Alexa Controlled Luxury Window Blinds

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East End Blinds, Long Island’s biggest installer of Window Blinds, Solar Screens, Shutters, and Window Shades rolls out new Smart Home Technology!

Control Shades with Your Voice

PowerView® Motorization enables you to control, time and set your shades to raise, lower, tilt and traverse automatically to suit your schedule. While it is currently compatible with home-automated programs, including Nest®, IFTTT, Logitech®, Savant®, Control4®, URC®, ELAN®, Remote Technologies Incorporated and Crestron®, PowerView enhancements now include voice control. Operate your PowerView window treatments hands free through integration with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and the Google Assistant.

PowerView Motorization is the recipient of the 2018 Red Dot Design Award, the most coveted and prestigious designation in the world of design.

Energy Efficiency

Automated shades are a great solution to help control your energy costs by responding to weather conditions and dependency on artificial light. Set up custom Scenes that automatically close your window treatments during peak temperatures in the summer to keep out the heat. Reduce heat loss in the winter by automatically lowering your shades at night, preventing heat from exiting your home. For extra energy efficiency, you might want to consider cellular shades with PowerView Motorization that add an extra layer of insulation at the window.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Enjoy effortless control of your shades with the touch of a button. And because PowerView window treatments are without cords, you’ll be making your home safer for kids and pets.

While the system certainly boasts brains, it is beautiful as well, with thoughtful design enhancements for each of its components:

The artfully-shaped PowerView® Pebble® Remotes and Scene Controllers now feature three new, on-trend colors—Ecru, Oyster and Mist. These neutral additions join the current offering, providing ten fashion-forward colors to complement all interiors—from traditional to totally modern.

The PowerView® Hub, the system’s heart and command center, has evolved to echo the Pebble’s appearance for a more cohesive look, while also offering faster processing speeds for an improved user experience. And, since it is now Wi-Fi enabled, there is no need to be restrained to a router.

The PowerView® App, used to control individual shades and create Scenes—pre-programmed shade positions (like “Rise and Shine”, “Dinner Party” or “Movie Night”)—has been redesigned. Most notably, the App spotlights a refined color scheme and a dashboard feature—a customizable “home page” where you can add favorite Scenes, shades and automations.

The PowerView® Repeater is equipped with strengthened signal ranges for even greater coverage throughout your home. Its sleeker style matches the new Hub, accentuated by an LED light as its base that provides customized illumination day or night. Select from a collection of seven hues, adjust the intensity and include them in Scenes created in the PowerView App.

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How to Make Roller Shades Look Fabulous!

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Compared to high end wooden blinds or remote controlled shades, plain roller shades are a fraction of the cost! They look better than curtains by a long shot! But the turn-offs are real, too: that mechanical roller, sticking out like a store thumb; the plastic-y fabric you wish were more like actual linen; sterile colors and bad patterns only, apparently. It’s hard to decide if they’ll look frumpish or nice (or how to steer them towards the latter) but our designers and installers at East End Blinds manage it. It is common to use roller shades in projects with modern or contemporary detailing because of their clean, discreet look. They’re an especially good complement to windows that have deep jambs, and in situations where windows are detailed without trims or casings.

Mount them inside the jamb

Our design team ensures that blinds are installed within the jamb, rather than mounted to the wall above the window. It’s a far more discreet, streamlined look—like they’re actually supposed to go there rather than having been tacked on by a novice with a hammer.

Living room in Brooklyn by Space Exploration.
White roller blinds are nearly invisible when rolled up.

Photo: Courtesy of Space Exploration Design

Disguise the mechanism

When you’re shopping for roller shades, you’ll likely notice an option for an “integrated valence,” which is basically a metal or upholstered box at the top that hides the roller. While these are useful, matching them to the color of the shade, to conceal the shade and its mechanism from view is key. An even better option is to have a custom valence built to look like the surrounding wall. East End Blinds can do this all!

When we can, we’ll call for an integrated valence to be built flush with the surrounding walls so the roller shades are completed concealed when not in use. In ideal situations (usually only if we are designing a house from scratch), we’ll detail a dedicated shade pocket above the window, flush with the surrounding wall.

Choose a “reverse” roll

If you can’t manage a valance box, at least choose for the shade to come down over the front of the roller, mostly obscuring it, rather than from underneath, which will make it more pronounced.

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Large, glowy roller blinds in another residency by Space Exploration.

