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Role of Windows in Modern Architecture

Posted: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 | Filed under: modern window treatments, Skylight Shades, Solar Shades
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Modern ArchitectureCharacterized by light-filled interiors, clear views of structural elements, and clean and simple interiors, modern architecture continues to influence home design.  While contemporary architecture refers to home designs that relate to the present time, modern architecture is a specific movement whose early roots date to the turn of the 20th century.  Architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright influenced later pioneers of the style including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius, who founded the Bauhaus.  Modern architecture became popular during the mid-century and continues to be used for residential, institutional, and corporate buildings today.
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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 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.

Commercial Window Treatment Ideas

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Business office Shading

Commercial decorating can be challenging, especially in an office environment, but decorating and adding window treatments can help transform your workspace to portray a certain message (if that’s what you’re trying to do). There are a few different options and ideas to consider for your office space:

Modern/Contemporary Look: It has become more common for offices to go with the modern look. Any contemporary look which makes your space feel more fresh. Modern window treatments can be anything from roller shades to folding shades and beyond. What many commercial properties are doing, especially in New York City is incorporating motorized roller shades into their offices. Since many building in NYC have glass walls, this brings in a lot of light (and heat). Roller shades are a great option for solar control and give the clean, minimal look modern styles are after.  Using a seamless, motorized roller shade against your glass windows gives a contemporary, clean, business-like feel to your office. There are many options, styles and fabrics available if you’re looking to customize as well. More recently, many manufacturers have begun offering “green” fabrics as well.

Depending on your commercial space, you can really choose from any window treatment, but motorized shades have become very popular over the last few years. Motorized shades are very convenient and can allow you to open and close your window treatments at the touch of a button. Luckily, most window treatments, including roller shades, blackout shades and others shades offer that customizable option.

Blackout: Many museums, universities and other large businesses have chosen partial offices and spaces to use blackout shades. Hotels also customize their draperies to include a blackout panel as well. Commercial blackout shades are used throughout business across the country, and are very popular in NYC spaces. Depending on our business “look” and style, choose from a variety of window treatments including draperies, honeycomb shades, folding shades and more.