Modern Window Coverings For 2020

Is 2020 The Year To Refresh Your Window Treatments?

2020 brings us not just a new year but an entirely new decade! It’s the perfect time to update the look of your home or office with new window treatments. Better yet, take advantage of modern technology and opt for motorized shades or blinds so you can raise and lower window coverings with the touch of a button. Talk about embracing the new decade!

Modern Styles In Every Color

Window treatments are so much more than boring and blah functional items. The right choice can become part of your home décor, enhancing the look of a room while still doing its duty of protecting privacy and guarding against intruding light. Orlando Motorized Shades offers window coverings in the following styles:

  • Cellular and Honeycomb Shades. These are a great choice if you want to regulate room temperature because the cellular design traps air to prevent heat transfer between the interior of the home and the window.
  • Pleated Shades. Accordion-style folds deliver a crisp, clean look. Choose from solid or patterned designs to add interest and color to the room.
  • Roller Shades. This is the classic shade that rolls down and then rolls back up with a little tug. Also called solar shades for their ability to block out the sun, these shades can be used alone or with curtains or drapes.
  • Roman Shades. If you want variety, look to Roman Shades. These are available in balloon, teardrop, relaxed, or cascading styles to complement any room. Fabric choices add texture and interest, block sunlight, or reduce glare, depending on your choices.
  • Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds. Our blinds are available in different stain and paint colors as well as slat sizes to work in any room. Motorized tilt functions make it easy to control light and privacy, even in rooms with a lot of windows.

Out With The Old, In With The New

If your window treatments are looking a little dated, it’s time for a refresh! Orlando Motorized Shades makes it easy to replace your old window coverings with new selections. We offer free on-site consultations for homes and businesses, so you can look at samples and see styles in the room where the shades or blinds will hang. Meet with a professional designer who can help you choose new window treatments that you’ll love for years! Call Orlando Motorized Shades at (407) 977-0886 to schedule a free consultation today!

Motorized Window Coverings Are The Best Way To Reduce Solar Gain

Motorized Window Coverings Are The Best Way To Reduce Solar Gain

Even the U.S. Department of Energy agrees, motorized window coverings or “operable window coverings”, to use DOE terminology, are a smart way to reduce solar heat gain, control your energy bills, and make your living areas more comfortable all year round.

Why is this? Because motorized window treatments make it so easy to open, close, and adjust window coverings to maximize or minimize solar heat gain throughout the day or time of year.

Windows and Energy Consumption

According to the DOE, 30% of a home’s heating and cooling energy is lost through windows and the vast majority of sunlight that enters through windows, even double-paned windows, becomes heat. This is fine if you live in a cold climate and can use that extra boost of heat, but it’s not so great in our already warm Florida environment.

Motorization makes it possible to get more out of your window coverings by helping to support whole home comfort.

Set Schedules and Operate Remotely

Orlando Motorized Shades is proud to offer Somfy myLinkTM  motorized control systems. This system can be added to just about any kind of window treatment, including new blinds and shades or any that you may have already existing in your home. The scheduling functions allow homeowners to set schedules and even manage their window coverings remotely. This is a no-nonsense way to work with Mother Nature to keep your home comfortable year-round.

Set the timer to:

  • Open or close the window coverings for privacy or to maximize daylight
  • Take advantage of warming sunlight during the winter daytime hours
  • Prevent the hot summer sun from entering your home during the day
  • Control the amount of light and solar heat that comes into the home any time of day, any time of year

Put Motorized Shades To Work For Your Home

Motorized shades and blinds are efficient, convenient, and effective for both homes and businesses that need to reduce solar heat gain. Schedule an on-site consultation with Orlando Motorized Shades to learn more about motorized window treatments by calling (407) 977-0886 or contacting us online today!

Commercial Motorized Shades | Facilities Budget Planning

Include Commercial Motorized Shades In Year-End Budget Plans

The end of the year is the perfect time to take stock of your commercial real estate amenities and make plans for the future. Some businesses find themselves with a budget surplus that needs to be spent; others are making budgets for the next year and still others are planning building upgrades in the years to come. Whichever category your business falls into, be sure to contact Orlando Motorized Shades to receive a personalized quote for commercial motorized shades.

