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Benefits of Motorized Shades and Blinds

22 May

Motorized window treatments may seem like something from the future, but they are available from Hunter Douglas now and offer a wide variety of benefits.

Motorized Blinds Are Safe and Easy to Operate

If you have children or pets you know how their curiosity can get the best of them sometimes. Unfortunately, this often leads to trouble. Figuring out how window treatments work can be fun, but if they have cords, it can also be dangerous. Motorized blinds and shades are cordless, making them safe for little ones and four-legged ones.

Having large windows offers a great view of the outdoors and lets in lots of natural light. But when you want shade or privacy, bigger windows require bigger window coverings, which become cumbersome to open and close. Motorization takes the hard work out of adjusting large window coverings. Simply push a button on a remote control or wall switch and the even the most unwieldy blinds move with ease.

Automated window treatments also make your home safer when you aren’t there. Whether you are at work for the day or on a week-long vacation, being able to move your horizontal blinds remotely makes it look like you’re home, discouraging would-be thieves from breaking into your home. Motorized shades can be scheduled to open and close during the day or they can be adjusted at any time using your mobile device anywhere there is wi-fi.

Motorized Blinds Are Safe and Easy to Operate

Many window treatments are out of reach, whether they are behind a piece of furniture or high up on a wall. This makes adjusting them inconvenient, and they are often left in one position instead of taking advantage of the energy efficiency they could provide. Opening shades during the day in the winter to let the sun in often eliminates the need for additional light and it helps to warm the inside of your home. Closing shades against the summer midday sun keeps the heat outside, reducing the energy needed to keep your home cool.

Making these adjustments are easy with motorized window treatments, regardless of where your windows are located, because they are operated by remote control, your smartphone, or whole-home automation system.

Do you want to take advantage of your honeycomb shades but get tired of opening and closing all of them every day? Or do you forget about blinds in rooms that you aren’t in frequently? Automation takes care of these issues too. Multiple window treatments can be adjusted at one time – even in different rooms – and you can schedule them to open and close at a certain time every day or according to your local sunrise and sunset.

At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., we offer the complete line of Hunter Douglas motorized blinds and motorized shades in addition to their traditional window treatments. Take advantage of our free design service and start creating the perfect automated window fashions for your home. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. Contact us here.

 

Choosing The Right Custom Shades

16 May

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

Looking for new window treatments? We have a variety of custom shades and sheers for every room in your home. With so many designs to choose from, you may start to feel overwhelmed with the choices. At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., our services include in-house design, meeting budgets, measuring and certified installation. Our staff will provide you with guidance and options based on your preferences, needs and budget to find the perfect shades or sheers for your home!

Types of Shades and Sheers

  • Cellular Shades- These shades, also known as honeycomb shades provide great insulation, which makes them energy efficient for any season. They can be compressed tightly to maximize the window’s view. They are available in an impressive range of light-control fabrics, with the choice of hundreds of colors and textures. They are offered in various types to meet your desired look such as Duette®, the Alustra® Collection of Duette® Architella®, Duette® Architella®, Applause®, and Pleated.
  • Roman Shades- These shades have soft pleats that fold when they are raised. They are offered in a great selection of fabrics and colors, with both light-filtering and room-darkening options. They are offered in a wide selection of types such as Vignette®, the Alustra® Collection of Vignette®, Design Studio™, and Solera®.
  • Roller Shades- These shades are easy and simple, providing a clean look. They are offered in large range of sturdy and beautiful fabrics, as well as types such as Designer Roller Shades, Designer Screen Shades, and the Alustra® Collection of Roller Shades.
  • Woven Woods- These unique shades utilize fibers and textures to create a natural look. They come in large selection of shade styles such as Provenance® and the Alustra® Collection of Woven Textures®.
  • Sheers- Our sheers, offered in the Luminette® style are great for wide windows and sliding doors as they provide great light-control and privacy options. They come in a variety of colors and sheer and drapery-like fabrics.
  • Shadings- Our shadings offer options for light-control and privacy, a well as UV protection. They come in a large selection of colors with adjustable fabrics vanes. They are offered in various types such as Silhouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Silhouette®, Pirouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Pirouette®, and Nantucket™.

