Archive for the ‘Roller Shades’ Category
Friday, August 8th, 2014
It’s summer, it’s hot, the sun is glaring, and the energy bill is high. We are all looking for relief from smoldering summer temperatures, especially down here in Texas. Let’s talk about Comfortex Solar Shades and Roller Shades, the Phifer materials to narrow it down.
Solar shades and roller shades are essentially the same thing; just different materials are in the offerings. Phifer’s solar materials are woven from vinyl coated polyester yarns, light weight and durable at the same time. Solar materials are so practical, because cleaning them is pure convenience. A damp cloth can be used to wipe the material clean, no dust catcher here!
Let’s talk functionality of Phifer materials. Here is what solar shade materials can do:
Reduce glare, cut heat and protect interiors from damaging UV rays. A solar shade, while allowing a few out!!, still cut’s UV rays depending on openness factor. Wooden floors, wood furniture, paintings and more are therefore protected from fading and losing color intensity. When direct sunlight hits a window in your home and the glare it at its peak, by lowering the shade it is significantly reduced, dimming the light just enough to be comfortable. Same with the heat, the intensity of the warmth entering the room is cut down dramatically helping to lower your electricity bill.
Our Phifer products are made by Comfortex Window Fashions that offer high performance quality paired with a limited lifetime warranty on all shades. A strong metal roller ensures that large products can easily be supported, whereas other companies often use cheaper plastic tubes. An optional cassette helps to conceal the tube for anybody that prefers a more finished look. The bottomrail is fabric wrapped as well.
Phifer materials have been such a hot seller that last year a palette of new fabrics has been added. Now added texture as well as darkening materials are in the assortment for more choices and colors.
One important thing to keep in mind though, they do not provide full privacy at night, even though they do during the day!
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Are you getting ready to redesign or decorate your child’s bedroom? The question will come up, how can the window shades work with your theme? What are your options in regards to window treatments finding something a bit more playful and suitable for your child’s room?
When decorating with blinds and shades a neutral product never interferes with a general decorating idea. For example white or off-white wood blinds or cellular shades or any other shade for that matter matching the trim will be neutral and work well in any room without distracting from the overall theme. When working with neutral window treatments the décor to bring out the theme could be top treatments pillows, boarders, wall etc.
However, when trying to utilize the shade to add to a theme, a bolder choice would be available. Generally the more decorative products can be found in the window shade lines like honeycomb shades and roller shades. Looking for a dark navy blues or playful red for your boy’s room? Cellular shades would be your go to product. When trying to decorate a nursery, soft pastel colors again can be found cellular or roller shade products. In case you are very specific as to what you would like your shade to look like, one can design it. Roller shades are totally customizable in regards to print and look. Comfortex Persona shades offer the mail in of a print, photo image and colors. Whether you have a cartoon character, image or certain pattern in mind, it can be made. All you need is a high quality digital image to mail in to the manufacturer and voila… Sponge Bob or Princess Aurora can come to live.
All in all you want to have fun with a kid’s bedroom. This is a great room to take some risks and be playful. After all, in a few years you can chuck the theme and do it all again
Monday, April 7th, 2014
Here in Texas and many parts of the country everything is in bloom now. Trees, bushes and many garden flowers are popping up giving us beauty and many colors to gaze at. Want to have something in bloom all year around? How about window shades with flowers?
Many manufacturers are offering floral prints. They have come back in a big way! Good Housekeeping shades, Comfortex and Bali offer beautiful flower prints in just about any fabric product line including cellular shades, roller shades and roman shades. We just love how each shade becomes a decor item. See for yourself and decide if this could be something for your home:
The following Good Housekeeping Cellular shade isn’t overpowering but creates just that little something over a standard uni-colored shade.
Here is a floral print on a Comfortex Roller Shade that stands out quite a bit more. It’s clearly the focal point of the room.
And here is a Bali Roller Shade with some soft floral swirls. This is very dreamy and a great added touch for a bedroom.
One more example of working with floral print, a Good Housekeeping roman shade with a contrasting floral design in black. The shade is the focus of this sitting area.
Floral is back, it can be quite neutral or stand out and make a statement. It is playful in atmosphere and works in any room.
Monday, March 24th, 2014
Spring is here, just in time for Bali to come out with new and fresh fabrics. Bali’s roller shades have been revamped with a versatile collection of stylish new materials and colors.
