Entryway Shades: The Most Important Window Covering Features

The entry of your home sets the tone and the overall style. That’s one of the reasons we consider entryway shades to be such a big part of the design. Are you stumped as to the proper styling and design elements? Let’s explore some of the best features you can choose for entryway shades to get you started!

Light + Privacy

It’s a balance…the combination of lighting and privacy. While you want refreshing natural light in the front of your home to welcome guests, it’s probably just as important to get the privacy you need. We love how the top down bottom up feature plays to both sides.

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This option even works well when covering sliding doors. One shade can offer top down operation, while the other stays in place as the sun moves across the sky.

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades


Invite Light; Block Light.

Sheer Shades are a great way to style the doors of your home. Natural light enters through sheers, softening the harsh light and getting rid of the glare. When the light gets too strong, it’s simple to close the vanes, blocking more light out, but still leaving a soft glow. Need more control? Sheer shades are available as dual shades, too!

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Hunter Douglas Sheer Shades

Many clients love adding sheer entryway shades to their sliding glass doors. Luminette Privacy Sheers move with the same gliding motion as your slider. They can either be light-filtering, or you can simply the rotate the vanes in place for light-blocking privacy.

Sliding doors with Luminette Silhouette shades
Luminette® Privacy Sheers cover the sliding door; Silhouette® Window Shades cover the large windows.


Covering Unique Shapes

The specialty shaped windows of your entry bring character and charm, not to mention–natural light. However, when that light needs to be controlled, it’s tricky to find the right window coverings. Smart shades have made it easier to cover windows of varying shapes and sizes, as well as those that can be in hard-to-reach places.

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades

The Duette collection of honeycomb shades is an amazing option for window and doors. The features available in this collection is the most extensive, solving an incredible amount of homeowner issues.

No Mounting Hardware? No Problem.

One thing that’s common with entryway shades is the resistance for homeowners to drill into the doors of their homes. Many window shades that could be an option for windows are suddenly not an option. Hunter Douglas is at your rescue! The TrackGlide® system solves this ongoing problem. This system adheres to the door’s window, setting up a track that allows the honeycomb shades to glide up and down when adjusted.

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades with TrackGlide™

Room darkening, energy efficiency, privacy, top down…the list goes on! This was definitely one of the most important innovations in window coverings. No drilling required!

The Handles & Knobs of Doorways

As an incredibly important aspect of door function, window treatments can either be made to make it easy, or they may get in the way of door handle function. Low profile shades are a great option. Shutters are another.

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Plantation shutters can be customized with door handle cut-outs which allow movement of the hand, as the knobs or levers are activated. These cut-outs are customized to fit the door’s operation, making the opening and closing of the door hassle-free.

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Need Help Choosing Entryway Shades, Shutters or Blinds?

Our team would love to help! The window covering specialists of At Home Blinds & Decor work with you–in a one-on-one design consultation to help guide you to the window coverings and features that will help solve the issues you’re facing, while styling a beautiful atmosphere! Reach out today for your free appointment.