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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!


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

Apr 27, 2017

White Shutters in a Bay Window

JOB OF THE WEEK: April 27, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Here we are installing white plantation shutters with hidden tilt bars on a bay window in a newlywed couple's home. Plantation shutters provide a classic look to any room, and are a great choice for privacy and light-control concerns.

With summer coming around, remember that plantation shutters and other window treatments are an excellent and thoughtful gift for newleyweds or new homeowners!

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

Apr 25, 2017

Why Buy Cafe Shutters?

What are cafe shutters and why should I choose them over traditional or plantation shutters?

What are Cafe Shutters?

Cafe shutters get their name from their popularity in restaurants and cafes, particularly in France, where they protected the privacy of the patrons while still allowing much of the outside sun and scenery in.

As you can see in the pictures from a recent job of ours that are included in this article, cafe shutters for windows cover just the bottom portion of each window, yet retain the look and feel of classic shutters, including having options for louver sizes and a choice of a front tilt bar or a hidden tilt bar for opening and closing the louvers.


Before and after photos of cafe shutters with front tilt bars.


Benefits of Cafe Shutters

Because they don't cover the full window, you have a great balance of light and privacy in rooms where the windows are fitted with cafe shutters. This balance is great for kitchens and bathrooms, as well as any other room where you don't feel the need for full window coverings.

In addition to the abundance of light you can allow in, you're also maintaining the nice view your window affords.

Cafe shutters are also very versatile in that they can be teamed with other window treatments such as curtains and even Honeycomb or Roman shades for a stylish and luxurious look.

Less expensive than plantation shutters, cafe shutters still provide the great look of those popular window coverings but with a more "open" look.


Before & after photos of cafe shutters with drapery.


Where to Buy Cafe Shutters

We offer a wide range of cafe shutters from some of the most respected brands in the business, and we custom measure & install every shutter for the perfect fit and look. Give us a call at (732) 223-6662 with any questions you have, and to find out the great options you have for cafe shutters in your home!

Categories Cafe Shutters Home Decor Light Control Plantation Shutters Privacy Window Treatments

Apr 20, 2017

Top-Down, Bottom-Up Honeycomb Shades

JOB OF THE WEEK: April 20, 2017

See your home in a new light!

This week's home features top-down, bottom-up cellular (honeycomb) shades in a dining room, living room, and a couple of bedrooms! It's really cool the way these shades can be opened from the top or the bottom (or both), giving several options for privacy and light control. In addition, cellular shades are a great choice for controlling your energy bill as they provide great insulation in winter months, and keep your air conditioning in during the summer!

For the sliding glass door off the dining room, we went with a vertical option, which keeps with the flow of that type of doorway.

 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

Apr 13, 2017

White Plantation Shutters with Hidden Tilt Bar

JOB OF THE WEEK: April 13, 2017

See your home in a new light!

This week we're taking a look at some before & after shots of white plantation shutters with hidden tilt bars in a couple of bedrooms and a home office. What a stylish look for any room in the home!

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

white plantation shutters

white plantation shutters

white plantation shutters

white plantation shutters

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

Apr 12, 2017

3 STEPS TO BUYING WINDOW TREATMENTS

Maybe you’re moving in to your brand new house and you’re faced with a ton of windows with nothing in them. On the other hand, you might have a room that needs sprucing up which will require a new look for your windows. It might simply be one window or door that you’ve been putting off covering.

Whatever the case, you feel overwhelmed with all the choices. The thought of looking at all the possible options with the unlimited color and pattern choices with the additional worry about cost makes people want to put off the task for another day.

The bad news to that decision is that uncovered windows means living in a fish bowl or with sun-damaged furniture or floors. At the end of the day, it makes people throw up their hands and say “where do I start?”

Where to Start

The process of buying window treatments can appear daunting but it can be quickly simplified by asking a few simple questions.

1. Light Control, Privacy...or Both?

The first question determines the priority of what you’re trying to accomplish in terms of function, and the answer is usually ‘privacy’, ‘light control’ or a combination of both. By assessing each window in terms of where it’s located in the house and what it looks out upon, we can decide the functional priority.

Let’s say the windows are on the ground floor and look out upon the street or a sidewalk. You’ll want to be sure that what level of privacy you’re comfortable with is doable with your treatment choice.

Another big thing to consider is the direction your windows face. Windows that face south and west mean lots of afternoon sunlight and if you watch TV or spend a lot of time in those rooms, you’ll want to be sure you control the glare.

Windows facing east means morning sunshine, sometimes very early. If you or your guests aren't early-risers, you’ll need to control that light. The control might mean simply diffusing it or in some cases, blocking it out all together.

Maybe your windows face east and you have a view of the ocean or the bay. If you’re looking to cover your living area windows with that view, you’ll want light-control while not eliminating the view. Windows that face north won’t be getting much light so while you need privacy, you’ll still want to maximize what light you do get.

2. Which Treatments to Choose?

Once you answer some of these basic questions, you’ll find that certain treatments will work better than others in accomplishing your goals. All treatments have advantages and disadvantages.

Everything we sell represents style and quality but not everything will work for your particular windows and needs. Doing the aforementioned assessment before meeting with us is very helpful in enabling us to focus on particular products that will work best for you.

Contrary to what some folks think, you don’t have to do everything all at once. The windows in your bathrooms and bedrooms are areas you’ll want to prioritize from a privacy standpoint but other areas like living space might be able to wait. Often times in a new home, being able to ‘live’ in it a while will help you decide on a particular look you’d like to have.

3. What’s Your Budget?

It goes without saying that your budget will play a significant role in the treatments you choose. This will often be the case when building a new home. Funny how the costs for construction, furniture and appliances have a way of exceeding even the most well thought out estimates.

Why ASAP Blinds?

As window treatments are often one of the last things done, it’s likely you’ll be limited in what you can spend for window decor.

That’s the great thing about ASAP Blinds and the wide range of manufacturers and quality products we represent: we’re able to work with practically any budget. It’s usually a good idea to share some general budget restraints with us early on so we can show you products and ideas that fit into ALL your needs.

Like many other things in life, the choice of window treatments can pretty much be as easy or as hard as you like. For 17 years, ASAP Blinds has made the process easy and affordable for everyone.

~ Jay Russell, Director of New Business Development

Categories Home Decor Light Control Privacy Window Treatments

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