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How to Make Large Windows Work for You  

Posted: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 | Filed under: commercial window treatments, Shading systems
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Window Treatments

If you have recently bought a home or rented an apartment with big windows, there are a number of challenges that come with them that you may or may not look forward to tackling. From privacy concerns to overall décor, these are but two issues you need to deal with once you have signed on the dotted line and you have unloaded all of your belongings. Thankfully, there are quite a few workarounds you can implement pretty easily.

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Window Treatments that Work Well in Offices and Commercial Buildings

Posted: Saturday, March 15th, 2014 | Filed under: commercial window treatments, floor to ceiling windows, window treatments
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Whether you are a small business owner moving into a new space, or a mid-sized business owner who is considering redesigning their office space, choosing window treatments for an office setting can be a challenge.  Design professionals who have an extensive background in office and commercial design will be able to determine what is best for your space from both a functional and a decorative perspective.

Some of the questions that a professional commercial decorator will ask you may include: Read more »

Environmentally Friendly Window Shades At Work

Posted: Friday, July 19th, 2013 | Filed under: commercial window treatments, Green shading, Greener living
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Office Window Shades

Tech companies are often considered to be at the forefront of both new technology and new design, and many of them are now putting that expertise to work.  Building a new commercial business space allows them to showcase their knowledge of aesthetics and many are opting to combine aesthetics with a “greener” approach.

Firms like Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google all working on corporate redesigns for their headquarters, and there is one thing that they are all placing a great deal of importance on – windows.  Amazon, which is revamping its Seattle Campus with not one, but three 37-story office towers, has one very notable design element, three interconnected nearly 100-foot high domes with self-sustaining ecologies within.  This space, which will essentially be a biodome, will have office space, meeting rooms and dining areas, all surrounded by self-sustaining ecologies.  Read more »

Commercial Window Treatment Ideas

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Business office Shading

Commercial decorating can be challenging, especially in an office environment, but decorating and adding window treatments can help transform your workspace to portray a certain message (if that’s what you’re trying to do). There are a few different options and ideas to consider for your office space:

Modern/Contemporary Look: It has become more common for offices to go with the modern look. Any contemporary look which makes your space feel more fresh. Modern window treatments can be anything from roller shades to folding shades and beyond. What many commercial properties are doing, especially in New York City is incorporating motorized roller shades into their offices. Since many building in NYC have glass walls, this brings in a lot of light (and heat). Roller shades are a great option for solar control and give the clean, minimal look modern styles are after.  Using a seamless, motorized roller shade against your glass windows gives a contemporary, clean, business-like feel to your office. There are many options, styles and fabrics available if you’re looking to customize as well. More recently, many manufacturers have begun offering “green” fabrics as well.

Depending on your commercial space, you can really choose from any window treatment, but motorized shades have become very popular over the last few years. Motorized shades are very convenient and can allow you to open and close your window treatments at the touch of a button. Luckily, most window treatments, including roller shades, blackout shades and others shades offer that customizable option.

Blackout: Many museums, universities and other large businesses have chosen partial offices and spaces to use blackout shades. Hotels also customize their draperies to include a blackout panel as well. Commercial blackout shades are used throughout business across the country, and are very popular in NYC spaces. Depending on our business “look” and style, choose from a variety of window treatments including draperies, honeycomb shades, folding shades and more.

Should I Install Skylight Blinds?

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Skylight Blinds

Skylight Blinds

Skylight blinds are an easy way to control light and heat entering your home or office. Although skylights are a great way to allow natural light in, sometimes the heat and glare may become bothersome. Installing skylight blinds on your windows can help give you control of when to open and close your window blinds.

Skylight blinds and shades are made by a variety of manufacturers including Lutron, Mechoshade, Hunter Douglas and many more. With the range of options you have, skylight blinds can be customized for your irregular or traditional sized windows.

If you’re in New York City or other busy cities with constant light entering your home, consider room darkening or even blackout shades for your skylights. With the variety of fabric choices and window treatment options (folding shades, cellular shades, etc.), you can build your own.

Installing skylight blinds can be tricky, especially if you’re considering blackout shades, so hiring a professional may be in your best interest. Depending on the style or type of skylight blinds, you need to install them accurately for them to work in the ways you need.

Skylight blinds are also offered in motorized options, giving you the ability to open and close your window blinds with ease and as quick as 1, 2, 3. Motorized skylight blinds also eliminate any dangling cords or strings that may be distracting or hanging in the middle of the room. Motorized shades are always a simple solution, but might not be as cost effective as manual. Depending on your budget, both options provide great shading control for skylight blinds and shades.