How to Choose the Best Cellular Shades for Your Dining Room

Every room in your house has different window treatment needs, with different styles, moods, and lighting requirements that affect how you’ll want to dress your windows. The dining room is no exception. Dining rooms are gathering places for friends and family that you want to be warm, welcoming, and intimate. Whether your family eats in the dining room every night, or you only use it for special occasions, you’ll want a window treatment that can create the right vibe any morning, afternoon, or evening. The best way to achieve this is with cellular shades.

Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, give a sleek, modern look to any room. Better yet, unlike traditional shades or blinds, the cells of these shades utilize air to help provide superior insulation. That means you can keep your dining room cozy by making sure heat isn’t lost through the windows during winter and that too much heat doesn’t enter during summer months. No one wants to be uncomfortable while they eat, so getting the temperature right in your dining room is crucial, especially when you have guests.

Another reason cellular shades are a great choice for dining rooms is that they can be configured to open top-down and bottom-up. This flexibility allows you to open the shades in either direction. In dining rooms, opening top-down is a popular option because you can let some soft light in without too much sun getting in your eyes and without sacrificing the privacy you may want during meals or get-togethers.

Cellular shades come in many styles and with a few different feature options. Here are some of the things to consider when choosing the right shades for your dining room.

Cell size and number of layers

The size of each cell can vary widely, typically from about 3/4 of an inch to 4 inches, and the choice is mostly an aesthetic one. It’s a matter of personal preference, but generally, small cell sizes are ideal in smaller windows, and larger cells fit best in larger windows. You also have to decide if you want one or two layers of cells. The advantage of double cells is that they provide even more insulation, so if you have large windows and live somewhere with especially cold winters or hot summers, a double layer of cells may be the best way to keep your dining room comfortable year-round.


Adding cellular shades that are motorized can be a huge asset in your dining room. If you use your dining room frequently, the ability to easily control your window treatments with the push of a button will not only save you time and effort, it will help prevent wear and tear on your shades from constant tugging. If you use your dining room for hosting, being able to lift and lower your shades during a meal subtly, without having to get up and manually adjust each window, will make controlling the light and climate as simple as possible for you and seamless for your guests.

Color and material

Custom cellular shades can come in a variety of colors and materials so that, in addition to their insulating abilities, they can look great in any room. You can opt for materials of varying opacities, to let in as much or as little light as you prefer in your dining room when the shades are closed. You can choose from a number of different whites and greys for a subtle effect, or get colored cellular shades to add a pop of brightness. When you choose custom window treatments, you get plenty of options that ensure they’ll fit well in any room, regardless of style.

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