Roller shades are practical and easy to operate. A continues beaded chain helps you to lower and raise the shade to desired height, helping to control light and providing privacy depending on the thickness of the fabric. The beaded chain can be replaced by a cordless lift to eliminate all cords. This is a great way to go when having young children or pets in your household. Child safety first! Still in the collection available are “Classics” like their vinyl coated blackout shades the popular “Manhattan” light filtering or room-darkening material as well as the pearlized “Gemstone” fabric. However some of these popular materials’ outdated colors have been replaced by newer fresher tones. Entirely new fabrics include the “Harbor” and “Cascade” collection. Also now available are friendly new swirls and prints giving more options when accenting your windows. Our website is user-friendly and lets you preview all these fabrics and colors by simply hovering with the mouse over the magnifying glass in front of each link.
All roller shades can be paired with a cassette valance or square corner valance for a finished look. Call us to get pricing on decorative scalloped hems and trims. These new fabrics and stylish colors will make it easy to give your room a fresh new look this season.
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Are you about to purchase shades for your windows? You will have to make the decision whether to dress them plain or to dress them up when it comes to our Roller Shades.
Roller shade products are widely known. However, when ordering roller shades today there are numerous new options available. The old-fashioned rollup shade that exposed a roller tube up on top is still available today. This is a standard or as I would call it plain roller shade. Nothing wrong with it and it works in many applications. The material falls usually off the back behind the tube and exposes the roll in front. This could actually also be reversed, where the fabric rolls off the front, kind of like a waterfall.
Want to be dressier? Order a cassette, almost like a valance. A cassette is like housing for the tube, concealing the roll and giving it a sleeker cleaner look. Cassettes usually have a matching fabric insert to match the rest of the shade and give it uniformity. Unlike old-fashioned roller shades today standard shade has a continuous beaded chain to lower and raise the shade. This allows for precise positioning. Would like to go cordless? With a sleek modern grip or an optional tassel the shade can be cordless to ensure child safety. Today’s roller shades come in an array of fabrics and colors, with more selections than ever before. Even the largest of windows can be covered with Roller Shades when choosing a quality brand. So why not think of a roller shade when decorating a room and going instead of plain Jane too dressed up? Check out our pictures below and always feel encouraged to call with questions you might have.
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
What are the design trends we are seeing and hearing about this fall? One of our favorite designers has the following new design trend:
This season it’s time to forget the match all look. The trend is moving away from the sterile all matching feel to a warmer more relaxed look. The contemporary style offers clean lines, creating simplicity and simple appearance. No clutter, little color, often white on white. The traditional look on the other hand is created by utilizing rich colors, accessories where antique furniture often is the foundation. By mixing contemporary and traditional decor you create a fresh and youthful look. We love it!
Here is what this could look like: Take a traditional couch as the center piece and pair it with contemporary chairs. Or you might want to revamp a sofa with a cream colored fabric and accent it with pillows in floral print. You get the picture… how interesting these pairings could be.
However when mixing such contrasting styles it is important to include calming elements, says Sally the interior designer. We would recommend sheer window shadings for this. Our horizontal sheer window shadings like the Comfortex Shangri-La would work well in a contemporary as well as traditional environment. Clean lines are calming, making sure that the room does not turn into a busy chaotic scene. The sheer front and back can help here to soften the look.
We are thinking another great product to compliment this mixed styles and doesn’t overpower is a roller or solar shade. When choosing a roller shade, it is important to go with a solid material; we would want to skip all patterns or prints to take out anything that creates “busy”. Roller and solar shades don’t have additional pleats or lines making them a great element that soothes and tones down ;-
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
It’s finally here. We had been waiting for a while to see a cordless lift option on the popular Envision Roller Shades. While the continuous beaded cord is great, for a clean, streamlined look the cordless is the way to go.
The new cordless lift is one of the smoothest roller systems in the industry. This featured slow rise system controls the shade as it lifts to the top, leaving the shade safely in position. The shade with this lift is available up to 92” in width (depending on fabric) and is therefore also great for large windows. At the moment this feature is available with the standard headrail / roller tube only. But it won’t be long, and it will be available with the cassette headrail as well.
Most important thing about the cordless shades is that they are safe for children’s areas or households with pets. This month is October, safety awareness month for the window covering industry! We are reminded of how many accidents have happened that lead to injury or even death. Cords can be the worst health hazard in your home, it is so important to eliminate cords where one can.
