl Millhausen and her team provide custom window shades, blinds, shutters and drapery  in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas. Contact Exceptional Views and schedule your complimentary in-home consultation today.