Do you recall the first time you saw a window shade open as if by magic? I do, and it's been a number of years back while I was out on a new commercial building and I was in awe, amazed, and asked "how'd they do that!" Since that time motorization has become home-friendly and many times no electrician is required (more on that later). Back to the magic and the second time that 'aha' moment came over me, I was watching the movie "The Holiday" you may recognize our cover photo of the bedroom in that movie. The scene where Kate Winslet over-tired from her travels reaches to the night stand and lowers the black-out shades with the click of a button, and there we all witnessed the immediate relief of staying in bed while lowering the shades and wished those were our shades. Well, they can be...
Drapery Rods have choices in motorization and the ones we are excited about are the newer decorative rod selections. No longer is just commercial tracking available, the choices have opened up to include several finishes with beautifully coordinated finials all operated on a motorized traversing system that will span up to 40 feet and offered in individual and multi-system operations.
Newer in the window covering world are motorized shutters and we are featuring Norman Perfect-Tilt, radio frequency operation. Gone are the days of the extension poles for those upper and hard -to-reach windows. This remote control operation is outstanding to tilt the louvers in any direction you wish and entire rooms can be programmed to operate at the same time or program on a timer. We must say: This is one we've been waiting on!
Shades & More
Where there's a window, there's a way to put a motor on it. Hunter Douglas achieved the magic in motorization with PowerView. With WiFi operation you are able to control your shades through the PowerView App integrate with the Pebble Scene Controller and not only can you operate shades through the App, but with remote control as well from anywhere, anytime. Not interested in the App? The PowerView Pebble Control is a remote control that similar to the App allows pre-set timing and operates up to six different groups of shades. Remarkable & innovative!
Coming Soon 2017
Later this Summer Hunter Douglas' newest release will feature two new shades with motorized wand control. The Sonnette and Designer Banded Roller Shades.
"Best invention I've seen in years".
Without Intimidation. . .
In our "What's Available" section we kept to just that: Types of shades, drapes and shutters that can be motorized. You will note that we did not move into the actual technology of each featured system, as they are personalized and customized to each customer's specific needs. With that said there are a few questions and recommendations to consider to make a smooth move into the world of motorization without intimidation:
Building New? This is the best time to meet with a window covering professional and coordinate with your electrician/technician for hard-wiring or integrating into Smart Home Systems.
What type of motorization will work best in my own home? Frequency is what it's all about, especially when considering Wi-Fi operation.
What type of system do I need to set all of my shades, shutters and drapes on timers?
I want to be able to operate the window coverings that are in my home from anywhere. Is this available to me?
How far away from the shade will the remote control work? In direct sunlight?
I plan on adding drapery panels over the motorized shades at a later date, will the shades still work once the drapery is installed?
You have questions? We have answers!
Post your questions in the comment section below, or give us a call at 805) 237-1400 for a complimentary consultation. We're Happy To Be Of Service!