To start this introduction of cordless roller shades with a bang, we have decided to practically give it away for $9.75 per upgrade. So hurry, this price won’t last long
Friday, September 24th, 2010
Bali has come out with their revamped Roller Shades and Solar Shades line. Fresh fabrics, bigger selection and a new lifting system have arrived.
First about the fabrics: In the Solar Shades line we find new materials that cover the 7% and 5% openness category. Also new: We find texture. Besides the traditional screened Vinyl on Polyester material, we now find texture, warmer colors and grass or woven inspired looks. New materials include Steppe, Shoji, Arbor and more. In the Roller Shades line we also have new fabrics in the offering. New prints and fabrics with sheen, grass-inspired feel, or sheer fabrics have been rolled out. These new fabrics are Tuscan, Gemstone and Fiddlestix. Colors are fresh and modern and work with almost any decor.
Bali is also introducing the new Dual Shade function. The Dual Shades allow you to have two shades in one. Two fabrics can be combined. You now can pair a sheer solar shade material for a screened view out with a darkening material for light control and added privacy. Two shades are sitting inside a decorative large curved cassette, the left chain operates the sheer material, whereas the right shade lowers and raises the room-darkening shade or vice versa.
Also new is the SmatPull retractable cord. To eliminate cord loops which can be a hazard to small children and house pets, a retractable cord has been added to improve safety. This cord always remains at a constant length when retraced.
Bali Roller Shades usually come with the exposed tube. The shade is operated by a plastic or stainless steel beaded chain. Upgrades can be made by ordering the cordless lift, SmartPull or motorized lift for added convenience. Another option is to conceal by adding a curved fabric covered cassette headrail or a square corner valance.
Please feel free to browse the newly added products. We’d be glad to send color samples for you to review. Every shade comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty and is priced just right
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Our Bali Roller Shades are gorgeous, offer smooth operation and versatile functionality. But there is always room to improve
Bali has just re-done their Roller Shade line, which means more fabrics & colors inspired by the latest fashion-forward styles and colors. The fabrics choices cover different opacity levels great for different rooms in the house. New fabrics types for all Bali Roller Shades include sheer, light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout materials. Some of these material include Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Confidence Textiles, which certifies that fabrics are free of harmful chemicals and meet all VOC content limits.
Also new is the Dual Shades, which combine two Roller or Solar shade fabrics in one shade, giving added versatility to privacy and light control.
Bali is also introducing the new Smart Pull lifting system for their Roller shades. The new lift system raises or lowers the shade with a gentle pull of the cord, the cord always remaining the same length. No long dangling cords or pooling unattractive cords on the floor! The traditional and continuous cord is great for large and traditional windows, where the cordless lift or motorized lift is preferred by houses that are looking for child and pet friendly operating systems.
A very popular option to give a roller shade a finishing touch is Bali’s square corner valance or the cassette headrail which feature a matching fabric strip to cover up the roller tube. The valance is attached to the front of the shade, connected by the same mounting bracket that holds the shade. The cassette is a housing that holds the actual tube, with a slight curvation to its design, working well in more contemporary or casual décors. Another added personal touch is the hem and trim option. The gimp trim can be a coordinating or contrasting color, making the design options and possibilities fun!
As all Bali products, the Solar and Roller Shades are covered by a no-hassle warranty, to give our customers assurance of quality craftsmanship!
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
Many homes are equipped with drapes to cover the windows and while these work to a certain degree, they are not nearly as functional or attractive as new roman shades or roller shades. They offer the warmth of a fabric with the modern convenience of a shade.
Curtains usually give you only two choices, either open or shut. And most of the time, neither of these is what you want. The perfect answer lies somewhere in between open and shut and roman shades or roller shades allow you to find this perfect happy medium so that you can get the perfect balance of light and privacy in any room at any time of the day.
Roman shades have a very elegant, traditional look. When closed, they hang over the window in large pleats. Then you can use the cord to draw them up and they pleats fold up into each other until you are left with an attractive bunching of material at the top of the window. Even open the fabric provides weight and color to the window. When shut the heavy, solid look of the roman shade adds warm and intimacy, as well as privacy, to the room. More functionality can be added with the top down feature, which will allow you to lower the shade from the top down. This way you can have privacy at the bottom while enjoying the openness of you window on top.
Roller shades are great for a versatile, contemporary look. They are easy to use and since they roll up very compactly they make an excellent choice for large windows. They also come in a variety of fabrics that allow you choices in color as well as transparency. So depending on how you use the room, you can find just the right shade for your decor.