An Introduction to Hunter Douglas Shades

With the new year already in full swing, you may want a new look for your home to match. An easy place to start is with your window treatments! A great trending window treatment right now are shades! Pikes Peak Interiors, located in Colorado Springs, CO, offers you a great selection of Hunter Douglas custom shades. However, with so many different types of Hunter Douglas shades, it can be difficult to differentiate which would be the best fit for your home! However, at Pikes Peak Interiors, we can help you every step of the way, so you get the perfect window treatments for your home.

Types of Shades and Sheers

Cellular Shades, also known as honeycomb shades, provide great insulation for your windows, which adds energy-efficiency to your home all year long. These window shades can be compressed tightly to maximize the window’s view. They are available in a wide range of fabrics, including options for light-filtering and room-darkening fabrics, and you can choose from hundreds of colors and textures.

Roman Shades feature soft pleats that neatly fold when raised. They are offered in many options for fabrics and colors, with choices that range from sheer to opaque for your desired amount of light control. Roman shades are easy to operate, but mimic the elegance of drapery, so they will add a nice touch to any room in your home.

Roller Shades are easy to operate and simple to work into your home’s interior design scheme, because they provide a clean look. They are offered in large range of sturdy and beautiful fabrics, and you can even have them customized with PowerView® Motorization for added convenience. Roller shades also have options for bold patterns, so you can make them the focal point of any room.

Woven Woods are unique shades that utilize grasses, reeds, and woods to create a natural look. They filter the natural light that enters your home to create beautiful patterns of light in your rooms. A lining can also be added to woven woods for more light control.

Our sheers, like our Luminette® style, are perfect for sliding glass doors and wide windows, because they provide great options light-control and privacy. They are offered in sheer fabrics in a variety of colors. A lining can be added to these if you want more light control.

Our shadings offer options for light-control and privacy, a well as UV protection. They come in a large selection of colors with adjustable fabrics vanes.

The Best Place to Find Custom Shades in Colorado Springs, CO

Now that you know a little bit more about all of Hunter Douglas’ custom shades and sheers, it is time to stop by your favorite local window treatment dealer, Pikes Peak Interiors. Our showroom is conveniently located in Colorado Springs, CO, and we are proud to serve other locations in Colorado, including South End, Monument, Black Forest, Flying Horse, Glen Eagle, Peregrine, Northgate, Mountain Shadows, and Broadmoor Bluff. In addition to offering the full selection of Hunter Douglas window treatments, we also offer a variety of other interior design products, including custom curtains and draperies. It is our goal to provide you with the best possible experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us today!

 

Window Treatments to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Pikes Peak Interiors—located in Colorado Springs, CO—can help you create a more comfortable home with energy efficient cellular shades from Hunter Douglas. Cellular shades were first released in the 1980’s. Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb shades were designed to keep homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The unique cellular design actually traps air at the windows and lowers your energy consumption and your utility bill, and they have been a staple in energy-efficient homes ever since their release.

Why Energy Efficient Window Treatments Are Important

Most homes today are designed with an abundance of windows. Large windows allow us to enjoy a gorgeous view and specialty windows add character and curb appeal to our homes. Windows are an important part of any interior design, but they also can create some unwanted consequences. Up to 50% of your heating and cooling energy is lost through your windows. With good insulating window treatments, you can actually save money on heating and cooling your home. Cellular shades stop heat from escaping out your windows during the winter months and keep the heat from coming in during the summer months, keeping your heating and cooling right where it belongs.

Choosing the Right Cellular Shades

Cellular shades come in a variety of styles and designs. Today’s cellular shades come in more options for light control, privacy and energy efficiency than ever before, so you are sure to find the perfect shade for your home’s needs and style. At Pikes Peak Interiors, we will work closely with you to help you choose the right cellular shades for your home. You can design your custom cellular shades to do exactly what you need them to do. Not only should they provide your home with the energy efficiency you need but they should fit perfectly into your window and your décor.

