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Exploring the Different Types of Motorized Shades and How They Work

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Looking to Upgrade Your Home with Automatic Blinds or Shades? 

Motorized shades have significantly changed how we control natural light, privacy, and home comfort. These innovative window coverings offer convenience, style, and functionality all at the touch of a button, leaving Charlotte, NC, homeowners to live in ultimate luxury. 

At The Integrated Home, we love automatic window treatments. Keep reading to explore the various shades available today and learn a bit about how they work!

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What Opacity Means for Motorized Shades

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The Light Filtering Properties of Motorized Shades Explained

How much light would you like to come in through your motorized shades? How much privacy will you require? These questions will help you determine the opacity level needed for your new window treatments. Opacity is the amount of shade your window treatments will provide based on the fabric type used to make them. 

Continue reading to learn more about opacity, including the options available for motorized shades and how they will impact the energy efficiency of your Charlotte, NC, home.

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Designed to Disappear: Concealed Motorized Window Treatments

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The Ultimate Confluence of Design and Technology

You and your North Carolina clients understand the luxury and convenience that motorized window treatments bring to a home. While today’s motorized options are anything but bulky, sometimes an even sleeker, more integrated look is called for. Maybe it’s for a picture window that reveals a spectacular view of Lake Norman, or an ultramodern wall of windows in a luxury Uptown Charlotte high-rise with an amazing city view. Regardless of the reason, there’s a way to maximize the window view.

Concealed motorized blinds, skylights, and curtain tracks from Blindspace enable you to make the most of every window, offering automated window treatments that virtually disappear into walls and ceilings. As a designer, you'll love the flexibility afforded by this solution to implement your and your clients' design vision without encumbrances. Read on below to learn more about hidden motorized window treatments. 

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Design More Comfortable Interior Environments with Motorized Window Treatments

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Motorized Window Treatments Add Protection and Luxury with Style

As a designer, you are expert in creating custom designs that fit both form and function. When it comes to window treatments, they function to manage light and privacy while adding form with design and materials. But there’s one extra touch you can add to your window treatment designs that bring even more function with the form – power, and automation. 

Motorized window treatments are a smart home feature that’s quickly becoming mainstream. They make harnessing and managing natural light much easier for a more comfortable home environment, especially when integrated into a home automation system. If you are designing new window treatments for a Charlotte, NC, project, you should go with powered options. Explore three reasons why below!

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Why We Love Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades

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Enjoy unsurpassed flexibility and comfort with an advanced motorized shading system

When it comes to motorized shading systems, Hunter Douglas knows a thing or two about making quality shades, blinds, shutters and drapery. As a leading brand in the smart shade industry, Hunter Douglas is well-known for producing stylish, energy-efficient window coverings that transform the lighting in any space.

One of Hunter Douglas’s most luxurious and prestigious collections is the Duette® Honeycomb Shades. Keep reading to learn four reasons we recommend the Duette shading system for your Charlotte, NC, home.  

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Design with Indoor & Outdoor Motorized Shades by Screen Innovations

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An Interior Designer’s Guide to Motorized Shading Systems

Motorized shades add a dash of luxury and convenience to any home they’re installed inside. Users can tell their smart speaker, “Alexa, lower the shades,” and watch the blinds lower across the entire property.

If you’re an interior designer curious about motorized shading systems, Screen Innovations is a brand to have on your radar. They’re also known for manufacturing high-end projector film screens. Screen Innovations’ smart shades offer plenty of fabrics, wired and wireless control options, and let users automate the technology through smart home systems like Control4.

Learn how motorized shading systems work below to see if Screen Innovations could be a fit for your luxury home design projects. As a certified dealer in Charlotte, NC, we can implement a system customized to your client’s needs.

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Choose the Right Color, Texture, and Transparency for Motorized Shades

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Motorized Window Treatments by Hunter Douglas

Motorized shades are valuable for countless reasons. They save time, automatically keep rooms cool, and award instant privacy at one touch of a button. Smart shades are an excellent solution for hard-to-reach windows like skylights, and vastly beneficial for the elderly and disabled. Plus, they can be integrated with smart systems like Control4.

If you’re an interior designer, you may be wondering how you can factor in design with motorized window treatments. As a smart technology installer in Charlotte, NC, we’ll share the different options you’ll find from one of our favorite brands, Hunter Douglas.

 

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Tech Spotlight: Screen Innovations’ Motorized Window Treatments

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Discover Battery-Powered & Wireless Motorized Shades

Let your house work with you, not against you. We all know maintaining a household can be difficult. Dust bunnies appear out of nowhere, the dishwasher is full, and you need to stop by the store before dinner. So take one daily task off of your shoulders with motorized window treatments and watch how they enhance all hours of the day.  

Today, we’re spotlighting smart motorized blinds by Screen Innovations, an Austin-based manufacturer specializing in motorized window treatments, outdoor shades, and projector screens. Their shades run on battery power and a Zigbee 3.0 wireless network. How does it work? And what is Zigbee? Read on to discover how Screen Innovations will help your Lake Norman, NC, home.

 

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How Motorized Blinds and Shades Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

How Motorized Blinds and Shades Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

Summer here in North Carolina is quickly approaching, and we all know that means increased energy bills as you attempt to keep your home cool.

At The Integrated Home, we’re always working with local homeowners to lower their energy output through smart technology. One of the best ways to achieve this is through motorized window treatments.

In this post, we share how motorized blinds and shades can help lower your Charlotte, NC home energy bills this summer.

Interested in finding out more? We explain below.

SEE ALSO: How to Choose the Right Motorized Shades

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3 Tips to Save Energy This Summer With Smart Home Technology

3 Tips to Save Energy This Summer With Smart Home Technology

North Carolina in the summertime means heat—and lots of it. With the humidity, it’s nearly impossible to get by without air conditioning flowing through your house. However, cooling costs can rack up your monthly bills immensely and negatively impact the environment.

Well, what can one do? Sweltering inside your home in the name of being resourceful isn’t a practical option. But with smart home technology like motorized shading, there are handy ways to save energy and stay cool at the same time.

To learn how to permanently optimize your Lake Norman, NC home’s energy use year-round, continue reading below!

SEE ALSO: Why Motorized Shades Are An Essential Addition to Your Space

  1. Add Motorized Shading to Your Home

Motorized shades are an excellent option to routinely preserve a cool indoor temperature. With automated blinds like Lutron’s Serena smart shades in every room, you can easily connect each window to your smart control system like Control4. Set your shades to a timer based around your work schedule, or swipe on your smartphone to automatically lower every shade before departing.

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