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Why Do I Need Motorized Shades?

Posted: Thursday, September 13th, 2018 | Filed under: modern window treatments, motorized window treatments
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Motorized ShadesSmart-home technology has come to the world of window treatments, with programmable timers raising and lowering your blinds and shades at the perfect hours during the day. With custom motorized window treatments, you won’t have to spend time going all through your home to lower blinds against the scorching sun. Instead, your programmable motorized window treatment system does all the blind- and shade-lowering for you, creating a comfy environment and saving you a fortune in energy costs. Moreover, motorized shades give you control over the volume of light in each of your rooms.

Especially invaluable while you’re away on vacation, motorized shades add an extra layer of safety to your home, giving the appearance that someone is in the house and deterring robbers from targeting your home. Thinking about investing in motorized shades? Here are some essential tips that will help make your decision easier.
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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Posted: Thursday, October 4th, 2012 | Filed under: exterior shades, Folding Shades, Home cooling, interior design, modern window treatments
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Today, with so many window treatment options, covering your sliding glass patio door is easy! Most sliding glass door window coverings are vertical because of the shape and function of the door. Vertical blinds offer privacy and light control, which are two of the most important features. Vertical blinds are also easy to install and don’t take a lot of work.

Sliding Glass Door Window Treatments

Sliding Glass Door Window Treatments

Glass sliding doors are functional and stylish. Most provide easy access to the patio or deck where your family might enjoy barbecues or picnics. On the other side might be your kitchen where you want to keep things simple. Deciding on your sliding glass door window covering should give good balance between the two sides. Here are some options to consider:

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a common solution to sliding glass doors. They are easy to adjust, provide solar control and are easy to open and close. The modern option of vertical blinds are back-stacking vinyl blinds. This option keeps the blind vanes from tangling up. Vertical blinds are available in different blackout levels, which is a great way to block out the unwanted glare or noise from the outside.

Sliding Panel Blinds

Horizontal panel options are usually the best option if you’re looking for light control. If you’re looking to keep out that heavy sun during dinner or while you’re watching TV, these panel blinds keep out that glare while still giving you the view.


Draperies are always an option. Because they move easily on tracks, you can adjust the shades to your liking. If you’re trying to enjoy dinner or want to keep out the sun midday, close them. If you want to watch your kids play in the backyard or keep the screen open during a cool fall day, open them. They also come in blackout options!

There are so many options for sliding glass door window treatments, so decide what your biggest need is and then you can settle on which covering is best for you.

Modern Window Treatment Ideas

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Modern Window Treatments

Modern Window Treatments

Modern home design, including window treatments is a great way to incorporate design and aesthetic features into your windows. Window treatments provide privacy, help block outside light from entering and also add a decorative detail to your interior. Depending on how much light you want entering your room, there are many different window treatment options available to suite your needs.

Modern window treatments are often associated with clean, simple lines and many times are eco-friendly. Roller shades are a great example of clean, simple window treatments. With the minimal look, this type of window treatment provides an aesthetically appealing solution. Because roller shades can be customized in a wide variety of fabric options, many interior designers and homeowners are choosing roller shades. Roller shades have quickly become the preferred window covering of modern interiors, and now that manufacturers have started offering “green” fabric options, there are even more options available.

Since many modern interiors are associated with clean, simple and straight lines, another window treatment option available would be folding shades. Folding shades can be designed to complement any interior. There are simple, motorized shade systems and manual systems. Folding shades can be in the form of accordion-style pleated shades (also referred to as honeycomb shades) or they can be Roman shades. Roman shades are designed to block out the sun, but when opened they stack up evenly. Most people are familiar with honeycomb shades or cellular shades are elegant and very energy efficient. These window treatments are very durable and when opened, they also stack in an accordion-like fashion.

One last type of window treatment used in many modern interiors is drapery systems. Draperies operate in a vertical direction, still offering solar control, but in a different way than most horizontal window treatments. Drapery systems can be simple and clean, like most modern interiors, but they can offer the final style touch that any room needs. There are many different styles of draperies that can be customized for different designs.

What are Pleated Shades?

Posted: Friday, February 18th, 2011 | Filed under: Folding Shades, modern window treatments, window shading, window treatments
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Pleated shades are often confused for cellular shades. Pleated shades look a lot alike cellular shades, but they are very different in many ways. Pleated shades are a simple pleated fabric that only are to filter light into the room and are to work in aiding your home with privacy as well. Pleated Shades come in a standard 1″ pleat or the grand 2″ pleat. You can choose from many colors and patterns of pleated shades, including room-darkening pleated shades and light-filtering options. These options make pleated shades a very popular option for window treatments in homes across the world.

Pleated shades have the same appeal as cellular shades but are easier on your budget then the cellular shade. Pleated shades are different then cellular shades because they use a single continuous fabric layer to block incoming and outgoing light. The fabric of pleated shades gives you more flexibility in the light you allow in your home and allows you to maximize the privacy you want in your home as well but don’t help you to maximize energy efficiency as you would if you chose a cellular shade.

Pleated shades, don’t help as much as cellular shades would with being energy efficient as cellular blinds because they’re made differently. As their visual appearance is similar and they’re made to work in many of the same types of windows, they still don’t work the same when it comes to being energy efficient. The durable pleated shades are meant to be a beautiful and an affordable option, still providing multiple options in light and privacy control but aren’t quite as effective in these departments or in helping you with energy cost. Pleated shades are still a great option for your home and are still a very popular choice for window treatments regardless of these differences.