How Your Living Room Benefits from Motorized Shades

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Create a Comfortable, Multi-Purpose Space the Entire Family Enjoys

Motorized shades are one of the technology upgrades we recommend most for our clients. While a relatively easy addition, they bring many benefits, including greater style, comfort and safety. In addition, their versatile applications make them a great addition to the entire home—including the patio with the latest outdoor models! 

If you’re not entirely sure about adding shades and would like to test them out in one area first, then there’s no better place to start than your living room. Your living room is a go-to destination for family and guests, and it should be able to adapt to how you want to use it. 

Below we outline some ways motorized shades are uniquely useful in your living room while showcasing some ways they benefit your Tampa, FL, home as a whole. 

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Motorized Shades FAQ: Everything You Need to Know

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Navigate Your Next Shading Installation Seamlessly with Answers to Your Biggest Questions 

Motorized shades are a must-have addition to any home. You’ll be able to manage all the shades in your Lafayette, LA home through your control option of choice. So whether you use an elegant on-wall keypad, handheld remote or scheduled changes, you will enjoy ultimate comfort every second of the day. The result is a more beautiful, comfortable and efficient home. 

Are you wondering if motorized shades are the right fit for your home? We’d like to help you get better acquainted with the technology by answering some common questions below.

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Make Your Home More Luxurious with Hunter Douglas Motorized Shades

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Motorized window treatments offer hassle-free control for the ultimate comfort

Motorized shades have become a staple feature for modern homes. They offer a convenient solution for automated spaces and allow you to stay more comfortable within your home. The best part is that they can be integrated into indoor and outdoor spaces. While there are many different brands, Hunter Douglas offers the best motorized window treatments for residential spaces. 

Read on to discover how motorized shades by Hunter Douglas can make your home in Mandeville, LA, more beautiful, comfortable and efficient. 

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Embrace Your Favorite Fabrics With Hunter Douglas Shades

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Enjoy High-end Fabrics in Both Manual and Motorized Models

Shades, blinds and drapes serve various purposes, from protecting a family’s privacy to regulating indoor temperature. However, it’d be naive to claim they serve a solely utilitarian role. In most luxury homes, window coverings are first and foremost vital stylistic flourishes, with homeowners investing thousands of dollars on the fabrics and designs they love most.

Motorized shades are a great way to marry form and function by offering seamless control of beautiful window coverings. We partner with Hunter Douglas because they provide a wide range of high-end fabrics for both manual and motorized applications.

Below we outline some of their top design and control offerings to help you find the solution that would best fit your New Orleans, LA, home.

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4 Reasons You Should Consider Outdoor Motorized Shades

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Take Control of Heat, Pests, Sunlight, and More with Easy-to-Manage Shades

When people think of motorized shades, they often think of adding roller shades to their media room, bathrooms and bedrooms. Motorized shades, however, are equally vital to outdoor environments—especially in homes dealing with the hot Florida weather. It’s easy to boast beautiful year-round weather in the Sunshine State, where the unofficial state motto is, “We live where you vacation.”

Realistically, due to a combination of heat, storms and bugs, Tampa locals avoid their outdoor spaces during many months of the year. Enjoying those outdoor spaces at any time isn't out of the question, though, if you add motorized shades. Below are some of the reasons we think this is a must-have addition for our Florida clients.

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Palladiom: The Go-To Motorized Shades for Luxury Homes

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Deploy Shades That Simultaneously Boost Your Lifestyle and Décor

Motorized shades have been at the heart of Lutron’s lighting control solutions since 1993. Beyond their whisper-quiet operations, their shades have always stood out for their unique style and sophistication. Nowhere is this more apparent than in their flagship line designed as the ultimate meeting point between form and function.

The Palladiom shading system excels in design, engineering and control. Elegance is at the heart of Palladiom, with technology beautiful enough to be featured throughout the home. With both wireless and wired solutions, you can incorporate the shades in conjunction with sleek thermostats and keypads throughout your New Orleans, LA home.

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4 Rooms That Benefit from Automated Shades

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Effortlessly Manage Sunlight, Temperature, and More with Motorized Shades

Are you looking for technology that will transform your lifestyle and impact every corner of your home? Custom motorized shades may not be the first thing that comes to mind; other popular gadgets often outshine them. But even though they may not sound exciting at first, the right models will not only amplify your home décor, but they’ll boost your overall comfort and protect your family and belongings. 

For some people, it may be difficult to visualize what motorized shades can do. Our team of experts is here to help—highlighting unique ways they improve four specific areas of your Lafayette, LA home. 