The Best Place to Find Custom Shades in Ann Arbor

Now that you know the difference between all the different types of shades, it’s time to stop by your favorite family owned business, Delux Drapery & Shade Co., offering expert decorating and friendly service since 1942. We are located in Ann Arbor, MI and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. We offer a large selection of custom Hunter Douglas window treatments with a showroom in Ann Arbor. We also offer free in-home consultations to ensure that your window treatments fit perfectly in your home. We pledge to give the absolute best service to you and guarantee your complete satisfaction. If you are ready to choose the perfect custom shades for your home, then do not hesitate to contact us!

 

Operating Systems for Custom Hunter Douglas Blinds

16 Jan

Operating Systems for Custom Blinds

With the number of styles and materials available, you are sure to find blinds to fit every window or glass door in your home. To take advantage of the flexibility of light control and privacy that comes with custom horizontal or vertical blinds, select the operating system that is best for you.

Operating Systems for Vertical Blinds

Chain and cord – This is the standard operating system for custom vertical blinds from Hunter Douglas. The cord opens and closes the entire blind and the chain rotates the vanes up to 180 degrees.combination-wand-cord-video-thumb

Wands – There are two different systems that use wands to control vertical blinds. PermaTilt® has a cord within a wand, keeping the cord out of reach for small wand-control-video-thumbchildren. The cord is used to open and close the blind and the wand rotates the vanes. The PermAssure® wand both opens and closes and rotates the vanes, eliminating the need for cords or chains completely.

powerview-motorization-video-card-card_0Motorized – Motorized vertical blinds may seem like an unnecessary luxury or gimmick, but they are actually very practical. PowerView motorization allows you to program a remote, mobile device, or whole house automation system to adjust your blinds at the touch of a button, or even according to a set schedule. This can increase the energy-efficiency and safety of your home and make it possible to adjust window treatments that are otherwise out of reach.

Operating Systems for Custom Horizontal Blinds

Cords – As with vertical blinds, cords are the standard operating system for horizontal blinds as well. One set of cords is used to raise and lower the blinds and other is used to tilt the slats. If long cords are a concern, cord cleats can be installed to hold cords neatly and keep them out of reach.

UltraGlide® – This system eliminates extra-long cords that can become tangled with a retractable cord that stays the same length, regardless of how your custom blind is positioned.

literise-video-thumbCordless – If you prefer no cords at all, LiteRise® and SimpleLift® are completely cordless. The horizontal blind is raised and lowered by pulling or pushing on the bottom of the blind.

Motorized – There are a couple motorized operating systems that allow you to adjust your horizontal blinds without leaving your seat. Just as its name implies, PowerTilt® gives you the power to tilt the slats on your custom blinds with a remote control. If you want complete control at your fingertips, PowerView technology lets you set different window treatment settings throughout the day and adjust numerous blinds at the same time with a remote or mobile device.

For three generations, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. has been helping satisfied customers create custom window fashions for their homes with in-home consultations, precise window measuring, thousands of choices, and professional installation. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County, and all surrounding communities.

Dramatic Windows

31 Oct

 

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Open up your design plan with dramatic windows.

DramaticWindows2Windows can make a room appear more airy and spacious, and they add so much drama! It could be the shape of the windows that’s interesting or the size (really large!) or the view outside (really spectacular!) that adds the pizazz.

Non-standard windows may already be in a house you’ve built or purchased. Or you may be planning a renovation and thinking of adding new windows. Depending on the size and shape of the window you select, specialty windows work in almost any room of your house!

Specialty windows expand the elegance and interest in a room.

Specialty windows come in many styles including:DramaticWindows3
– Arches
– Circles
– Skylights
– Angle tops
– French doors
– Bay and bow windows
– Corner windows
– Hexagons and octagons

 

Add window fashions for privacy, light, and temperature control.

DramaticWindows4At first, most people plan to keep their large windows uncovered to highlight their beauty and the view outdoors, but often window fashions are needed for light, privacy, and temperature control. It can be a challenge; however, many window treatments work beautifully for these dramatic window styles.

Depending on your window shape and location, one of these window treatments from Hunter Douglas may be the perfect solution:
Duette® Honeycomb Shades
Silhouette® Window Shadings
Pirouette® Window Shadings
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
Heritance® Hardwood Shutters

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For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

 

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

16 May

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

Looking for new window treatments? We have a variety of custom shades and sheers for every room in your home. With so many designs to choose from, you may start to feel overwhelmed with the choices. At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., our services include in-house design, meeting budgets, measuring and certified installation. Our staff will provide you with guidance and options based on your preferences, needs and budget to find the perfect shades or sheers for your home!

