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Dec 28, 2017

Blinds, Woven Wood Shades, Curtains, Plantation Shutters

JOB OF THE WEEK: December 28, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Wood blinds, woven wood shades, drapery, and even a plantation shutter in a Brielle, NJ home.

This Jersey Shore home got a variety of window treatments, and here are some before & after pics (and video) of a few of them: home blinds in a bedroom, woven wood shades in the dining room, and curtains and a plantation shutter in another bedroom. All of these different styles provide great privacy and light-control options, and well as a varied yet unified look throughout the home!

Give us a call at 732-223-6662 and let us find the perfect window fashions for your home!

Rooms in the home featured in this video include:
Bedrooms
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 find out about the other home window blinds and shade options we offer!

*Please note: for many years there has been some concern about safety hazards with corded window treatments such as home blinds. Most of these issues come about from a broken equalizer on the blinds, which leads many people to simply tie the cords to maintain functionality, but in the process that creates a hazard. To help prevent this, we have a video that shows how to easily repair your blinds' equalizer yourself to help you avoid that situation.

Categories Drapery Home Decor Job of the Week Light Control Plantation Shutters Privacy Window Treatments Wood Blinds Woven Wood Shades

Nov 30, 2017

Home Blinds & Plantation Shutters in Brick NJ

JOB OF THE WEEK: November 30, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Home Wood Blinds & Plantation Shutters

In this week's edition of JOB OF THE WEEK, we're installing white wood home blinds and plantation shutters in a Brick, New Jersey home. To see individual before & after photos, check out our Facebook Photo Album for this project!


Wood Blinds for the Bedrooms

Something that's unique about these bedroom windows is that they already had existing treatments on them that the owners wanted to keep. It's easy to forget that layering different types of window treatments is not only okay, it can result in some great looks.

For these windows we went with white wood blinds under the fabric valance in one room, and under the curtains in the other. It's a simple but effective way to freshen up a room and add more privacy options.


Wood blinds in a bedroom.


Wood blinds in a bedroom.

Plantation Shutters for the Bedroom

This bedroom was recently remodeled and still needed some touch-up painting, and we were called in to install white plantation shutters with hidden tilt bars (Invisitilt). It's easy to forget that not only do plantation shutters have louvers that open and close, but they also swing open much like little doors. You can see that in the photo where our Master Installer Drew is putting on the finishing touches.

Plantation Shutters in a bedroom.

Plantation Shutters for the Living Room

Finally, here are before and after photos of plantation shutters in the living room. They provide great privacy and light-control and look great!

Plantation Shutters 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, shutters and other window treatment options, including motorization

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

Oct 26, 2017

Plantation Shutters and Cafe Shutters in Sea Girt, NJ

JOB OF THE WEEK: October 26, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Plantation shutters and cafe shutters were the perfect combo for this home in Sea Girt, NJ. Have a look at the before & after photos below and in the video to see!

All of these shutters feature the Invisitilt option, which is a hidden tilt bar. Shutters with Invisitilt have a cleaner, more-streamlined look and offer better view-through when looking to the outside.

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 Cafe Shutters Home Decor Job of the Week Plantation Shutters Privacy Window Treatments

Oct 19, 2017

Woven Shades, Nantuckets, Blinds & Shutters

JOB OF THE WEEK: October 19, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Woven Shades, Nantuckets, Blinds & Shutters

Window treatment options are virtually limitless. In this week's JOB OF THE WEEK, we're taking a look at before & after photos of woven wood shades, Nantucket shades, wood blinds, and plantation shutters...all in the same new Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey home. To see individual before & after photos, be sure to check out our Facebook Photo Album for this project!


Woven Wood Shades

In the above video, check out these woven wood shades in a living room off the porch, followed by similar wovens on a French door and windows. Check out the texture of those woven weaves! Wovens are a great choice for French doors, and they offer a stylish look with great light-control and view-through...simultaneously!

Nantucket Shades

Nantucket shades are very similar to, though less expensive than, Silhouette shades. For a full breakdown of the differences, see this post. Nantuckets are also a great candidate for motorization...in fact, the shades above the bathtub in the video are automated, and you can see them in action here! These shades give a great and luxurious look to any room.

Wood Blinds

You can't go wrong with wood blinds. Classic, practical and stylish, they work in any room and always look great! In a home such as this, where various elegant window treatments are being used in many of the main rooms, wood blinds are a cost-effective way to dress up less frequently visited rooms!

Plantation Shutters

Another classic window covering, plantation shutters offer great looks, fantastic options for viewing the outside world, and extremely effective light-control. These shutters have an invisible tilt bar (known as Invisitilt) that brings less obstruction to your view and a cleaner look to your window.

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, shutters and other window treatment options.

Categories Home Decor Job of the Week Light Control Motorization Nantucket Shades Plantation Shutters Privacy Silhouette Shades Window Treatments Wood Blinds 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

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

Jul 26, 2017

Plantation Shutters in Bathroom, Laundry Room, and Bedroom

Sometimes plantation shutters are used in unexpected ways!

White Plantation Shutters In A Bathroom

Plantation shutters provide a stylish and attractive (dare we say romantic?) elegance to bathrooms, especially when placed on windows situated near a large or free-standing tub, or with a modern shower, as seen in the photos below. Whether it's privacy, light control or good-looks that you want - or a combination of them all - these indoor shutters are a sure winner, even on smaller windows!


White plantation shutters with Invisitilt above tub.

White plantation shutters with Invisitilt in shower.


What are other good rooms for Plantation Shutters?

