Thursday, February 18, 2010

Moveable Arch Shades

Q: I just bought a home that has decorative arch windows in the living and dining rooms and need something that can be raised or lowered depending on lighting. I've seen wooden slatted ones, but I'm looking for something that can let in even more light. Any suggestions?

A: Cellular shades come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and, although you can get them as stationary shades, you can also order movable ones. While most fabric and cellular arch shades resemble fan shapes, the movable shades by Hunter Douglas actually have cells that run parallel to the window sill. While this certainly helps them function as movable arch shades, it also give them the aesthetic appeal of matching the other shades in your room.

And, speaking of matching, if you decide to go with the cellular window shades for your arches, you can choose colors and textures that match other Hunter Douglas shades. This means that you can coordinate your movable arch shade to the other shades in your room, too!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Options in Skylight Shades

Q: What types of shades are available for skylights? And what options do I have for controlling my skylight shades?

A: Most skylight shades are actually cellular shades. When designed for skylights, these insulating shades usually come as a single-cell shades (a single layer of air pockets – or cells – that expand when the shade is closed). You can choose either light diffusing or room darkening shades depending on your lighting needs. And, conveniently, skylight shades come in a wide range of colors so you can either match your existing window treatments or the color of your ceiling for a seamless look.

As for controls, window blind manufacturers offer two types of skylight blind controls: manual and motorized. Manual operation usually involves a long specialized pole (available from the manufacturer) that allows you to easily reach and adjust your skylight shade. However, if your skylight is very high or you simply want an easier operating solution, you might want to consider a remote controlled shade. Just imagine, perfect light with a push of a button!