Select the right transparency

Not all roller shades are created equal—in terms of opacity at least. When we are helping clients choose roller shades, we make sure to show them a range of opacities, usually in the three to ten percent range. If you’re not working with a designer, swing by the store to see the options for yourself—blackout might be best for a kids’ room, but otherwise you’re probably opting for a glowy, diffused effect. It’s important to understand the different levels of light transmission that these shades allow and what that means for privacy and for filtering the view beyond the window.

Dining room in Annie Schlechter's Manhattan apartment.
Pink roller shades—very transparent, rolled over rather than under—in Annie Schlechter’s amazing NYC home.

Photo: © 2017 Annie Schlechter, from New York: Behind Closed Doors by Polly Devlin. Pastel color drawings on the wall by Russell Maret; photograph of *A Bus Stop in * by Dylan Chandler; ELEVEN ELEVEN ELEVEN by Marianna Kennedy.

Pick a good color

Some people think this decision is mostly about how the shades themselves will complement the color scheme of the room when they are in use, but it’s also very important to consider how the color of the shade will impact the color of the light filtering through it, which will affect how you see other objects in the room. As always, white is not just white; it can be tinged with gold or clean and blue.

Contact us and let’s talk about your project!

Blinds With Energy Efficiency Will Help You Save On Energy Bills

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Blinds with energy efficiency are available at East End Blinds this winter season. Did you know 50% of your homes heating can escape through your windows? East End Blinds can help you save on energy bills this winter and all year long with energy efficient blinds from Hunter Douglas.

Lower Your Energy Bills With Energy Efficient Blinds

The following energy efficient blinds are available in a wide range of colors and styles at East End Blinds:

• Hunter Douglas Alustra® Duette® Honeycomb Shades
• Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades
• Hunter Douglas Duette® Trielle® Honeycomb Shades
• Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Blinds with Energy EfficiencyThese four blinds can help lower your energy bills all year long. Hunter Douglas Duette® and Applause® window shades are constructed with a honeycomb cell to help keep air trapped inside the pockets. In winter warm air remains inside your home and in summer cool air stays inside. The honeycomb cells on the Duette® and Applause blinds have varying levels of energy efficiency based on their cell size. Ask about double and triple cell construction for more energy efficient savings throughout the year.

If you purchase select energy efficient Hunter Douglas blinds for your home now you may qualify for additional savings and/or tax credits!

Best Blinds For Child & Pet Safety

Duette® and Applause® blinds also have safety features for children and pets. You’ll never have to worry about dangling, unexposed cords again in the baby’s room. Your cats and dogs won’t be tempted to play with blind cords. East End Blinds is a Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization expert. You can easily lower or raise your shades automatically at the touch of a button. Use your iPhone, Android, Tablet, Pebble® remote control or hard-wire switch to simultaneously control all the blinds and shades in your home. If you’re into technology, you’ll love the simplicity of operating motorized shades.

Blinds SkylightsPowerView® Motorization is also great for hard to reach windows. Skylights and large or expansive horizontal or vertical windows are ideal for PowerView® Motorization. You can also purchase your energy efficient blinds cordless. East End Blinds can guide you through all the options. Select lifting systems are on sale! Contact us for more information.

Window Blinds on Long Island: 2 Classic Styles

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When it comes to window blinds on Long Island, there are 2 classic options to dress up your windows. Whether you live in the Hamptons, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Fire Island, or NYC, we’ve got you covered! These Window Blinds will beautify your home in a spectacular way!

East End Blinds has a great design and installation team that has been in business over a decade. They are a boutique company with attention to detail and unmatched customer service. When it comes to window blinds on Long Island, there is only one choice!

Years ago window blinds were boring and institutional. Today you will find an array of styles and materials used in magnificent homes across the country. East End Blinds’ ultra-personalized service will walk you through every step of the process including picking out the best styles and materials for your home and staying within your budget. They handle large commercial jobs as well as small residential projects and they make the whole process a breeze. If white glove service and fine craftsmanship on a reasonable budget are your goal, you won’t be disappointed with East End Blinds. They have an endless supply of designs and materials. Below are 2 classic and popular styles.

Simple, charming and elegant. If you love classic style, the 2 window treatments below are for you!

These window treatments have not lost their appeal and timeless beauty. You’ll find these window treatments in some of the most beautiful homes on Long Island.

One important element of the interior design is the window treatment which provides an aesthetic, but most importantly, a functional purpose in the home. If you want a beautiful, classic look, these are the best window treatments to use:

Shutters

Window shutters are excellent window treatments for a colonial home as they provide ventilation and protect the interior of a home from the harsh rays of the sun. Their louvered blades, controlled with a central pole, also serve as an excellent and easy insulation for the home. They are best not to be covered with curtains and can stand out alone.

