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Oct 17, 2017

Replacing Your Window Treatments

Let's face it: nothing lasts forever, even your favorite window shades. Replacing your window treatments can be a great and simple way to add some change to the decor of your home, giving you a brand new feel and look, and at a fraction of the cost of remodeling!


From Woven Woods to Roller Shades

In the photo below, you'll see something slightly different in our before & after pictures: usually we show the bare window in our before shot, but this time we're showing you the previous window coverings, which were woven wood shades, to give you an idea of the new look attained by replacing the shades.

The owners of this waterfront house in Brielle, NJ made a great choice in replacing their aging wovens with sheer roller shades, which give a much cleaner and stylish look, as well as providing better view-through out to the water. The ambient lighting is softer too, making for a whole new feel in the room!

Plus, roller shades are a great candidate for automation, so just think of the possibilities these shades coupled with motorization can add to your own home!


Woven wood shades (left) replaced by sheer roller shades (right).

ASAP Blinds is the leader and expert when it comes to designing and installing traditional and automatic/motorized window treatments in your home. We serve homes up and down the Jersey Shore and throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Give us a call today at (732) 223-6662 to find out why!

Categories Home Decor Light Control Motorization Privacy Roller Shades Window Treatments Woven Wood Shades

Oct 12, 2017

Kitchen Roller Shades, Living & Dining Room Blinds

JOB OF THE WEEK: October 12, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Roller Shades, Faux Wood Blinds, and Wood Blinds

When it comes to window treatments, your options are nearly boundless. In this week's edition of JOB OF THE WEEK, we're going to take a look at before & after photos of roller shades in a kitchen, faux wood blinds in a dining room, and wood blinds in a living room...all in the same Brick, New Jersey home. To see individual before & after photos, check out our Facebook Photo Album for this project!


Roller Shades for the Kitchen

The before picture of the kitchen shows temporary blinds on the window above the sink (this is an option we offer to our clients if they have no existing window coverings and need some sort of home blinds until our custom window treatments come in for them).

Have a look at the roller shade above the sink in the after photo. It has a great subtle texture and sheerness that makes it perfect for this frequently used area of the kitchen: whether raised or lowered, you won't feel completely "trapped inside" when you're cooking or cleaning dishes, and it looks great too!


Roller shades in a kitchen.

Faux Wood Blinds for the Dining Room

As with the kitchen photo, the before picture of the dining room shows temporary blinds on the window.

Faux wood blinds have a very similar look and feel to actual wood blinds, but at a much lower cost. The slats provide the same amount of privacy and light-control, and the mechanisms work in the same way. They also hold their own very well against heat and moisture, and are made without any harmful chemicals. Faux wood blinds are a great and cost-effective choice for this dining room.

Faux wood blinds in a dining room.

Wood Blinds for the Living Room

As with the previous photos, the before picture of the living room shows temporary blinds on the window.

What can be said about wood blinds? They are one of the most classic and enduring of the hard window coverings. From natural looks to stained or painted ones, they provide a look that's at home in any room. In this living room, they remain unobtrusive, practical and stylish.

Wood blinds in a living room.

ASAP Blinds in Manasquan NJ has you covered for all of your window treatment needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and throughout New Jersey. Call us today at 732-223-6662 and find out about our large selection of blinds, shades and other window treatment options.

Categories Home Decor Job of the Week Light Control Privacy Roller Shades Window Treatments Wood Blinds

Oct 5, 2017

Woven Wood Shades for Kitchen and Home

JOB OF THE WEEK: October 5, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Woven wood shades were the natural choice for this Central New Jersey home!

Woven Wood Shades

Woven wood shades are an excellent window treatment choice and have many benefits. Besides being made from natural, eco-friendly materials, they provide great UV ray protection. Their unique textures bring personality and style to any room, and they're available with many great options including motorization and room-darkening liners. 

Wovens for the Kitchen

Have a look at the video below, or through the photos beneath that, and check out how great these woven shades look in the kitchen. It's a fun, practical look over the sink, as well as on other windows in that room.

We also show you how fine these shades look in other rooms throughout the house, such as the living room, the dining room, the family room, and a bedroom suite.

No matter the room, woven wood shades bring a great touch of personality and style in the most natural of ways!

To see individual before & after photos, check out our Facebook Photo Album for this project!


Woven wood shades in a living room.

