Motorized Window Shades: The Ultimate

By February 27, 2017Window Treatments

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.