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Weaving an Automated Lifestyle (4/26/2018 7:15:24 PM)

The color, weave and design choices of window shades are anything but beige!

We’ve been talking about the benefits of automated window shades for years. They’re an elegant choice for window treatments and offer a variety of unique shading solutions across your home. They filter glaring sunlight, adding comfort while protecting your furniture from fading. They can be programmed to simulate that your home is occupied, acting as a deterrent for would-be burglars. They take advantage of the sun’s warmth or block its heat, saving energy. And the list goes on. But, as extensive as their features and attributes, are their exquisite array of color and fabrics.

Motorized window shades can provide anywhere from minimal coverage to complete blackout. If you’re in need of multiple shading solutions, such as a sunny living room that transitions into a cozy, dark TV viewing area, dual roller systems are also available, providing an option between the two. The level of sheerness is referred to as the “openness factor”, a ratio of the “open space” in the fabric. The denser the weave, the higher its light filtering properties. Sheer shades are typically measured in the 1% to 10% range.  Blackout shades are perfect for home theaters and masters bedrooms as they completely block all light, measuring in at 100%. A sheer shade filters glare while still allowing clear visibility to the outside. A translucent or dim-out fabric, on the other hand, can range from a low openness factor all the way up to 95%, but creates privacy by limiting the amount of detail seen through the weave.

The weave, or pattern of the fabric, is also a consideration for both design detail and design requirements. Roller fabrics are commonly offered in basketweave, twill and jacquard weaves, each with a unique, directional pattern and manufactured in limited widths. If you have an expansive window opening, the fabric can be turned horizontally and pieced together. This is referred to as railroading. Factoring weight and pattern, certain fabrics lend themselves better to achieving these widths. We’ll guide you through your choices.

One of the nicest features about custom motorized shades is that they can be programmed to stop at select intervals, lowering and raising them throughout the day to designated levels. Not only does this allow you to take advantage of capturing or filtering daylight, but aesthetically, it enables the shades to rest at desired design features such as mullions or chair rails.

Customization doesn’t stop there. Your shades can be programmed in harmony with your lights, music and more to create custom “scenes”. “Good Morning” may raise the shades to 50%, brightly lighting the kitchen while “Good Night” closes the shades and softly illuminates your nighttime paths. For specialized windows, wirelessly controlled shades are the ideal custom solution. Skylights, French doors and dramatic, impossible-to-reach, feature windows all benefit from the energy savings and privacy that motorized shades provide.

The selections and solutions are endless, so how do you determine the right openness factor, weave, color and control? Let’s set up an in-home consultation. If you’re working with an interior design professional, we’re happy to work together to design window coverings that will complement your décor, add value to your home and weave elegance into your automated lifestyle.

Resources:

QMotion Roller Shade Fabric

QMotion Project Gallery

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