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5 Steps to Brighten Up a Room

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Rooms that have few light fixtures or not enough natural light can feel small and dark. Home improvements and tweaking some things in your room can considerably brighten up a room. Here are some steps that will help.

  1. Choose the right window coverings. When there is only window and that is the source of natural light and it is covered up with a darkening shade in a dark color, you just robbed yourself of the only bright natural light source you had. Even when privacy is an issue, consider light-filtering shades in a light or cream color. An excellent choice could be Comfortex Shangri-La Shades, in the same category as Silhouette shades. Even when they are closed, the room is illuminated with a natural glow of light.
  2. Brighten up your walls. Even though dark colors can be warm and stylish, when your space is small and light is needed, go for bright and pale colors. Even if painting your walls in a warmer (not dark) color, consider a bright white ceiling, which will reflect in the room and help to brighten the room.
  3. Replace flooring. A grey tile or dark carpet can literally suck out any light you have. You might consider replacing the entire flooring if it is within our budget or just place some strategic light carpets or rugs to create lighter areas within the room.
  4. Add lighting. This seems to be the obvious solution. Whether a complete new overhead lighting is in the budget or an additional bright floor lamp, additional lighting can always help. Consider layering lighting to be able to adjust according to situation and mood.
  5. Choose the right decorations. Tiles of small mirrors hung in clusters can help to give the illusion of another window. Floor length mirrors in nooks or hallways can help as well. Glass décor like a glass mirrored table or wall hangings can help to increase the feeling of openness while attracting more light.

Shangri-La Sheer Shades & Hardware Options

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Choices, Choices, Choices! A good quality product comes with options and so does the Comfortex Shangri-La, a product very much like the Silhouette shades offered by Hunter Douglas. Elegant layers of sheer with functional fabric vanes in-between create an elegant window treatment with simple lines. The fabric can be rolled up and completely hide in a cassette like headrail. Here are the headrail options that can be chosen when deciding on sheer shades.


  • UltraSleek Headrail UltraSleek hardware offers a soft curved headrail with a minimal top light gap. The UltraSleek rail system conceals the clutch mechanism and comes with a fabric insert matching the fabric vane. The UltraSleek headrail is offered in white or Oil Rubbed bronze to create a finished look to your Shangri-La Shades.
  • UltraSleek Plus Headrail This headrail has all the same benefits of the UltraSleek headrail with the benefit of accommodating larger shadings. Shades wider or longer than 84” have to be ordered with the slightly bigger UltraSleek Plus Headrail. Again white or Oil Rubbed Bronze can be ordered to complete the look.
  • Color coordinated Aluminum Headrail The Aluminum headrail color corresponds with the fabric color of the shade. This headrail is available for the 2” vane shadings only.
  • Motorization Motorized shades are the ultimate in convenience. A shade or a group of shades can be operated with the push of a button. This feature is a must for hard to reach windows. Eliminating the continuous cord adds a clutter free look. A timer can be ordered for automated operation of the shades.
  • Metal Roller Headrail This system features a clutch operated continuous cord loop for easy lifting. Well suited for large shades, easy positioning of fabric vanes is possible. This headrail can be ordered as an under top treatment solution or for a modern look.
  • Door Styles This system is ideal for sidelights, narrow windows or French doors. Door Styles are always in the lowered position and can’t be raised., tilting of the vanes into an open or closed position is possible. The hardware is color coordinated to the shades fabric.
  • Cord Loops The standard cord loop is made of Polyester and is white in color. When ordering the Oil Rubbed Bronze colored hardware the Polyester cord is brown. Beaded chain instead of the Polyester cord can be specified at the time of order and is available in white, black, bronze (metal), or steel.

Our Bestseller

Monday, March 31st, 2014

We often receive phone calls with questions concerning what our bestsellers are. What are current trends? And what is a great value for my money? Over the past three years, there is one product that has outsold any other product by leaps and bounds!

Comfortex Shangri-La’s, better known under the term Silhouette Shades, is hands down the winner when it comes to most sold product at Ace of Shades Window Coverings. Why have Silhouette-like shades become such a hot trend? That is easy to answer. First of all they are very functional and practical. And isn’t that the essence of a new window covering? With excellent light control, privacy control and stunning beauty they embody the whole package. The soft and feminine look is created by two sheers, one in front and one in back, with in-between layers of suspended fabric vanes, which can be opened and closed for varying degrees of privacy and light-control. Shangri-La Sheer Shades can be lowered with all vanes closed, partially or fully raised or lowered with the vanes in the open position for a soft view outside. The product is in its appearance symmetrical and has sleek even lines which add calming presence to any room. Whether one prefers a light filtering material, well-suited for living areas, or darkening fabrics four bedrooms is a matter of preference. Our quality shade is equipped with a strong continues polyester cord that fully operates the shade. It lowers and raises, opens and closes vanes or tilts to a specific angle. A stylish cassette headrail with matching fabric insert conceals the entire shade when fully raised. Also color selection is plentiful, offering many soft white and off-whites as well as warmer browns and tans all the way to black.