Woven wood shades in a kitchen.

Woven wood shades in a dining room.

Woven wood shades in a family room.

Woven wood shades in a bedroom.

Woven wood shades in a bedroom.

ASAP Blinds in Manasquan NJ has you covered for all of your window fashion needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and throughout New Jersey. Call us today at 732-223-6662 and find out about our large selection of woven wood shades and other window treatment options.

Categories Home Decor Job of the Week Light Control Privacy Window Treatments Woven Wood Shades

Sep 28, 2017

Motorized Honeycomb Shades in a Sun Room

JOB OF THE WEEK: September 28, 2017

See your home in a new light!

For this Jersey Shore home, motorized honeycomb shades in the sun room was just the ticket to convenice and style!

Honeycomb shades (also known as cellular shades) are a great help in keeping rooms cool in warmer weather and warm during colder months due to the way the cells of the shades help control how air is circulated in the room. Motorization (or automation, as it is sometimes called) allows for easily raising and lowering window treatments with minimal fuss and with great style. So, it's a great pairing in all respects, including privacy and light-control!

And, this is a fine example of how motorization - which is often associated with luxury, but which in reality is becoming more affordable all the time - isn't only for "fancier" rooms or homes...it's an asset in any room!

To see individual before & after photos, check out our Facebook Photo Album for this project!


Automated cellular shades in a sun room.

ASAP Blinds in Manasquan NJ has you covered for all of your window fashion needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and throughout New Jersey. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to see the other honeycomb shade and motorization options we offer, as well as our large selection of custom window treatments!

Categories Cellular Shades Home Decor Honeycomb Shades Job of the Week Light Control Motorization Privacy Window Treatments

Sep 21, 2017

Woven Wood Roman Shades

JOB OF THE WEEK: September 21, 2017

See your home in a new light!

For this home on the Jersey Shore, we sold and installed woven wood Roman shades with turned headrails to provide an exotic yet stylish look in the rooms .

Woven Romans bring a unique personality to any room, and the turned headrails keep the shades closer to the window for a cleaner look. Be sure to check out the close-up shots of the textures of these shades...the uniqueness of the weave gives them a fantastic look!

To see individual before & after photos, check out our Facebook Photo Album for this project!


Before & after of woven Romans, with detail.

Before & after of woven Romans in dining room, with detail.

Before & after of woven Romans, with detail.

ASAP Blinds in Manasquan NJ has you covered for all of your window fashion needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and throughout New Jersey. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to see the other plantation shutter and options for sliding glass doors we offer, as well as our large selection of window treatments!

Categories Home Decor Job of the Week Roman Shades Window Treatments Woven Wood Shades

Sep 14, 2017

Plantation Shutters and a Vertical Cellular Shade on a Sliding Glass Door

JOB OF THE WEEK: September 14, 2017

See your home in a new light!

For this home in Brielle NJ, we've got plantation shutters in a living room and two bedrooms, and vertical cellular shades on a sliding glass door in a kitchen dining room.

The plantation shutters feature a hidden tilt bar (also known as "Invisitilt"), which means that there is no wand for opening and closing the louvers, giving you better see-through visibility when the louvers are in the open position. These shutters also have a "split tilt," which allows the top half and the bottom half of the shutters to be opened or closed independently of each other, giving you more privacy and light control options.

The kitchen dining room has a sliding glass door which is covered with a sliding vertical cellular shade, allowing great privacy and light control in a stylish and functional manner.

To see individual before & after photos, check out our Facebook Photo Album for this project!


Before & after of white plantation shutters in a living room.

Before & after of white plantation shutters in a living room.


Before & after of white plantation shutters in a living room.


Before & after of vertical shade on sliding glass door in a kitchen dining room.

ASAP Blinds in Manasquan NJ has you covered for all of your window fashion needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and throughout New Jersey. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to see the other plantation shutter and options for sliding glass doors we offer, as well as our large selection of window treatments!

Categories Cellular Shades Home Decor Honeycomb Shades Job of the Week Light Control Plantation Shutters Privacy Window Treatments

Sep 7, 2017

Custom Roller Screen Shades

JOB OF THE WEEK: September 7, 2017

See your home in a new light!