Plantations shutters look great no matter where you choose to have them installed, as you can tell by these before and after shots from a laundry room in Point Pleasant, NJ.

White plantation shutters with Invisitilt in laundry room.

And these pictures from a bedroom...notice how the upper louvers are open (blowing out our camera lens a bit with the glare!) and the lower ones are closed. This split tilt option gives you lots of flexibility!

White plantation shutters with Invisitilt in a bedroom.

As you can see, plantation shutters are a great way to control the light in your home and fit in perfectly with the beach atmosphere of the Jersey Shore. The louvers can be tilted 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.

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 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 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

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 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

Feb 10, 2017

White Plantation Shutters with Front Tilt Bar

JOB OF THE WEEK: February 10, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Check out this slideshow of us installing white plantation shutters with front tilt bars in this Jersey Shore home!

 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

Feb 2, 2017

Motorized Roller Shades and Plantation Shutters 2/2/17

JOB OF THE WEEK: February 2, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Check out this slideshow of before & after photos - and the motorization video in the middle - from a recent job where we installed motorized roller shades and white plantation shutters in this Jersey Shore home!

 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 Motorization Plantation Shutters Roller Shades Window Treatments

Jan 26, 2017

White Wood Blinds, Shutters, and Café Shutters

JOB OF THE WEEK: January 26, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Check out this slideshow of before & after photos from a recent job where we installed white wood blinds, white wood plantation shutters, and white café shutters to enhance the style of this lovely home!

 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 Wood Blinds

Jan 12, 2017

White Wood Plantation Shutters

JOB OF THE WEEK: January 12, 2017

See your home in a new light!

Check out these before and after photos as we add white wood plantation shutters to this home, and don't miss the arching radial specialty shape in there!

 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

Nov 10, 2016

White Plantation Shutters in Bedrooms by the Sea

JOB OF THE WEEK: November 10, 2016

See your home in a new light!

Here is a slideshow and a few before & after photos of a job we were pleased to work on with some white plantation shutters in a couple of bedrooms by the sea. Take a good look at how the shutters work nicely on the doors, particularly the French doors, and also the custom arch shapes!

Categories Home Decor Job of the Week Plantation Shutters Window Treatments

Jan 26, 2016

Plantation Shutters by ASAP Blinds!

We hope you enjoy this video featuring some of the plantation shutters we've installed over the past few years!

Many people have asked what the difference is between regular shutters and plantation shutters. Generally, most of the shutters you see these days are of the plantation-style, which have wider louvers than traditional shutters, which are usually only about 1 1/4 inch. These wider louvers afford a better view when open, and better protection from the heat of the sun when closed. This style of shutter was popularized in the Old South, where the sun could be brutal.

In the video, you'll see examples of plantation shutters with front-tilt bars and hidden tilt bars (also known as Invisitilt), as well as examples of shutters used to great effect on sliding-glass and French doors.

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Aug 27, 2012

Choosing Window Treatments: Privacy with Plantation Shutters

Choosing window treatments can be an overwhelming task.  We’re going to give you some tips that you can use to narrow down your options.  

Ask yourself this: What is the most important factor within the space your looking to add window treatments to? Privacy, light control, child safety, motorization, specialty shapes, other?

 

If you can answer this question with one to two options, then you have your starting point.  For each post, I will focus on a different factor and product.  I will start with privacy, as it is usually our clients’ top concern.   

 Privacy with Plantation Shutters:

Privacy is a major concern for a lot of homeowners, especially when your home is within a few feet of your neighbors.  When it starts to get dark, the inside of your home becomes more and more visible to outsiders if your windows aren’t covered.  And the worst part is- when you’re inside and your lights are on, its next to impossible to see out.  So you’ve decided you need some window treatments that are great at keeping those extra set of eyes out of your home.  All window treatments have their ways of controlling privacy.  Depending on your budget, there are a handful of different options.

My personal suggestion would be plantation shutters.  Plantation shutters are one of the most popular window treatments out there- and for a reason.  Not only are they beautiful, they last for many, many years.  They are also one of the easiest treatments to operate- with either a front tilt bar, or a hidden tilt option.  One quick movement opens or closes them.  They are also hinged to open like french doors, or hinged to one side so you have the ability to open and expose the entire window to be cleaned or to let some light in.  There is the ability to custom shape plantation shutters to fit those specialty shapes you decided to add to your master bedroom before you thought about how you were going to cover them.  The louver sizes range from 2-1/2” to 4-1/2”.  Depending on how much view through you are looking to gain, you have the three sizing options.  Plantation shutters can be cafe style, which is sized to fit the bottom half of your window if your top half does not enable viewing exposure from the outside; full length panels with one tilt bar or hidden tilt option for the entire length of the panel; panels with a dividing rail to separate the top and bottom half of the shutter for privacy below and light exposure on top; and split tilt with no dividing rail for the same feature without a rail in between (see examples below).  Plantation shutters can be custom made from wood, composite materials, or vinyl.  Each shutter type has its own added features, as well as different pricing options.  There is also the ability to choose your custom shutter stain to match existing trim in your home or office.  Added bonus: shutters are child and pet safe, as they don’t have any dangling cording!  

Do you want to add plantation shutters to your home or office?  Call us today for a free in home or office consultation!




Cafe Shutters with tilt bar:


Cafe shutters without tilt bar:


Plantation shutters with tilt bar (full length):


Plantation shutters with hidden tilt (full length):


Plantation shutters with split tilt and dividing rail in center:


Plantation shutters with split tilt- without dividing rail:


Plantation shutters with split tilt - hidden tilt bar 


Specialty Shape Plantation shutters:


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