Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Optimizing Comfort and Convenience

Q: I have a friend who recently installed remote-controlled shades in his home because he has really high windows. While my windows are just fine height-wise, I really like the idea of having something like this for my media room. Can you get these to help keep a room dark?

A: Yes!! In fact, motorized (also known as remote controlled) shades are perfect for media rooms! Not only do they come in room-darkening styles, the remote controlled features make it even easier to streamline your media experience.

And you might want to consider cellular shades for your media room. They come in lots of different colors, many of which are perfect for blocking light. And they're simple style makes them perfect for any room (Not to mention their unique design also provides some added insulation and energy savings). With the added motorized features, you can raise and lower your cellular shade with a simple touch of a button.

Just keep your window remote alongside your other controls and you have comfort at your fingertips!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Light and Airy Shades for Spring

Q: My home is getting a makeover and I want to change my window treatments to something “lighter”. Although it's nice to have a light color, I'm actually looking for something that doesn't look as heavy as my old drapes. I guess clean lines are a must, but I don't want it looking too contemporary, either. What's out there that's simple enough for spring and summer but also affordable?

A: You're in luck! Roller shades, pleated shades, cellular (honeycomb) shades, and even mini blinds would suit your needs. All of these have a simple, sleek design that's light on the eye and light on the wallet. The clean lines won't weigh down your windows and, with the exception of mini blinds, all of the shades are available with light-filtering options.

Roller shades are especially well suited for spring because of their simplicity and versatility while cellular and pleated shades bring a slightly more sophisticated look to your windows while still maintaining clean lines. Mini blinds, on the other hand, give you the light control of slat shades without the thick slats, keeping your rooms light and comfortable throughout the year.