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The Top 3 Benefits of Getting Motorized Shades

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Automated shades and blinds bring your home comforts to the next level

Motorized shades are often the first step people take in their smart home installation project, and for a good reason. They improve your comfort, save you energy, and even add beauty to your Baton Rouge, LA, home while being an essential part of any integrated system. 

If you are curious about how motorized shades improve almost every aspect of your day-to-day at home, read on to learn the top three benefits of upgrading your window treatments.

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Which Fabric Should I Use for My Motorized Shades?

QMotion Fabric Selections for Your New Orleans Property

Often families become pre-occupied with the way their curtains look, including the pattern, color, and style. However, there are other aspects to consider, including the openness factor, UV-ray prevention, and material quality. These properties will help your family save energy and still allow you to enjoy the beauty of your shades. Read this fabric selection guide to get a better understanding of all the items to consider when you purchase motorized shades for your New Orleans, LA home.

SEE ALSO: 3 Reasons Motorized Shades are Worth Your Investment Fabric Types Solar shades are commonly used to block out the sun’s UV rays to protect furniture and keep the home cool. They can reduce your cooling costs during the year by keeping out the heat and also lessen your need for artificial lighting. QMotion has a new fabric type called KOOLBLACK, which is a dark fabric that reflects the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them. By reflecting the light, the KOOLBLACK shades reduce heat gain and save energy. They also give you more visibility so you can see outside. KOOLBLACK shades are ideal for work environments and for the home too.

Fabric Color Light fabrics are ideal for common areas, like living rooms and kitchens. They reflect a high percentage of light to keep out heat, while still preserving natural light to reduce the need for artificial light. Dark color fabrics don’t let as much light in through the window but increase the exterior visibility during daylight hours. So if you want to see outside, pick a darker color fabric. Dark fabric colors are ideal for media rooms or home theaters to reduce glare on the screen as well. They can also be used in bedrooms to ensure privacy.

Openness Factor The openness factor refers to the tightness of the weave of your shade fabric, which determines how much you can see through it. A blackout shade, for example, would have an openness factor of 0% because you can’t see anything through it. Sheer fabrics, on the other hand, let you see outside, but the tradeoff is that they let more light and heat inside your home. If you choose a shade with an openness factor of 1%, 99% of the UV light is blocked. Though it will be harder to see out of them you will conserve more energy. If you pick a sheer fabric, keep in mind that people may be able to see inside your home at night. So when you get started choosing your motorized shade fabric, make sure you take the openness factor into account.

Dual Shades Yes, there are many different types of shade fabrics, but you don’t necessarily have to choose just one for every room. Double roller applications let you have the benefits of both shade types – sheer and blackout. Hit your remote control or button on your mobile app and the blackout shade will drop down for a movie. Then, later on, change it and lower the sheer shade so you can read a book in a bright, sunlit room but still stay cool.

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Why Not Embrace a Hands-Off Approach to Your Window Coverings?

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Enjoy the Ultimate Luxury with Automated Motorized Shades

When choosing window coverings for your new home, a big focus will understandably be on the design. At first, it’s about finding the models, fabrics, patterns and colors that best match your interior décor. But early on, you also understand style shouldn’t mean sacrificing function and convenience. For example, you’ll likely choose thicker blackout shades for your bedrooms and media rooms to keep out inconvenient lighting.

Our motorized shades solutions go one step further, offering seamless control while meeting all your primary design needs. The true power of our automated shades installations is the ability to get the perfect ambiance and comfort in your Baton Rouge home without lifting a finger. Your shades anticipate your needs through schedules and sensors, while voice control allows you to adjust on the go without even getting out of bed.

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A Hassle-Free Approach to Motorized Shades with Screen Innovations

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Wireless Nano Box is the Perfect Solution for Retrofit Projects

Motorized shades will help make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy-efficient. But even though the benefits are crystal clear, we understand why there may be some trepidation. For a lot of homeowners, the wiring needs of motorized shades can be daunting. The idea of tearing down walls is enough to make new window treatments not seem worth it. How can you enjoy the perks of smart shading without the hassle? By incorporating Screen Innovations’ wireless Nano Box shades into your New Orleans, LA, home.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH MOTORIZED SHADES

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MOTORIZE YOUR WINDOW TREATMENTS AND ELEVATE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFESTYLE

Have you ever been frustrated at going to each of your shades, drapes, and blinds every time you need to adjust them? In a home with a lot of windows, it can be a time-consuming process. Now, it’s one that you no longer have to worry about — motorized shades are here to add ultimate ease to your life. They give people effortless control, privacy, better sleep, energy savings, and customization options.

Read on to experience a day in the life with motorized shades — and how they can enhance your New Orleans, LA, home.

