Are you redoing your home interiors and want to drape your windows with something more stylish and feature rich than the good old curtains? If window blinds are what you have in mind then you need to carefully look at the peculiarities of each part of your home and buy the blinds that suit the need. Unlike the past, high quality modern blinds have become diverse and far more stylish. Let’s find out more!
Choosing blinds according to the room –Things to keep in mind
The Hunter Douglas Sonnette Cellular Roller Shades are a prime example of the innovation and styling that can transform any home. These combine the traditional style of Roller Window shades with highly energy efficient construction. We have meticulously crafted them using two layers of fabric and soft curved contours which not only please the eyes, but also offer greater insulation and create a pleasant diffused glow of natural light at the window.
The Sonnette Cellular Shades come in four fabric options which offer great colour varieties ranging from the all-time favourite shades like whites and neutrals to vibrant hues. You can choose semi-opaque or blackout options as per your individual preferences. If you want to bask in the sunlight without losing out on the privacy then you can choose the semi-opaque option or go for the room-darkening fabric which keeps peeping eyes and sunlight out.
We have integrated our LiteRise cordless operating system to efficiently control these shades with the mere touch of a finger. Alternatively, we have our SoftTouch Motorization which is an unmatched battery-powered system which is controlled by a simple and intuitive wand controller. For those who wish to take convenience to an altogether new level, our PowerView®️ Automation offers a fully automatic experience and it can be controlled through the PowerView®️ App on your mobile phone. You can set schedules and preferences which the smart controller stores in its memory and operates these Cellular Shades automatically every day.
With Hunter Douglas window shading solutions, you can always be assured of quality, hassle-free operation and state-of-art technology innovation. The various solutions can be remotely operated through a smartphone app which ensures that you not only get the style and looks for your home interiors or optimum natural light control, but also great ease of usage. Go ahead and De-light your home in style today!
If you are conscious about the environmental impact of all the power consumed by artificial lighting and heating then you must know that nearly 50% of all the heat used in the homes is likely to be lost through windows. On the other hand the heat and light coming in through the window panes, especially in summer can make the interiors uncomfortably warm and humid. Our Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades are the ideal solution for such a scenario. They keep your rooms warm in winter and cooler in summer and ensure good energy efficiency throughout the year.
Colour Psychology and Your Window Treatment
It’s true, colour plays a significant role in our lives. It can alter mood, incite anger, evoke happiness and even sadness to the extent it warrants for intensive study by psychologists and heavily adopted by interior designers and architects, under a study called – colour psychology. However, most of us don’t realise nor pay enough attention to the effects of colour in our homes or offices. Not only that colour and design in an interior space should reflect us, the people who live inside, but we should also use colours wisely to create the intended atmosphere in specific living space at home.
Want to introduce some colour psychology to your living space? No, that doesn’t mean you have to get buckets of paint and start painting. You can introduce colours with the help of furniture and window treatments. Here are some colour psychology inspiration for your Hunter Douglas window treatments to get you started:
Earthy and Cosy
Earthy and cosy colours like brown and beige resemble nature’s tones that are proven to bring out the warmth and encourage connections. This would be perfect for interior space where people gather like the living room, these colour choices can help people get comfortable and open up for conversations. Since earthy and cosy tones are close to the neutral colours, it’s extremely easy to work them into your interior design or colour scheme. Constructed from the finest woods and alternative woods, our Parkland® Wood Blinds help you integrate the natural wood tones to complement your rooms at home. You can even bring a bit of nature to your home effortlessly while elevating your interactivity at these spaces.
Peaceful and Tranquil
Colours with blue tones like the turquoise or sky blue give off a calming effect. That’s why you tend to see these colours adopted by banks and insurance companies as these colours have the tendency to make you feel grounded. Consider incorporating these tranquil colours into living space like the bathroom as they would help you relax and unwind after a long day. For a space like this, we would recommend you to get ultimate versatility with our signature Duette® Honeycomb Shades through its expansive selection of cellular pleat sizes, opacities, colours, textures, and operating system, so you can keep exploring the right combination of window treatment to your heart’s content.
Bright and Warm
If you’re looking for something bright and warm, choose amber or peach for a positive and reassuring feeling. Contrary to the brighter counterpart – red, which excites the mood and encourages appetite, these warm colours exude a more optimistic outlook in life. Try adding a touch of bright and warm colours in your bedroom to a more productive morning after your well-deserved sleep. Go ahead and integrate these colours with our Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shades. The shade features unique horizontal, S-shaped vanes that appear to float between two sheer panels, beautifully dispersing light in your choice of colour to your bedroom – looks even better with the morning sun!
If you’re still unsure about the colour choice and the effects of colour to your living space, speak to our window specialists and we’ll be more than happy to advise you further on choosing the perfect colour and the right window treatment with Hunter Douglas.
Do you remember a time when cinema halls had curtains that, when drawn open, heralded the beginning of the main show? Now picture your home where you can appreciate the view and experience light exactly how you want it, no matter the time, just by the press of a button. Or better still, it just happens. Magically! Automatic window blinds, in a new and fresh avatar.
Bring Scenes To Life
Having to deal with harsh light isn’t much fun. But neither do most people want to keep their homes in relative darkness during daylight hours. So whether your window coverings include sheers, blinds, drapes, or a combination thereof, imagine being able to create an ambience that reflects the passage of time through the day. Follow a few simple steps, and voila, your blinds will adjust automatically, moving only at the time you’ve chosen.