Types of Shades and Sheers

  • Cellular Shades– These shades, also known as honeycomb shades provide great insulation, which makes them

    The red areas indicate heat loss at the window.

    energy efficient for any season. They can be compressed tightly to maximize the window’s view. They are available in an impressive range of light-control fabrics, with the choice of hundreds of colors and textures. They are offered in various types to meet your desired look such as Duette®, the Alustra® Collection of Duette® Architella®, Duette® Architella®, Applause®, and Pleated.

  •  Roman Shades– These shades have soft pleats that fold when they are raised. They are offered in a great selection of fabrics and colors, with both light-filtering and room-darkening options. They are offered in a wide selection of types such as Vignette®, the Alustra® Collection of Vignette®, Design Studio™, and Solera®.
  •  Roller Shades– These shades are easy and simple, providing a clean look. They are offered in large range of sturdy and beautiful fabrics, as well as types such as Designer Roller Shades, Designer Screen Shades, and the Alustra® Collection of Roller Shades.
  •  Woven Woods– These unique shades utilize fibers and textures to create a natural look. They come in large selection of shade styles such as Provenance® and the Alustra® Collection of Woven Textures®.
  •  Sheers– Our sheers, offered in the Luminette® style are great for wide windows and sliding doors as they provide great light-control and privacy options. They come in a variety of colors and sheer and drapery-like fabrics.
  •  Shadings– Our shadings offer options for light-control and privacy, a well as UV protection. They come in a large selection of colors with adjustable fabrics vanes. They are offered in various types such as Silhouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Silhouette®, Pirouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Pirouette®, and Nantucket™.

The Best Place to Find Custom Shades in Ann Arbor

Now that you know the difference between all the different types of shades, it’s time to stop by your favorite family owned business, Delux Drapery & Shade Co., offering expert decorating and friendly service since 1942. We are located in Ann Arbor, MI and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. We offer a full selection of custom Hunter Douglas window treatments with a showroom in Ann Arbor. We also offer free in-home consultations to ensure that your window treatments fit perfectly in your home.

We pledge to give the absolute best service to you and guarantee your complete satisfaction. If you are ready to choose the perfect custom shades for your home, then do not hesitate to contact us!

Spring Spruce Up

7 Feb

The long Michigan winter is almost over, which leaves us all with the same question: what now?

If you were stuck inside all winter like many of us were, you probably got very acquainted with your window treatments. If your cabin fever has you itching to redo them, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan has some ideas to set you on your way.

Go Cellular

Whether you’re environmentally conscious or just conscious of your own budget, it’s safe to say that we’re all trying to conserve energy in one way or another this year. Did you know that your window treatments can help you do that? Hunter Douglas offers a variety of honeycomb and cellular shades, which on top of fulfilling your needs for light filtering, can also save you some hard-earned cash. The hollow pockets, similar to honeycombs, within cellular shades actually trap air coming in from outside, providing much-needed insulation to your home. Particularly once the temperatures start fluctuating in the spring, these shades can keep the temperature in your home consistent without you having the fiddle with the thermostat.

Go Motorized

We’ve all seen the cheesy infomercials for motorized outdoor awnings that aired in the 1980’s and 1990’s. But that, thankfully, wasn’t the end for motorized window treatments. They’ve come a long way, and Hunter Douglas is on the cutting edge of their improvement. If you truly want to keep up with the times, consider getting motorized window treatments. Not only are Hunter Douglas’s PowerView® motorized window treatments convenient, they’re also a technological marvel. By installing the PowerView® app, you can control your window treatments from anywhere in the world that has Wi-Fi all from your smartphone or tablet. If that isn’t stepping into the future, what is?

Go Bold

You don’t have to revitalize your energy bill or how “smart” your house is to partake in some of the rebirth this season is famous for. If you want to revitalize your style instead, why not order a set of Hunter Douglas roller shades for your home? Roller shades are a wonderful confluence of design sensibilities, from the retro silhouette of their design, to their large variety of fabrics. Roller shades are made of one contiguous piece of fabric, and since that fabric isn’t obstructed by pleats or vanes, you can show off large, bold prints or patterns on your shades, which are all the rage this year.

