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Window Covering Ideas for Specialty Shaped Windows

Many homes are adorned with a variety of decorative windows to add interest to the home’s architecture both inside and out.  Odd shaped windows like angled windows, ovals, trapezoids, octagon shaped, arches of every configuration, including the circular window, make window coverings a challenge.  Many homeowners may consider leaving these windows free of window coverings. However, due to light control and UV concerns many consider covering these specialty windows.  There are a few options and, depending on if you need it to open and close your window coverings, your selections are even slightly more limited.

Vinyl or Wood Shutters

NewStyle hybrid circular shutters by hunter douglas
NewStyle® Hybrid Circular Shutters

The most common specialty shaped window covering with the ability to function is the vinyl or wood shutter.  Most angles, circles and arches can have an operating shutter custom built for them.  It may differ how the panels are hinged and there may be a few things to consider with the frames. However, when you are working with a window covering specialist the options should be set out clearly.  Shutters add architectural interest and value to your home therefore a shutter is an excellent option to consider.

View more Arched Window Treatments at HunterDouglas.ca

Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Hunter Douglas Duette for odd shaped windows
Hunter Douglas Duette®

Another alternative to the shutter that may provide the option to function is the honeycomb shade such as the Hunter Douglas Duette®.  This specific arched shaped honeycomb – the Duette Easyview Arch®,  can have the ability to lower and raise with its ingenious design that allows you to lower and raise the blind up and down by sliding a small tab on the bottom supporting rail (although there are limitations in size restrictions).  The honeycomb is also a popular option for many angled windows as it can be raised and lowered depending on the size of the angle.  Some specialty shaped windows can utilize the honeycomb shade however due to the shape or the specification required some shades may be in the stationary closed position.

 Hunter Douglas Silhouette®

Hunter Douglas Silhouette Angled Window Treatments Blinds
Hunter Douglas Silhouette®

Another option for a unique window shape is the Hunter Douglas Silhouette® – these are in a stationary position, however you can choose if you would like the Silhouette in the open or closed fabric vane position.  This can provide you with UV control as well as privacy depending on your final choices while transforming the room with diffused light.

Hunter Douglas window shadings Pirouette
Hunter Douglas Pirouette®

Hunter Douglas Pirouette® and Vignette® also offer solutions for your specialty shaped windows.  Both these products would be in a fully closed stationary position, but it would allow you to treat your oval, trapezoid or quarter circle shaped window the same as other windows in the room.

Hunter Douglas modern roman shades vignette
Hunter Douglas Vignette® for Arched Windows

Imagine your feature windows accentuated with customized drapery if these shade-style options do not suit your interior or esthetics.  Drapery can add softness and elegance to any room and depending on the windows specialty shape you can create more drama to these features by using decorative tiebacks for angled drapery rods or you can add volume and luxury to the arched shaped windows with drapery tied back at a high angle.

Hunter Douglas modern roman shades vignette
Hunter Douglas Vignette® for Angled Windows

Specialty shaped windows can transform the architecture of your home – with the addition of window coverings to accentuate the uniqueness of the window you can add even more drama to your home.  There are many factors to consider when making your final decision, however specialty shaped window coverings can add texture, architectural detail and a personal style statement.

View more Hunter Douglas Window Coverings for Specialty Shaped Windows

For custom window covering solutions for your Cochrane & Calgary home, contact Kirstin today!

How to Keep Your Blinds & Window Coverings Looking New

Dusty homes in Calgary, Alberta need special attention to keep blinds and window coverings clean.

Let’s face it – we live in a dusty province and this can be a challenge when trying to keep our blinds and shades looking fresh. Pollutants, dust and insects can settle on your blinds and this can trigger asthma, allergies or just plain untidiness.

Follow these tips to help your window coverings look like they were just installed, however please keep in mind to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance.

Woods, Faux Wood or Aluminum Venetians

how to clean wood blinds, aluminum or faux wood blindsWe love our slatted blinds in this area, but these are the dustiest culprits of them all. Using a microfiber cloth, you can close the slats and wipe each slat down. You can reverse the tilt and then get the other side. For the aluminum blinds, you may find it easier to use a vacuum with an upholstery brush, especially if they have not been cleaned for a length of time.

Real Wood blinds are treated like furniture – a simple wipe with your dusting cloth when you dust your furniture will keep them beautiful for years to come.

Drapery and Curtains

How to clean drapes, drapery and curtains in Calgary. Always follow the manufacturers instructions for cleaning, for many designer fabrics cannot be washed as they will lose their finish. A light vacuum with the upholstery brush especially along the top of the pleats will help repel any dust. Alternately, after removing the hooks, you could put the curtains in the dryer on air tumble depending on the pleat and design of the drapery.

