Using Motorized Shades in Creative Ways

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When you think of shades, you probably think windows. You wouldn’t be wrong, as window shades are traditionally used on windows and are great for covering windows as designed. However, there are tons of ways you can use motorized shades besides on your windows. Shades can be used all over your home to add style, interest and function, like in the following ways:

  • Patio Doors – Patio doors are great for making easy access to outdoor spaces, as well as letting in lots of natural light into a home. There are lots of different kinds of patio doors, from sliding doors and French doors to bi-folding and more. However, patio doors can be pretty big, and therefore present a problem when it comes to a window treatment. Shades are a great solution for patio doors, no matter what kind you have. You can find shades that are made to measure so they fit your doors exactly. You can also find shades that come on tracking systems so you can open them completely to allow in as much or as little natural light as you want in the moment. Adding shades to your patio doors can also add an extra layer of insulation to boost your home’s energy efficiency.
  • Closet Doors – You can easily use shades in place of standard closet or wardrobe doors for a hit of style and function. Solid panel shades often look just like cupboard and wardrobe doors but offer style and customization that standard doors do not. You can find shades in tons of different finishes and colors to match almost any kind of décor or closet style.
  • Room Dividers – Make your space stylish and functional by using shades as room dividers. Whether you want more privacy, are hoping to delineate different spaces in one room, or just want a classic look, shades make for great room dividers. Room dividers were traditionally used as modesty screens for people to change behind, or to add décor to a room. You can attach shades to door frames to separate any two areas or conjoining rooms. You can also use shades to give your office a bit of separation to get work done or give guests a bit more privacy when visiting your home.

Shades are great for tons of different uses beyond on windows, especially since you can get shades that made to measure, meaning that you can get them in any size or shape for whatever use you want. From patio doors to room dividers, shades add style and function to any room in the house.

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Do you want to learn more about motorized shades? McNeill Palm is here to offer you expert advice on the best shades to choose for your home, no matter what their purpose will be. You can visit us in person at our store or give us a call on the phone. We are happy to help make your home the best it can be in any way we can. Call today!

Choosing Window Coverings for Your Kitchen

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Whether you’re moving into a new home or doing a remodel, your kitchen windows definitely need window treatments, but not just any will do. You need window treatments like motorized shutters on your kitchen windows that will increase the space’s style and function in one fell swoop.

  • When shopping for kitchen window coverings, look for ones that:
  • Offer flexible control over the amount of natural light
  • Provide flexible control over privacy and outdoor views
  • Help cut down on afternoon or morning glare
  • Give better control over both heat or cold
  • Offer protection against furniture and décor fading with UV protection
  • Are easy to clean and maintain
  • Are secure
  • Are durable

As kitchens are used every day, and can get messy, you need window coverings that are made from a durable material. Your kitchen coverings need to stand up to spills, splashes, grease, and lingering smells, so look into vinyl or faux wood. These materials are completely waterproof so there’s no need to worry about splashes. They’re also super easy to clean and maintain, and only need a quick wipe with a damp cloth every once in a while. If your coverings will be next to a sink, get bi-folding paneled shutters or foldable blinds so you can fold them away from the sink when in use. Don’t forget about color. White is always a good choice for kitchen coverings, as white brightens up a room while blending in or offering a vibrant contrast. You can also go with a more contrasting color like red or yellow, or choose a classic neutral like brown, black or beige.

Still stumped? Try window shutters! From plantation shutters to café, modern to classic, standard to motorized, shutters look great in any kitchen. But with so many different kinds of shutters, how do you choose the right kind for your kitchen? You can start with style. Kitchens should look nice but not be too fancy. Café style shutters and motorized shutters fit the bill perfectly. They offer a classic kitchen look that’s stylish but not too fancy, and also offer great function. Café shutters cover the lower portion of the window for privacy but leave the upper portion open for light and ventilation. Café shutters come in different sizes and shapes to fit any window or kitchen style. You can have the shutters cover the bottom third, or you can add a mid-rail and have the shutters go all the way up to the top of the window as upper and lower louvres can then be operated independently. Plus, adding motorization will only help make your home more convenient and functional.


Finding the right kind of motorized window covering for your kitchen doesn’t have to be hard. This is especially true if you hire McNeill Palm. We offer a wide range of motorized shutters and services, and are ready and waiting to give you the help you need. Please stop by and visit us at or give us a call at to learn more about what we can do for you, your windows, and your home.

Shades, Motorization, and Home Security


Adding the right kind of window treatments and motorization is a great way to make your home better in tons of ways.

To begin, shades a touch of timeless style to any home. They also help with energy efficiency and window function as they can be adjusted to control visibility, privacy, and light. The right kind of shade can instantly boost your home’s curb appeal and resale value.

However, what many homeowners don’t first think about, is how much the right kind of window shade and motorization feature can help with home security. After all, home security is very important, from keeping your family and loved ones safe to protecting your valuables and property. Window shades can add a helpful and effective layer of security to your homes, but they mostly help with security in two main ways: visibility and entry obstruction.

  • Visibility – One of the biggest security risks a home can have is a window with a clear view to the inside. After all, if a burglar can see into your home he can easily know where your valuables are, how to access the home, and even how to get back out again undetected. This is where shades come in. Shades can be adjusted so your home gets natural light or ventilation inside but still prevents the people outside from being able to see in. You can have complete control over your privacy and safety with shades. For example, angling the shades down in the right way will limit any intruder’s view while still allowing natural light into the home.
  • Obstruction – Windows are mostly glass, and glass is easily broken. If a burglar wants to get in, all he has to do is break a window. This isn’t the case with shades are in play. Most window shades are very durable, so when they’re latched shut over a window, they provide a strong barrier against someone that would want to break the glass and get in. In fact, many burglars won’t even consider trying to get into a house with shades simply because they are so tough to break into. You can easily find shades made from super durable materials like wood-coated polymers or thick vinyl. These shades can easily stand up to attempted break-ins as well as extreme weather like wind and storms.

motorizationKeeping your home safe and secure is incredibly important, but keeping your home safe and improving your home’s efficiency, comfort, and overall appearance by adding motorized window shades is even better. Shades will give you a sense of security that you just won’t get with other kinds of window treatments like blinds or drapes. Make sure your home is safe and comfortable with window shades

If you want to learn more about your options for window treatments or motorization, like Hunter Douglas PowerView motorization, just reach out to McNeill Palm. Stop by and visit us or give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you and your home.

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