Thursday, September 23, 2010

Contemporary Alternatives to Vertical Blinds

Q: My husband and I recently purchased a gorgeous home with long windows that attach to a sliding glass door in the back. We definitely need privacy, but I don't want to block all the light. And I want something more modern than traditional vinyl but not as conservative as some fabric covered vertical blinds.

A: You should consider cellular vertical shades! They're an elegant and sleek alternative to traditional vertical blinds and eliminate the look and sound of conventional hanging blades.

Cellular blinds are unique in their ability to expand and contract as you open or shut them across your windows. Their special design traps air between panels of dark or translucent fabric, providing exceptional light filtration and privacy while simultaneously insulating your home against unnecessary heat gain and loss. And, much like their horizontal counterparts, cellular vertical blinds come in a wide range of colors hat can match any d├ęcor.

And, since you have a long window, you can match the shades to one another and can coordinate them with other windows, too!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Simple Shades with Versatile Style

Q: I'm looking for shades or blinds that don't take up too much space and can fit in almost any window. I'm also hoping to find something that can match my “quirky” style but not too flashy. Any suggestions?

A: Believe it or not, roller shades come in a huge range of colors, textures, and light diffusing options. Decades have passed since vinyl roller shades ruled the windows and it's time for consumers to rethink these basic shades.

First of all, roller shades are low-profile, making them perfect for almost any window. Second, they come in a huge range of colors and textures – everything from bold solids to intricate flowering prints to natural weaves. Third, because of their simple design, roller shades make an elegant addition to any home. And, you can personalize them with custom trim or pulls, too.

They also come in a wide range of light filtering options. Some roller shades diffuse incoming light while others strengthen the privacy of your home. Simply choose the color and determine your lighting preference. Many manufacturers can add liners to improve the privacy or room-darkening features of your shade. With roller shades your options are limitless!