Modern Solutions For Modern Businesses

Commercial buildings benefit immensely from our modern, motorized shades and window coverings. Not only do our products improve the look of any room, they can reduce energy costs, boost employee productivity, and improve overall comfort levels within the building. Motorization options only enhance functionality, allowing building managers or even individual office occupants to control the window coverings with the touch of a button. Commercial-grade motorized shades are particularly useful for large conference rooms and presentation areas or for rooms that have windows located in awkward or hard-to-reach locations. They are also a great solution for internal windows to provide added privacy in conference rooms or individual offices.

If you are a fan of tech assistants like Siri and Alexa, you’ll love our Somfy motorized control system. Somfy myLinkTM includes a scheduling function for truly automated window control and even comes with Amazon Alexa integration for voice-controlled operation. AI assistants are the next generation of mobile tech and motorized shades and window coverings are just part of that advancement.

If you are tired of old, drab window coverings, shades or blinds that don’t work or spend a mind-boggling amount of time opening and closing blinds, it’s time to give us a call. We can outfit your office or commercial building with brand-new window treatments that will refresh the room and your spirit.

Arrange An On-Site Quote From Orlando Motorized Shades

Will this be the year that you finally upgrade your commercial window treatments? If so, call Orlando Motorized Shades today to arrange a free, onsite consultation and price quote! Call (407) 977-0886 or contact us online to get started!

Commercial Motorized Shades Reduce Energy Costs and Boost Employee Productivity

Commercial Motorized Shades Reduce Energy Costs and Boost Employee Productivity

One of the most common comments we hear from our commercial clients is how surprised they are at the effects that commercial motorized shades have had on their working environment. Many of them go in to the project expecting to update the look of their office, but they end up getting so much more.

Benefits of Commercial Motorized Shades in the Office

Commercial motorized shades are a must in sunny Florida. Not only do they provide privacy and complete the look of a room, but they also protect the building and its occupants from the damaging and distracting effects of the sun. Four of the top benefits of motorizes shades in the office are:

  1. Energy Savings. You don’t have to buy energy-efficient motorized shades, but why wouldn’t you? We carry hundreds of fabrics that help block UV rays and heat transfer for reduced reliance on air conditioning.
  2. Improved Comfort. Shades that reduce heat transfer keep room temperatures more constant and comfortable while also minimizing glare and the accompanying eye strain. Fabrics are available in different weaves and opacity from sheer to blackout and everything in between.
  3. Employee Productivity. Natural light is wonderful, but sometimes it has to be managed. Overly warm rooms, glare, and light shining directly in your eyes can all sap productivity. Motorized shades can help manage these issues to keep employees more comfortable and productive. 
  4. Convenience. Our commercial motorized shades solutions are simple to use. Just the push of a button raises and lowers shades. Our Somfy system can even be set up to put the shades on a timer or used remotely from a smartphone.

We have installed commercial motorized shades in all types of businesses and all sizes in Orlando, Orange County and the surrounding areas. The one thing all of our customers have in common is total satisfaction with their new motorized window treatments!

Learn more about commercial motorized shades by scheduling a free on-site consultation with Orlando Motorized Shades. Call (407) 977-0886 or contact us online today to get started!

Motorized Shades | Motorized Window Treatments | Somfy

Somfy WiFi Controls Bring Automation To Window Treatments

Have you ever been woken up too early by blinding sun or sat down to watch a movie only to realize that light coming in from the window was causing glare? Did you then huff and sigh and force yourself to get up to adjust the window coverings or did you just put up with it? What if there were a way to open and close your window treatments, blinds, and shades without having to move?

There is! The Somfy myLinkTM system, available through Orlando Motorized Shades, brings smart home tech to window treatments. This WiFi-enabled solution turns ordinary window coverings into motorized window coverings! Controls are operated via a Somfy remote or your smartphone for unparalleled convenience.