The use of shutters dates back from ancient Greece. They were also used during the pre-colonial times in New England. Today, these have stood the test of time and are still considered one of the best options for window treatment for a colonial home for both its functional and aesthetic qualities.

In choosing shutters to use for your home, be careful of what to buy as there are two different types: colonial shutters and plantation shutters. These two types serve different purposes. Colonial shutters, as they have shorter and narrower slats, are used to keep out the cold breeze from the outside. Plantation shutters on the other hand are commonly used in tropical areas to keep heat out, with its wider and longer slats.

Venetian Blinds

Another great window treatment option for a colonial home is wooden blinds. Like shutters, they too have a rich history that dates back from ancient Egypt. Also called Venetian blinds, wooden blinds have slats, 1 to 3 inches wide, connected together by a long strip of cloth.

Venetian blinds were popular in New England between the 1800 and 1900s. They used to come in a clear finish to show the beautiful graining of the wood and this was part of its appeal. Nowadays, homeowners have more options as they come in different colors.

Aside from this aesthetic quality, Venetian blinds also provide many benefits to your home, including being easy to maintain.

Shutters and blinds not only complement the charming design of homes, they also do justice to its beautiful exteriors. So if you’re looking to revamp your classy Long Island home, consider getting any of these window treatments.

Contact us and tell us about your project. We’ll get back to you promptly to discuss how we can help!

Outdated Window Treatments

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Revamping your window treatments is a great way to beautify your home and make a noticeable difference in the look and feel of the place. Paper shades and mini-blinds have been replaced by an array of luxurious and innovative choices. You can now easily transform your windows into a major part of your interior design plan. Add color to the room with various fabrics and materials, use oversize wood blinds or shutters, or choose solar-shades that are able to filter the sun in varying degrees of permeability. These models give sun and glare control without losing your view. If you really want to add a touch of innovation go with motorized window blinds and shades which can be adjusted with the touch of a remote. They are sleek, smooth operating, quiet, and the epitome of luxury. Our friendly design team at East End Blinds will meet with you and help you come up with the best plan for your project. We use top of the line materials like Hunter Douglas, and we strive to keep our prices low and customers happy. We have dozens of great reviews on our website and Facebook page from satisfied customers, take a look, and Contact us!

Fall Harvest Window Design

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It is that time of year. The kids have been back to school now for a couple of weeks, work is busy, and we are in the grind. The days are a mix of wet hurricane remnants, and alternating warm/cool days as the season begins to find itself. Soon the air will be cold, and the leaves will turn colors and begin falling. Football and Soccer abound, and families are thrilled with the return of mom’s home made chili and apple crisp. Before you know it Halloween will arrive, followed promptly by Thanksgiving.

The fall harvest is one of our favorite seasons. Have you put out your mums? Are you decorated for the holidays? What have you done with your windows? Of course there are lots of superficial decorations to hang and beautify them, but what about your actual window coverings? Blinds, Shades, Shutters? That’s where we can help. We offer a variety of luxurious window treatments that will not only make your windows look spectacular, but they will help lower your heating bill this winter. Choose from heavy New England style wooden shutters, thick fabric window blinds, solar shades and an array of other options. We have all the latest colors, styles, and materials to choose from. Shoot us an email with your contact information and we’ll call you to speak about your project. We have worked on small homes, Hamptons Estates, NYC Condos, as well as commercial and institutional jobs. Contact us and someone from our design team will reach out to you. You can count on the highest level of customer service and satisfaction.

Outdoor Living: Sun Screens, Shades, and more for your Patio

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There are a variety of different ways to filter or block out the sunlight for your outdoor living space. With a little thought and design advice, you can really beautify your patio, pool area, sun room, barbecue area, and outdoor kitchen.  East End Blinds has been serving clients in the Hamptons for many years and has artfully created some of the most spectacular and creative sun screening in the area. There are motorized options with smooth and quiet Somfy technology, a broad range of products to choose from including high end fabric, woods, and so much more. Although traditional options are the most popular, our design team has also created some of the most beautiful abstract designs out there. We believe there are no limits, and will work with you to achieve something “special”. Contact us, and we’ll give you a call to set up an appointment. Tom and the team will come to visit you and talk about your project.