 

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Why Motorized Shades Are a Must-Have Smart Home Upgrade

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No Other Technology Has Such an Immediate, Versatile Impact on Your Home

Do you want to add a spark to your home but don't know where to start? Transform your residence with motorized shades that boost your style and bring a plethora of lifestyle benefits with them. Have seamless control of beautiful shades, blinds, and drapes just as you want and even automate changes for a bigger impact. Explore how this simple upgrade will have a lasting effect on every corner of your Lafayette, LA home. 

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Don’t Believe These Common Myths About Motorized Shades

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Learn the truth about motorized shades for your Mandeville, LA home

Our customers sometimes come in with misconceptions about motorized shades. As experts, we know that these myths are misguided. Learn why you shouldn’t believe these common motorized shade myths and discover how they will enhance your Mandeville, LA home.

 

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4 Transformative Smart Shading Scenes for Your Home

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Prepare Your Space for Anything with One Button-Press

We've talked before about the benefits of motorized shades, including added privacy and energy efficiency. Though these benefits are immediate with a standalone shading solution, there are a few reasons we recommend incorporating them with the rest of your smart home technology. You not only get more control options—including keypads and voice command—but you’ll be able to include them in your dedicated smart home scenes.

Unleash the real power of your motorized shades by saving your favorite settings for a wide range of applications and pulling them up instantly at the press of a button or at a scheduled time. Below are some of the most popular smart scenes you could incorporate in your Baton Rouge, LA, home, but the possibilities are practically endless!  

SEE MORE: How to Choose the Perfect Motorized Shades for Your Home

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3 Stylish Spring Updates That Actually Save You Money

Everything you need to know about motorized shades and automated lighting

 It’s getting warmer in Louisiana and it might be time for some smart home spring cleaning. Though smart home technology is a significant upfront investment, it can truly pay off in the long run: You’ll see excellent returns via economic and energy savings to justify the cost. Not to mention you’ll enjoy these features as soon as we install them. Today, we’ll specifically discuss motorized shades, automated lighting and outdoor updates.

 Are you ready to freshen up your Baton Rouge, LA, home for spring? Keep reading to see our suggestions that enhance your home’s aesthetic while saving you money.

SEE ALSO: 3 Smart Lighting Control Benefits That Might Surprise You 

Motorized Shades

We can’t think of a more stylish, customizable example of conserving resources than motorized shades. You conserve resources just by changing your drapery -- and we’ll help you find the color, texture and fabric that matches your home. Read this blog for a comprehensive list of QMotion designs that Acadian Custom installs!

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How to Choose the Perfect Motorized Shades for Your Home

Embrace a Shading Solution That Fits Seamlessly with Your Lifestyle

There are few technology additions you can make to your Baton Rouge, LA home that will have a bigger immediate impact than motorized shades. In previous blogs, we've showcased how motorized shades help you conserve energy, streamline your daily routines, and protect your family's privacy. Despite their benefits, it's not always easy to figure out how to choose the right ones your space.

Unfortunately, many motorized shades on the market offer limited features and models. Some have the opposite problem—they advertise so many features that it’s hard to know which you need. To make things easier, we've highlighted some characteristics to look for when installing motorized shades. If you still have questions once you're done reading, one of our shading experts can advise you on the ideal solution for your space.

SEE MORE: 3 Reasons Motorized Shades Are Worth Your Investment

Enjoy Control Just the Way You Want it

The primary benefit of motorized shades is not having to rely on wands or cords to manage them. Though some low-end models just offer remote control, industry experts like Lutron provide a wide range of control options. It’s your choice to pull shades up and down using mobile apps, dedicated touchpads, elegant keypads or even voice commands. Or automate changes entirely using scheduled scenes that open shades at a given time each morning and close them when it’s time for bed. Use photo sensors that close blinds when a window is hit by direct sunlight to eliminate glare and heat gain.

Choose the Perfect Match for Your Décor

Relish in the benefits of motorized shades without sacrificing your décor with Lutron’s wide range of models and fabrics. Entry-level solutions usually only offer roller shades in a handful of colors. Revamp your lifestyle and décor with honeycomb shades, drapes, blinds, and more. All models come with custom color-matching options to ensure they fit seamlessly with the rest of your interior design.

Incorporate Wireless Solutions When Needed       

Not as flashy but just as important is figuring out if you want to go with wired or wireless shading. Even though wireless options are cheaper and easier to install, wired installations will always be more reliable. Not only are they easier to maintain—with no battery replacements needed—but they typically also include a wider range of model and control options.

However, there may be times when wireless options are the best option—especially if you’re adding shades to an existing space. Cutting down walls to integrate wiring is costly and invasive. Some windows may also be hard to reach with wires so a wireless option may be the only feasible solution. Add Lutron’s wireless Sivoia models which include drapes, shades and blinds.

