Motorized Shades Santa Barbara

What is the Value in Using Motorized Blinds

When considering window treatments, there are a number of options on the market. Window treatments serve a variety of purposes, such as keeping or shutting out light, regulating your room temperature, and the most important, providing different levels of privacy.

One of the most popular conveniences available in window treatment design is motorized blinds. These blinds come in different shapes and sizes, but offer additional benefits that you may not realize:

  • They do not experience as much damage as blinds that are physically handled every day. Using shutters or heavy drapery can be constricting. If your window treatments are consistently pulled or pushed numerous times a day, they tend to wear out quickly.
  • They can be automated to operate at designated times without the assistance of a person. This is one of the main advantages of having motorized blinds. As the light changes during the day, it can be very frustrating having to constantly get up to alter your window treatments. If you leave your blinds open but come home much later, you run the risk of having your home open to the masses, and if it is winter, the internal temperature of your room will have significantly changed. Motorized blinds can help regulate when the blinds are changed based on the time of day when the light changes.
  • They are easy to maneuver. You don’t have to do much of anything when using motorized blinds. With a click of a button, they smoothly go up and down the track without any physical interaction.
  • They work well with heavy material. This is another advantage. Customers frequently shy away from having heavy drapery on a window where there will be consistent motion. Due to the automation of motorized blinds, this hindrance is removed.
  • They can be as long and as wide as you need. Like a shutter, motorized blinds can operate in widths and lengths that are not standard, providing an extra incentive in using this as a window treatment.

The use of motorized blinds is a stylish enhancement in window treatment choices and can make decorating your interior a little bit easier. Contact an associate at Arjay’s Window Fashions today to assist with your selections!

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Basic Types of Windows Treatments for Bedrooms

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If you’re a new homeowner or have decided it’s time to remodel and breathe new life into your space, one of the first places that you will probably want to design is the bedroom. This is your sanctuary, where you will be sleeping, working, thinking and relaxing. One of the most essential and aesthetically pleasing elements of your bedroom are the windows.

Window treatments come in a variety of styles and customizable colors, ready to add variety into your surroundings and:

  • – Enhance room design
  • – Provide privacy
  • – Add subtle shade or lighting
  • – Provide a functional temperature within the room

A great design scheme can come to fruition with the right window treatment lending inspiration. Here are couple of ideas:

Curtains

Curtains have a certain elegance without being too formal but offer a great starting point for your design scheme. The most common, they are available in a variety of fabrics, colors and lengths. Curtains hang from rods that range from simple to beautiful decorative pieces and have many options. You can hang them from floor-to-ceiling, have puddles on the floor, use tie-backs and more.

Drapes

Drapes have the same function as curtains, but are usually more formal and dramatic. They are made of heavier fabric and are usually lined to darken and provide warmth within the room. Drapes come pleated or straight and have traverse rod attachments for quick opening and closing solutions.

Sheers

Sheers are an added decorative piece that flow between curtains and drapes but are becoming very popular as window treatments of their own. Very transparent, they are available in an abundance of colors and mostly used to add light.

Blinds

Blinds come in a variety of styles and textures. Cloth, wood grain, woven shades and PVC are always popular options. Then you have horizontal or vertical choices in light-filtering or darkening options. The best part of blinds – you can incorporate with other window treatments like sheers or curtains to create a completely different effect.

Valances

The valance adds that simple but stylish touch to a window. They are used with or curtains, drapes and blinds but can easily stand alone. A valance hides the mounting hardware providing a polished look over your window. Simple or elegant, they can be draped over rods, pleated, straight, arched and more. A valance is a quick, decorative option.

Don’t forget color! Pops of color can brighten or create a calming effect. Small accents such as customized ribbon or hardware can go a long way in making a design statement. Automated shutters and roller shades are a hot trend now, and can save you time and money over time. Gathering inspiration from design resources can help you decide what would be best for you. Arjay’s design specialists are always ready to assist with helping develop a window treatment plan that would work well within your bedroom, offering a variety of green options. Contact their showroom today!

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Roller Shades : Most Economical Way to Cover Your Windows

The common expression that “everything old is new again” has different connotations, depending upon how it is used.  But, when it comes to roller shades as a form of window covering, it is definitely true.  However, there is nothing “old-fashioned” about the modern version.  Often termed the choice of architects because of their functional applications, their adaptability, and the variety of materials used to make them, modern roller shades are an economical choice, giving a streamlined look and offering multiple advantages for both home and office windows.

