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.
We’re all familiar with the old adage of never judging a book by its cover. And that sentiment is certainly true when it comes to Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades because behind the beautiful drapery lies two features that are truly innovative in design, making these blinds multi-dimensional.
The Simplicity Of A Roller Shade, Plus Energy Efficiency
At first glance, you could easily think the Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades are nothing more than simple designer roller blinds. But there’s more to it than meets the eye, one where innovation and design come together to create a new experience.
This unique and surprising roller window shade is actually crafted from two layers of fabric, whose softly curved contours diffuse light and create a soft glow within your room. And what’s more, that undetectable second layer provides added insulation, making these cellular shades energy-efficient.
Energy Efficiency – Our proprietary cellular construction provides an energy-efficient layer that insulates your home in the winter and cools it down in the summer, providing a far more effective temperature control solution to that of traditional roller window shades.
Ease of Use – Sonnette shades is available with the LiteRise® cordless operating system, by which you can control your blinds with the touch of a finger. Alternatively, you could opt for SoftTouch™ Motorization, a unique battery-powered system that comes with a simple and intuitive wand-controlled operation. Both these systems are completely cord-free, making it ideal for homes with young children.
For the ultimate in convenience, PowerView® Motorization enables you to schedule your shades to open and close automatically using the PowerView App on your mobile device.
Colour Options – We understand that window roller blinds can be more than just a functional element. We also know that people’s tastes and preferred styles vary. We have created four fabric collections that include many beautiful colours, ranging from popular whites and neutrals to more vibrant tones. Not only that, but we also have semi-opaque and room-darkening options, both of which, when combined with the numerous fabric options, offer enough of a variety to suit your needs.
Most of us are familiar with blinds. More often than not in our offices, creating a welcome screen from the glare or heat from outside. Functional pieces of soft furnishings, their cords often get in the way. But it is also true that not all blinds are created equal.
Imagine a set of blinds that is uniform, has no exposed rear cords, and that can be created as contoured or with flat-fabric folds. We’ve eliminated all those fiddly issues from the standard blinds, and created Roman window blinds that are flawless, and modern. Now, in your mind’s eye, imagine the perfect Roman gracing the windows in your home.
The Modern Roman Window Blinds
Our blinds combine the soft look of fabric folds, the convenience of a conventional blind, and ease of operation. Stacking smoothly and evenly when raised, our Roman window blinds can bring an elegant look to your home, be it traditional, or contemporary and relaxed.
With consistent folds and no exposed rear cords, your windows stay uncluttered, ensuring a clean and crisp look to the room. The fabric choices are vast, as are the fold styles, sizes, colours and opacities. This is the perfect alternative to the traditional Roman shade.
The Duolite option fulfils your desire for the best of both worlds – soft, natural light, or soothing darkness. Designed to work on a single roller, this revolutionary design combines a sheer front shade that filters light, with a room-darkening back panel for added privacy. It is day-night convenience at your fingertips.
The Vignette range comes in two different styles:
The Rolling Style – This has a 4” full fold or 6” flat fold, and rolls up into the headrail
The Stacking Style – The fabric stacks neatly beneath a low-profile headrail for shallow mounting depths and is available in a 4” full fold
Premium Sheer – Our new sheer fabric, Leela, comes in six subtle colours, and can be used either as a standalone on the Vignette Modern Roman Shade, or as the front shade fabric in the Duolite option.
Elegance & Style – All Vignette shades retain a consistent, full or flat fold appearance, and require minimal fabric dressing while being raised or lowered. The fabric options are durable, come in exquisite designs, require minimal maintenance, and are easy to clean.
Ease Of Use – Powerview® Motorisation, EasyRiseTM, and UltraGlide® are the operating systems available for use with our Roman window blinds, none of which rely on dangly cords that disrupt the look of your windows.
The ethereal beauty of the light from the rising sun has held humankind in awe for time immemorial. For millennia, when dusk brought the curtain down on our day, dawn signalled the raising of that very curtain. Things have changed, the biggest one being that we have the ability to create and experience light exactly how we want to, but the one constant? The beauty of the rising sun cannot be matched.
Automatic Window Blinds That Move To Your Schedule
Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up to the soothing rays of the morning sun, rather than the often jarring sound of an alarm clock? Or create a comfortable and quiet environment before you went to bed without ever touching your window blinds? While the drawing open or closing of window blinds is simple, technology has added a level of control no manual system can match.
The PowerView® Motorization system has been developed with convenient and varied control of window blinds in mind. This state-of-the-art system was awarded the prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award in 2018, one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design.
From the simplest operation of drawing window coverings open or shut, not only can you operate any window covering independently, but schedule variations to suit your own needs – whether you’re at home or not. After all, it’s your home and your light to control.
Form And Function Rolled Into One
It is said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, but when combined with simplicity and functionality, the combination will be attractive to anyone. There are various options available to programme your window treatments, chief amongst them being the Pebble® Remote Control, voice activation, and the PowerView® App.
Smart Homes For Smart People – Connect your entire home by integrating PowerView® Motorization with your smart-home system. You can store settings for your blinds and access your schedule with the PowerView® App on your phone, or through your wi-fi network. There is no better way to manage your window blinds when you’re home or away.
Voice Activation – Whether you’re in a rush leaving home, or taking it easy on your sofa, voice control lets you open and close your blinds with simple verbal commands to your smart-home system. It’s the ideal hands-free solution to altering the stream of natural light to your home.
