Archive for the ‘Sheer Shades’ Category
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
Alright, you have made the decision: It will be new sheer horizontal shades for your windows. And now the questions come up: Which vane size? Should you go with the 2” or 3” vane? Is one better than the other? What are the advantages or disadvantages for choosing one over the other?
These questions have been posed to us many times. So here are some things to consider when making this decision:
Price. Even though that rarely will be the “decision-maker”, but the 3” vane size on the Comfortex’ Shangri-La Sheer Shades has a 10% higher price point. That being said, you want to consider your window size. For small and narrow windows, usually the smaller vane size will be great. On large windows or doors, it will be a personal decision. The The large size will complement your big, open windows, creating an open, modern. The 2” will complement with its more traditional, soft atmosphere. When looking for a modern look, a lot of times the 3” vane size will be great. Also to consider, when choosing the larger vane size, you will have less vanes and therefore a better view out. Off course, the 2” vane has one and one half times as many vanes “obstructing” the view when tilted in the open position for a screened view out. So, how important is your view?
Another technical aspect to consider, how much or little mounting surface is available; when you have limited mounting surface the 2” vane size will be the better choice. It can be paired with the UltraSleek low profile headrail, whereas the 3” sheer shade can be as well, but is not ideal for it.
Above and below are sets of pictures illustrating what the 2” versus 3” sheer shades will do in terms of view. Whatever you decide, please remember, there is no right or wrong here. Many things are preferences of YOUR taste. Make your decision, run with it and enjoy your home
Monday, August 3rd, 2009
As flat and big screen TV’s get bigger, so has the problem of glare control increased when trying to enjoy them. The best picture of a great Plasma TV can become pure annoyance, when the screen has turned into a mirror.
For a dedicated media room a blackout shade might work. We can work here with any cellular blackout shade, room-darkening roller or roman shade or any shade that offers a darkening liner. But when our living area has become a pitch-dark room we have not found the best window covering solution. Let’s talk sheer shades. Sheer horizontal shades will eliminate glare, but not block sunlight (unless a room-darkening material is chosen). The Hunter Douglas Silhouette is the most recognized sheer shade, however is restricted from being sold online. Therefore we will focus here on the beautiful Comfortex Shangri-La sheer shades only. Available in 2” or 3” vane size, the sophisticated product offers great glare control, but does not necessarily block light. While the suspended fabric vanes can be in light-filtering or room-darkening materials, the sheer fabric in front and back will give a screened view out when tilted in the open position. For hard to reach windows a motorized version is available for your convenience. When raised, the Shangri-La shades are fully tucked away in its headrail for an unobstructed view outside. We have here a perfectly versatile product that will work in any living area where light is welcome, while providing glare control for the media and entertainment system.
When finding the right window treatment one does not have to resort to an either or solution. In today’s market, the right window covering will provide functionality and a beautiful look at the same time.
Sunday, June 28th, 2009
Sheer shades have become more popular and affordable in the last few years, but are still not as well known as the wood blinds or cellular honeycomb shades category. Mini blinds are recognized by anybody, even though not as high in demand anymore when looking for custom made products.
Sheer shades are very versatile products. They are a mix of a shade and a blind, while draped in a sheer. Sounds intriguing… and it is. The sheer shade, also known as sheer blinds, have 2”, 3” or 4” fabric vanes suspended between 2 layers of sheers. They almost look like a wood blind with a sheer in the front and back, but are much softer than in their appearance. We sometimes say that the wood blinds have a more masculine look, whereas the sheer horizontal shades have a more feminine appearance. The sheer horizontals have the advantage, that when fully raised, the shade completely tucks away inside the headrail, a wood blind on the other hand will have a rather large stack. It is usually operated by a single continuous cord which will lower and raise the shade as well as open and close the vanes once fully lowered.
The overall appearance is soft and dreamy and the clean lines work well with most decorating styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary. The vane material comes in light-filtering or room darkening materials, giving privacy in any setting and additional light control for bedrooms or media rooms. For added convenience the sheer shades can be ordered with a motorized lifting system, eliminating all cords for additional child and pet safety or any hard to reach window. Furthermore, sheer horizontal shades can be paired with sheer verticals, coordinating in fabric and appearance for the hard to cover patio door.
The best known sheer shade is the Silhouette by Hunter Douglas; however, restrictions apply for selling them online. Online we offer the Shangri-La made by Comfortex, offering most of the same features and decorating benefits paired with a Limited Lifetime warranty.
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
We have many visitors that are interested in Sheer Shades. We do offer the Comfortex Shangri-La, which is offered in four different fabrics. So the question we get is: What are the differences in these fabrics? Let me lay out the differences, along with some images that will help as well. These materials that I am describing below are the center vane material that is “floating” between two layers of sheer fabric.