We agree and understand why popularity of this product is so enormous. It is a product that we can highly recommend for its beauty, all around performance and value.

Room-Darkening Sheer Shades

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Silhouette Blinds
You might think room-darkening sheer shades are a contradiction in terms? That’s why we love darkening sheer shades, because they are so versatile and different things combined in one.

Sheer shades or sheer blinds are better known by the term Silhouette shades. Silhouettes are actually made by Hunter Douglas, but aren’t offered on the Internet. We carry the Comfortex Shangri-La, basically the same product by a different manufacture. There are always slight variations of course. Sheer shades as their name suggests have a sheer look to them. Constructed of a sheer in front, one in the back, with darkening fabric vanes suspended in-between. When sheer shades are tilted in the open position you get a sheer view outside, creating a very soft and glowing look. When closing your Sheers the darkening vanes close flat, providing complete privacy and darkening the room. Being able to tilt from sheer look to darkening is what I call “two products in one”. Many customers love the sheer look, but who has a house by the golf course or in the middle of nowhere with no need for privacy? Reality is most of us having neighbors simply don’t like to feel like we’re in a fishbowl! With a two in one shade it is possible to have a sheer view into your backyard or front of the house, yet shut the outside world out when desired. Silhouette like shades are available in two inch or three inch vane size. Three inch is often used for larger windows, in more contemporary settings. Either way, at the end of the day it’s a choice of preference.

So when loving a sheer look but needing privacy during certain times of day, take a peek at sheer blinds and shades. We’d be glad to send fabric samples out to you today.

New Intense Colors For Our Sheer Shades

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Our popular Shangri-La sheer shades are enjoying an upgrade. This Silhouette like shade, soft in appearance, now comes with new more intense colors. What are the new colors all about?

Most people are familiar with Silhouette Window Shades. Our Comfortex Shangri-La is slightly different but offers similar features and benefits in construction. Two layers of sheer material have fabric vanes that are suspended in-between. Up until now the Shangri-La’s sheer fabric in front was a delicate material only available in the color white. The fabric vane floating in-between the sheer gives colored. When choosing colors that have more depth like a dark brown, the white sheer washes out the intensity of that vane color. The overall look can therefore appear a bit washed out. Now Comfortex has picked some of these stronger colors and added a front sheer that is color coordinated to the vane. This new collection is called the Aura collection, which creates a more striking and bolder look.

Shangri-La sheer shades are offered in light filtering fabrics or room darkening fabrics. Some of these new materials with color coordinated front sheer are available in both selections. These colors include black, cocoa, goldenrod, mocha and several off-whites. Our new colors are great in rooms where a bold, dramatic look is desired. We always recommend requesting a fabric sample and seeing what materials look like when holding up in your own home. The pictures below will also help illustrating the differences of the Aura collection (on the left) versus Eternity collection (on the right). Go ahead and order some samples today and see what look is right for your home!


How Shading and Viewing Position Create the Perfect Home Movie Theater Experience

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Now that we’re in the summer months, movie studios are bombarding us with a new blockbuster each weekend. The temptation is great too as the 2013 summer movie season includes Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, Star Trek into Darkness, The Hangover 3, Fast and Furious 6, Man of Steel as well as indies like Before Midnight and Frances Ha.  However, with these movies do come some expenses – well, a lot of expenses actually. Between the cost of the movie tickets for you and your family and the exorbitant prices for the Mike and Ikes and popcorn that your children will demand they have to complete their viewing experience, your summer movie season may be a costly one.

And that’s not all. The prices of the movie and snacks are one thing, but add to that the annoyances that come with finding parking and dealing with people who decide that the movie theater is the perfect place to start a long conversation about how well the school’s bake sale went, and you’ll want to go home after the opening credits. Because of these factors, more and more people are choosing their home base as the place to watch movies. With the advent of Netflix, Redbox, and On-Demand, new movies have never been more accessible, and you can have the movie theater experience at home. But there are some things to know as you create your own home viewing room to make the most of your viewing experience:

  • Use shades to control light: Outfitting your windows with sheer shades help to darken the room, so you can replicate a movie theater. There’s nothing worse than trying to watch a key point in the movie and adjusting your shade’s position to try and find that perfect spot where there is no glare on your screen. Sheer shades can darken the room, so your beautiful screen isn’t hindered by escaping light.
  • Set up furniture in the best viewing position: Do you remember the old wives’ tale about sitting close to the television and damaging your eyes? While there is no evidence that this is actually the case, sitting too close to the television limits your viewing experience because the picture will look grainy. At the same time, if you sit too far from the television, you’ll need to squint to catch what’s going on. Play around with your furniture and chairs to ensure you, your family and your guests get the best possible view.
  • Buy the best equipment possible: While that great deal on the television might seem too good to be true, it might cost you more in the end. A good television and sound system is an investment in years of entertainment. Estimate what you can afford and purchase quality equipment that is close to the number you estimate. Consumer Reports and CNET and other review publications are great resources to help you find the best equipment in your price range.



