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Natural and Exotic Woven Wood Shades

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Wood Shades

Woven Wood Shades

If you live an eco-friendly lifestyle, natural woven wood shades can add a natural look to any of the rooms and window treatments in your home, and the shades and textures of the eco-friendly window treatments can evoke a tropical, exotic feel to your living space. For many of our New Jersey customers, natural woven wood shades remind them of their honeymoon or a dream vacation. While on a getaway of a lifetime, they may have enjoyed the look and diffused sunlight of natural woven wood shades and were inspired to ‘bring that same feel home’ for their everyday enjoyment.

Today’s natural woven wood shades are available in sustainable materials, from bamboo to matchsticks, large reeds, flat wood slats, braided rattan and even assorted grasses. Colors range from barely-there tan to chocolate browns, reddish browns to tortoise greens, and natural woven shades can be designed with alternating rows of color – such as light and dark tan or a more dramatic light tan and dark brown – to create a natural, island-inspired effect and exotic feel. Read more »

The Benefits of Retractable Awnings

Posted: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 | Filed under: awnings, Green shading, Home cooling, retractable awnings, Shading systems, window shading, window treatments
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Retractable Awning

Retractable Awning

For homeowners who love to spend time outdoors, protection from harmful UV rays is crucial. Avoid an increased skin cancer risk by installing a retractable awning in your outdoor living space. On days with unbearable heat, awnings provide reduced temperatures in both outdoor and indoor seating areas. Deterring the sunlight from reaching the windows, retractable awnings can assist with keeping indoor temperatures nice and cool.

Retractable awnings also offer a safe haven from blinding sunlight, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while reading or playing games. With retractable awnings, there are a variety of design and layout options. Some even feature screens to protect from bugs. One of the best features of the retractable awning is the ability to motorize the shade. With the touch of a button, your retractable awning will assemble itself over your outdoor living space. No work required! Read more »

Cellular shades for Energy Efficiency

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Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades

Any window shades that are insulated will help you save on energy costs as well as increase the quality and comfort of your home. If you’re looking for options, cellular shades (often referred to as honeycomb shades) are well known for their energy efficiency.

Cellular shades are made of a solid fabric that stacks like an accordion. There are two sheets of fabric and in between are individual cells or tiny empty pockets of the shades that trap air. When the shades are pulled down, the pockets trap the air and help insulate the room. These cells protect your home or room against heat absorption in the summer and heat loss in the winter. The cells also run parallel to the seam to resemble traditional pleated shades and from the outside are viewed as a crisp window covering. Read more »

Window Treatments for Fall

Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Green shading, Greener living, sustainable living, thermal window treatments, window treatments
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Thermal Window Treatments

Thermal Window Treatments

Fall is a great time of the year to change your window treatments. Leaves are changing colors, weather becomes cooler and it’s very common for people to leave their windows open to enjoy the beautiful cool breeze.

Before you know it, fall turns into winter and winter turns into the holidays, so keep that in mind when thinking about changing your window treatments. If you’re always looking for ways to change the look and feel of your home, there are plenty of window shade options to choose from. Since fall weather is cool, you might want to start thinking about the winter months and thermal insulation to keep the heat in and the cold air out.

Fall is a great time to start winterizing your home. Start thoroughly investigating your windows to look for any basic repairs or air sealing that needs to be done. If you’ve noticed a draft coming through the windows, now is time to start thinking about fixing that. Seal leaks with caulk or foam and even using heat-shrinking plastic can help.

After winterizing your home, thinking about your window coverings. Winter window treatments are a great way to save on energy costs. By hanging window treatments such as thermal drapes or window quilts, you can save energy and even lower your heating bill. Because glass doesn’t slow the transfer of heat, the best option is insulated window treatments.

If you’re thinking about draperies or thermal window coverings, also consider motorized options or systems to install for easy opening and closing. Drapery systems can be installed in any home, on any window and the type of shades are up to you. There are tons of fabric choices, thermal and non-thermal to keep your home fresh!

Renovating Window Treatments

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Renovating Window Treatments

Motorized Window Treatments

Window treatments are an essential piece of any interior décor. If you’re renovating, one of the most important aspects you should be considering is your window treatments. Window treatments can be anything from Roman shades to honeycomb shades to motorized roller shades. Most window treatments can serve both the aesthetic function you’re looking for as well as solar control.

Depending on the window(s) you’re working with and the “feel” you’re going for, there are endless possibilities. If you’re looking for function as well as aesthetic, there are also a number of options:

Draperies

Draperies come in so many fabrics, it’s easy to customize for your home. If you’re looking for blackout draperies, it’s possible to purchase draperies with a blackout liner. Most draperies offer a decorative look and can provide solar and heat control.

Folding Shades

Folding shades are both decorative and versatile. They are a classic window treatment option and can add a warm feeling to any décor. Some examples of folding shades include Roman shades and honeycomb shades (accordion-style pleated shades). Folding shades are no exception to the variety of fabric and pleat choices, so they can meet your style and function needs.

Roller Shades

Roller shades have become more popular in modern and contemporary style homes because of the sleek, clean and minimal look they bring. Roller shades control the sun and heat while minimizing the bulky hardware other window treatments include. Roller shades can be customized to include a blackout or privacy layer and can also be motorized. Manufacturers of roller shades have started to offer “green” fabrics as well, giving you the option of using LEED certified fabrics.

Again, it all comes down to the style and function you’re looking for. When renovating a home, consider window treatments to be just as important as your furniture. They are not only complementary but offer a great feel for any room.