Did any of these tips get you thinking about how to redo your window treatments? If so, stop by Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan to get started on revitalizing your home today. We also proudly serve Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

8 Feb

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

Looking for new window treatments? We have a variety of custom shades and sheers for every room in your home. With so many designs to choose from, you may start to feel overwhelmed with the choices. At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., our services include in-house design, meeting budgets, measuring and certified installation. Our staff will provide you with guidance and options based on your preferences, needs and budget to find the perfect shades or sheers for your home!
Types of Shades and Sheers

  • Cellular Shades– These shades, also known as honeycomb shades provide great insulation, which makes them energy efficient for any duette_northwood_sequoia_detail2016season. They can be compressed tightly to maximize the window’s view. They are available in an impressive range of light-control fabrics, with the choice of hundreds of colors and textures. They are offered in various types to meet your desired look such as Duette®, the Alustra® Collection of Duette® Architella®, Duette® Architella®, Applause®, and Pleated.
  • Roman Shades– These shades have soft pleats that fold when they are raised. They are vignette-detailoffered in a great selection of fabrics and colors, with both light-filtering and room-darkening options. They are offered in a wide selection of types such as Vignette®, the Alustra® Collection of Vignette®, Design Studio™, and Solera®.

 

 

  • Roller Shades- These shades are easy and simple, providing a clean look. They are offered in large range of sturdy and beautiful fabrics, as well as types such as Designer Roller Shades, Designer Screen Shades, and the Alustra® Collection of Roller Shades.
  • Woven Woods– These unique shades utilize fibers and textures to create a natural look. They come in large selection of shade styles provenance-detailsuch as Provenance® and the Alustra® Collection of Woven Textures®
  • Sheers– Our sheers, offered in the Luminette® style are great for wide windows and sliding doors as they provide great light-control and privacy options. They come in a variety of colors and sheer and drapery-like fabrics.
  • Shadings– Our shadings offer options for light-control and privacy, a well as UV silhouette-detailprotection. They come in a large selection of colors with adjustable fabrics vanes. They are offered in various types such as Silhouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Silhouette®, Pirouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Pirouette®, and Nantucket™.

 

The Best Place to Find Custom Shades in Ann Arbor

Now that you know the difference between all the different types of shades, it’s time to stop by your favorite family owned business, Delux Drapery & Shade Co., offering expert decorating and friendly service since 1942. We are located in Ann Arbor, MI and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. We offer a large selection of custom Hunter Douglas window treatments with a showroom in Ann Arbor.

We also offer free in-home consultations to ensure that your window treatments fit perfectly in your home. We pledge to give the absolute best service to you and guarantee your complete satisfaction. If you are ready to choose the perfect custom shades for your home, then do not hesitate to contact us!

Vertical and Horizontal Blinds

30 Nov

Vertical and Horizontal Blinds

Blinds can be categorized in several different ways, including orientation, material type, style, and how they operate. Regardless of how you categorize them, they are one of the most versatile window treatments available for your home.
Vertical Blinds vs. Horizontal Blinds

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Blinds can be made with slats that run horizontally or vanes that run vertically. Which orientation you choose depends largely on the size of the window you want to cover and which way it opens. Horizontal blinds are seen more regularly because the majority of windows in homes are a manageable size and open up and down. Using horizontal blinds on this type of window allows you to raise or lower the blind to match the level of your window, so your blind is not being blown around by the incoming breeze. If you have extra wide windows, multiple horizontal blinds can be hung side-by-side to avoid having one blind that is too large to adjust.

Vertical blinds are often used on sliding glass doors because they open and weintraubbedroomclose sideways and are easy to operate even though they are large. Another use for vertical blinds is to cover windows that open to the side rather than up and down. They can be moved to the side when the window is open to allow air in while still covering the part of the window that is closed.

