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Jun 22, 2017

Plantation Shutters in Bathroom and Living Room

JOB OF THE WEEK: June 22, 2017

See your home in a new light!

This week we have a customer who's replacing their old vertical blinds with white plantation shutters in their bathroom and living room. These before & after photos reveal the stunning difference. The plantation shutters are easy to care for and provide a hassle-free way of controlling light and privacy. Remember: not only can the louvers on the shutters be opened for a view outside, but the whole shutter panel can open, giving a clear and unobstructed view!

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 treatment needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and beyond. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to find out more!

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

Jun 21, 2017

The Versatile Plantation Shutter

Sometimes plantation shutters are used in unexpected ways!

White Plantation Shutters Inside the Home

We had to share this before and after photo of a classic and clever use for interior plantation shutters. 

Fuse boxes are never the most attractive thing in the house, hence they're often tucked away in some remote area away from all the action. In this case, the fuse box was on a stairway leading to the basement, so we found a great - if not stylish - way to cover it up!


White plantation shutter covering fuse box.


What are the advantages of Plantation Shutters?

Plantations shutters are a great looking window covering, and offer a variety of ways to control the light in your home: the louvers can be tilted to different degrees to let the sun in or keep it out, and the whole shutter panel can be opened for a wide view outside or closed for the utmost in privacy. 

They're also long-lasting, require little maintenance, and in some cases may even increase the value of your home. They look great in any room, as well as looking great from outside your home.

Besides all of this, they can even look great as a wall covering for unsightly fuse boxes and such!


Where to Buy Plantation Shutters

At ASAP Blinds, we offer a great-looking selection of plantation shutters from some of the most respected brands in the business, and we custom measure & install on each window for the perfect fit and look. Call us at (732) 223-6662 with any questions you have, and to find out about the many options you have for blinds, shades and shutters in your home!

Categories Home Decor Light Control Plantation Shutters Privacy Window Treatments

Jun 15, 2017

Beautiful Faux Wood Blinds

JOB OF THE WEEK: June 15, 2017

See your home in a new light!

You may think getting window treatments from a custom shop like ours would strain your budget, but it doesn't have to! Our blinds for any size window deal can save you both time and money, and still give you the style you deserve! Here are a couple of examples of these beautiful faux wood blinds in action....

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 treatment needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and beyond. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to find out more!

Jun 12, 2017

Woven Roman Shades at a Jersey Shore Beach Home

JOB OF THE WEEK: June 8, 2017

See your home in a new light!

These woven Roman shades combine the great looks of woven wood shades with the elegance of Roman shades for a combination that looks great at this Jersey Shore beach home! Not only are they create a striking impression in rooms with a large amount of windows, but they also look great on French doors!

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 treatment needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and beyond. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to find out more!

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

Jun 1, 2017

Plantation Shutters, Sliding Glass Door

JOB OF THE WEEK: June 1, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Have a look at this new home with white plantation shutters featuring 2-1/2" louvers and front tilt bars, making them an excellent choice for any room. Of special note are the Bypass Plantation Shutters on the sliding glass door...these shutters easily slide to the side for access to the door, and make for great privacy and light-control when closed.

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 treatment needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and beyond. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to find out more!

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

May 25, 2017

Plantation Shutters on a Bay Window

JOB OF THE WEEK: May 25, 2017

See your home in a new light!

This time we're having a look at a bay window on which we installed white plantation shutters. Shutters can be a good choice in bay windows, especially one of this size. And, as great as they look inside the room, they also look really great from outside the house!

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 treatment needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and beyond. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to find out more!

Categories Home Decor Job of the Week Plantation Shutters Window Treatments

May 24, 2017

Automated Motorized Silhouette Window Shades

Automated window shades for the home are becoming increasingly popular. With the advent of "smart home" technology, it's no surprise that power window treatments would be one of the most in-demand items for making homes more efficient and luxurious. Among our favorites for custom automation are Silhouette shades from Hunter Douglas.

What Are Silhouette Shades?

Silhouette shades are a soft window treatment, meaning basically that its main component is fabric. Silhouettes feature vanes made from soft fabric that seem to be floating within the shade, and that can be adjusted to control how much light to let in, similarly to slats on window blinds or louvers on shutters. As with other modern window shades, the Silhouettes can also be raised or lowered, allowing a full view out the window.


Close view of automated Silhouette shades before & after installation, with vanes open & closed.

How Do Motorized Window Shades Work?

Motorized window shades are controlled using a remote device (or an app on your smart phone or tablet) that lets you lower and raise them automatically, as well as control the tilting of the vanes. It's a great convenience being able to adjust your room for privacy or light control with the tap of a button - and quite a sight to behold as the shades seem to magically adjust to your preferences! It's also very easy to set the shades to automatically raise and lower at certain times of the day, freeing you from having to make those adjustments yourself. Generally called "scenes," you could for instance set your shades to remain lowered but have the vanes open at 7am, then have the whole shade rise at 9am, and then close automatically at sunset. And anything in between. The options are nearly limitless!

