How many of us have lived in homes with those terrible cheap white blinds, the ones that are impossible to draw up and shatter in a stiff breeze? How many of us have vowed never again to have to deal with such terrible window treatments? Hunter Douglas blinds are worlds away from everyone’s first crappy apartment window treatments. They’re sophisticated and intelligent, and beautiful to look at. They provide quality over a vast number of styles and options for even the choosiest homeowner. In fact, some Hunter Douglas blinds have even stepped into the 21st century, with motorized controls and an app that you can download to control your blinds remotely.
Most famous for their “honeycomb” or cellular shades, Hunter Douglas blinds are a leader in environmentally-conscious window treatments. Honeycomb blinds are a great way to get the most out of your blinds. They are constructed in such a way that the blinds are hollow tubes that trap air at the window, keeping a room cool in the summer and warm in the winter, a great and cost-efficient option for our cold Canadian winters. Hunter Douglas cellular shades come in paper and fabric options and offer a great deal of privacy unless you choose the sheer fabric shades. Because these blinds have bottom-up or top-down features, you can always make sure you have complete privacy depending on what you choose.
However, they cannot be tilted up to see through them like horizontal blinds. They are also difficult to clean as they cannot be laundered and can stain, so if you’re concerned about that and don’t want to have to hire professional cleaning occasionally, cellular shades may not be the right option for you. They may seem like an investment, though they certainly aren’t out of the reach of the average homeowner; you do recoup a lot of the cost in energy savings over time.
Some people are after a more aesthetically appealing option than cellular shades, and Hunter Douglas supplies them. They offer everything from Roman shades to old-world style shutters, as well as roller curtains and wood blinds.
Roman shades are wonderful for someone who wants something unique and beautiful. They combine the best of curtains with the best of blinds. With dozens of fabric options in lots of color families, Roman shades are the height of sophistication. Because they have this timeless quality, any Roman shade you chose for your windows will outlast tastes and trends for years to come.
There are certain considerations you need to keep in mind when choosing Roman shades. They can pose a hazard to children and pets, because they can often pose a strangulation hazard because of all the strings and loops at the back that are needed to gather them, unless they are fitted by a professional, such as Normandeau Window Coverings. Hunter Douglas shades are made to the latest safety standards, which make them much safer for both children and pets. Roman shades often also have a large “stack,” the gathered fabric at the top of the window, creating a sort of valance that negates the need for a separate window treatment.
If you’re a parent who is concerned about your children hurting themselves with the cords of your blinds, don’t fear. Hunter Douglas blinds offer motorized or cordless options that are a great choice for children’s rooms and spaces. They are easy to use, and can even be programmed to close at certain times of the day, good for the working family who wants to keep the house a comfortable temperature for pets.
So, where do you find Hunter Douglas blinds? Our home décor store carries the full Hunter Douglas range. You’ll want to make sure you fit the blinds to your windows, so measure your windows carefully and precisely before you go in to purchase. You can also order custom shades from Hunter Douglas via Normandeau Window Coverings if you can’t find what you’re looking for in the store or online.
Professional installation is the best option to protect your investment. Installers can help you learn how to work your new blinds, particularly helpful if you purchased motorized Hunter Douglas blinds and you need to learn how to operate the remote and program the app. Our personalized customer service can also help with this process as you learn how to use your new purchase.
Any new window treatments are an investment in your home and comfort, but Hunter Douglas blinds are a great way to make that investment stretch as far as possible. Consider your lifestyle and window treatment needs in order to make the best purchase. With this advice, you should be able to find a great set of Hunter-Douglas blinds you’re sure to love for years to come.