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Why Motorized Shades?

Posted: Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 | Filed under: modern window treatments, motorized window treatments, window treatments
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Motorized shades allow you to operate your window coverings by remote control. Simplify your life by pressing a button to open and close your window shades. Not only do motorized shades simplify your everyday opening and closing of shades, but you can increase energy efficiency as well by setting a timer on your window shades. Open and close them at desired hours when the sun is bursting through your NYC Madison Avenue facing window or if you want to enjoy a spring breeze.

Aside from convenience, motorized shades provide the ultimate sophistication to your home by adding a clean look and feel. Designed based on simplicity, the straight lines add a nice sense to your room. Stop messing around with cords and wands and clean up your window treatments with an easy remote control.

In addition to look and convenience, motorized shades are practical for any window that is located in a hard to reach position. Sometimes large windows are positioned in the top of foyers where it requires a ladder to reach. Instead of bringing out the ladder every day or ignoring the hot sun blasting through the window, add sophisticated motorized shades.

Sometimes larger windows pose problems with more traditional window shades. Both tall and wide windows can be difficult to cover with window treatments, many times blinds become too heavy to open and close on larger windows. Other types of window treatments aren’t customizable. Motorized shades can resolve all these problems. Use motorized shades in your home for a sophisticated look and a simple functionality

Window Treatments for Small Windows

Posted: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 | Filed under: window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Sometimes adding window treatments to small windows can be just as challenging as adding them to large windows. Most times, you’re going to want to make the small window look larger by adding the appropriate window shades. Many living spaces in New York City, such as on Madison Avenue, have small windows, but homeowners have added window treatments to help create the illusion of larger windows.

By using full-length curtain draperies, you can increase the height of the window. You can also just add panels (not necessarily full length), which will make the window seem larger too. If your panels are wider than the window, you can also make the window appear larger. Keep light colored panels in mind for best results. Height and width are important for windows, but try to keep the true size of the window hidden subtly.

Window shades or window blinds can add volume to your small window when drawn. Adding window blinds or roman shades will create an illusion and make your window seem larger. You can accent these types of window treatments with some simple draperies so your window maintains that “large” look even when the window shades are open.

Some windows in your home can pose challenges, but there are always ways to create illusions and make your window (and room seem larger) by adding window treatments. Certain window treatments can disguise the true size of windows. Many different window treatments can be used on your small windows, such as draperies, window blinds or window shades, depending on the look you’re trying to create for the room.

Window Treatments for Large Windows

Posted: Thursday, October 13th, 2011 | Filed under: interior design, modern window treatments, window treatments
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Sometimes choosing window treatments for large windows in your home can be challenging. Certain material (such as wood blinds) can become heavy if you’re opening and closing constantly. Other materials (such as draperies) can also pose challenges if you need function as well as style in your window treatments. Large windows can be hard to style with window treatments, so make sure you’re adding function and style considerations to your choices.

Vertical window treatments such as vertical blinds usually work best with wider windows, adding height to a room. Horizontal blinds such as cellular shades work best on taller windows to enhance the casual décor. You can maneuver horizontal blinds based on the amount of sunlight you want to enter a room, but if your window is wide, it can become difficult to pull strings up and down constantly.

When shopping for large window treatments, keep in mind the size of your window. You’re going to want to cover it, while also still providing privacy (including light control) and functionality. If you have small children and a trying to add window treatments to a large window, consider motorized shades. Since window shades can sometimes be difficult to operate on tall and wide windows, consider motorized shades to make your life easier. Many homeowners in the New York City area have added simplicity to their life by choosing motorized shades for their large windows.

You can add both functionality and style to your room with motorized shades. Many manufacturers have added decorative design fabrics to enhance the looks of their shades. Customize your large window treatments based on your personal style, but keep in mind the challenges large windows pose.

Questions to ask Before Deciding on Window Treatments

Posted: Thursday, October 6th, 2011 | Filed under: Green shading, modern window treatments, window treatments
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If you’ve decided on adding (or changing) window treatments in your home, but can’t decide on what you want, be sure to run through this list of questions. Each window is different and every room in your home serves a different purpose. There are plenty of window treatments, window shades and window coverings to choose from, so there’s no doubt you can find the best window treatments for your home.

1. Do you want light to enter the room? If so, how much?

Depending on which room your adding window treatments to, that will most likely determine how much light you want to enter. If your windows face the sun, you’re probably going to want the option of keeping the sun out or letting it in. Different window shades can provide different levels of light entering a room.

2. Do you want privacy in the room?

Of course, most homeowners will want privacy in their homes, especially if you’re in a highly populated area, like New York City, but not all rooms need the same amount of privacy. Window blinds and window shades will allow you to determine the amount of privacy your want to keep. These types of window treatments allow opening and closing based on your preference at a specific time.

3. What are the needs for each room in your house?

Each room in your home has a different feel and purpose. When deciding on whether window shades or window blinds will be better, consider the needs for the room. Are your window hard to reach? Do you want full privacy? Do you want to keep the room energy efficient? Do you want the cords to be hidden behind the window coverings?

4. What type of style are you looking for?

Once your determine the function of the window treatments, you can move on to the “fun” part, style. Adding your personality to your home will allow you to choose the right look based on your personal preference. Most window shades, window blinds and other window treatments are customizable.

Take your time when choosing window treatments for your home. Explore your options before deciding on the best treatments. Ask yourself these questions (and others) to help choose the best window treatments for you.

What Are Blackout Shades?

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Blackout shades are a type of window treatment that is used to prevent light from entering a room. Blackout shades are often used in bedrooms when the light needs to be shut out to allow for a comfortable sleep. This type of window treatment can also be referred to as blackout shades, room darkening shades or light-tight shades, depending on the amount of light they allow into a room.

Room darkening shades reduce the amount of sunlight entering a room. They don’t block out as much light as blackout of light-tight shades, but can still control the amount of exterior light entering the room. Depending on the fabric you choose for your room, you can determine how much light is blocked.

Blackout shades and curtains are typically an effective solution to block light and trap energy. Exposure to light when you sleep can trigger health problems. Employees that work night shifts are forced to sleep during the day and without blackout shades can disrupt natural sleep patterns. Blackout shades are a great solution and an excellent idea if you work night shifts or even if you just need to block out the morning sunlight to be sure you receive your full eight hours.

Blackout shade materials can vary. Some blackout shade window treatments are made with fiberglass, others are vinyl and plastic. Large windows can be a bit more challenging to cover, but adding a motorized option can help solve the problem. Power controlled shades can simply resolve the awkward opening and closing of blackout shades. Homeowners in New York City are very familiar with blackout shades because as you know “the city never sleeps.”