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Are Drapes Outdated and Out of Style?

Curtains can be the jewelry on the windows.

Blinds and shades seem to be the go-to window covering of the era. Due in part to their budget-friendly cost and their functionality, they are an easy solution to most window-covering dilemmas. But because they are structured and quite architectural in design, they do not contribute to the warmth of a room like fabric does; it is their main disadvantage when designing a room. The position that curtains are outdated can be tempered when the advantages of curtains are examined.

Function

Curtains serve specific functions; they can block all light from entering a room when lined, and they can reduce heat loss and heat gain in a room as much as twice as effectively as a blind. Motorization of curtains removes the problem of moving large curtains by hand, or installing curtains on high or hard-to-reach windows. Some windows are too large for off-the-shelf manufactured blinds. Some windows do not lend themselves well, style-wise or functionally, to blinds and shades, such as oversized sliding glass doors or wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows. Only custom-made shades can be used on some of these excessively large windows, and the cost of them could be much more than a fabric curtain.

Style

The design aesthetic of this century is “less is more,” and it manifests in curtain styles that are simpler than in past years. Even as recently as the early ’90s, swags, ruffles and multiple layers were common window treatments. However, classic design and superior workmanship allow the fabric to be the star of the treatment. Just like a short Chanel jacket, classic pleated drapes never go out of style, can be dressed up or down, and never lose their functionality. Overdressed, overlayered curtains that match the overused wall borders are, indeed, outdated.

Fabric

Advancements in fabric manufacturing have produced easy-care, man-made fabrics that look like expensive natural-fiber fabrics such as dupioni silk or textured natural linen. The new fabrics hang well, are easy to clean, have budget-conscious price tags, and are often resistant to sun-fade. Some have built-in blackout properties, removing the necessity of a separate lining.

Combinations

Used in conjunction with manufactured blinds and shades, curtains typically provide additional coverage while adding decor panache. A sparsely furnished room is instantly warmed with the addition of curtains, either as functioning window treatments or as side panels for decoration only

Hunter Douglas bamboo woven wood Roman shades on a door

Hunter Douglas Bamboo Woven Wood Roman Shades

These are Hunter Douglas Wovwn Wood bamboo shades with a blackout liner. They are in a customer’s entertainment room in their basement.

NATURAL WOVEN SHADES

EXOTIC ESSENTIALS 

Both elegant and exotic, Natural Woven Shades are the go-to for interior designers world-wide. Organic fibers from jute to rattan and bamboo to wood bring global texture and international style right to your very own zip code.

WHY NATURAL WOVEN SHADES?

  • From harvest to fabrication, over 20 different specialists create each unique shade for our three collections.
  • Enduring quality? Look to details like hand-sewn rings stitched right into the weave.
  • Natural Woven Shades are meticulously hand-fed on a loom by skilled artisans who’ve passed their craft from generation to generation.
  • Our Grass Weaves keep it artisanal with man-made yarns spun from natural by-products.
  • Accent the positive with handsome sewn-edge binding choices that add finished flair.

ORGANIC AURA

Light-filtering grasses, reeds, papyrus and bamboo woven by artisans to exhibit all the perfect imperfections – and hues – found in nature bring an organic, sophisticated style. Choose a pigmented stain option and add an exotic twist.

CONTROL OPTIONS

  • Beautiful form, beautiful function. Our innovative control options include both Cordless and RemoteLift so your home is both safe and serene.
    • CORDLESS LIFTA light push or pull lifts or lowers shade to any desired position. With no visible cords, cordless shades offer a clean look and provide added child and pet safety.
    • RECHARGEABLE SIMPLICITYEconomical RF motorization system operates by remote control and the batteries are rechargeable for extra cost savings and convenience. Solar panel recharge available.
    • REMOTELIFT MOTORIZATIONBattery-operated motorized system lifts and lowers shades with the touch of a button. Smoove wall switch and MyLink option (compatible with Alexa) available. 
    • CONTINUOUS CORD LOOPRaise shades with ease and convenience. The color-coordinated cord loop remains the same length no matter where you position the shades. The specially designed cord tensioner eliminates dangling cords for enhanced child safety.
    • STANDARD CORD CONTROLEasy to operate yet durable function. Multi-cord lock & guided pulley system with antique brass or white finishes ensures a smooth, long-lasting operation. Decorative wood tassels add a classic touch.