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The Top Benefits of Installing Motorized Shades in Your Lafayette Home



Part 2 of Reasons Why Shade Control is Worth the Investment

In our last blog on the benefits of motorized shades, we covered saving energy, saving time, and adding security. But there are actually even more benefits to automating your shades or drapes and we wanted to share them with you today. In this article, we’ll cover preventing damage on your home furnishings, increasing the value of your home, and adding beauty. Keep reading to learn more! And don’t forget to check out our previous blog:

SEE ALSO: 3 Reasons Motorized Shades are Worth the Investment


Prevent Damage on Home Furnishings

Did you get sunburned this summer? We certainly hope you didn’t, but it does illustrate the potential damage of the sun’s strong rays. Not only can the sun burn and damage your delicate skin, but in a similar way it damages your furniture and home décor, such as paintings, leather sofas, carpet, and more. Once exposed to UV light, things like chairs, rugs, and sofas lose their vibrant colors and fade. Unfortunately, sun damage is usually irreversible. That’s why it’s important to control the sunlight in your home with shades, and automating them will make it even easier to prevent this damage.

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3 Reasons Motorized Shades Are Worth Your Investment

Enjoy These Smart Features in Your Baton Rouge HomeWe all love staying connected today and using our phones for many different activities. Today you can brew a cup of coffee, start the laundry, and roast a turkey with your iPhone. And while these smart items may look and sound cool, there are some other more pragmatic connected systems you should consider investing in for your Baton Rouge, LA home. Motorized shades, for one, are not only convenient to control with a mobile device, but they can also help you save energy, protect your home, and simplify your lifestyle. Here are our top three reasons why we recommend you invest in our smart shading solutions.

SEE ALSO: QMotion Motorized Shades Bring Big Benefits to Your Louisiana Home#1: Save EnergySure caring about the environment seems super trendy right now, but you’ll be surprised by how easy it can be to save energy. Making your home “green” may seem overwhelming and complicated, but in reality, all you need is a plan on how to make the most of your home electronics. Since you can control your shades with your phone, you can easily raise and lower them at any time of day to take pressure off your HVAC system. Lower solar shades, which block UV rays, during the day and keep the house cool without even turning the AC on. We can put your shades on a schedule so they raise and lower at specific times of day, or put sensors in place that detect the sun and trigger them to work when they detect sunlight. Our motorized shades can be integrated with smart lighting and your thermostat to save even more energy. We’ll help you create an energy-saving plan that will not only save our planet’s precious resources, but also lower costs on monthly utilities.

#2: Save TimeWhether you have a lot of windows or not, opening and closing shades can be quite time consuming. Not to mention, it can be frustrating if those windows are hard to reach. Many homes have skylights or high windows to create a more open and airy feel. Connecting your shades to a wireless remote or mobile device allows you to quickly open and close them at any time – even if you’re not in the house! You can group rooms together so all you have to do is hit one button an activate them, or control each and every one. For example, help wake up your kids in the morning by opening all the shades in the bedrooms and letting in the morning sun. Close them all as you leave the house for work. We can also install double roller applications, which include two different types of shades for one window. Lower the solar shade during the day, and the blackout shades at night. Switch them quickly and easily just by hitting a button. You won’t have to wrestle with those blinds anymore, or reach over far to close the drapes.

#3 Protect Your HomeYou probably wouldn’t naturally think that shades could help protect your home, but you can use them in coordination with a security system. First, shades add privacy keeping onlookers from peering into your home, and they also make you feel safer. Second, shades can be coordinated with audio, video, and lights to make it seem as if someone is home while you are away. The shades will go up and down at varying times to simulate your normal habits. Potential invaders will stay away thinking you are there.

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Smart Home Checklist

17 Questions to determine if you are ready for a smart home.Managing a house, no matter how big or small it is, can be challenging for any family. Busy schedules and hectic routines can make it difficult to keep your household running efficiently, and to have time to relax and unwind.

Necessary mundane tasks, such as setting back the thermostat and shutting off the lights before you leave the house or go to bed, are easily forgotten or simply ignored due to lack of time or energy. Even activities that are seemingly so simple, like closing the drapes to block out the harsh afternoon sun or choosing a song to enjoy on the stereo system, can become tedious when you're tired or pressed for time.

Here's where a smart home system can help. Programmed by a professional home systems integrator, a smart home system can control the lights, thermostats, motorized shading, audio system, security system, home theater equipment - basically anything else that uses electrical or battery power - so you don't have to.

Answer the following 17 questions to determine if you and your family could benefit from a smart home system. The questions are similar to those that would be posed to you by a professional home systems integrator about your lifestyle and family dynamic to determine the practicality of having a smart home system installed.

 

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