The Next Stage of Smart Home Automation

Smart homes are all the rage these days. We’ve got apps to control the temperature in our homes, our security systems, doors and points of entry, indoor and outdoor lighting, and, of course, music and ambiance. One area that has been overlooked up until now are window treatments. Smart window treatments are the next stage in smart home automation. Window coverings affect home comfort, function, and security – all three of which are often addressed by smart home tech. Motorized blinds and shades are also simply useful and convenient, making it possible to adjust the lighting in a room (or the whole house!) with the touch of a button.

Our motorized window treatments are available for homes and businesses, allowing property owners to open and close their shades and blinds 24/7, whether they are in the same room as the windows or not. This can help control temperature in the room, improve worker productivity by increasing natural light or blocking blinding sun, and help improve security by blocking the interior from prying eyes.

Somfy myLinkTM includes a scheduling function for truly automated window control and even comes with Amazon Alexa integration for voice-controlled operation! Click here to learn more about Somfy myLinkTM.

Contact Us To Learn More About Motorized Shades and Blinds

Motorized shades or blinds are a luxury you never knew you wanted, but once you have them, you’ll never go back! In many cases, motorization can be added to existing shades and blinds, but we offer hundreds of styles, patterns, and fabrics if you want to update your look with new window treatments.

Schedule a free on-site consultation to more about the Somfy system by contacting Orlando Motorized Shades at (407) 977-0886 or online today!

Motorized Shades | Solar Shades | Solar Heat Gain

Reduce Solar Heat Gain With Motorized Solar Shades

Windows are a must in homes and business buildings. They let in light, fresh air, and allow those inside to see what is going on outside the four walls. But they can also be a tremendous energy hog, accounting for as much as a 30% loss in heating or cooling energy due to solar gain.

Solar gain, or solar heat gain, is the term used to describe the increased temperature of a space due to solar rays or solar radiation. If you notice a significant increase in a room’s temperature on a sunny day, you’ve got solar gain. Here in the Sunshine State that can drive up energy usage and send cooling bills soaring.

Fortunately, there are ways to reduce solar gain that don’t involve buying new windows or blocking out the sun entirely. Solar shades are one option.

Solar Shades Let Light In But Keep Heat Out

Solar shades look like a traditional roller shade, but the material that they are made of is designed to allow light to enter the building while blocking UV rays, glare, and heat. Those inside the building can still see out, but anyone outside will have a hard time seeing in.

The weave of the fabric determines the shades opacity as well as how much heat it lets in. Fabrics with a dense weave reflect more heat, reduce glare the most, and let in less light than fabrics with a lower weave density. Orlando Motorized Shades carries a wide variety of solar shade fabrics that allow property owners to choose the amount of light they want to let into their buildings.

Motorization Supports Energy Savings

By adding motorization to solar shades, home and business owners can realize even greater energy savings. Motorized shades open and close at the push of a button making it easy to let in light or prevent heat gain. Our motorization system operates via remote control or phone app, so you can set a schedule for the shades to raise and lower or even manage shades when you’re away from the home or office! There is no better way to manage privacy, natural lighting, or to fight solar heat gain!

Schedule an on-site consultation with Orlando Motorized Shades to learn more about motorized solar shades for your home or business. Call (407) 977-0886 or schedule online today!

Living Room Window Treatments | Orlando Motorized Shades

Spruce Up The Most Public Area Of The Home With Fresh Living Room Treatments

The living room is one of the most public areas of the home. It’s where we entertain guests, where families hang out, and where many people focus their home décor. Rooms like this deserve to look their best and the perfect living room window treatment can be the finishing touch that pulls it all together.

Experiment With Window Treatments In The Living Room

The living room is a great place to play with different types and styles of window treatments. They often feature the largest windows in the home and are usually some of the biggest rooms in the home as well. They also aren’t limited by the room’s function like a bedroom or kitchen might be. This gives homeowners a lot of creative freedom to try styles, colors, patterns, and designs that might not work as well in a different room of the house.

Bedrooms, for example, might be limited to room-darkening curtains, but in the living room, you can play with sheers and light-filtering materials, and more! Larger room sizes mean you can go with bigger and bolder patterns and not overwhelm the room too. Since you don’t have to worry about moisture, food, or odors as you do in bathrooms and kitchens, you can splurge on luxe fabrics like silk or velvet without fear of ruining the living room window treatment.

