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Various Window Shades for Bathroom Windows

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Most bathrooms have windows, be it a big window above the tub, or even a few small ones near or inside the shower. But how are you going to dress the windows in your bathroom? There are lots of options for shades for your home, but the ones for your bathroom can be tricky as they need to not only address privacy concerns and natural light needs, but also need to be moisture resistant. Luckily, motorized shades and more are here to help.

Do you have windows in or around your shower? These windows can be tricky to dress as they are exposed to direct moisture all the time, not to mention that they often come in small or awkward sizes. One kind of window shade option that might work is a shutter. Try high quality composite shutters that can let light in and help steam escape out while helping you maintain privacy and hold up to the daily water exposure. You could also try waterproof or vinyl shades for your shower windows as they can be easier to install, especially if you are in a rental or a short-term home.

Bathtub windows need a special kind of window treatment that can completely block the view and be easy to use from inside the tub if you’re taking a bath or even giving the kids one. Most importantly, bathtub window treatments need to be waterproof as splashes and steam are a common occurrence around at tub.

motorized shades 2Shutters are a great tub window shade solution. Look for high quality faux wood shutters that are durable and resistant to moisture and mold as they take the worry out of splashes and steam and are super easy to operate with their tilting louvers that also make it simple to get the exact amount of privacy and light you want. You can find shutters in tons of different colors to match your bathroom décor, or motorized shutters to help make things more convenient. Be sure to stay away from fabric window treatments for above your tub, as these will get musty and moldy quickly in the bathroom humidity.

Do you have a wet room as opposed to a traditional bathroom? These trendy new rooms usually have a combined shower and tub space without a shower stall and with a drain directly on the floor. Completely waterproof window treatments are absolute musts in these rooms, so maybe a window with frosted glass is the best way to go. If you don’t want frosted windows, you can try faux wood shutters or vinyl shades.

If you need more tips for choosing window shades for your bathroom windows, or have questions about shades in general, McNeill Palm is here to help. We have years of experience in the motorized shades industry, and would be happy to use that experience to help you find the best solution for your home. Please stop by and visit us or give us a call to learn more about what we can do for you and your windows.

Choose Stylish and Functional Window Coverings

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The only thing you can count on about styles is that they are always changing. Something that’s popular one year might be awful the next. This concept is especially true for home décor, like motorized shutters. If you’re choosing new window coverings, like shutters, you want to be sure that they not only function well but also look great and are in style.

Luckily for homeowners like you, window shutters are not only in style and will most likely stay that way, but also add tons of great features and benefits to homes from energy efficiency to light control. Different forms of shutters have been used for thousands of years. If they’ve stayed in style and function for that long, you can bet that they will continue to do so for many more years to come.

Shutters’ utility and style have even increased in the past, making them an ideal window treatment for almost any kinds of home. There are some kinds of shutters that are only used in the past for decoration. They were fixed to the outside of a home and were not operable, instead serving as a style fixture to add a welcoming and homey look to a house. Modern shutters today are not just for look. They are functional and stylish, giving homeowners the ability to control light and heat in the home.

Shutters are sustainable and energy efficient as well as fashionable. Modern window coverings like shutters are designed to not only boost home style but also to help moderate temperature and light inside a home to help keep the home comfortable and energy efficient. There are a few different kinds of stylish window coverings like shutters to choose from for your home:

  • motorized shutters 2Plantation Shutters – Plantation shutters are usually exterior shutters that offer the style of traditional exterior shutters and the functionality of interior shutters. They can be fully opened or closed and also have louvres that adjust to give even more day-to-day customization.
  • Interior Shutters – Interior shutters are mostly for function, as they offer both light control and weather protection. There are a few different kinds of interior shutters. Café shutters block only part of the window, usually sitting on the top or bottom half of the opening. Shaker shutters on the other hand cover the full window and have a very durable construction that make them ideal for security, light control and weather protection.
  • Exterior Shutters – The most traditional kind of exterior shutter, be it raised panel or louvred style, offers a warm and welcoming décor look. These shutters are often smaller than the windows and wouldn’t cover the entire window if they were able to be closed. However, there are some kinds of board-and-batten shutters that are made to fit windows by size and shape and can be opened or closed as per homeowner preference.

The best part is you can also get motorized shutters in these styles and more to further elevate your home. Want to learn more about your options for stylish motorized shutters? Just get in touch with McNeill Palm. We’re happy to do whatever we can to help make your home the best it can be.

Motorization and the Light in Your Home

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There cannot be life without light. From helping plants grow to being critical for eyes to see, light makes a big difference in every aspect of our world. This includes your home. Sound surprising? Keep reading to learn more about why light is so important, what kinds of light there are, and why adding the right kind of window blinds with motorization to your home can give you even more control over your house’s light and therefore your comfort and mood.

Ambient light is light that doesn’t have a specific pursue, like task or accent lighting, but is rather background light that affects the mood and feel of a space. Ambient light might seem unimportant as it’s in the background, but in fact ambient light can change the entire appearance of a room and have a large effect on a room’s comfort and efficiency as well as your health.

The natural sunlight that enters a room or a space is most often ambient light. Besides the obvious visual benefits, ambient light like natural sunlight can also have a big effect on your mood and health. Sunshine can help boost serotonin production, which is a hormone that is responsible for reducing anxiety and depression as well as increasing comfort and satisfaction. Its scientifically proven that more natural light means a better overall mood. This works the other way, too, meaning that too little natural light can increase the risk of depression and anxiety.

motorization 2Natural light gives us vital nutrients that we need to live like vitamin D and can play a large part in our sleep cycles. The natural ambient light you get inside your home is helpful when it comes to regulating your body’s natural rhythm. Natural sunlight is a key trigger in keeping your body in sync with your daily activities. IJ other words, darkness tells your body it’s time to sleep or shut down, while light tells your body it’s time to be awake and productive. Also, exposure to bright light in the morning can help you wake up faster and easier, setting you up for a better day.

What does all this have to do with your window treatments and motorization? The right kind of window treatments can give you almost complete control over the amount of natural ambient light that you let in your home. With motorization, you can adjust the blinds to the exact right angle to let in the amount of light that you want while still maintaining privacy. This means you can let the light in in the morning and during the day and keep the light out when it’s time for bed. This control can not only help you achieve optimal restfulness and sleep but can also boost your mood and overall comfort in your home.

Looking for more information on how motorization, like Hunter Douglas PowerView, can help make your home better? McNeill Palm is here to help. Stop by and visit us or give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you.