Getting The Most from Your Windows and Your Cellular Shades

Cellular shades like Hunter Douglas’s Duette Honeycomb Shades also are available with a variety of operating systems. Top-down/bottom-up solutions will give you the right amount of privacy and light control to allow you to enjoy your windows at any time of day, and if you love your view and struggle with closing your window treatments you may find that motorized window treatments are the answer. With PowerView Motorization you can easily close your window treatments during certain parts of the day, at night or when you’re not home.

Cellular Shades in Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak Interiors is a full-service interior design company. At our showroom you will find a variety of window treatments by Hunter Douglas and also many fabrics for custom draperies and accessories. We proudly serve Monument (including Sanctuary Pointe), Black Forest, South End, Glen Eagle, Flying Horse, Northgate, Peregrine, Mountain Shadows, and Broadmoor Bluff. Stop by our showroom or call today!

Finding the Ideal Material for Your Custom Plantation Shutters

custom plantation shutters

After considering all of the different window treatment options available, you have decided you want to add custom shutters to the interior of your home. However, there are still other choices to make, including whether you want them painted or stained, how you want them installed, and most importantly, what material you would like to use.

Hunter Douglas shutters come in three materials, each of which have different characteristics. To determine which one is best for you, you’ll have to consider what you want the shutters to look like, what you’re trying to achieve with them, and where they will be located in your home.

How You Want Your Plantation Shutters to Look

Plantation shutters are most often found stained or painted white or cream, and what color you want is often determined by your window trim or other solid surfaces in the room, like cabinets and flooring. NewStyle shutters mimic the look of wood and come in four stained looks.

For the largest selection of stains, choose Heritance real wood shutters. They are available in over 20 different stain shades ranging from an almost-black Midnight to light-colored Wheat. Heritance shutters also offer a variety of finishes, including glazed, distressed, burnished, and rustic.

If you like the looks of plantation shutters but don’t care for the center tilt bar, all three types of Hunter Douglas shutters offer a back tilt bar that is mounted to one side of the shutter, making it almost unnoticeable. But if you don’t want any tilt bar at all, Palm Beach shutters are the only line that offers Lantana™, a gear-operated shutter that you adjust by moving just one louver.

Where Your Custom Shutters Will Be Located

Real wood shutters are beautiful and lend a traditional look to any room. They work perfectly in formal living rooms, dining rooms, and home offices or studies, especially if the window trim is stained rather than painted. If you want a shutter that will withstand the heat and humidity of a bathroom, sunroom, or kitchen, your best option would be a shutter made from man-made products. NewStyle shutters look like real wood but are more durable, and Palm Beach shutters are guaranteed not to chip, crack, warp, or fade, regardless of the heat or moisture levels in the room.

Plantation shutters in general are easier to keep clean than draperies or curtains because they can be regularly dusted or vacuumed to remove dust and grime, or wiped with a damp cloth to clean off a smudge. But the compound used in Palm Beach shutters creates an ultra-smooth finish that is the easiest to clean of any shutters found on the market today, which makes them great for high-traffic areas or a child’s bedroom.

Visit the Pikes Peak Interiors studio in Colorado Springs, Colorado or call us to schedule an in-home design consultation. We proudly serve Monument (including Sanctuary Pointe), Black Forest, South End, Glen Eagle, Flying Horse, Northgate, Peregrine, Mountain Shadows, and Broadmoor Bluffs.

Choosing the Best Blinds for Your Living Room

Pikes Peak Interiors is the best place to go for living room blinds. We offer quality vertical and horizontal blinds by Hunter Douglas. Theresa, our interior designer, has been helping customers like you choose the perfect living room blinds for over 30 years. She listens closely to your needs and has an eye for creating beautiful rooms. When it comes to choosing the perfect blinds for your living room, you’ll love working with us.

