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3 Reasons to Use Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening shades are specialized window treatments, made of fabric, plastic or even metal, which serve as an effective barrier against light. They are available in numerous styles and configurations, including retractable rolling shades and honeycomb shades, and you also have the option to install remote-control and manually operated room darkening shades. Stylistically, these window treatments can […]

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Motorized Blinds and Shades 101

Motorized window treatments offer you unparalleled control over your indoor environment, with dozens of stylish options available, including motorized blinds, shades, curtains and drapes. Typically, motorized blinds, curtains and drapes (as well as automatic shades) are suspended from a remote control-activated rod, which you can open and close at the push of a button. Blinds […]

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Considerations for Selecting Lutron Motorized Shades Vs Somfy

Motorized shades are an attractive convenience, especially in modern homes that emphasize a contemporary interior design style. Of all the companies that manufacture motors for shades, there are two that stand tall: Somfy and Lutron. If you’re considering Somfy or Lutron motorized shades, chances are you’re wondering about the relative merits of each brand name. […]

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Ideas for Using Shoji Screens in Your Home

Define Rooms with Shoji Screens If yours is a smaller living space, chances are you have an open-concept layout. You can use these screens to delineate smaller spaces in your apartment or condominium, creating the effect of having more rooms in your home. Similarly, you can use these screens in houses to segment large rooms […]

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Automatic Shades: Luxury or Necessity?

Closing and opening your shades or blinds with the flick of a button sounds like something from “The Jetsons” or even “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” But the fact is automatic shades are a reality today. This technology can be a must-have necessity in some situations, and a nice-to-have luxury in others. To become […]

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Fabric Roman Shades for Elegance and Function

Fabric Roman shades are versatile, elegant and practical.  Summer is a great time to ensure that your home isn’t costing too much to cool and that you can enjoy natural light without exposing your furniture or electronic equipment to harsh, direct sunlight.  As versatile as shutters, roman shades come in a variety of styles and can […]

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Custom Arched Window Treatments for a Stylish Home

The challenge of a special window is to dress it well without overpowering its unique look and shape.  Arched windows present their own set of challenges for decorating, but arched window treatments can make the most of your window’s elegant lines and extra light.  When considering various arched window treatments, think about which aspect of […]

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Creative Window Treatments for Bay Windows

If you have a bay window in your home, you have a dramatic focal point that you can dress and accent to complement the room and make a stunning impact. Bay windows project from a building’s facade and create a square or polygonal bay in the interior (bow windows project from the building in an […]

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