Types of Materials Used in Custom Blinds

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Wood – The grain in real wood blinds give a natural pattern to your window treatments. They can be stained or painted to blend into their surroundings or make a statement. Parkland® horizontal blinds are available in basswood, abachi, or ash that is harvested from managed forests. Vertical blinds can also be made with wood making it easy to match blinds of different orientations.
Wood alternative – Everwood® horizontal blinds look like wood, but are more able to withstand heat and humidity, making them a great alternative for a bathroom, kitchen, or sunroom. Like wood blinds, they are available stained or painted and offer a variety of decorative tapes.
Aluminum – Both horizontal and vertical blinds are available in aluminum. Unlike lower quality aluminum blinds from big box stores, Hunter Douglas aluminum blinds resist denting and bending, ensuring your blinds will continue to look like new for years.
Fabric – For a softer look, consider vertical blinds with fabric vanes. They quietly adjust to filter or block out light, or can be moved out of the way for an unobstructed view of the outdoors.
Vinyl – Vinyl vertical blinds offer the widest selection of colors, patterns, and textures. They are durable, easy to clean, and give you several light control and privacy options. If you like the look of fabric, but prefer the convenience of vinyl, Cadence® blinds have curved vanes that give the appearance of folds of fabric.

If you think custom blinds might be the right choice for your home but aren’t sure which ones will fit your windows and décor, let the window treatment specialists at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. help you make the right choice. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County, and all surrounding communities.

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Today’s earth tones are a thoroughly up-to-date decorating palette

26 Aug

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Today’s earth tones are a thoroughly up-to-date decorating palette.

Forget the avocado green shag carpet and harvest gold kitchen appliances you remember from your mother’s or grandmother’s house.
Soft and warm, earth tone interior design elements take the chill out of a cool, autumn evening. These gentle colors make rooms feel cozy and relaxing, never harsh and cold. And since the hues mimic the colors of nature, the blending between indoors and outdoors is seamless, especially if you have large windows.
Earth tone interior design elements and hues blend well together, so they’re not as tricky to combine as other color palettes. In fact, decorating with earth tones makes it easy to coordinate your whole house, without colors clashing between rooms, even if the exact hues in each room are not identical.
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            For earth tone interior design,
            think beiges and browns, tans and taupes,
            even sage greens, soft rust tones and muted golds the                                                                       colors of wheat, straw, sand, rocks, trees and soil.

 

An earth tone palette can be smooth and sophisticated, rough and rustic, or dainty and feminine – it all depends EarthTones3on the tones you select and the style of your furnishings.
You can add white to brighten an earth tone palette, or introduce black to add drama. Then incorporate patterns and textures for added nuance and beauty. Obvious earth tone choices are in upholstered furniture, drapery fabrics, paint and accessories, but you can also use earth tone hues in flooring – wood, stone and carpeting – and in mantles and countertops.

 

Come down to earth with your decor this fall. Add earth tones for a natural and balanced look.

 

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Roman Shades

5 Aug

When in Rome…
Roman shades have been a part of interior design for centuries.
They were first used at the Colosseum in Rome RomanSh1. When the Romans added a retractable shade it was easier for people to enjoy the spectacle going on down below when they weren’t exposed to the hot sun. Then, with all the building going on in Rome, using these flat pieces of fabric that go up and down with the pull of a string helped keep the dust out of the home. Ever since, the Roman shade has evolved to all the exciting options that are available now.

 

There are many terms for the different styles of Roman shades and that can be confusing if you’ve never looked for one before. After all, isn’t a shade just a shade? Actually, no. As you are deciding what to get, start with the two basic options: hobbled or flat. There are alternatives for each, but this gets you started.

Hobbled is called RomanSh2by many names: waterfall, tiered, looped. Technically they are all different because of the different amount of fabric between folds. Traditionally a hobbled shade will have 5” folds, whereas a waterfall would have 7”.  But they still give the effect of a ripple in each version. You can use these shades in any room of the home to give it a dressier feel.
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Flat is just that. It can have a look that shows where the fabric overlays or it can be smooth with no seams visible from the front. These tend to be casual, but that isn’t to say you couldn’t use an elegant fabric with this construction. Using a formal-looking fabric with a flat Roman shade would lend a modern feel to a room. RomanSh4

Flat Roman shades can be tailored, relaxed, batten front, batten back, or both…the list goes on.

 

 

 

 

RomanSh5                                                                                                  There are a few kinds that could be considered specialty like an Austrian  or balloon shade. But again, there are so many styles to choose from so just take your time and look through all the pictures you want before your purchase. Most of the time your Roman shade will be a custom piece so make it your own!

 

 

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