If it is custom drapery use extra caution and check with your designer. If you need to spot wash it, test an inconspicuous area first to ensure that the fabric won’t change color and try putting the cleaner on the cloth and dab the spot.

Rollers and Honeycombs

How to clean honey comb shades and roller blinds in Calgary, Alberta.These are the easiest to maintain and keep clean. Simply using them will repel any dust settling on them. A light vacuum a few times a year will keep these window coverings fresh.

The cellular shades can be spot cleaned using a stain-buster cloth or a light baby wipe. You could also consider having these professionally cleaned by a company that used ultrasonic cleaning methods. Please be sure to check the business’s methods of cleaning before approving their services.

Silhouettes and Pirouettes

How to clean silhouettes and pirouettes These delicate beauties will require extra caution when insects go into the pirouettes or the silhouettes vanes. A hair dryer on cool, compressed air or a vacuum on blow can take out closer insects. But, if your blind is extra wide and the pesky bug is in the center, try getting a smooth pole with sticky tape on it and ever so gently insert it in the vane while someone helps you hold the shade out and still.

Take extra caution not to snag the sheer as this will cause permanent damage. This is not the best scenario; however, it is an option to consider if you cannot get them professionally cleaned.

With regular cleaning and a quick wipe or light vacuum your blinds and shades can look new for years to come. Simply exercising them will repel some dust and pollutants off and also allows you to enjoy them!

The Best Blackout Blinds from Hunter Douglas for 2016

Spring and summer bring on the long summer nights that can be troublesome for those people who need the room dark to sleep.  Whether it be a newborn, young child or an adult needing darkness to sleep, there are window covering options to provide room darkening or room dimming effects.  It is important to note that room darkening blinds are not all created equal.  To this end, we will discuss some of the details to consider when choosing a room darkening window covering and this includes a recommended list of a few choice products from Hunter Douglas that provide ample light control and design options.

Honeycomb shades, such as these ones from Hunter Douglas Canada, provide a great solution as a large window covering.

The best room darkening blind is the honeycomb or cellular.  The mylar in the cellular construction makes the blind completely opaque; that is, no light penetrates through the fabric of the blind.  The cellular will provide the tightest fit in your window as well because the deductions are minimal and the fabric will go to the edge of the moving rails. Light has a way of creeping everywhere, so you will have a glow of light around the perimeter of your window.  The room darkening cellular will also give you the option of cordless and “top down bottom up” so they are a perfect option for excellent versatility in function and the variety of colors lends itself to any interior design.

Roller shades provide an elegant and functional solution to larger windows and patio doors, perfect for the Calgary home owner.

Another room darkening blind is the roller shade.  This is best as an outside mount as it has a light gap on each side due to the operating mechanism, preventing the fabric from going to the edge of your window trim.  The fabric can be opaque making it a good consideration for room darkening as an outside mount – meaning that it is mounted on the wall above the window trim.  If you prefer a cleaner look of an inside mount, which most do, you could look at mounting room darkening curtains on the side to block the light.

The silhouette A-Deux or the Silhouette Duolite is a fairly new room darkening window covering option combining the beauty of an elegant silhouette with a room darkening roller shade that can operate separately from the silhouette.  This provides very good light control, however there is still a large glow on the edge due to the light gap on the sides.  However, for those that can withstand a bit of light this is an excellent option providing versatility and elegance.

A photo of Hunter Douglas Solera model, an example of custom Roman Shades that help block out excessive sunlight.

 

Perhaps you would like to have a room darkening blind that provides more softness and this would lead you to the Vignette or perhaps a lined Roman Shade.  The fabric will act as drapery for your window and provide you with a dressier finish to your interior without compromising the room darkening qualities.

One can also add room darkening curtains to each window treatment to provide more light control and custom drapery options can be almost limitless with the many fabrics to choose from.  Changing the pleated style of the drapery will allow you to personalize this treatment to your interior.

If you are looking for blackout blinds and curtains in the Cochrane and Calgary area, call Blind Infusion today! Make the most of your night’s sleep by ensuring that you choose the right types of blinds for your home’s decor and provide the optimal amount of light control from room to room. For more information contact Kirstin at 403-801-6434 or by email through our contact us page.

Why Choose a Specialist for Custom Window Coverings?

Calgary and Cochrane home owners have a lot of choices when it comes to deciding on where to purchase window coverings for the new home, renovation or minor project.  It can be daunting and overwhelming where to even start to look, which online sources you can trust or what do-it-yourself store to conquer and try to get assistance.  It is a common misconception that custom window coverings are not within their do it yourself budget.  However, professional window coverings specialists can often meet any budget.  Beyond budget concerns, one should also consider other reasons to discuss your window covering needs with a professional who can help you from start to finish.

A window covering specialist it simply that – a specialist.  When you discuss your window coverings with someone you have chosen to invite into your home, make sure you trust their advice – are they asking you questions about your lifestyle and needs, are they considering your interior style and colour preferences, is child safety top of mind?  Do they have product knowledge that is top notch and are their samples current?