Our Sheer Blinds Provide Comfort and Light Control for Your Home

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Blinds are one of the most popular window treatments available today, and they are constantly evolving. Our sheer blinds offer the convenience of a blind overlaid with translucent curtains. This allows you to open your blinds to the sun, while still providing a degree of shade using the curtain to screen the interior; if you desire additional darkness, just close the vanes and try our room darkening blinds, which also protect your belongings from sun fade.

Some people replace their blinds in the winter, believing they need to remove them in order to hang thicker curtains to better insulate their windows, but this is not always the case. Blinds, our sheer blinds in particular, can be left in place within the frame of the window while heavier curtains can be hung across the outside of the frame. Not only will this provide an extra layer of protection from the cold air, but when the weather permits, the heavier curtains can be drawn back so that the blinds can let the sunlight inside the house. Both can be used together on standard and picture windows alike.

In a sunroom where the windows are divided into sections in each wall, our sheer blinds can be alternated with one of our other window treatments during the winter so that there is always light coming in from one direction, while the other windows are shut tight to block cold air. Curtains can be hung over the top of the blinds here, as in other areas of the house, for maximum and cold protection and optimal light filtration.

With our silhouette-styled thin blinds at Ace of Shades, any home can look good and remain comfortable and efficient throughout the year. Check out our selection of different styles, sizes, and colors today!


Holiday Dress Up Event

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The holidays are right around the corner. More than likely you will have family and friends gathering at your house and come together. So if you are in business for new blinds and shades, why not take advantage of the holiday sales as well as rebates right now?

To celebrate the holidays in style with the right window covering we always come back to our sheer window shadings. These shades are the embodiment of class and style. Comfortex Shangri-La Sheer Shades combine functionality and beauty. This sophisticated product mostly known under the term Silhouette Shades, a sheer shade combining the function of a blind and the beauty of a shade. Our sheers offer vane rotation, they can be opened or closed for varying degrees of privacy or your shade can be raised and completely be tucked away into the headrail / cassette system. We offer the two inch and three inch vane size depending on preference and size of your windows. Our holiday savings event for sheer shades will last through December and does include Vertical Sheers. At this special time of your you can enjoy 15% off discount as well as a 25 dollar mail in rebate per shade ordered.

So be sure to take advantage now and make your home warm and welcoming for your friends and family and of course yourself to enjoy. Happy holidays!

Ballet Vertical Drapery Sheers

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

It’s about time 😉 By popular demand, we sell a lot of sheer horizontal shades. Comfortex’ Shangri-La Sheers, our private label Naturelle Sheers as well as the Good Housekeeping Sheers. When furnishing with sheers we often get asked for a coordinating vertical treatments.  So now we finally added it to our online product offering.

Comfortex Ballet Vertical sheers can now be ordered online.  Billowing soft sheers are designed to add beauty and functionality at the same time.  The billows could be mistaken for an ordinary drape, when in fact functionality is the one of a blind. The shade cane be drawn like a vertical to the side or split in the middle to stack evenly on both sides.  When in the closed position, overlapping folds create vanes that can be rotated for privacy.  The sheer material however provides only moderate privacy unless ordered with a light filtering insert or a room darkening PVC vane. When paired with inserts the shades provides excellent privacy and light control which is well suited for bedrooms or areas where complete privacy is an issue.

The sheer materials come in a range of styles. From a classic woven sheer, to striped or floral sheer or patterned with swirls. The classic sheer works with any interior decor, where the floral look and swirls are beautiful in traditional or antique surroundings, the striped fabrics add texture and clean lines in contemporary environments. Most sheers come in neutral whites and of whites, but some materials are available in an array of colors.

Ballet sheer shades offer a durable track that can hold shades up to 192“ wide and 120″ long, the headrail offers smooth traversing and vane rotation. The color is aluminum, but the shade can be ordered with an aluminum valance that has a matching fabric insert.

Ballet Verticals by Comfortex are not only an ideal treatments for patio doors, but also well suited for large windows and glass areas that need covering.  To kick off the new availability of Ballet sheers online we are offering a $25 rebate per sheer.

We Love This Fall 2012 Design Trend!

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 ;-

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