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Window Treatment Trends: Blackout Shades

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Room Darkening Shades
A good night’s sleep in New York City comes with some frustrating pitfalls. While the Manhattan Skyline is breathtaking, the noise and morning light may have you reconsider life in the big apple. New York City’s high-rise buildings have no shield from the rays of bright morning light shining into your bedroom window. Fortunately, city dwellers can install blackout shades to combat the bright lights and even deafen the cacophonous street noise. Blackout shades offer a solution for sleepless nights by providing total darkness in your bedroom allowing your body to sleep soundly. Luckily, the window experts at Shading Systems share how you can regain sleep and sanity with blackout shades.

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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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Trends in Technology for Windows and Shades

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Lutron Shades

Technology is growing by leaps in bounds in all areas of industry, and that includes the new technology being developed for the window and shading industry.  That iPhone you are holding isn’t just for Facebook chatting anymore – with a few more apps you can control most of the electronics in your home, and that includes the beautiful Lutron shades you have been looking to install.

People may have a tendency to think about lighting in terms of actual light fixtures, but the sun and moon provide the most natural light for our homes and offices, and electronic control systems allow us to easily regulate that light no matter where we are. 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 »