Entryway Shades: Find Your Favorites!

The right balance of beauty + function is key to any successful entryway design. This is the place where guests are welcomed, and it should be a source of positive energy. With the challenge of needing both natural light and privacy, entryway shades are a vital element. Let’s discover your favorite features and window coverings for this all-important space…


Privacy & Light Combinations

You know you can have one or the other: Privacy OR Light. But, do you know you can have both? We love how the top down bottom up feature offers the best of both worlds. Protect your interiors from prying eyes and flooding light, while still enjoying the outdoor views and ceiling height lighting.

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades

The top down feature is not reserved for just smaller windows or glass inside of doors and sidelights. You can easily add top down shades to sliding glass doors to bring light in while protecting the inside of your home in a big way!

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades


Filter Light & Block Light

If you have south or west-facing windows and doors at the front of your home, you would benefit from a range of light control. There’s a good chance you’d want entryway shades that could provide light filtering and light blocking options, depending on the time of day. Sheer shades are a great way to get both. Sheers automatically filter light that enters your home. The vanes can also adjust to direct light or decrease it as needed.

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Hunter Douglas Sheer Shades

Our Hunter Douglas Sheer Shades diffuse the glare and can block harsh light from entering. Simple adjustments offer a range of control. One of the latest innovations offers the option to have the dual shades feature added, which allows you to drop a secondary blackout shade into place behind the front light filtering sheer shade, blocking even the most intense sunlight.

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Luminette® Privacy Sheers; Pirouette® Window Shades

Another option in sheer shades for doorways and entryways is Luminette Privacy Sheers. These vertical shades allow you a stunning view and filtered light in one position, but with a simple twist of the wand, you can block light and views as the vanes rotate.

Unique Shapes 

Often popular for the front of the home, specialty-shaped windows can be a challenge to cover. They also can be hard-to-reach, which can make it difficult to adjust the window treatments you choose. Many homeowners select operating features that make adjustments simple, like smart home automation

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Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb shades are particularly useful as entryway shades. The easily cover unique shapes, with options for room darkening, motorization, energy efficiency, dual shades, and the top down feature. 

Narrow Doors

Sometimes, the biggest issue with doors is how narrow of an area you have to install entryway shades. If drilling into your door is not an option, we’ve got an ideal solution for you! The TrackGlide system is an exclusive offering with the Duette honeycomb shades collection. The narrow track uses a strong adhesion to attach to the window so no drilling is required.

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades with TrackGlide™


Handles & Locks

An important aspect to keep in mind as you consider which window treatments will suit you best, doors have handles, levers and locks that must continue to function properly. While there are many options in low-profile window treatments that will work for a large portion of doors, sometimes the positioning and handling can interfere with the function. Your window covering specialist will be able to advise you as to which collections to consider–and which you might need to avoid, based on your door’s unique layout. We have outfitted many doors with plantation shutters. It’s a timeless look that offers incredible customizations, including door handle cut-outs.

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NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters


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NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters


Are Entryway Shades Needed in Your Home?

If you’re in the market for entryway shades, blinds, shutters or drapery, we can help! The window treatment designers at Aero Drapery & Blind would be happy to answer questions and offer ideas for your next project. They can guide you to the best products to help your vision come to life! Stop by one of our area window treatment stores, or schedule your FREE in-home appointment today!