Choosing Kitchen Window Treatments

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The way you filter light into a home is essential in it’s design. A great home has beautiful architecture and interior design, but if the windows aren’t decorated in a manner to compliment all of that then what’s the point? Window treatments need to take into account both beauty and function. This is a delicate marriage in the design world and only the best blind companies can deliver a result that is both beautiful and functional. Bad design can come across as institutional, boring, and plain. From a functional standpoint the best jobs are done in a manner that diffuses light in a way that compliments the room.

In the kitchen light control is essential! Look for window treatments that allow cooling breezes to enter while providing varying degrees of privacy and light filtering.

If you cook frequently and your stove is near a window, be sure that the window treatment materials you select stand up to heat and humidity and are easy to clean. One great choice are Reveal® aluminum blinds by Hunter Douglas.

Window treatments made of moisture-resistant materials – such as Palm Beach™ polysatin shutters and EverWood® alternative wood blinds – are also a great option for a window close to a kitchen sink.

East end blinds has a large selection of shutters, blinds and shades. The best part about our company is our friendly and knowledgeable design team. You get to work with Tom and the team at no extra charge. It’s part of our way of doing things. We don’t just sell window blinds, we work closely with customers to help their vision come to life. It’s an enjoyable process that we take pride in.

Please contact us to get started with your project.

Choosing the Best: Window Blinds, Shades, Solar Screens, Shutters, and Window Treatments

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An East End Blinds Installer works on a NYC project.

Window treatments make a tremendous contribution to the loveliness of a home. There are hundreds of varieties and a similar amount of installers. It’s very important to choose both wisely, and the two go hand-in-hand. Pick an installer with design expertise; one that will be candid with you and help you pick styles that will complement your home not detract from its beauty. Someone from the design team of the installer will sit with you and review all of the options, the details of installation, and costs & benefits.

There are specific applications for sliding patio doors, bay windows, portrait windows, double hung windows, and sunrooms. There are choices to be made on materials, colors, operating mechanisms, and the amount of sunlight that is blocked or allowed through. Choose from:

Sheers & Shadings to create beautiful effects with diffused natural light. SOFTLY FILTER NATURAL LIGHT TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL SPACES Our innovative Sheers & Shadings beautifully diffuse and soften natural light deep into a room. Easily adjust the vanes to suit your desired level of privacy and light control while maintaining UV protection.

Cellular Shades for energy-efficient designs. ENERGY-SAVING INNOVATIVE DESIGN Our original energy-efficient honeycomb designs are distinguished by a crisp, clean style. Available in single, double, triple and honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb cells as well as an impressive range of colors and opacities from sheer to opaque.

Roman Shades for a clean look with beautiful soft folds. AN ELEGANTLY TAILORED LOOK Featuring a sculpted, modern look, our Roman Shades offer distinctively elegant styling. Choose from a range of fold styles, fabrics, colors and textures to meet all your light-filtering and room-darkening needs.

Roller Shades for a clean, classic look that works for any room in your home. A CLEAN, CONTEMPORARY CHOICE For a look that’s custom, our Roller Shades offer a clean, contemporary appearance in a beautiful range of fabrics from sheer to opaque for unlimited light-control options. The simple yet sturdy design enhances the décor in any room.

Woven Woods, a warm, natural look. NATURAL BEAUTY, RELAXED STYLING Crafted from natural fibers and textures, our Woven Woods are attractive both when lowered and when raised to form even, overlapping folds. Create a uniquely custom look with a wide selection of shade styles and design options.

Shutters for a classic plantation look with long-lasting finishes and exceptional craftsmanship. CLASSIC PLANTATION LOOK WITH LONG-LASTING FINISHES Precision-crafted, our Shutters lend warmth and classic styling to any room. Enjoy an impressive selection of real hardwood, modern-day hybrid materials and Polysatin™ compound for maximum strength and durability.

Vertical Blinds that are ideal for wide window expanses and sliding-glass doors. SLEEK STYLING FOR SWEEPING STATEMENTS Ideal for both large and small window expanses, including French doors, patio and sliding-glass doors, and bay and corner windows, our Vertical Blinds and window panels make a stylish choice for any room. Choose from an impressive selection of materials, fabrics and colors.

Horizontal Window Blinds, the finest window blinds in wood, wood alternative and metal. FASHIONABLE HORIZONTAL WINDOW BLIND CHOICES Our wood, alternative wood and aluminum Horizontal Window Blinds beautifully complement the design of any room. Select from a vast selection of colors, paint and stain finishes, slat sizes, and decorative tapes.