Installation of Custom Window Coverings in Calgary & Cochrane

Once you are comfortable with the specialist you have chosen to work with there are many other reasons to continue to do work with a custom window covering dealer.  A true specialist is going to make sure that you have the right product in your home.  Can you automate top down bottom up honeycombs, which products will provide the least amount of light gap at the sides for room darkening, which are more insulated and heat-efficient would you like options that provide view through to the outside such as a solar shade…so many options to consider with a variety of products that may or MAY NOT work in your window.  A specialist with an eye for detail will also look for mounting depth requirements, window obstructions such as window locks and whether an outside mount will serve your needs better.

A custom blinds specialist will provide a professional measurement as well.  Every product fits differently in your window and a knowledgeable dealer will be aware of the different deductions and how to ensure a proper fit.  Furthermore, the certified installers to install the product in your window will make sure that everything is fitting as it should and show you how to use the product.  For example, an automated window covering will require a quick lesson on programming and how to use the remote or wall switch.

An example of a custom drapes installation by Blind Infusion in a Calgary area home.

Custom window coverings will also have a warranty.  You have invested time and money into this decision, it is wise to look at the warranty options.  If you purchase from a do it yourself store how will you go about obtaining warranty service?  With a custom window covering dealer rest assured your product will have a one to five year warranty if it is not limited lifetime.  This will be discussed at the time of your consultation.  Knowing that your purchase will provide years of enjoyment provides peace of mind for years to come.

Choose a dedicated, local window coverings specialist in the Calgary & Cochrane area. Call Kirstin at Blind Infusion to discuss your custom blinds and window treatment needs!

Top Choices of Window Coverings for Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding Glass doors, Garden doors, Atrium Doors all seem to pose an overwhelming window covering issue for Calgary and Cochrane home owners.  We love our Patio doors to maximize our light, however they do cause a stumbling block when it comes to covering them with blinds.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical Blinds are a traditional choice for Calgary and Cochrane homes that have large windows and patio doors, such as sliding doors.

The most traditional, yet perhaps the more dated solution is to consider vertical blinds.  Although these now come in fabulous fabric prints and textures there are other options to look at.  If you prefer a vertical solution, or one that is drawn across the sliding glass doors, another modern option is Hunter Douglas Skyline®.  The panels glide over a minimal track to prevent obtrusive projection into the room and come in two sizes – 11 ½” or 17”.  Although these panels do not tilt open like their old friend the vertical, they do offer versatility in light control with the varying choices in light filtering fabrics, including solar screens which can allow some view through to the outside of the home.

Vertical Vanes

Luminette Sheers from Hunter Douglas for sliding doors in Calgary and Cochrane.

If you would like the option of tilting the vanes you could look more closely at the Hunter Douglas Luminette®.    Their vertical vanes that can rotate are set in between sheers for maximum light control and privacy.  This also allows home owners to have UV protection when the vanes are tilted open and the Luminette is drawn closed over the window.

Horizontal Blinds

Honeycomb shades, such as these ones from Hunter Douglas Canada, provide a great solution as a large window covering.

A very common solution to patio doors and garden doors is to consider the door as a window – that is to install shades or blinds that move horizontally and stack at the top.  This is a perfect solution for the garden doors, however, contact your window covering specialist for mounting requirements to clear the screen obstruction. There are a few great horizontal options, two being the honeycomb shade and the roller shade.  This is mainly due to their neat and tidy stack that is very minimal when the blind is drawn up.  This allows traffic flow out the doors and excellent light coverage or privacy when the blinds are drawn closed.  It will be important to look at cordless options for child safety in a high traffic area and automation may also be worth considering.

Roller shades provide an elegant and functional solution to larger windows and patio doors, perfect for the Calgary home owner.

For more information, take a closer look at Hunter Douglas’ window treatment solutions (http://www.hunterdouglas.com/patio-door-and-sliding-glass-door-treatments).

Need help with finding the right solution for the sliding glass doors and larger windows in your Cochrane and Calgary home? Call Kirstin at (403) 801-6434 for a free consultation for all of your window covering needs! 

Hunter Douglas Calgary - Receive a $250 rebate when you purchase 4 Silhouette® units with UltraGlide® and a $500 rebate when you purchase 4 Silhouette® Shades with PowerView™ Effective from January 1st to April 30th, 2016 

How to Save Energy & Money with the Right Window Coverings in Calgary

Did you know that up to to 50% of your heating and cooling energy can be lost through your windows?
If you’re looking for ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money on your heating and cooling bills, you’ll want to check out this free report by Blinds specialist, Kirstin.

