At East End Blinds we are already thinking about Thanksgiving and the other end-of-year holidays, and we know you are too. We’ll all inevitably be going through the cycle of orange, browns, and earthy colors to celebrate the fall harvest, followed by the silver, whites, and sparkles of the yuletide season. Candles, throw pillows, plush blankets, traditional decorations, and seasonal art will adorn the walls of our home. The decorating process is something we all look forward to every year, even if it is a bit of work. But have you thought about replacing your old window blinds as a huge upgrade to the look of your home for the holiday season and onward? It is one of the most overlooked ways to change the beauty of your home.
Window blind technology has moved forward by leaps and bounds in the past few years. In the past there were limited options and if you chose anything outside of the standard products the job became very expensive. Today there is an array of styles to choose from and the pricing is reasonable even for the most advanced technology like powered window shades that you can operate from your smartphone or Alexa. Traditional styles like roller shades and New England style wood shutters are still available, but there are so many gorgeous new materials and types to choose from. At the root of it all is the name that has been relied on for decades as an assurance of quality and craftsmanship: Hunter Douglas. All of the products that we use at East End blinds are certifiably made by Hunter Douglas, and our President Tom Ciancuielli takes an interest in every project to make sure each job is done with the same level of attention. Our staff at East End Blinds from design to install are the best in the business and will treat you like a member of our family. Don’t take our word for it, take a simple look at our Google reviews.
Spending more time at home—whether it be working from home, working out at home, or simply reconnecting with family and friends in person—calls for comfort. And just as our everyday attire has become more casual, so have our home’s interiors.
Formality has given way to functionality—and even if rooms look luxe, they’re meant to be lived in, with durable, yet inviting, fabrics and furnishings.
And that carries through to window treatments, as well. Elevated basics like the classic woven fabrics of Vignette® Modern Roman Shades or the performance fabrics for Design Studio™ Roman Shades, as well as Design Studio Side Panels and Drapery, are perfect for the most-used rooms in a home, while still adding a refined style to the window.
Bringing the outdoors in, whether it’s through the addition of houseplants, a bowl of seashells or jute throw rugs, remains a top interior design trend—one that helps soothe and calm our psyches.
The window—a direct portal to nature—also brings the outdoors in, in the form of mood-boosting natural light.
To reap all the benefits the sun has to offer, without harsh glare, look to Pirouette and Silhouette® Window Shadings, which soften natural light. And with the ClearView® feature, available for both of these shadings, specialized sheers provide an exceptionally clear view-through to the outside, while obscuring views into your space.
As mounting concerns about climate change shift responsible design from a trend to a must-have, recycled and repurposed materials and energy-efficient products are becoming even more important in our efforts to reduce our environmental impact.
GreenScreen® Sea-Tex™ screen shade fabric, for example, exclusive to the Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades line, is made from reclaimed ocean plastic—in an effort to divert this waste from landfills.
And energy-efficient window treatments, like cellular shades, help lower our environmental footprint by providing added insulation at the window. Top choices for keeping your house snug when it’s cold and cooler when temperatures heat up include Duette Honeycomb Shades and Sonnette Cellular Roller Shades.
As more of us adopt smart-home technology as a way to add comfort, convenience and efficiency to our lives, the design of the gadgets and interfaces we use is softening, to become more in-tune and seamless with home interiors.
For instance, the Pebble® Remote Control—used to control Hunter Douglas window treatments with PowerView® Automation, is not only functional—it looks good, too. Unlike clunky remotes that you hide out of site (and then subsequently misplace), the Pebble remote sports an attractive, curved design that’s available in various colors.
Fabrics and finishes are also elements that pair well with the design of smart-home technology. The line of Elan® Metallic fabrics for Sonnette shades, Satin Metallic fabrics for Pirouette shadings, and Alustra® Architella® Apollo™ fabrics for Duette shades all offer subtle sheens that complement a sleek, clean aesthetic.