First, the 4 different fabrics that Comfortex offers in the 2” as well the 3” vane size are the:
- Eternity collection (light-filtering)
- Paradise collection (light-filtering)
- Linen collection (light-filtering)
- Moonlight collection (room-darkening)
The fabrics explained:
The Eternity collections’ fabric is a light-filtering material, our most popular seller. This material works well in all living areas, allowing plenty of light in while giving privacy when in the closed position. This material is the more elegant and slightly higher priced than the Paradise collection; the fabric is woven (vs. pressed) and it is currently offered in 20 tones in the 2” collection and 5 tones in the 3” fabric collection.
Our Paradise collection is also a light-filtering material, offering the same privacy and light properties as the Eternity collection does. The material is a pressed material (vs. woven) and has a fantastic price point. This collection was introduced last year and is offered in 5 colors in the 2” as well as 3” fane size.
Also the Linen Collection is light-filtering, offering privacy while illuminating the room when light filters through. The linen material features like the Eternity collection a woven (vs. pressed material). The fabric variances create a linen-inspired look. It has the same price point as the eternity collection and is available in the 2” vane size only. The material is available in 4 colors.
This is our room-darkening fabric, ideal for bedrooms, media rooms or any area where light control is desired. The 2” vane size is offered in 6 colors, while the 3” size has a limit of 4.
Please remember, that all these differences in texture you can quite clearly see on these images, will fade out a bit once the sheer fabric covers the center vanes up. Also, these images are off course zoomed in, once in your window, this detail as shown above is hardly visible. But most importantly, when in doubt, always ask us to send out an actual sample, after all… they are custom made and changes can not be made after they have been made Just email us.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
Here is a question that we receive frequently:
Do you carry the Hunter Douglas Silhouette?
The answer is YES – but!!! We are only able to sell it locally in our service area of Texas. We are prohibited from selling it on the internet L
Hunter Douglas has the Silhouette Window Shadings on the list of proprietary products and all products on that list can not be sold on the internet. Hunter Douglas asks that Silhouette Shades are measured and installed by a window covering professional, which we do not provide with an online purchase. The Hunter Douglas Silhouette is a beautiful and exquisite as well as higher priced product, so therefore professional measurements as well as professional installation do make perfect sense.
So for anybody looking for Hunter Douglas Silhouettes in our local area of San Antonio TX and surrounding area we encourage you to contact us for an estimate and any information needed regarding the purchase of this product. For anybody who is looking for a product LIKE the Hunter Douglas Silhouette but not particular about it being the Hunter Douglas brand please browse our online selection of Sheer Shades!
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
We get this question all the time: How do the Comfortex Sheer Shades compare to the Hunter Douglas Silhouette? Since the Silhouette is a proprietary product and can not be sold on the internet, we find many visitors having their interest sparked for alternatives. So here is the run down on the Sheer Shades:
First, Hunter Douglas and Comfortex Window Fashions are both top notch manufacturers, Hunter Douglas surely having the higher name brand recognition. What is not always known is that Comfortex is actually owned by Hunter Douglas. The bottom line for you the customer is that either brand is a solid brand, which will be around for your product to be warranted or serviced if ever needed.
Shangri-La – offers four fabrics with a great selection of neutrals and has added new colors with stronger hues
Silhouette – offers eight fabric choices with a great range of subdued to intense hues
The Sheer Material:
Shangri-La – front AND back sheers are both made of the same type sheer material
Silhouette – The sheer material that holds the center vane is a finer sheer in front, while the sheer in the back is coarser
(This was updated in 2011 – Shangri-La fabrics now offer the same finer sheer in the front as the Silhouette; sheers are now the same)
Shangri-La – is available in the 2” and 3” size
Silhouette – offered in 2”, 3” and now also the new 4” Quartette vane size
Both brands offer high-quality, precision hardware which delivers reliable operation.
Shangri-La – offers the standard bottom up shade with the typical vane rotation. With the Shangri-La the shade can be raised up to 20% of the shades height when the vanes are in the open position (this is not possible with the Silhouette). Both products are available with a motorized lift.
Silhouette – offers additional features like the top down, two-on-one headrail or
UltraGlide (retractable cord) feature.
The Hunter Douglas Silhouette is priced about 30-40% higher than the Comfortex Shangri-La.
Both products carry a limited lifetime warranty.
Overall appearance and operation of both products is extremely close! When pricing and value matters, Comfortex will be the choice to consider. In any regard, both products are beautiful shades that offer versatility and style that is unmatched to any other window covering.
Please contact us for further information or sample swatches on Comfortex Sheer Shades.