Color for Your Motorized Shades

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Window shutters, motorized shades, and blinds don’t just help with the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. Adding motorized shades or any other window treatment to your house can also bring your home lots of style and personality. From neutral to bold, the color of your motorized shades is a big part of your home’s style. Once you choose the window style and type of the frame for your covering you have to choose the color. There are a lot of different things to consider when choosing color for your coverings, such as:

  1. Wood – There are also lots of different wood colors and stains if you choose wood shutter or shades. From light oak and cherry to dark oak, wood motorized shades are always beautiful.
  2. Matching – While you don’t have to have your shutters, blinds, or shades the same color on the interior and the exterior, you do need to make sure that the colors match either your interior walls or your exterior walls. Be sure to take the color of your walls and exterior of your house into consideration when choosing window covering color. You need to be sure that the color of your coverings matches or compliments the color of your walls. You don’t want to choose a color that clashes or competes, as that will look tacky or overwhelming. Try consulting a color wheel or your motorized shades expert to help you choose a color that works.
  3. Interior and Exterior – You don’t have to have your coverings the same color on the interior and the exterior. In fact, many homes have motorized shades that are one color on the outside and a different color on the inside.
  4. Going Neutral – Oftentimes a bold window covering color would clash too much with your existing home design. Neutrals are often a simple and stylish choice for motorized shades to make the color scheme consistent and complimentary throughout your home. Good neutral shutter, shade or blind colors that work well are beiges, off-whites, browns, tans, and almonds. These hues add depth to your window and room design without clashing or drawing too much attention.
  5. motorized shadesNo Color – Just because motorized shades come in colors doesn’t mean that you have to choose to have a color. White and off-white coverings are timeless, clean and classic. They will match any home décor or design so you don’t have to worry about what will happen if you choose to repaint or redesign a room in the future. White motorized shades are also a good compromise if you can’t decide on a bolder color.
  6. Going Bold – You can also go bold with your window covering color. If you have a more neutral exterior or have simple interior walls, you can certainly choose a window covering with a bit more personality and flair.

You can choose from a wide range of window covering styles to bring some personality to your home. You can also choose the color of your new window covering. Do you want to choose the best motorized shades for your home? Call or visit today us to learn more.

Layering Motorized Shutters and Curtains

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You might already have motorized shutters on your home and want to add some curtains. Or, you might have curtains but want to add other window coverings, like shutters. Other coverings, like shutters, are ideal for privacy, flexible control over light entering the room, and insulation, while curtains offer a soft, stylish, and decorative touch to a space. What can you do? Is it possible to have two kinds of window coverings? Can you have both shutters and curtains?

You can absolutely have both window coverings and curtains. Let’s focus on combining motorized shutters and curtains. Whether you love your shutters but want some curtains or love your curtains and want some shutters, there are a few different ways you can enjoy the style and benefits of both. Curtains are all about style. Not that shutters aren’t stylish, but curtains come in thousands of different lengths, shapes, materials, and prints. Shutters, on the other hand, can help reduce your home’s energy usage, and therefore your energy bills, but acting as a barrier to the temperature outside. They also act as noise barriers to muffle the loud sounds of the outdoors and block unwanted light for more restful sleep, easier TV watching, or even a nice daytime nap. Shutters also give you flexibility as, unlike curtains that can either be opened or closed, shutters have both panels and slats that can be adjusted as needed or wanted for light control and privacy.

Why not enjoy both? You can easily combine shutters with curtains. For example, add curtains and shutters to the windows in your bedroom. While shutters can help darken a room a lot, there can sometimes still be a little light that gets through between the shutter panels and the frame. If you want a total blackout effect for sleeping, layer some curtains on top of the shutters to guarantee complete light blockage.

motorized shuttersCurtains and café style shutters go well together. Café shutters only cover the bottom half of a window, so adding valances above the shutters offers additional shade as well as a charming touch. The café shutters give you the privacy and light control while the valance provides the style, as a bare top half of a window would look very strange and unfinished. You can also add curtains to full height shutters. Full height shutters, like plantation shutters, offer insulation, noise reduction, and light blockage that curtains alone can’t provide. But adding curtains as well can give you more style and customization. Take bay windows, for example. It can be hard to find curtains that match the exact curve of a bay window. But you can easily get custom shutters that will fit over your bay windows to give you coverage and privacy, and then add curtains to the side of the bay windows for style. You can also draw the curtains for additional light blockage as needed.

These are just a few of the many ways that you can combine curtains and other kinds of window coverings, like shutters. If you want to learn more about motorized shutters, just reach out to us today!


Protect Your Carpets with Motorization

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Carpets are soft, comfortable, and stylish. However, they can be a pain to take care of, especially when it comes to fading. The sun’s UV rays can cause the colors and patterns on your carpets to fade, but how can you stop it? Use these tips, new window shades or shutters with motorization, to protect your carpets from fading.

The most straightforward way to stop your carpets from fading is to limit the amount of UV rays they’re exposed to. An easy way to do that is to install window shades on your windows. Some shades, like Roman shades, roller shades, or honeycomb shades, can have added UV-blocking liners to better protect your carpets from fading in the sun. These UV-blocking shades do need to be closed completely in order to be able to block the UV light. But pay attention to how the sunlight comes through your windows at different times of the day and even in different seasons. This way, you’ll know exactly when you need to have your shades closed and when you can leave them open. If you choose shades with motorization, you can easily program them to open as close as needed to best protect your home from the sun.

You can also install shutters. Shutters are ideal as they are flexible in the amount of light they let in, while still offering full protection for your carpets at the sunniest times of day. You can leave them open when there’s indirect sunlight or close them all the way to completely block out light. You can also tilt shutters to redirect the light from the sun away from your carpets so you can still have natural light without having to worry about fading.

Hunter Douglas PowerView MotorizationsCarpets can be expensive to replace. Area rugs can be much cheaper, making them a good way to protect carpets from UV rays. Place an area rug over a well-lit or high-traffic area of your carpet to keep it safe from fading. You can rotate the rug every few months to even out how much its fades and wears in the sunlight or rotate out a few different rugs to keep them fresh. You can also replace the rug once it starts to get worn or faded. Keeping your carpets clean can also help minimize fading so they can stay bright and colorful. The products you use on a daily basis, from body lotion, sunscreen, and soap to cleaning sprays and wipes, can build up on your carpets and cause them to fade. Not to mention the dirt, mud and grime that can get tracked inside on shoes! Cleaning your carpets can help reduce this buildup and protect their color to stop fading. Regularly vacuum your carpets and professionally clean them annually to keep them looking fresh and bright.

If you’re looking for the right kinds of window treatments to help protect your carpets, we are here help. We offer a wide range of window treatments with Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization that can help protect your carpet and will also charmingly match with your home and décor. Call or visit us today to learn more.

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