That’s the control PowerView® Motorization brings. This innovative, wireless system for window blinds was awarded the Red Dot Design Award – the most coveted accolade in the world of design – in 2018. It allows you to programme blinds to operate independently of each other, and automatically move to the exact position you want, at the time you want. Perfect lighting, convenience, and energy conservation all rolled into one.
Smart Home, Smarter Living
This precise and convenient control can be effected via the Pebble Control, voice commands using devices from Amazon, or the Apple® and Android™ compatible PowerView® App for smartphones and tablets. Alongside the convenience of cordless operation, the system creates a safer environment for homes with young children and pets.
Pebble® and Surface Remote – Central to the PowerView® Motorisation system is the easy-to-use, hand-held or wall-mounted remote that lets you control and adjust a single-window covering, or that for an entire room.
The Pebble Control offers a contemporary alternative to a traditional remote control. You can pre-set and operate up to half-a-dozen different combinations of settings for your window blinds with just a press of a button. Ergonomically designed and beautiful to look at, the Pebble is available in a range of modern colours.
Additionally, when your smartphone or tablet isn’t within reach, the Pebble Scene Controller can be used to trigger pre-programmed settings on-demand. Both are also available as Surface Controls that can be affixed to a wall.
Voice Recognition – If you can use voice recognition to play music, why can’t the same facility be used to control your window blinds? The PowerView system can be synchronised with Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri®, or the Google Assistant, and integrated with smart-home systems to activate the window settings you’ve programmed in, hands-free.
PowerView App – Using the App on your smartphone or tablet, you can create and schedule customized room settings that allow your window blinds to move to your preferred positions during the course of the day. You can even schedule settings to move with the sunrise or sunset based on your location.
For the ultimate in convenience, the PowerView® Motorisation system is the perfect way to manage your shades whether you’re home or on holiday.
At Hunter Douglas, we work closely with interior designers to help bring their design vision to life. This week, let's welcome paul+pris - an interior design studio known for its eclectic design solution to create memorable experiences through contrasting perspectives and interpretations of living space. We had the opportunity to talk to co-founders, Pauline and Priscilla about how choosing the right blinds for your home would help elevate your home's interior. We'll deep dive into the function of each space and some tips & tricks from the pros to work with window treatments for your home. Get your notes ready as there are a few elements like slat sizing, colours and finishes that will play a major role in every interior style of a home.
How important are windows in interior design?
Interior design can change how people behave in a space especially with the presence of sun lights, element like openings to create views as well as the connections between exterior and interior, giving a sense of definition to what’s beyond on the other side.
|How would the right window dressing affect a room’s interior?
With the right window treatments, it will help to create privacy and flexibility by adjusting the viewability of window (opening inside out/outside in). It can reflect a certain personality in the space as well.
|In your experience, how important is natural light in influencing your design theme or concept?
How do you harness the light or tone down harsh light from outside?
Pick the right thickness and opacity of fabric based on the purpose of the window.
What would be the major concerns for each direction?
You get more sunlight from the windows that are facing East and West, so choosing the right window treatment that help withstand the harshness of natural sunlight to prevent problems like fading of materials and heat trapped in the interior.
|How would you dress windows with minimal natural light?
Blinds would be good for such function as it allows sunlight through but not directly from the sun by adjusting the direction and degree of each blinds tilting. This function is not available in drapery.
|How do you dress the feature window in a living room?
For a minimalistic and simple, sleek look with flexibility in controlling sunlight, one may opt for venetian or wood blinds. If you’re looking to create a dramatic feature with a certain softness to the interior, yet still able to give privacy and soften the exposure of sunlight, we would recommend drapery curtains or sheer. Best would be drapery with tilting function (Luminette). Only Hunter Douglas has this product.
|What would be your choice of window dressing to highlight a beautiful garden outside?
Draping curtains or sheer would be our choice, simply because it can be pulled to the sides and able to reveal the entire window opening to have a direct view to the garden. Alternative would be roller sheer.
Tips and tricks for specific living spaces:
Living Room & Dining Room
Keep it simple, choose sheer finishing to allow sunlight to wash over this main space. Both rooms should have a certain theme that ties these two areas together.
Yoga or Gym Room
Directional and easy to maintain, blinds or roller blinds is recommended.
Tea, Relaxation or Wine Room
Sheer layer blinds are good to soften light and provide clean tone down relax ambience compare to loose hanging drape. Add the light control function will give flexibility to control the views based on time of the day.
Blinds that has flexibility for adjustment of light at different time of day.
Combination of sheer and opaque drapery curtains or blinds would be good. Opaque fabric will darken the room for better sleeps during the day or late raiser. It can be layered with a sheer for softness to let sunlight flood in the room at other time.
Look for child safe product and simple design for clean feel.
Roller screen or sheer or single layer of drapery curtains is great to create softness as well as to give privacy whenever the room is occupied.
Complete darkness is recommended for space that uses projectors or tv screen. Thicker and wider waves option of drapery curtains as it able to block off lights coming from the window edge/side.
Must be functional and easy to maintain; able to wipe and clean typed of blinds or roller blinds as kitchen may have oily residues/dirt in the long term and may stain on certain fabric window treatment.
Roller blinds with waterproof properties, that could be cleaned.
Drapery curtains in two layer or single layer of semi-sheer material to allow light into the room as well as to maximise light in the space if windows are limited.
What are your sources of idea or reference for selection of product or fabrics?
There are many resources in the market. When come to drapery the fabric texture and fold are important. But drapery has limited functions compare to blinds. Blinds have many functions and are great products to work with. It saves space on the window and does not look messy. Blinds are easier to maintain. You can get many ideas from internet, especially from Hunter Douglas. Most important is to provide solution for the space or room.