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!