Skylight Shades

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At Colorado Blinds & Design, we receive a fair amount of inquiries about covering skylights. Sure, skylights can open your space up to beautiful views IF your home is correctly orientated to the sun. If your home has east or west facing skylights, then you know how uncomfortable you can be in a space that is filled with intense sun and heat.

Hunter Douglas’s Simplicity™ skylight system, available on Duette® and Applause® honeycomb shades, is a manual lifting system ideal for skylights.

Basically, a rectangular honeycomb shade is installed into a frame that holds the shade into place. The system allows the user to operate the shade like a regular cordless shade. The honeycomb design blocks 99% of harmful rays while reducing heat loss and gain through the window.

Call or stop by with any questions you have regarding skylight shades!

Hunter Douglas® Duette PowerRise™

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Check out another hilarious video from Hunter Douglas®. This one features Duette with PowerRise™ feature. Stop by to see our sample in the showroom today! In the mean time, enjoy this clip…


Duette Architella® Honeycomb Shades

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Check out this hilarious Viral Video from Hunter Douglas, featuring the Duette Architella!

Many of our clients want energy efficient window coverings. Who can blame them? Between the scorching Colorado summers and frigid winters, our heating and cooling bills can be astronomical.

In response to the growing need for a way to stop energy loss through windows, Hunter Douglas designed the Duette Architella shade, which has the highest R-value for window coverings on the market.

An R-value measures the thermal resistance of a product or material. A window without any window covering has an R-value of 1.25, whereas an insulated wall has a value of about 20. If a Duette Architella shade is added to a window, the R-value increases from 1.25 to 6.25, making a huge difference.

You might be wondering how a window covering can insulate a window and prevent energy loss? The three “dead” air spaces in the Duette Architella are the key in the energy saving technology. Believe it or not, air is a great insulator. Heat is “attracted” to cold, and the dead air spaces prevent much the energy from escaping through the windows. In the summer, the heat is kept out, and it the winter, the heat is kept inside.

Duette Architella shades can also block out 95% of harmful UV rays.



Congrats, Judy!

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Colorado Blinds & Design has a  writer in their midst!

That’s right! One of the owners, Judy Magara, recently won an IPad 2 by entering a contest sponsored by Hunter Douglas® wherein sales people were asked to share their Duette® Architella® sales success story. She wrote a short essay addressing the prompt and won! Check out her success story below..

I had an engineer who called me and came into our showroom.  He came in with his children and was very distracted.  He told me he had just bought very good replacement windows and only wanted to look at our lowest cost honeycomb shade.  I told him I would show it to him but I also wanted to show him the Duette Architella and explain the reasons why it was a better value even though the price was higher.  We talked about the insulating quality of a double pane window by itself with nothing in it and then the difference with an Applause single honeycomb shade versus a Duette Architella shade.  I explained the energy savings on heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer and how the difference in insulating qualities would actually save him money over the years.   He listened to what I had to say and not only purchased Duette Architella shades, but decided on the Meritage Duette Architella (the most expensive of the Architella shades).  About six months later, he called for an appointment.  I measured his basement windows and sold him more Duette Meritage Architella honeycomb shades.  He has given my name to several of his friends.  The Federal Tax Credit wasn’t a concern to him because he had already used it on his replacement windows.  This just proves that product knowledge means all the difference in selling Duette Architella shades.


Great Tips on “Winterizing” Your Home: How to Save on Energy Costs this Winter

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Our newest Interior Designer and Window Covering Specialist, Karla Allingham, has shared some great tips on ways to reduce heating costs due to energy loss this winter. Her quick and easy tips are small, easy and inexpensive methods that make a HUGE difference! Take a look at her post below or come see her in our showroom.

It definitely feels like winter has arrived! With that in mind, consider the following home improvements to prepare for the cold winter months.

  •   Clean or replace your furnace filters to increase energy efficiency. A good rule of thumb is to do this every heating and cooling season.
  •   Insulate electrical outlets and switch plate covers with foam inserts and apply weather stripping around doors and windows to reduce drafts.
  •   Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to counter-clockwise so that the warm air circulates around the room.
  • Make sure floor registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators are not blocked by furniture or drapes to provide more efficient heat flow.
  •  Add area rugs to cold bare floors and consider hanging thermal drapes to increase comfort and reduce heating costs.
  • Install energy efficient window coverings to reduce heat loss through windows. Duette Architella shades from Hunter Douglas can save up to 20% on energy bills and typically pay for themselves in just 2 years.

By implementing the above mentioned tips, you will save energy and money.

  • Our Staff