DESIGN OPTIONS

    • TANDEM SHADESEnjoy intricate light weaving through woven patterns or full on light blocking. Complete privacy or a hint of the outdoors. With Tandem, you can have it all. An independently operated back roller shade liner adds exceptional light and privacy versatility. Light-filtering and blackout liner fabrics available.
    • TRILIGHT SHADESTop-down/bottom-up convenience with the added benefits of increased UV protection, softened view, glare reduction, and added privacy. The top sheer pleated shade enhances the shade’s performance by offering infinitely adjustable control.
    • TOP-DOWN/BOTTOM-UPOperates from the top down or the bottom up for more light control and privacy options. Open from the top and bottom together for more flexibility.
    • FIXED LINERLight-filtering, room-darkening or blackout liner is attached to the back of the natural woven shade and raises/lowers in unison with the shade.
    • OPERABLE LINERLiner operates separately from the front shade, providing increased light control and privacy. Available on traditional and waterfall shade styles with standard cord control.
    • TWO-ON-ONE / THREE-ON-ONE RAILTwo or three independently operating shades share the same headrail for a cleaner, more unified look. Ideal for wide-set windows and patio doors.
    • WATERFALLNo valance here. Just a clean, flush mount that keeps those surface planes aligned and the hardware hidden. Back valance conceals the hardware from the exterior. The metal grommet allows the lift cord to stay neat and within reach.
    • EDGE BINDINGSOur sewn edge bindings lend durability, structure and a clean appearance to your shade.
    • PANEL TRACKCoordinate windows and doors in the same room. Fabric panels slide effortlessly across doors and large expanses of glass.

Hunter Douglas Alta Window Fashions Child Safety for Window Coverings – Blinds and Shades

WHY WE CARE. AND WHY YOU SHOULD.

Awareness and education are frontline warriors in the eternal campaign to keep loved ones safe. Alta knows it’s not enough to simply produce and offer products that meet that goal; we want to partner with you to make smart, informed choices for your home and your family. From inspiration to purchase.

The challenge. Window treatment cords present a potential strangulation hazard to young children and pets. 

Accidents with window treatment cords often involve older products that do not conform to current safety standards. We strongly encourage you to retrofit or replace corded window treatments with current safer designs in accordance with the recommendations of the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Council (CPSC) who advocate that only cordless window coverings be used in homes with small children.

TIPS & TACTICS

Armed with information, you can reduce or eliminate those risks and decorate through thoughtful design. In fact, click here to download a copy of our Child Safety Control Options Brochure for a quick reference guide.

WE SUPPORT AND PROMOTE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY CHECKLIST IN CONJUNCTION WITH WCSC AND CPSC:

  • Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows.
  • Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
  • Check your current window treatments for exposed or dangling cords. To order a free retrofit kit for older window treatments, contact the Window Covering Safety Council directly: 1-800-506-4636 info@windowcoverings.org, www.windowcoverings.org
  • Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible. Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.
  • Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement.
  • Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.

CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES

As a leader in cordless innovation, Alta Window Fashions ensures style and peace of mind work hand-in-hand. In each of our collections, there are smart options that enhance the safety of window treatments to help protect your children and pets. 

Cordless products are the #1 choice of both design pros and safety councils. Why? Beautiful form, beautiful function.

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Hunter Douglas Motorized Honeycomb Cell Shades

These are Hunter Douglas Motorized Honeycomb Cell Shades in a great room in Suwanee GA suburb of Atlanta GA Laurel Springs neighborhood outside of Johns Creek Duluth area. The top shades are motorized while the bottom shades are cordless lift.