Horizontal Options for Living Room Blinds

There are a variety of options when it comes to blinds. Horizontal blinds come in over 13 product lines and each product line offers various options for color, style and operating system. You can choose from wood, alternative wood or metal. Each product is designed to help you control the amount of light and privacy in your room. At Pikes Peak Interiors, we also offer custom draperies if you wish to layer the look with a soft curtain or valance. Our wood blinds come in traditional colors and stains as well as a wire-brushed line for a more weathered look. Genuine hardwood blinds give your home a warm, comfortable look in a variety of colors and stains. Alternative wood blinds tend to be more durable than real wood. They come in neutrals, whites and off whites. Wood and alternative wood blinds give your window a crisp clean look. They are easy to clean and perfect for keeping allergens to a minimum. If you are concerned about covering your view, our Reveal® Aluminum blinds with MagnaView® offers twice the viewing area as a traditional 2” blind. We also have a Natural Elements blind for those who want something more than an aluminum blind. Natural elements feature wood tassels and wands as well as a wood top and bottom accent.

Vertical Options for Living Room Blinds

If your windows are larger, vertical blinds are a great choice. Our vertical blinds come in 5 distinct product lines providing you with an endless selection of colors, textures and materials. Vertical blinds come in wood, alternative wood, metal, fabric and a variety of solid colors or patterns. One of our most stunning vertical blinds for large window expanses is our Skyline® Gliding Window Panels. They feature panels up to 17” for a stunning look that is quite dramatic. For living rooms with multiple windows in varying sizes and shapes, you can mix and match vertical and horizontal window treatments in the same color and material to create the unity you need for your space. If you like the idea of vertical blinds but want to soften them up a bit, our Cadence® soft vertical blinds have a unique “S” curved vane that mimics soft drapery.

Why Choose Hunter Douglas Custom Blinds

We choose Hunter Douglas blinds because they are American-made and designed with the latest innovations, so you know the blinds are durable and easy to operate. In fact, they are backed by one of the best warranties in the industry. Because they are manufactured to order, you can choose exactly how you want them to look and operate. We professionally measure your windows and install the blinds so you know they will fit perfectly and look fantastic. When you order custom blinds, you also get to choose the operating system that will work the best for you. If you’d like to learn more about our living room blinds, call or stop by Pikes Peak Interiors. Our showroom is located in Colorado Springs, Co and we service Monument (including Sanctuary Pointe), Black Forest, South End, Glen Eagle, Flying Horse, Northgate, Peregrine, Mountain Shadows, and Broadmoor Bluff.

Three New Kinds of Shades

You’ve heard of roller shades, but did you know there are other kinds of shades?

Shades have been around for a long time, but human innovation goes on in all sectors and even shades are changing.

Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb shades get their name because they resemble a honeycomb, but they don’t come with honey or bees. Each row of the shade is pleated to contain air cells. The cells trap air and provide a buffer between inside and outside temperatures.

Honeycomb shades work very well in places where strong sunlight warms up a room or the bitter cold air of winter seeps through the windows. Hunter-Douglas makes an insulated honeycomb shade called Architella that is so insulating that it has qualified for federal rebates!

Cellular Roller Shades

Most cellular shades work by folding themselves up as you lift them, but they are available in a roller shade too. The difference is that a roller shade is very neat when it’s completely rolled up, giving the window a minimalist look. Add a valance and your rolled up shade is invisible.

Hunter-Douglas makes a cellular roller shade called Sonnette. Since all of their shades are custom made, you can order it with a lifting system that operates with a button or even one that allows you to program the shades to open and close on a schedule.

Roman/Honeycomb Hybrid Shades

If you like the ruffled look of a roman shade, but don’t want to miss out on the energy efficiency of a honeycomb shade, you can get a hybrid. These shades have a softer look than a structured honeycomb shade, but they still buffer the outside temperature and can even help with the acoustics in a room.

The Solera shade from Hunter-Douglas can be pushed up from the bottom or pushed down from the top, giving you different ways to bring sunlight into the room and retain your privacy.

You can pick from dozens of fabrics when ordering these shades. Whether you want insulating window treatments, privacy or protection from our strong Colorado Springs sun, contact us and we can help you design the perfect shades for your windows!

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