Popular Living Room Window Treatments

  • Wood and Faux Wood Blinds. Wood and faux wood blinds work with just about any type of décor from modern, minimalist living rooms to earthy, natural rooms and casual, comfortable environments. They are a timeless choice that allows you to control light and privacy and they can be “softened” around the edges by hanging curtains up too!
  • Cellular and Honeycomb Shades. Cellular and honeycomb shades are a smart choice for drafty living rooms or those with large windows. If you experience significant heat transfer through your windows, these shades offer a layer of thermal protection while still looking great.
  • Roller Shades. Roller shades have come a long way from the days of pull-down vinyl shades. Today’s shades can go up or down with just the slightest of pressure and are available in colors, patterns, and styles that will have you pulling the shades down more often just to enjoy their look!
  • Roman Shades. Roman shades are increasingly popular in living rooms due to their elegant appearance and carefree operation. Tie them up when you want to let in light and untie them for privacy. There are hundreds of colors, patterns, and styles available to enhance any living room windows!
  • Motorized Shades. Motorization can be added to any shade offered by Orlando Motorized Shades. Once you try motorized shades, you will wonder how you ever lived without them! Just the press of a button will allow you to control light and privacy and make it easier to manage awkward or hard-to-reach windows.

Browse Living Room Window Treatments In Your Home

Update the look of your living room with help from Orlando Motorized Shades! Call us to schedule a free, in-home consultation where we’ll measure your windows, offer advice, and share with you our hundreds of living room window treatment styles and designs. Your home will look better than ever with custom window treatments from Orlando Motorized Shades!

Call Orlando Motorized Shades at (407) 977-0886 or schedule online today!

Kitchen Window Treatments | Orlando Motorized Shades

Best Kitchen Window Treatments For Ambiance and Comfort

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. It’s the room where food and memories are made and is one of the most heavily trafficked areas of the house. Kitchen window treatments make kitchens more inviting and comfortable, protect privacy, and complement the décor. But not all window treatments are recommended for the kitchen.

Choose Kitchen Window Treatments With Care

There are safety and practicality concerns to think of when selecting kitchen window coverings. If windows are located near the stove, sink, or food preparation areas you might want to shy away from heavy fabrics and instead go for easy-clean up wood or faux wood blinds or shutters. Windows that are located away from mess-prone areas present more opportunity, but you’ll still want to factor in the location of the window in relation to the sun, any privacy concerns, and how the windows are used.

Popular Kitchen Window Treatments

  • Wood and Faux Wood Blinds. Wood and faux wood blinds are a smart option if there’s a chance of the window treatment getting splattered with grease, water, or food. Blinds clean easily with soap and water or a quick wipe down, but still provide natural light and privacy when needed.
  • Cellular and Honeycomb Shades. If your kitchen is drafty or you notice temperature fluctuations based on the season or even time of day, cellular shades can help stabilize the situation. The air pockets that are built into these shades add an extra layer of insulation, helping to reduce energy consumption and control room temperature.
  • Roller Shades. Classic roller shades, also known as solar shades, can be used in just about any situation. They boast simple functioning and a wide range of colors, fabrics, and textures to meet any need. Light-filtering materials allow light in, but block prying eyes. Thermal materials help insulate the room. Treated fabrics can even provide UV protection in sunny kitchens. 
  • Roman Shades. Roman shades are an elegant, yet carefree, option. Simply tie them up when you want light and let the ties out for privacy. These are a particularly good option if you have an eat-in kitchen with a nearby window as they bridge the gap between kitchen and dining décor. 
  • Motorized Shades. Motorized shades can’t be beat for large, high, or awkward windows and sliding glass doors. With the press of a button, you can easily open or close your shades or blinds to control lighting and privacy. With our Somfy systems, you can even program your shades and blinds to open and close on a schedule. 

Schedule a Free In-Home Consultation For Kitchen Window Treatments In Orlando

Orlando Motorized Shades has your next kitchen window covering! We carry hundreds of colors, textures, and fabrics so you can design a custom window treatments that meet the exact needs of your home and look great while doing so! Schedule an in-home consultation to learn more about our kitchen window treatments!

Contact Orlando Motorized Shades at (407) 977-0886 or schedule online today!