Examples of Silhouette Shades with Remote Control

Below is a video playlist of a few projects featuring remote-controlled Silhouette shades with PowerView from Hunter Douglas. Watch them in action!


Why Buy Automated Window Shades?

Besides their elegance, convenience, and distinctive design, motorized blinds and shades have many practical uses. They're great for hard-to-reach windows, and for rooms where raising and lowering all window coverings at once is preferred, such as in a bedroom or home theater. They're also child & pet-friendly, making your home safer for the little ones in your life.

ASAP Blinds is the leader and expert when it comes to designing and installing automatic window treatments in your home. We work with builders during the early stages of a home’s development to ensure the best wiring options for you, but we can also create the perfect motorized experience for you no matter the age of your house. Give us a call today at (732) 223-6662 to find out how!

Update 6/6/17 - Here's a new video of Motorized Silhouette Shades in a Beach House Bedroom.


Motorized Silhouette shades with drapery in a dining room.

Categories Home Decor Motorization Silhouette Shades Window Treatments

May 18, 2017

Cafe Shutters, Woven Woods, Motorized Nantucket Shades

JOB OF THE WEEK: May 18, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Watch as we transform rooms in this lovely traditional-style home.

We start with the dining room where cafe shutters provide privacy while maintaining a great view to the outside. Next, woven woods by a kitchen table are a fine way to keep the sun at bay when needed, and the same goes for the wovens in the kitchen overlooking a sunroom. At the top of a stairwell, cafe shutters let just the right amount of light in.

For the living room and master bedroom, we went with motorized Nantucket shades from Hunter Douglas, utilizing their PowerView technology. With these automated window shades, the shades can be set to open and close at predetermined times, as well as automatically anytime via the included remote control for a perfect combo of convenience and elegance!

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 treatment needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and beyond. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to find out more!

Categories Cafe Shutters Home Decor Job of the Week Motorization Nantucket Shades Privacy Window Treatments Woven Wood Shades

May 16, 2017

Blinds: A Popular Window Treatments Choice

Why are blinds such a popular choice for window treatments?

What exactly are Blinds?

Basically, a window blind is a popular type of window treatment (window covering) that generally consists of several horizontal slats that are held together by cords that can be used to open and close these slats, and raise or lower the slats all at once. Blinds also may come with vertical slats, and some have other mechanisms such as wands or remotes for opening and closing the slats.

The slats are made of a hard material such as wood, faux wood (which is a composite of wood and man-made materials), plastic or metal, and come in a variety of colors, with white generally being the most popular. They are the ideal simple window treatment for any room in the house, inlcuding living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens.


White wood blinds in a dining room.


Why Choose Window Blinds?

When someone says "blinds for windows," they may be speaking generically about any number of types of window treatments, but for our purposes here we'll stick to the specific type of blinds we mentioned above as opposed to other window coverings like shades and shutters. 

Home blinds are a classic way to cover your windows for privacy and light control with style. They look great in any room of your home, and with a variety of colors to choose from can match any decor.

With a very simple procedure for opening and closing them, horizontal blinds can let in as little or as much light as you like by adjusting the slats' open & closed positions, as well as by lifting the whole row of slats upward for a nearly complete view out the window. Similarly for vertical blinds, which are a popular choice for sliding glass doors, except that the fully open/closed position is from left to right instead of up & down.

The most popular blinds with our customers are the 2-inch wood blinds, though slightly larger slats are also in demand. Since the faux wood blinds are less expensive while maintaining the look and feel of real wood blinds, we have a lot of requests for them as well. In either case, our window blinds are an affordable solution for any room in any home! 


Stained wood blinds in a bathroom.


Where to Buy Home Blinds

At ASAP Blinds, we offer a wide selection of window blinds from some of the most respected brands in the business, and we custom measure & install on each window for the perfect fit and look. Call us at (732) 223-6662 with any questions you have, and to find out the great options you have for blinds in your home!


Vertical blinds on a sliding glass door.

Categories Home Decor Light Control Privacy Window Treatments Wood Blinds

May 4, 2017

Home Blinds, Woven Wood Shades

JOB OF THE WEEK: May 4, 2017

See your home in a new light!

We start in the kitchen, with two bare windows and one with a temporary shade on it, then fade into the same kitchen shot with beautiful woven wood shades on the two previously empty windows, and a custom wood blind on the other. Next, it's into the dining room with several windows covered by temporary shades that we transform with custom wood blinds!

On to the living room, which also has its windows covered with temporary shades, but not for long! Look how great they are with custom wood blinds! From there we make our way into a tiny bathroom with a cute little window above the toilet, which also looks great when you see it covered with a custom wood blind!

Up the stairwell with two large uncovered windows that also benefit from custom wood blinds. Finally, we enter a bedroom with an uncovered window and door that leads out to a deck. Voila! Custom room-darkening honeycomb shades provide the right amount of privacy and light control!

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 treatment needs in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and beyond. Call us today at 732-223-6662 to find out more!

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

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