  • Somfy REMOTELIFT TM 2.0Battery-operated motorized system lowers and raises shades with the touch of a button. Perfect for hard-to-reach windows or everyday light and privacy control.
  • CORDLESS LIFTA light push or pull on the handle lifts or lowers the shade to any position. With no visible cords, cordless shades offer a clean look, and provide added child and pet safety.
somfy mylink

With myLink™, it’s easy to transform your experience with Somfy-powered motorized solutions and maximize the benefits that they provide, such as energy savings, privacy, comfort, and convenience. The myLink™ puts you in control, so that you can operate your motorized shades, blinds, awnings, screens and shutters with your favorite mobile device whether you’re home or not.

Click here to see these motorized cell shades in action

Maintenance and Warranty

REPELS DIRT AND RESISTS STAINS

Day-to-day smudge and dust bunnies have little power over our specially treated 100% polyester fabric. A soft cloth or a blow dryer (cool, please!) or even a gentle dunk in the tub will keep your shades looking like new without super-hero effort.

As with all of Hunter Douglas products – Cell Shades, Blinds, and more, they all come with a lifetime warranty. Motors are under warranty for 5 years.

Hunter Douglas vertical sheer shades is sandy springs ga

Hunter Douglas Vertical Sheer Shades

These are Hunter Douglas Vertical Sheer Shades in a condo in Sandy Springs GA. Suburb of Atlanta

VERTICAL BLINDS

LONG AND LEAN 

The latest hip hotel? Nope, your house. The cool lines of our Vertical Blinds collection serve up the ultimate in cost and energy efficiency with some of the most contemporary patterns around.

WHY OUR VERTICAL BLINDS?

  • Our custom collection includes textured or smooth vinyls, snappy S-Curve vanes, and fantastic fabrics making your window a very tactile affair.
  • Block out the light or block out the neighbors with the twist of a wand.
  • Choose from a variety of light-filtering fabrics for a gentle ambiance or insert into groovers and that same beautiful textile does double-duty as a blackout.
  • Create – or accentuate – the sense of height for sliding glass doors or beautifully broad windows.
  • Incredibly easy-to-maintain vinyl selections mean fewer tasks and more time for… other stuff.

S-Curve

The interlocking design of S-Curve vanes not only suggests the fluid look of draperies, but helps keep both the room and your budget at more comfortable levels. Very cool.

HEIGHT OF STYLE

Our collection of smooth and textured vinyls, delicious curves and rich weaves offers something for everyone. Tone on tone textures, beautiful color combos, and simple hues make for soaring style in the home.

honeycomb cellular shades from Hunter Douglas

Hunter Douglas Honeycomb (Cellular) Shades

EASY ELEGANCE FOR YOUR LIFE’S STYLE 

Tailored, energy efficient and infinitely customizable. That’s about as cool as it gets. Honeycomb Shades are the go-to for design pros because like any good support team, they work hard and give you all the credit.

WHY HONEYCOMB SHADES?

  • Opacities include sheer, semi-sheer, semi-opaque and blackout—so you control the light, not the other way around.
  • The insulating qualities maximize your home’s energy efficiency, especially with SoftStyle cellular shades featuring double cells.
  • The patented D-cell design keeps its crisp, full pleated structure and facing for the life of the shade.
  • Our sumptuous fabrics, rich range of hues and patterns and 5 distinct cell sizes means from tiny to grand, we haven’t met a window we didn’t like.
  • Unusual shaped window? We’ve got you covered.
  • The stain- and wrinkle-resistant, easy- to clean fabrics practically take care of themselves.

Energy & Cost Efficient

The insulating cell construction helps restrict the outside air, keeping both you and your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Honeycomb shades provide cost-saving energy efficiency that will help the planet and your pocketbook.

2″ HYBRID PLEAT Pleated Shades

  • Add some drama to your expansive windows or sliding glass doors with our super-sized 2″ cell.
  • Two fabric layers in the cell design form an insulating pocket to keep things comfy.
  • Light filtering or blackout. You choose.
  • Rear cording and a white tabbed back offer a consistent, dimensional appearance to the outside world.
  • Bring the outdoors in. Minimal vertical stack means maximum view.
  • Pro tip: Use in lieu of a closet door and soften a bedroom’s vibe.
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