Bedroom Window Treatments | Blackout Curtains | Orlando Motorized Shades

Rest Easy With Orlando Motorized Shades’ Bedroom Window

Sleep is so important for our physical and mental health, yet 45% of Americans report that poor sleep affects their daily activities! One reason for this may come down to the bedroom environment. A dark environment is essential for a good night’s sleep, but too many of us have devices in our rooms that emit a blue glow all night or have light coming in through the windows all night.

Orlando Motorized Shades can help you sleep better with our bedroom window treatments! Blackout shades, room-darkening curtains, and programmable, motorized window treatments can all keep your bedroom dark when you need it to be.

Create A Sleep-Worthy Environment

After great pillows and a comfortable mattress, appropriate window treatments are a must-have for a restful bedroom. Here are some options:

  • Light-Filtering. Light-filtering window treatments diminish harsh light but still allow some outside light to come into the room. If you live in an area that doesn’t have a lot of street lights, light-filtering roller shades, drapes, or curtains may darken your environment just enough for you.
  • Room-Darkening. Room-darkening window treatments make a room noticeably darker than it is outside. If the late summer sun bothers you or if you live in an area that has a lot of buildings or street lights that are on at night, room-darkening blinds or curtains will block much of the external lighting so you can rest.
  • Blackout. The darkest of dark window treatments, blackout window treatments prevent any light from getting through. They are a must-have if you work at night and need to sleep during the day or if you need a very dark room in order to get some sleep.
  • Motorized. Our motorized blinds and shades are perfect if you have trouble sticking to a sleep routine or prefer to wake up naturally with the sun. A programmable system allows you to determine when your window treatments will open and close, so you can set it to open the curtains at sunrise and wake up gently instead of to a blaring alarm.

Explore Bedroom Window Treatments At Orlando Motorized Shades

We have hundreds of colors, styles, and fabrics to choose from to make your room a restful retreat. Schedule an in-home consultation today to learn more about our bedroom window treatment options!

Contact Orlando Motorized Shades at (407) 977-0886 or schedule online today!

Dining Room Window Treatments | Motorized Blinds | Shades

Browse Our “Menu” Of Dining Room Window Treatments

So much of the dining experience is all about ambiance. The lighting, the seating, the place settings, the décor…and of course, the menu! But even a lackluster menu can be forgiven if the experience is one to remember.

Window treatments from Orlando Motorized Shades can help you create your desired dining room setting by providing color, texture, privacy, and sound absorption. If you thought dining room window treatments were all the same, think again! Today’s choices make it possible to design a dining room you’ll be proud to show off as often as possible!

Add Some Spice To Your Dining Room With These Window Treatments

  • Blinds. Wooden and faux-wood blinds are an excellent choice for light control and privacy, since it’s possible to tilt the blinds to let in light, but still maintain privacy. They are easy-to-clean, and can be softened by adding drapes or curtains to the window.
  • Honeycomb Shades. Honeycomb and cellular shades are popular for absorbing sound and regulating temperature in the dining room. The 3D design features “cells” or pockets of air that trap both heat, cold, and sound, making a room more comfortable in feel and sound.
  • Roller Shades. The roller shade may be a classic, but today’s styles give it an updated look and feel. Roll it up for light and down for privacy. Want something unique? Check out light-filtering solar shades or patterned roller shades that unveil a design when rolled down!
  • Roman Shades. Roman shades are a versatile choice for any dining room, ranging from sleek and streamlined to casual and laid-back. They can be height adjusted for privacy and light control and are available in hundreds of colors, textures, and fabrics to match any dining room décor.

Add Motorization To Better Control Ambiance 

When you add motorization to your dining room window treatments, you add convenience. This can be especially helpful if you have large windows or heavier window treatments or if you need to adjust the window treatment during the meal due to the way the sun is positioned. Simply use the remote or your smartphone to raise or lower your new shades or blinds as needed! It’s that easy!

Does your dining room need a refresh? Contact Orlando Motorized Shades to schedule a free, in-home consultation where we can show you our “menu” of window treatments! We’re certain you’ll find exactly what you need!

Call (407) 977-0886 or schedule online today!