So, if you’re looking for solutions to manage the light that brightens your home, our automatic window blinds or remote control blinds, provide just the ticket to come back to the future with.
Honeycombs – one of nature’s most effective patterns – make the most efficient use of space and building materials. Humans began finding uses for this pattern more than 3,000 years ago, though its practical adoption only began just over 100 years ago.
Our designers and engineers knew that almost 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy is lost through windows. They also realized the worth of the honeycomb as a means of improving insulation. After years of research to perfect its design, operation, and manufacture, we launched a path-breaking window covering in 1985. One that still continues to lead the field when it comes to window coverings.
THE ORIGINAL ENERGY-EFFICIENT HONEYCOMB SHADE
When it came to energy efficiency, Duette® Honeycomb Shades were the first window coverings created for homes in both cold and warm climates. The honeycomb construction traps air in distinct pockets, creating insulation that helps keep your house warm in winter, and cool in summer, helping lower energy consumption and hence, your energy bills. Our latest innovation, Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades, features a double honeycomb design for even greater energy efficiency.
The benefits of the Duette® Honeycomb Shades aren’t just restricted to energy efficiency and the diffusion of light.
Premium Design & Style – Tastes and preferences of our customers vary, as do the expectations of leading architects and interior designers. So whether you’re planning a classic or contemporary look, we have a suite of exclusive design-inspired fabrics, textures, colors, and hardware that will more than meet your needs, while enhancing interiors, providing comfort, light diffusion, and privacy.
Ultimate Versatility – Windows come in many shapes. We’re all familiar with square and rectangular-shaped windows, but include arches, quarter circles, circles, hexagons, and octagons. Our signature Duette® Honeycomb Shades offers an expansive selection of cellular pleat sizes, opacities, colors, textures, and operating systems. And if you happen to have a skylight, we have solutions for that too.
The Best Of Both Worlds – An innovation yet to be surpassed, the Duette Duolite® combines two fabrics – one light filtering, the other room darkening – in a single shade, providing the ideal option for regulating light and privacy.
Room Darkening—The LightLock™ system, the newest innovation from Duette is the first operating system to offer unparalleled darkness. So whether you want to watch your TV with no harsh glare reflecting off it, or you like to sleep in total darkness, our unique side-channel design absorbs or deflects nearly all light from seeping into the room.
Durability – All our high-performing fabrics are UV-protected, making them resistant to fading, and will maintain their crisp, neat pleats over time. Additionally, fabrics can be anti-static, dust- and moisture-resistant too, maintaining their beauty for years to come.
Vertical Application – Not all windows are made equal. Glass doors and French windows may require vertical coverings, or perhaps extra insulation. The Duette Vertiglide™ operating system is the answer, and it uses the same fabrics as your horizontal Duette shades. Use one shade to cover the entire expanse of sliding windows, or, cover the door with a split-stack Vertiglide shade, with each side operating independently.
Sound Absorption – Noise pollution is increasingly a feature in the modern world. Duette® Honeycomb Shades absorb up to 80% of sound energy – improving your room’s acoustics while reducing the intensity of outside sound – creating a more quiet, tranquil space.
In offices the world over, roller blinds are a popular choice of window covering due to its versatility, practicality, and affordability. As the name suggests, these blinds are made from a continuous panel of fabric or material that rolls up, and when raised, isn’t visible to the naked eye. Such blinds come in a variety of fabrics and styles and work in any setting – home or office, shop or restaurant – and with almost any décor.
Given that roller blinds come in many different types, the big question is the type that best meets your needs. Traditional Roller Blinds, or roller screen shades? Popular for their sleek look and flexibility, extensive fabric colours and designs, and multiple light-filtering options, including blackout roller blinds, the choice is yours.
For rooms that get a lot of sun, the option of roller blind offers a tremendous advantage over curtains exist. These offer excellent UV protection while maintaining the view of your surroundings. Coverings like the Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades combine the energy-efficient construction of a cellular shade with the clean lines of a std roller blind, giving you the best of both worlds
Sheers, opaques, patterns, textures, and colours – there are plenty of choices for you. We have hundreds of fabrics and as well as top and bottom treatments – including fabric pelmets – enabling you to customize blinds that fit almost any application.
Even more versatile is our innovative system that combines two blinds on a single headrail. With Roller Blinds, fabrics of different opacities can be combined to achieve varying degrees of light control. Using Roller Blinds with motorization in combination with our sun control devices will not only offer you a seamless experience but also superior solar heat control.
Whether your design sensibilities are modern or traditional, these blinds work extremely well due to their clean, neutral appearance. When installed behind the curtains in your room, they add style and an extra layer of privacy. And if you have a beautiful view, enjoy it in its entirety, because when raised, the blinds disappear completely into the headrail.
The really great thing about such blinds is that they can be mounted a number of ways. An inside mount highlights your windows, while an outside mount covers the window frames.
With its clean, modern look, light-control options, a multitude of designs and fabric choices that can be customized to fit all sorts of window sizes and styles, roller blinds could be the solution you’re looking for. Features like the dual-roller option and innovative lifting systems allow for even more flexibility. And best of all? Roller blinds are easy to clean and just as easy to maintain.
Using Roller Blinds with motorization in combination with our sun control devices will not only offer you a seamless experience but also superior solar heat control.
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.