The attention to detail we put into each shade is what sets us apart. Each shade we make is individually hung and tested to ensure proper size, functionality and overall appearance. We utilize only the best components to ensure your shades look great while operating smoothly and easily for years to come.
Roller shades are one of the easiest shade styles to operate. The custom, yet simple, construction allows you to operate even large shades with ease. All of our roller shades come with a continuous loop chain control that helps ensure smooth and even operation.
One of the best features of roller shades is that when they are raised, they practically disappear. Unlike other shades that fold when rolled up, roller shades wind around a tube so that they block very little of the view. To further maintain your view, consider purchasing a solar shade with greater openness in the weave.
We offer two different blackout materials in our roller shade collection, but neither will block 100% of natural light. If you will be mounting the shade within the window (inside mount), we will adjust the shade width to ensure that the shade functions properly. This small gap will subsequently let some light in the sides.
Selecting an outside mount will help alleviate some light seepage; however, the shade will be projecting off the wall, so some light will enter.
Depending on your situation, the proper selection of a reverse roll or a regular roll can help limit light seepage.
Many of our materials will reduce glare and cut down on heat. The material you select will be the biggest factor in decreasing heat loss. Swatch samples are available for all materials at no charge, so consider testing them in your specific environment prior to purchase.
Solar shades are another good option for insulation purposes. You may also wish to finish your windows with draperies, in addition to roller shades. This layered approach offers an elegant, custom look while helping reduce drafts.
One of the best features of solar shades is that they maintain a partial view. The amount of visibility maintained depends on the percent of openness you select. When solar shades are rolled up, they practically disappear. Unlike other shades that fold when closed, solar shades roll around a tube when raised and block very little of the view.
Solar shades absorb heat, protect against UV rays and reduce glare - all while maintaining your view. You may want to consider draperies in addition to your solar shades. Not only will this layered approach offer you a truly custom look, but the side panels will also help minimize drafts.
Our standard control is easy to use and will allow you to operate your shades consistently over time, with little effort. Our continuous loop control option is an excellent choice for larger shades.
It's worth considering a continuous loop control if:
If you select a blackout or privacy liner, your shades will provide an additional layer of insulation. You can maximize your window insulation by adding drapery, which will provide additional heat loss protection with elegant style.
The level of light blockage and privacy obtained with a Roman shade is mostly based on the material and the lining(s) you select. Generally, heavier materials will block more light.
Adding a blackout liner to your shade will block the majority of light.
If you are going to be mounting the shade within the window (inside mount), a slight width deduction will be made so that the shade functions properly. This small gap will subsequently let in some light. Selecting an outside mount will help alleviate some light seepage; however the shade will be projecting off the wall so there will still be some light entering from the sides.
Regardless of the mount type you choose, small pinholes of light may be visible where rings are hand-sewn to the back of the shade.
Flat and tailored styles are the neatest in appearance and easiest to maintain. Relaxed-style Roman shades are more decorative and will require more attention to achieve the desired drape.
The lining you select also has an influence on appearance. Shades with a blackout lining create a more tailored look and will appear neater than shades that are unlined or privacy-lined.
If ordered with blackout lining, your flat Roman shade will be fabricated with bars hidden between the fabric and the lining that will give the shade additional functional memory and create a neater appearance.
Remember that certain fabrics naturally have a smoother, more tailored appearance than others. For instance, linens and silks will naturally contain some minor wrinkles. While these are some of our favorite materials, if neatness is of special concern, you may want to consider a cotton shade.
Our shades are made to the highest construction standards, so treat them carefully and they will look great for many years to come.
In general, wood blinds are easy to use. All of our blinds are solidly constructed so that they can be raised and lowered time and again without incident, and our wand and cord tilt mechanisms easily adjust the blind slats.
Wood blinds will block most, but not all of, the light. They will provide plenty of privacy when closed and give you flexibility to allow different amounts of light to come through the slats. If you need to block out more light, consider roller shades, Roman shades or draperies, as these products can be ordered with blackout lining and/or materials that are blackout.
Yes. However, we find that many customers often leave wood blinds lowered and simply tilt the slats to allow in just the right amount of light.