When remodeling or building a home it’s important to think about the project as a whole before construction starts. One area that’s often overlooked are the windows. Windows and window treatments need to be planned at the beginning of a project. Power integrated window treatments are becoming standard in most homes and are a convenient feature that can be powered remotely as well.
I interviewed Harley Magno, owner of Phoenix Shades Shutters and Draperies, to get the scoop on what’s trending in window treatments this year. “Fabric is in, look for lots of options in drapery, roman shades and roller shades,” says Harley. He also advises to integrate powered window treatments in the remodel plan. “They are convenient and affordable, and the systems can be battery powered or hardwired and fully integrated with your home automation system; they can be used remotely with your smart phone.” The time to hardwire for windows is when the electrician is on the job and before the drywall and paint is finished. This will allow you to seamlessly integrate the window treatment features into your space.
Hunter Douglas offers Power View motorization. This technology is available in everything from roller shades to wood blinds. Many styles and fabrics are available to get just the right choice for your home.
Thinking ahead to the type of window treatments you like is also important when selecting new windows. The placement, size and shape all factor into what the window treatment options are.
The basic types of motorized window treatments include:
Cellular Shades, Roman Shades, Roller Shades, Wood Blinds and Drapery. All of these can be motorized. Draperies are motorized using a special track that can be hardwired with a switch or battery operated with a remote.
Power integrated systems are so flexible and easy it’ll be hard to remember what it was like before you pushed a button to open the shades.
This year, the trend is moving away from clean undressed windows to adding drapery panels and shades in a variety of fabrics and patterns to finish off a window. These are in addition to the architectural treatments listed above. Adding another layer of fabric and texture adds dimension and a layer of softness to a room.
A wide array of styles, and finishes in hardware make it easy to add a finishing touch in looks ranging from Mid Century Modern to Traditional Antique.Visit Phoenix Shades Shutters and Drapery to learn more about what window treatment is right for you. Follow them on Facebook.
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