~ A Shopper’s Guide ~
Selecting window fashions is often a complicated decorating decision as there are many practical and aesthetic considerations. Here are the questions you need to ask, and better yet, the answers from experts at Hunter Douglas, the nation’s leading manufacturer of custom window fashions:
Is privacy a key factor?
A general rule of thumb is that if you can see out through closed window treatments during the day, others can see in at night. Look for window fashion innovations such as Silhouette® window shadings from Hunter Douglas that that offer a combination of sheer fabric to maintain a view of the outside and rotating fabric vanes for variable light control and privacy both during the day and into the night.
Do you have too much or too little light entering the room?
Light is a great natural resource that can be altered to suit your needs. Window fashions with rotating vanes or louvers can be used to direct light where it’s needed most. Newer products like Pirouette® window shadings feature rotating vanes attached to a sheer fabric backing that actually draws softly diffused light deeper into the room. For media rooms and bedrooms, treatments that
provide maximum room darkening are a good choice.
Remember that while sunlight can beautifully illuminate a space, it also gives off heat and harmful UV Rays. Products like new Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades feature a
patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design that significantly reduces heat transfer at the
window while providing superior UV protection. They are the first and only window shades to qualify for The Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency without add-on insulation systems.