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Nov 16, 2017

Nantucket Shades in Brielle, NJ

JOB OF THE WEEK: November 16, 2017

See your home in a new light!

This home on the water in Brielle, NJ has its living room dressed up nicely with Nantucket shades from Hunter Douglas. Nantuckets are a smart option for those seeking the elegance of Silhouette shades at a better price without sacrificing the look and options. The similarities between the two types of shades are so great in fact, that we recently did a blog post comparing Nantuckets and Silhouettes here.

Most of the vanes on the shades shown in the video and the photos below are open, allowing a great view to the outside, but notice the sliding glass door in the first set of before & afters: the vanes are closed, giving you an idea of the great privacy and light-control these soft home shades can bring to your rooms. And like so many of the custom window fashions we offer, these shades are a great choice for automation/motorization!

To see more 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. In addition to Nantuckets and Silhouettes, we have a wide variety of options for plantation shutters, cafe shutters, window blinds, cellular & roller shades, woven wood & Roman shades, and more! Call us today at 732-223-6662 to find out more!

Categories Home Decor Job of the Week Light Control Motorization Nantucket Shades Privacy Silhouette Shades 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 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

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

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