Hi, I’m Tom Ciane, owner of East End Blinds on Long Island. Thanks for visiting our virtual showroom. East End Blinds is your source for residential and commercial Hunter Douglas window treatments. We offer an endless variety of styles whether you are looking for something traditional, fashion forward, or something with sleek motorized options. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will work with you to coordinate your decorating project from start to finish, and I am personally involved in all projects. Our distinctive services include professional measuring, experienced installation and stylish design advice. You won’t find a better window treatment company with a friendlier staff. We work closely with clients in Long Island and Manhattan. Contact us now for an appointment.

Motorized Window Shades: The Ultimate

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Nearly anything you do with shades and blinds can be done with a touch of motorization. It’s an affordable luxury; one that homeowners are flocking to because of the extreme practicality and technological appeal. You can control your shades and blinds all-at-once, separately, in zones, or put them on timers to go up and down with the sunset. Motorization provides a high-end space age appeal to any home or office. Businesses are quite happy with the results of installing them in commercial spaces. New ultra quiet and smooth Somfy motors power a variety of window coverings and add a nice touch of elegance to the room.

The custom installers at East End Blinds use existing wiring or high end battery-powered models, and the motors are completely concealed. People often don’t consider adding motorization to their windows because they think the price will be too high or it will involve a lot of additional electrical work. That is not the case. There are dozens of options to retro-fit windows with motorization without tapping into existing electrical, and the finished product would still reflect quality that is fit for a Hamptons mansion. Contact us today for an appointment!

 
The choices for window coverings are quite extensive. They can all be motorized.

1. Roman shades
Roman shades consist of one continuous piece of fabric, featuring horizontal folds down the length of the shade. These folds lay flat against the window when down but fold up nicely when raised, combining the soft look of fabric drapery with the functionality of a shade.

2. Shutters
Shutters are a classic window treatment choice, adding architectural design directly to your windows. Shutters are a great value when you consider they actually add value to your home. The elegant design of shutters looks attractive from both the inside and the outside.

3. Solar shade window treatments
Solar shades are also known as “window sunglasses” for their opaque design that allows you to preserve your outside view while also providing considerable light control. Available in openness factors ranging from 3- to 14-percent, you will want to choose a higher openness to let in more light and preserve your view.

4. Wood blinds
Wood blinds are a classic choice for windows and outlast trends or styles. Made of real wood, using various grains and stains, wood blinds remain durable through the years. The warm look of wood blinds pairs well with other wood furniture, flooring and trim.

5. Real or Faux wood blinds
Faux wood blinds have the same look as real wood, but are more affordable window treatments because they’re made out of PVC, vinyl or composite wood material. Faux wood blinds are also moisture resistant, making them a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms where real wood would otherwise warp and crack.

6. Cellular shades
Cellular shades are the best insulators of all energy-efficient window treatments. They get their name and insulating properties from their fabric honeycomb cells that trap air between the window and the room. This results in heat gain in the winter and heat loss in the summer.

7. Woven wood shades

Window treatment manufacturers make woven wood shades out of a variety of materials, including grasses, reeds and bamboo. These textured shades instantly add a casual, natural feel to your space. You may add liners to increase privacy or include fabric trim to further customize the woven wood shade to your room.

8. Panel track blinds
Panel track blinds are made out of a series of fabric panels that slide back and forth to give you optimal light control and privacy. These blinds are a modern alternative to vertical blinds for covering large windows or sliding glass doors.

9. Roller shades
Roller shades are one of the most affordable options when it comes to covering your windows. These shades roll up neatly onto a tube, making them appear minimal and discreet when raised. With blackout and light-filtering options, you can choose the amount of light control that you wish for any given room.

10. Sheer shades
Sheer shades are an elegant window covering. These popular window treatments feature two sheer fabric facings over soft fabric vanes. When vanes are open, diffused light is let inside, and your view to the outside is preserved. When closed, however, room-darkening styles of sheer shades will completely block out light.

11. Pleated shades
Pleated shades are made from a single piece of fabric with pleats that collapse and stack neatly as you raise the shade. This slat-like effect gives your home a casual, semi-sheer look that allows a considerable amount of light to filter through the window.

12. Drapery
Drapery adds style and elegance to your home while also providing functional light control and privacy. Panels hang vertically from hardware at the top to your desired window treatment length. Available in many different styles, fabrics, colors and patterns, you can easily coordinate drapery to layer with any existing window treatments or simply use panels only.