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Interior Design Color Trends for 2016

Posted: Thursday, December 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Color Design, interior design, modern window treatments, window treatments
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Interior Design 2016As opposed to times that were ruled by strict trends, 2016 is a year when anything goes as far as color in the home.  Whether they are incorporated through floral fabrics, solids, or any pattern you can imagine, there are a wide range of colors that have been appearing in designer showrooms.  Since window treatments such as draperies, roman shades, blinds, and other styles are a key component of any room’s décor, it is worth taking a look at two color trends that will be influencing paint colors, furniture options, and home accessories in the year ahead.
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Window Covering Design Trends for Home Gyms

Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 | Filed under: Home Design, interior design, modern window treatments, window treatments
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Window Home GymSpecialized rooms like home gyms are a luxury that can make it easier to fit an exercise regimen in your lifestyle.  Whether you have a large room with multiple machines, a minimal space for yoga, or an opulent room with a sauna or shower area, there are special considerations when it comes to selecting the best window coverings for this area of the home. Read more »

Featured Project: HL23, the New Face of the High Line

Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2012 | Filed under: blackout shades, motorized window treatments, Roller Shades
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HL23

HL23

The High Line 23 is the newest addition to the buildings of Chelsea, overlooking High Line Park and West Manhattan. However the HL23 is anything but just a building. The 14-floor complex, created by Neil Denari and his team of architects, which boasts 9 full-floor residences, a duplex penthouse, and a two-floor maisonette, has become a sort of avant-garde landmark on the High Line. Created with minimal space, the HL23 virtually expands in width as it increases in height through the use of sharp geometric shapes. A curving stainless steel exterior covers the east façade, giving a three-dimensional appearance that changes and plays with the sunlight.

The dramatic effect is increased with unusual trapezoid-shaped windows with a bottom up slope. The north and south sides use large spandrel-free windows to evoke freedom and spaciousness in every apartment and the eleven by six feet panels offer a panoramic view of the city. Shading Systems provided the HL23 Condominiums with its single-panel, custom motorized roller flat shades from Mechoshade. Like the windows, the shades slope in bottoms up or top down configurations.

With a bizarre exterior comes a varied interior. Designed by interior architect Thomas Juul-Hansen, the custom designs parallels the exterior’s bold contemporary look while maintaining open space. The lower floors have flat floor-to-ceiling windows while the higher floors have tilted glass walls as the width of the building increases, creating a trapezoidal shape.

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The HL23 has been receiving much hype since practically the moment of its conception. In 2008, it was recognized for its architectural contribution to the city with a full floor exhibition held at the Museum of the City of New York entitled “New York Fast Forward: Neil Denari Builds on the High Line”. It also received the SARA NY 2010 Visionary Architecture Award and was featured in an architecture and fashion exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA. Currently the building is seeking a LEED Gold Certification.

It is clear that this new attraction is only beginning to leave its mark on the High Line. Unlike any other building in proximity, the High Line 23 entertains spectators and passersby with the mechanical steel exterior that manages to evoke a retro post-modern feel as it surrounds the wildflowers and tranquil grounds of the High Line gardens. With its cutting edge geometric elements and creative design, the High Line 23 is giving New Yorkers and the people of Chelsea something new to look at.

Window Treatments for Large Windows

Posted: Thursday, October 13th, 2011 | Filed under: interior design, modern window treatments, window treatments
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Sometimes choosing window treatments for large windows in your home can be challenging. Certain material (such as wood blinds) can become heavy if you’re opening and closing constantly. Other materials (such as draperies) can also pose challenges if you need function as well as style in your window treatments. Large windows can be hard to style with window treatments, so make sure you’re adding function and style considerations to your choices.

Vertical window treatments such as vertical blinds usually work best with wider windows, adding height to a room. Horizontal blinds such as cellular shades work best on taller windows to enhance the casual décor. You can maneuver horizontal blinds based on the amount of sunlight you want to enter a room, but if your window is wide, it can become difficult to pull strings up and down constantly.

When shopping for large window treatments, keep in mind the size of your window. You’re going to want to cover it, while also still providing privacy (including light control) and functionality. If you have small children and a trying to add window treatments to a large window, consider motorized shades. Since window shades can sometimes be difficult to operate on tall and wide windows, consider motorized shades to make your life easier. Many homeowners in the New York City area have added simplicity to their life by choosing motorized shades for their large windows.

You can add both functionality and style to your room with motorized shades. Many manufacturers have added decorative design fabrics to enhance the looks of their shades. Customize your large window treatments based on your personal style, but keep in mind the challenges large windows pose.

Different Window Treatments for Your Home

Posted: Saturday, September 17th, 2011 | Filed under: interior design, Shading systems, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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You cannot only enhance the look of your home with window treatments, but with the many options available you can add privacy, block/retain the heat and increase the value of your home. With endless options of different types of window coverings and window shades, you can add some personal taste with a touch of style to your home. Some of the popular choices in window treatments today are below:

Window blinds: If considering window blinds for your home, there is a huge variety available. Being one of the most popular options as well as most inexpensive, window blinds can enhance your space. Horizontal blinds are most commonly used for standard sized windows, while vinyl blinds, paper blinds and slat blinds can be customized.

Draperies: For window treatments in New York City and surrounding areas, draperies may be the preferred solar control option. Drapery systems that include both horizontal and vertical are most effective. Maximize the effectiveness of sunlight control and heat with draperies while adding a bit of style to your room.

Shades: Window shades are another option for window treatments in your home. Coming in many different options: folding shades, roller shades, Roman shades and more, you can customize your window coverings to your liking. Folding shades, motorized or not, can meet your shading control needs. Choose to create a bottom-up option or traditional. Roman shades are a type of folding shades that stack up in evenly size panels when the shade is lifted, another option depending on your taste. Roller shades provide many options as well, from fabrics to systems to styles. While providing a minimal look, roller shades control sun, heat and glare while minimizing the bulk.

There are also other options to choose from when deciding on window treatments. Keep in mind the rest of the space and keep the overall look consistent. From window coverings to draperies to window shades, explore your options and choose what works best for you and your home.