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Role of Windows in Modern Architecture

Posted: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 | Filed under: modern window treatments, Skylight Shades, Solar Shades
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Modern ArchitectureCharacterized by light-filled interiors, clear views of structural elements, and clean and simple interiors, modern architecture continues to influence home design.  While contemporary architecture refers to home designs that relate to the present time, modern architecture is a specific movement whose early roots date to the turn of the 20th century.  Architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright influenced later pioneers of the style including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius, who founded the Bauhaus.  Modern architecture became popular during the mid-century and continues to be used for residential, institutional, and corporate buildings today.
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Tips for Adding Light to a Dark Apartment

Posted: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 | Filed under: interior design, natural light, nyc apartment, Roller Shades, Solar Shades
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Apartment Lighting
With space at a premium in NYC, many apartment residents face the challenge of adding light to a dark space.  When natural light is maximized, rooms feel more spacious and comfortable.  Following are tips for adding light to a dark apartment.
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How to Make a Small Apartment Feel Bigger

Posted: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 | Filed under: interior design, natural light, nyc apartment, Solar Shades
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Apartment Window Shades
One of the most common questions asked by New York apartment residents is how to make a small space feel bigger.  The choice of color scheme and furnishings that are part of your interior design concept can make a small space feel either claustrophobic or spacious.  Window treatments and lighting are other design elements that make a big impact in a tiny apartment.
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What Are Clutch Mechanisms in Window Shades?

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Blockout shades, Solar Shades, window shading
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P1050337Have you ever seen window blinds that have been lowered, but they’re not completely horizontal? They’re just a little bit off, just a little bit angled, which can ruin the look of your window treatments, and if you’re sensitive to things being out of place can be very annoying? As cheap window blinds age, they may become more difficult to raise and lower to a level position, and if you experience this window blind problem, you’re likely interested in eliminating it once and for all. (And keep in mind that sometimes window blinds just don’t get level at all, which you may have stopped noticing, but visitors to your home notice right away!) Read more »

Choosing Sheer Window Shades for the Home

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Sheer shades for the window

Sheer Window Shades

Shades can be thought of as a way to keep the world out of our homes.  But some of us like to enjoy letting the world into our home.  Sheer shades are one of the many ways that you can achieve this.  New types of sheer shading and new materials offer an even wider array of choices in determining exactly how much of the outside world you want to bring into your home.  Expanded choices in sheer window shades also open up a whole new world of design options.

Sheer shades are different than regular shades in that they (typically) will combine some of the qualities of blinds with that of solar shades.  Sheer shades can allow you to “open” or “close” the shades, varying the amount of daylight that comes into your rooms.  One helpful tip when deciding on what type of sheer shading will work best with your room, the slats that you can maneuver open or shut in a sheer shade come in varying widths.  Keep in mind that smaller widths mean that when the shade is “open” your views will be impeded by more lines from the turned slats.  Wider slats allow for a less interrupted view.  Read more »