Why Motorized Blinds Are a Smart Investment for Your Home

Why Motorized Blinds Are a Smart Investment for Your Home

Motorized Window Treatments Are the Perfect Blend of Form and Function  Window treatments like shades, blinds, and drapes are an essential part of home décor. They dress up the view (or block an unwanted one) and fit your design sense, whether modern, traditional, transitional, or so eclectic that you can’t put a label on it.   If you are looking to replace window treatments in a room or the whole house, we’d like to strongly suggest that you look at powered options. Why? Unpowered window coverings are mostly about style and, of course, some functions such as privacy and sun control. But when you add motorization, you unlock a whole set of other benefits. Read on for four reasons why motorized blinds are a wise investment for your Hinsdale, IL home.   SEE ALSO: Save Energy This Winter with Motorized Blinds and Shades    Control Natural Light  Regular window blinds and shades have the task of managing natural light. You want to take advantage of natural light for energy savings as well as its healthful benefits.  But how many homes are often dark inside on a bright day because opening all the blinds is tedious? With motorization, you can control them all with a tap of a button on a remote or control app. Better yet, when you connect your blinds and shades to a home automation system, you can exponentially increase your ability to tune your environment.    Save Energy  The Chicago area sees famously cold winters and warm summers. Window blinds and shades can help insulate a home from heat loss through windows in winter and keep out blazing August sunlight in summer. But with motorization, these modes aren’t static. In...
Wow Your Clients with Luxurious and Stylish Motorized Window Treatments

Wow Your Clients with Luxurious and Stylish Motorized Window Treatments

Motorized Shading and Window Treatments Are the Crowning Touch for Smart Homes As an architect or designer, chances are you have something that distinguishes your work from the rest. It may be a specific design flair that you include in every project, and your clients may even seek you out specifically for that signature design element. We would humbly like to suggest another element that will be sure to capture your clients’ imagination – and continue to please them every time they use it. Motorized window treatments can be the epitome of luxury and convenience in your Chicago residential projects, whether for a high-rise condominium off the Magnificent Mile or a townhouse remodel in Lincoln Park. One of the best names in powered shades and window treatments is Lutron, the same company that leads in lighting control solutions. Keep reading to explore the best features of two of Lutron’s high-end motorized windows treatment options. SEE ALSO: Why Are Motorized Shades and Blinds an Essential Smart Home Feature? Lutron Palladiom If you’re working on a condo project with a magnificent view of Lake Michigan with a modern aesthetic, Lutron’s Palladiom line would be an excellent choice. Palladiom’s design language is one of contemporary, form-follows-function style. Palladiom does not hide the roller or brackets behind a facia; it exposes them in the way that Audi’s R8 supercar shows off its engine under glass – so you can appreciate the craftsmanship. Palladiom doesn’t hide the technology; it celebrates it. Palladiom – along with all of Lutron’s shading solutions – features some of the most powerful yet quietest motors in the business. You...
Embrace Minimalistic Interior Design Ideas with Smart Technology

Embrace Minimalistic Interior Design Ideas with Smart Technology

Incorporate Automatic Window Treatments & Hidden AV in Your Design Projects Minimalism is not just a design trend anymore—it’s a lifestyle. The term is no longer exclusive to stark, cold spaces with little to no furniture. Your clients can fill their homes with bright colors and eclectic pieces while remaining sparse and leaving room for their taste to shine. But the one thing that can kill a minimalist’s dream? Unsightly technology. Wires, boxes, switches, remotes, screens, and bulky speakers don’t do much for aesthetics. Yet many modern homeowners desire smart technology to enhance their lifestyle. Luckily, there’s an overlap between minimalism and tech, and that’s found in hidden technology. Continue reading to see how hidden AV and automatic window treatments will enrich your Chicago, IL interior design projects. SEE ALSO: 4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting   Automatic Window Treatments Nothing creates a more sleek and refined appearance in windows than automatic shades, drapes and blinds. Right from a smart system’s app from Savant, your clients will raise and lower their windows’ shades to a uniform straight line. Motorized shades eliminate the need for drawstrings or cords and are as much of a convenience as a style choice. Users can schedule their shades to rise automatically at sunrise and lower at nightfall for instant privacy.   Hidden Audio   Homeowners can enjoy the magic of high-quality audio in each room of their home without the clutter of floor-standing or bookshelf speakers. Recessed in-wall and in-ceiling speakers blend into the space, and the circular grilles can be painted to match the wall color. Sound will swell out...
Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Are Your Windows Dressed to the Nines?   If you’re looking for that next upgrade for your home to make it look more stunning and luxurious, look no further than your windows – or rather, what’s hanging in front of them. Window treatments can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a room. Changing up that one element can go a long way toward making your home feel fresh and new. It’s also the perfect time to explore the possibilities of leveraging smart technology with your window treatments. Motorized blinds and shades offer many advantages, from convenience to energy savings, but their biggest value lies in their ability to make your Gold Coast home more beautiful. Keep reading to learn how.   SEE ALSO: DOES YOUR LIGHTING SYSTEM MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE LUXURIOUS?   The Perfect Brightness in Every Room Bright light can bring out the best in home décor and furnishings, but the struggle with natural light is that it can’t be controlled. Some days may be too bright, while other days will be dim and dreary. With standard window treatments, there’s nothing you can do to combat fickle weather. Motorized shades, on the other hand, give you the ability to control exactly how bright each room is. On particularly sunny days, the shades lower automatically to filter out the harshest rays, leaving a pleasant glow that’s not too overwhelming. On dimmer days, the same sensors that cause the shades to lower will alert the smart light fixtures in the room, causing them to brighten automatically.   Protect Your Furnishings from Sun Damage UV Rays...
Use Motorized Blinds and Shades to Improve Your Health

Use Motorized Blinds and Shades to Improve Your Health

Smart Technology Improves Your Wellbeing   You may already know that smart technology has many benefits: enhanced aesthetics, control, and luxury. But did you know that it can improve your health as well? Adding motorized blinds and shades to your Naperville home can help you get a better night’s sleep, provide valuable peace of mind, and support a healthy routine. See Also: 3 Unusual Ways Motorized Shades Can Enhance Your Home   Lighting & Sleep Getting adequate sleep is essential to your health and your general productivity. It’s not just about getting enough hours, but also getting the right quality sleep. You should prepare your environment to ensure your night is uninterrupted and you can sleep comfortably. Get ready by dimming the lights in the evening and closing the shades early on to block out any outside light (and also to get some privacy).   Peace of Mind & Control One option for your motorized shades and blinds allows you to see outside without others seeing in. You’ll enjoy peace of mind in feeling safe and knowing that you have privacy in your home. Later, close the blackout shades for a completely dark room – essential for your body to recognize that it’s time for sleep. With motorized shades, control is in your hands. This means that if you’re already comfortable in bed, you don’t have to get up to manually close the shades. Instead, simply press a button on your smart device and watch them close as the room darkens. Any number of light sources can interfere with your sleep patterns, like street lights, other homes, and your...