Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What I'm Loving This Wednesday: Hunter Douglas Silhouette Window Shadings

The Silhouette line of window shadings is my favorite from Hunter Douglas. They provide privacy, beauty and create a beautiful opaque light in your room when the sun is shining. They are really worth every penny and will last a very long time.

These Silhouette window shadings are so versatile. Aside from coming in a wide range of colors, textures and sizes, they also open from the top or the bottom, or a combination of both. This features allows you to really filter natural lighting and direct it just where you want it to go. Each shading has sheer front and back facing with fabric vanes between them. When you open up the fabric vanes warm natural lighting brightens the room without damaging your furniture with harsh UV rays. When you close the vanes the light is subdued. You can also tilt the vanes to create a custom level of illumination.

There are so many variations to these window shadings when it comes to style and size; Silhouette window shadings also come in both horizontal or vertical.  So you can have a lot of fun mixing and matching several different types of window shadings. If you have a room with windows of varying sizes, being able to choose from a wide variety of sizes and utilizing both horizontal and vertical window shadings can be a very helpful feature. 

Silhouette window shades can be fully raised or lowered into a sleek head rail, making them pretty much disappear when you want them to. The raising and lowering can also be done by remote control if you have the Hunter Douglas PowerRise 2.0 installed. Another option available is the tilt-only Silhouette window shadings. These will always keep the window shaded but allow you to filter the light by tilting vanes. This is a great option for French doors, narrow entryway windows or other narrow windows.

 As I mentioned earlier, the Silhouette window shadings help protect your furniture and décor from being damaged by the sun’s UV rays, even if the vanes are completely open. When they are open, the UV rays are blocked by about 63% and when they are closed the UV rays are blocked by about 99%, that is pretty impressive! 

I really, really love this product and I hope after hearing about it you do too. With so many options there is almost no way you couldn’t find a combination that will work perfectly for any room in your home. I included pictures of the Matisse collection in Brushed Gresso (dining nook) and Weathered Canvas (sitting area with green upholstered chair) and one of that shows how these window shadings can be opened from the top and bottom.

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