New Look
Today’s descendants of the traditional spring roller shade are sophisticated, tasteful, unobtrusive and can even be motorized or used on building exteriors.  They offer protection, control light, heat and insects, address privacy concerns and are simple to operate.  Modern installation methods make them effective for horizontal use such as on skylights, and their operation can be motorized to be controlled remotely.  Window shades can also cover large glass expanses with ease, and they can be made with channel guides to provide total room darkening ability, making them effective for media rooms or for blackout purposes.

Cost Effective
While the cost of all window coverings varies substantially based on materials and options, roller shades are among the most cost effective choices for homeowners, even with designer options.  With the variety of colors, materials and mounting options, they are an extremely smart choice.  Certifications from the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and independent laboratories testify to their benefits as well.

Sometimes, installation of a roller shade is the first step in a multiphase plan, which could include fabric panels or toppers as budget allows and design choices are developed.

Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura is a leading firm in Southern California, recognized by the local Chamber of Commerce as a Small Business of the Year.  In addition to roller shades, our trained design staff can offer suggestions about the myriad array of window covering options that exist.  Call to schedule a complimentary consultation and your design professional will be happy to explore the variety of possibilities with you.

An Air of Mystique: What is Window Drapery?

What makes window draperies different than other forms of window treatment? They have a lot in common with curtains, but use different fabric types, are usually lined, utilize different sewing techniques and have different applications including controlling temperature and light levels in a room. Let’s take a look at the specific details of what makes draperies unique.

Construction
Draperies, like curtains, are sold in panels and used on rods, but unlike curtains use heavier and more elaborate fabric, incorporate linings that can provide insulating or light-controlling aspects, have different top treatments like pleating and use a traverse rod with a string mechanism that allows them to be manipulated more easily. They are typically much grander and are used in formal rooms like dining rooms, parlors or a master bedroom to create a richer appearance.

Applications
Draperies are used to help repair problem areas in a home. Insulating draperies can be used to block cold drafts in rooms with leaky windows or historical homes with drafty walls. Overly bright rooms can often be remedied using draperies, as they can use light-blocking linings to reduce the amount of light passing through them. Overly warm rooms do great with draperies that block solar radiation or insulate linings that keep the heat out and the air conditioning comfortable on a southern exposure.

Where to Avoid Draperies
There are a few places to avoid draperies. Rooms where they can get wet, such as kitchens and bathrooms, are a bad bet for draperies, as they can be difficult to clean. For this reason, they can also be poor choices children’s room and family rooms. Areas you want to keep less formal within your home may do better with different window treatments.

Now that you know a little more about window drapery, consider areas you can use them to improve your home’s appearance!

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What are Different Window Blinds That One Should Know About?

Window blinds add privacy to your home, making it simple to allow light in or close up your home for privacy. Blinds can also help lower energy bills and complement the overall look of your home. With the right blinds, you can add a fashionable, and functional, piece to your home. These are the basic types you should know about when shopping for blinds.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds hang vertically and open horizontally. They can be closed completely, opened slightly to allow some light to filter in or opened completely. These blinds provide excellent light control, and can come in energy efficient materials that help lower heating and cooling costs. They are easy to clean with a simple wipe down, and the wide slats make cleaning simpler than with horizontal blind styles. These are the blinds of choice for exceptionally wide windows and sliding glass doors.

Wood Blinds

Wood is a traditional style for blinds. They look elegant, match your décor no mater what changes you make and pair well with curtains. They provide a classic look to your home. Wood blinds contain louvers that can be rotated to control the amount of light in the area. Wood comes in a wide range of stains and paint colors to match any décor. The main drawback is that they can warp, so they can’t be used in rooms that have high moisture levels, like your kitchen or bathroom.

Faux Blinds

Faux blinds are blinds made to look like a natural material, like bamboo or some other wood, but are actually made out of man-made products. These provide the same look as the natural look, without the risk of warping. This is the blind to choose for your bathroom or kitchen. Like wood blinds, faux blinds have louvers that allow additional control over the amount of light in the space.

If you are wondering what type of blinds are best for your home depending on your requirements and budget, Arjay’s Window Fashions is ready to help. Let us show you how the right blinds paired with the right curtains can make an attractive and functional addition to your home. Schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our design specialists today.