Download this free PDF report:
Blinds, Window Coverings & Energy Efficiency in Calgary

In this concise report, Kirstin outlines some key areas of concern for home owners in the Calgary & Cochrane areas, who must contend with Alberta’s harsh climate and strong UV rays year-round.

Learn which blind offers the most energy efficiency and highest R-Value rating, the benefits of the “solar shade” and how to automate your blinds so you can “set it and forget it” using the latest technology that makes your home smarter and quite simply more efficient.

When homeowners are faced with a downturn in the economy and extreme season changes, they need to consider these factors when choosing the best blinds for their homes. In this free report, Kirstin will help you save energy and money, year after year.

For a free consultation on how to improve your Calgary & Area home’s window treatments and save energy and money in the process, call Kirstin today at 403.801.6434

Hunter Douglas Calgary - Receive a $250 rebate when you purchase 4 Silhouette® units with UltraGlide® and a $500 rebate when you purchase 4 Silhouette® Shades with PowerView™ Effective from January 1st to April 30th, 2016 

Receive up to a $500 rebate on Hunter Douglas Silhouette Blinds in Calgary, Cochrane & Area

Receive a $250 or $500 Rebate from Hunter Douglas Until April 30th, 2016

Hunter Douglas Calgary - Receive a $250 rebate when you purchase 4 Silhouette® units with UltraGlide® and a $500 rebate when you purchase 4 Silhouette® Shades with PowerView™  Effective from January 1st to April 30th, 2016 


Discover the Convenience of
UltraGlide®

ultraglide-hunter-douglasUltraGlide® by Hunter Douglas is a retractable cord mechanism that allows the raising and lowering of the window blind. By keeping the cord a constant length, there are never any long, dangling cords to inhibit the appearance or safety of the window treatment in your home. This is ideal for pet and child safety.

Silhouette®Shadings feature the UltraGlide 2 Click and Walk Away™ system that automatically opens the vanes when completely lowered.

Introducing PowerView™ Motorization

powerview-hunter-douglas-calgaryLooking for the latest technology in window treatments beyond great looks and high quality, long-lasting design? Hunter Douglas Canada now offers a revolutionary automated system that automatically adjusts your shades throughout your home, so you don’t have to keep adjusting them by hand, multiple times a day.

If you are looking for beautiful and intelligent modern window covering ideas, then look no further than Hunter Douglas! Their award-winning innovation with PowerView has brought automatic blinds to a whole new level. Combine this with the simple elegance of the Hunter Douglas SilhouetteTM series and you have a stunning and intelligent combination of function and design in your home.

Imagine having blinds for your Calgary home that anticipates your needs and adjusts automatically throughout the day’s changing light, allowing for the right ambiance morning, noon and night.

Simply program PowerView to adjust your window treatments to exactly as you’d like them and control the schedule right from your mobile device using the PowerView App; Beauty and convenience combined!

PowerViewTM Features and Benefits

  • Remote Control Blinds – Control PowerView remotely through the PowerView App or a “Pebble” remote control
  • The PowerView Pebble easily pre-sets your automatic blinds and operates up to 6 different window treatment groups with a click of a button.
  • Choose to control different aspects of your Calgary home’s window coverings using an advanced display screen to preview and select room scenes that include a variety of shades and shade positions that you have programmed in.
  • Find the right color combination of Pebble to match your Silhouette shades from one of seven beautiful colours. You can even wall mount the control using the PowerView Surface Mount

Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shades with PowerViewTM Responds to YOUR Schedule

powerview-remote-hunter-douglasIf you’re looking specifically for motorized blinds, then why not choose the intelligent kind that you can schedule to activate and respond on specific days and times?

Choose Hunter Douglas Automated Blinds and co-ordinate with the ever-changing sunrise and sunset times as seasons change.

Not Home to make changes to your settings? Use the RemoteConnectTM feature via the Web to operate your shades anywhere in the world using your smartphone or tablet and an internet connection.

PowerView extends the convenience of cordless functionality found in many of Hunter Douglas’ window treatments across Canada.

Most PowerView window treatments are battery-powered. This allows for easy installation, operation and maintenance. The battery pack is hidden and remains unobtrusive to the overall look of your window treatments.

 There are so many types of blinds to choose from, where does one start?

It is always best to start the process by talking with an experienced window covering expert who can guide you seamlessly through the process.

Ready for the Convenience and Intelligent design found in the combination of Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shades with PowerView in Cochrane and Calgary, Alberta?

Contact your local Hunter Douglas Calgary connection, Blind Infusion, a custom blind company and Hunter Douglas dealer. With our extensive experience, we can help you through the entire process from an in-home consultation to certified installation.

Remember, this rebate is only good until April 30th, 2016, so book today!

 

Kirstin Hogg, Cochrane blinds at Blind InfusionCustom Window Coverings Calgary, Cochrane & Area

Call Kirstin Today for Your Free Consultation!

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