Hunter Douglas: The Perfect Balance Of Light And Privacy

According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Department of Energy, 78% of U.S. homes’ windows have one covering, 6% have multiple coverings, and 16% have no covering.

For the 16% of homeowners who don’t cover their windows, there may be several reasons, from not wanting to spend additional money, to believing that window treatments block natural light, the view, or the beauty of the window itself.

But window treatments do more than just cover a window. In fact, a well-designed window treatment, like those from Hunter Douglas, marries form and function to great effect, and can accomplish many things.

Make Windows Look Larger

Especially in basement recreation rooms, where windows tend to be small, homeowners can create the appearance of large windows by installing closed shutters or blinds that are longer and wider than the window itself.

Soften Hard Edges

Rooms with a multitude of hard surfaces, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms typically have a lack of fabrics and upholstered pieces. Window treatments can add a soft, feminine touch to these spaces.

Hide A Less Than Ideal View

Whether it’s a neighbor’s unsightly lawn, electrical wires, or the side of a building, window treatments can be used to hide a less than perfect view, so you can look at your gorgeous window coverings, rather than a concrete jungle or an overgrown lawn with rusty furniture.

Offer Privacy

In spaces such as a bathroom, homeowners want privacy as well as good natural light. The right window treatment will provide both.

Insulate Rooms Against Heat And Cold While Saving Energy

The Department of Energy estimates that the average American household spends up to $2,500 annually on energy bills, 45% of which goes to heating and cooling. According to the DOE, a properly covered window can reduce heat gain through the window by up to 33%.

A light-colored material will reflect heat during the summer, while a dark color will work to absorb heat in the winter. And certain reflective shades and blinds, when closed and lowered against the sun, can reduce heat gain by up to 45%.

Protect Furniture From Damaging UV Rays

Between 50% to 70% of the sun’s UV rays make their way through your windows and are strong enough to fade your carpeting, furniture, hardwood, wallpaper, and other surfaces. They can also deteriorate photographs and fine art.

The right window treatments can cut down on the percentage of UV rays that get through, and protect your furnishings and other interior surfaces.

Absorb Sound

The right window treatment can absorb and dampen unwanted sounds, and improve the acoustics in your room.

When you choose Hunter Douglas window treatments, you’ll also get the latest innovations in the industry, including:

Powerview™ Motorization. A wireless operating system that gives you the power to control and schedule your Hunter Douglas window treatments from your smartphone, tablet, or a remote control.

UltraGlide®. A unique retractable cord lets you raise and lower your window treatments without the usual dangling external cords.

LiteRise®. A cordless system that lets you simply push up with your hand to raise and pull down to lower your blinds and shades, so that they stay right where you put them.

Top-Down/Bottom-Up. Create the perfect balance of privacy and natural light by choosing what portion of your window is covered, whether that’s the top, the bottom, or somewhere in between.

When it comes to your windows, ordinary treatments won’t do. They are part of your décor and, incorporated into your design aesthetic, can have a powerful impact on the look and feel of your home.

Whether you prefer shades or blinds, fabric or wood, the perfect balance of natural light and privacy can be yours. Hunter Douglas window treatments offer options for every style preference.

Choose from dramatic textures and luxurious sheens to create captivating ambiance and gain energy efficiency year-round. Add character with pleated shades, or choose Roman shades for an elegant, tailored look. Roller shades create a minimalist, sophisticated vibe, and woven woods are perfect for a warm, natural look.

A classic plantation style shutter offers exceptional craftsmanship and makes a grand statement. And classic vertical or horizontal blinds offer a wide assortment of options for any size window or sliding door and can be customized to match any design.

Peruse the online inspiration images and add those you like to the myProSource project center. Once you’ve narrowed down your choice, visit your local ProSource Wholesale® showroom to see your favorite Hunter Douglas window treatments in person, and let the staff help you chose the perfect style, material, color and operating system for your home.

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