This New Jersey home needed window treatments that wouldn't make them feel cut off from the outside world, yet still provided sufficient light control and privacy. Roller screen shades fit the bill perfectly! These window shades give you a sheer and elegant look while still providing the benefits you expect from home window coverings. Have a look at the video below to see before & after shots of these roller shades in a kitchen, a guest bathroom, a home office, a laundry room, and a master bathroom with a jacuzzi.

To see individual before & after photos, check out our Facebook Photo Album for this project!

ASAP Blinds in Manasquan NJ has you covered for all of your window fashion needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and throughout New Jersey. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to see the other roller shade options we offer and New Jersey's larget selection of window treatments!

Categories Home Decor Job of the Week Light Control Privacy Roller Shades Window Treatments

Aug 31, 2017

Motorized Cellular Shades on Skylight

JOB OF THE WEEK: August 31, 2017

See your home (or office) in a new light!

Skylights. They look great in nearly any environment. But things can get awfully hot beneath them from all that sunlight. 

That was the case in an office building in Manasquan, making conditions uncomfortable for employees. This skylight was up two floors, beaming down onto the foyer and the receptionist. We outfitted it with a Motorized Skylift Cellular Shade to make it easy to open and close, and also to take advantage of cellular shades' great light control and insulation capabilities, making for happier employees and great savings on utility bills!

To see individual before & after photos, check out our Facebook Photo Album for this project!

ASAP Blinds in Manasquan NJ has you covered for all of your window covering needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and throughout New Jersey. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to find out about our other options for skylights and any other window you have, no matter how unique!

Categories Cellular Shades Honeycomb Shades Job of the Week Light Control Motorization Window Treatments

Aug 17, 2017

Fabric Roman Shade and Plantation Shutters

JOB OF THE WEEK: August 17, 2017

See your home in a new light!

For this new home on the water in Lavallette, NJ, the right choices were a lovely fabric Roman shade over the sink in the kitchen, and white plantation shutters on the other kitchen window overlooking the lagoon, as well as on the windows leading into the dining room. With both privacy and light-control in mind, these solutions were a winning combo!

To see individual before & after photos, check out our Facebook Photo Album for this project!

ASAP Blinds in Manasquan NJ has you covered for all of your window fashion needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and throughout New Jersey. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to see the other Roman shade and plantation shutter options we offer!

Categories Home Decor Job of the Week Light Control Plantation Shutters Privacy Roman Shades Window Treatments

Aug 15, 2017

Silhouette Shades or Nantucket Shades

Silhouette window shadings by Hunter Douglas are one of our most popular and attractive window treatment options. Nantucket window shades are very similar and nearly as popular as Silhouettes, so we'd like to take a moment to discuss the differences.


What Are Silhouette Shades?

Silhouette shades are a beautiful window shade comprised of two fabric panels with adjustable fabric vanes that seem to be floating between them (see photo below). With the vanes open, a view through the panels to the outside is filtered through the fabric that provides great UV protection (at least 75%!) and light diffusion. Closing the vanes provides even better light control that can protect your furniture, flooring and artwork from UV rays, as well as giving you the privacy you need.

Available in a nice selection of colors, Silhouettes are an elegant home window shade that make a fashionable choice for our motorized and automated window covering options. The ambient lighting created by the shades is beyond compare! You can see a video playlist of some of our motorized Silhouettes in action here.


Silhouette shades providing soft light filtering.

What are Nantucket Shades?

Nantucket shades are very similar to Silhouette shades, and in fact are nearly indistinguishable to the untrained eye. With comparable color choices and UV & light-diffusing characteristics, Nantuckets are a more budget-friendly shade due to fabric and maufacturing differences, and have a somewhat more casual appeal. They also are great for our motorization options and provide a great deal of style to any room (see photo below).


Nantucket shades on windows and a sliding glass door.


Which is best: Silhouettes or Nantuckets?

Silhouettes are the better choice for durability and a more elegant look. They're also one of the more expensive window treatments you can buy. Nantuckets are kinder on your wallet and, while they look and behave nearly identically to Silhouettes, the construction and fabric isn't quite the same, making it a more affordable yet still attractive option.

ASAP Blinds is the leader and expert when it comes to designing and installing automatic/motorized window treatments in your home. We've brought a tremendous variety of window treatment styles to homes up and down the Jersey Shore and throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Give us a call today at (732) 223-6662 to find out why!

Categories Home Decor Light Control Motorization Nantucket Shades Privacy Silhouette Shades Window Treatments

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