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Window Treatments for the Office

Posted: Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 | Filed under: commercial window treatments, modern window treatments, window shading, window treatments
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Decorating or adding window treatments to any office can be challenging. If you’re adding window treatments to a small office, a large office or even a home office, finding the right window shades to compliment the atmosphere can take time. Here are some options to consider for office window treatments.

office window treatments

office window treatments

Roller shades

Roller shades have been installed in hundreds of office throughout New York City and across the country. Since there are a variety of options, most businesses can customize to their business brand look and feel. Roller shades also provide a great window treatment for solar control. Roller shades control the heat, sun as well as the glare. Offices have used this type of window shade for traditional offices as well as conference rooms where projectors or other types of media equipment is used for viewing purposes. Since roller shades offer a minimal look and feel, most businesses use them for the simplistic look.  With a wide variety of fabrics and styles available, customization is always an option as well.

Folding shades

Folding shades offer businesses another option when choosing window treatments. There are styles such as Roman Shades (honeycomb shades or cellular shades) or other accordion-style options. Folding shades are also customizable and can be designed in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Depending on your shading needs you can use different fabrics, opacities and pleats. Add draperies or a valence to “spice” it up a bit.

Both roller shades as well as folding shades can be motorized, simplifying the opening and closing process. You can open your window shades from your desk! If you’re looking for window treatment options in the New York City area, please contact us and we offer a variety of options to match your needs.

Do Blackout Shades Work?

Posted: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: blackout shades, room darkening window treatments, window treatments
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Room Darkening Shades

Room Darkening Shades

Blackout shades are designed specifically to keep light out of a room. There are varieties of fabric and styles to choose from, but most of them perform the same. Most people who are looking to block natural light or want to install window shades for privacy concerns use blackout shades, or some type of privacy shade.

Depending on your want or need (completely eliminating light, block UV rays or both), you can choose which type of blackout shade is right for you. Blackout shades are thicker than your traditional window shades and some require a blackout liner. Roman shades, cellular or honeycomb shades are often made with blockout material and can perform as blackout shades. Other window shades such as woven wood shades require a blackout liner. Each material is different and will have different effects depending on how it’s treated.

Blackout shades also serve as solar control and can help save energy and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Since sunlight passes through windows, by having blackout shades installed during the winter, you can keep in the heat (and keep the heat out during the summer). During both seasons, blackout shades can serve as insulators.

Since blackout shades are pretty standard, you can customize the color and fabric. They offer a sleek look to your window, but if you want to decorate your window even more, consider adding draperies or a valence. All in all, blackout shades are effective. If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep on Madison Avenue with all the commotion, blackout shades can surely help you achieve that. If you’re looking for a dark living room to watch your favorite movie, consider installed blackout shades.

What are Blackout Shades?

Posted: Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 | Filed under: blackout shades, Greener living, interior design, modern window treatments
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Blackout Shades

Blackout Shades

Blackout shades are a type of window treatment used in homes and offices to prevent light from entering a room. Blackout shades are often used in apartments throughout New York City because well, it’s known as the “city that never sleeps.” If you’re looking for complete darkness in your bedroom to get a full night’s rest, consider installing blackout shades. Many times blackout shades are installed in media or home theater rooms as well, where a television or other piece of viewing technology is. Blackout shades prevent glare from the sun on televisions, computers and other viewing screens.

Material varies for blackout shades and there are different levels of “blackout.” Depending on the amount of light you want to enter, if any at all, you can decide which level of opacity you want. Here are a ways manufacturers determine which blackout shades are appropriate for which clients:

Room darkening shades

Although room darkening shades aren’t exactly “blackout” they are a level of classification. Room darkening shades can block sunlight from entering a room, but they don’t block the same level of light that other blackout shades do.

Blockout shades

Blockout shades actually block up to 99% of visible light. These shades are great for bedrooms and media rooms. Since blockout shades leave a halo of light around them, you can choose to add draperies to completely block off the light entering or allow the seepage.

Light-Tight shades

If you’re looking for full darkness, light-tight shades are the choice for you. These window shades also block up to 99% of light, but there are no seepages as all. They are snug around the edges not allowing light to enter.

Since most of these options can be customized to your personal fabric choice, it comes down to the amount of light you want to enter your room. Each option, whether it be room darkening shades, blockout shades or light-tight shades all offer similar features.