How you dress your windows defines your space. Shades are very simple at the core of their design. They complement both traditional and modern interiors. Simple panels cover your window, providing a clean, uncluttered backdrop for your space. They can stand alone within the window frame or be paired with other window treatments to complete the design. Roller shades, honeycomb shades, wood blinds, and tailored draperies can create an impact or give a serene backdrop to your furnishings. Not only do window treatments enhance the look of the space, but they also protect the room from harmful UV sunlight, provide privacy, and help regulate the room’s temperature, resulting in lower energy costs. With a classic design appeal, shades are an integral and optimal choice for your home’s interior.
Window shades and treatments are an investment in your home. Whether your style is elegant, modern, or eclectic, the variety of options out there is vast. The right choice of window treatments can increase the value of your home, making the initial investment worth it.
Here are a few of the many things to consider when looking at shades and other window treatments.
A healthy environment includes natural light. Just like your home’s lighting system, however, you need to be able to control it. From simple light filtering, to room darkening, to total blackout — many options are available to help manage the amount of sunlight a space receives. Shades can be programmed to follow the sun’s path at your home, and specific shades can open and close throughout the day, controlling heat, glare, and UV penetration.
Windows allow sunshine into your home, thereby enabling heat to permeate its interior. This can cause higher utility bills in the warmer months. Good window shades help with cooling and heating your home, resulting in lower energy costs. Roller shades and other custom treatments allow you to manage this issue. Window treatments also add additional protection for your furniture, helping to block out UV light and preventing harmful rays from discoloring and breaking down flooring and furnishings. By combining proper programming to your home control system, shades can be raised and lowered automatically throughout the day.
Shades provide something that everyone wants in their home — privacy. The amount of privacy you have will depend on the shade’s fabric, color, the weave's openness, and opacity. Some rooms require complete privacy while others need only a lightly obstructed view. Understanding how shades look from both the inside and the outside of your home is key in selecting the right fabric for your needs.
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Shades provide an extra layer of security and safety to your home and business. They provide a visual barrier that helps hide both contents and occupancy. Pair them with lighting control and your smart home system can be programmed to simulate occupancy. Standard pull cord shades, blinds and other window treatments have cords for manual control. Children and pets are at risk of becoming entangled in these cords, which can cause strangulation and other injuries. Motorized shades are cordless, which makes them one of the safest window treatments available.
Motorized and drive system shades and drapes can be operated by a local remote, adding ease and automation to your space. With the proper infrastructure in place, shades can be integrated into your home automation system. By adding smart control for your shades, you are able to remotely access your shades from your phone or tablet with ease.
These shades are simply fabric on a roller that can be adjusted to close or open by hand or by remote control drives. The variety of fabrics, control options, size, and functionality have brought roller shakes to the forefront in both residential and commercial settings. Motorized solutions can be controlled by remote and can be tied into your smart home system. Automation can be set to automatically raise and lower the shades based on your geographical location.
Cellular honeycomb shades are a great addition to your home’s windows. Available in single cell, double cell, and room darkening options, these shades can let light in while giving you excellent privacy. The honeycomb material is also a great insulator, improving your window’s energy efficiency and lowering energy costs. They also help to reduce noise within the room. Available in both motorized and manual, honeycomb shades are both versatile and economical.
The timeless look of wood blinds makes them an excellent choice for long-lasting style and durability. They provide exceptional privacy; and with open-close adjustments, the amount of light you let in is easily controlled. Wood is an excellent insulator, as it keeps heat out in the summer and in during the winter. The longevity of this product and ease of cleaning make wood blinds well worth the investment.
Drapes can add character to any space. A little softness around the edges of your window can add style to accent the room. With the push of a button, you can easily open and close your motorized drapes. You no longer need to fight with cords or pull rods. Integrating drapery control into your home automation gives you the ability to create open-and-close schedules that adjust to the time of year.
There are numerous fabrics and materials that are considered blackout. Honeycomb shades, roller shades, and drapes offer great light reduction qualities. To get a true blackout experience, however, the edges must be sealed off to keep the light out. Theater rooms with windows, bedrooms for people who struggle with sleep or have irregular sleep schedules, and rooms in urban areas where noise is a concern are excellent spaces for total room darkening shades.
There are so many other options available to cover your windows. Sheer Blinds are an elegant option with both light filtering and privacy in one solution. Roman Shades can be designed and installed within a controlled drive. Motorized Tension Shades on skylight windows is a fantastic option for deflecting harsh sunlight and adds UV protection within the space. With manual operation available too for most of our treatment solutions, we can advise and quote a shading solution tailored to your specific needs.
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