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Window Treatment Trends: Energy Efficient Window Treatments

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Did you know 40% of unwanted heat enters through windows? However, making small adjustments to the way you view window treatments can be cost-effective in the grand scheme of renting or owning a home. Everyday growing numbers of homeowners search for creative ways to make their homes more environmentally friendly. Whether you live in an NYC apartment or house, window treatments can effectively conserve more energy (and a little more cash). Making small adjustments can be cost-effective, such as closing the shades or drapes during the day and opening them at night during the summer months. The window professionals at Shading Systems share the following additional way to save by using a variety of different styles of energy-efficient window treatments to reduce heating costs while helping the environment.

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Window Treatment Trends: Bamboo Blinds

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bamboo blindsLooking to bring natural elegance to any room? Need a durable material? Go not further, Bamboo blinds are a reliable investment, which offers almost no maintenance. These woven wood blinds are eco-friendly and can easily change the ambiance of any room, giving your apartment a unique style. Working with Shading Systems, city dwellers can create a Zen-like design in their New York City apartment by installing Bamboo blinds.

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Sunrooms and Greenhouses Sustainable and Fashionable

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Greener living, Greenhouse shades, sunroom shades
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IMG_1661When real estate housing and apartment décor trends are discussed there are very few features that everyone can usually agree on as being highly covetable (especially if you live in New York City).  However, there is one perk that is considered a coveted luxury no matter where you live:  a greenhouse space or sunroom.  On top of being a stunning décor choice, greenhouse rooms or sunrooms have the added bonus of potentially helping you save energy (with the proper window shading options) during both warm and cool months. Read more »

Environmentally Friendly Window Shades At Work

Posted: Friday, July 19th, 2013 | Filed under: commercial window treatments, Green shading, Greener living
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Tech companies are often considered to be at the forefront of both new technology and new design, and many of them are now putting that expertise to work.  Building a new commercial business space allows them to showcase their knowledge of aesthetics and many are opting to combine aesthetics with a “greener” approach.

Firms like Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google all working on corporate redesigns for their headquarters, and there is one thing that they are all placing a great deal of importance on – windows.  Amazon, which is revamping its Seattle Campus with not one, but three 37-story office towers, has one very notable design element, three interconnected nearly 100-foot high domes with self-sustaining ecologies within.  This space, which will essentially be a biodome, will have office space, meeting rooms and dining areas, all surrounded by self-sustaining ecologies.  Read more »

Natural and Exotic Woven Wood Shades

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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 »