Below shows our work inside a model home in Loveland, Colorado. This home features contemporary style throughout from the dining area to the bathrooms.
What is it?
Sustainability encompasses a wide variety of practices and is essentially the same concept as “being green.” It includes recycling, and using recycled products as well as using renewable resources for products. Today the sustainability mindset exists in many industries and has become a major trend in the Interior Design world.
Recently many homes have been incorporating sustainability into their designs. This can be achieved in many different ways.
The one way that most people immediately think of to make their home “green” is by installing solar panels. This can greatly decrease energy costs in the home, especially here in sunny Colorado.
Solar panels have become more aesthetically pleasing, but they do have a certain “look” that not all people enjoy. In Colorado, where the majority of roofs are pitched, it would be unavoidable to have the panels seen. This makes it essential to include them in the design planning of the home instead of adding them as an afterthought.
The only other possible negative of solar panels is the initial cost of installation. While this cost will be made up in following years, it can be a deterrent in the decision to install.
This bathroom makes use of a technique that is not only sustainable, but it is also beautiful and cost effective.
The counter top is made of cement with pieces of glass mixed in. The product is then polished to create a beautiful and unique finish. Many times products such as this incorporate recycled glass from bottles or even broken windshields. This product is considered to be one of the most sustainable on the market.
The floor in this image uses a similar technique by using cement mixed with pebbles which can be much more cost effective than using other specialty flooring.
The wood used on the cabinets under the sink is another sustainable material that not many people consider. These cabinets are made of bamboo. Bamboo is a highly renewable resource because bamboo plants reach maturity in 2-4 years as opposed to some hardwoods that can take decades. Bamboo can be stained a variety of colors and can be used on floors as well as cabinets.
Hunter Douglas window coverings are a great way to add an element of sustainability to any home. Specifically Hunter Douglas focuses on insulation, solar heat control, and daylighting so that electricity does not have to be used during the day when the shades are down.
The most energy conservative product that Hunter Douglas has to offer are the Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades. The cell within a cell construction forms three air pockets which makes it the best window covering for saving on heating and cooling costs.
Hunter Douglas offers many other products that are top performers for insulation, solar heat control, or daylighting. These include the Silhouette ®, Luminette ®, and Vignette ® which offer a different look than a typical honeycomb shade. While they do not have the extreme benefits of the Duette ® Architella ®, they are still an option in making a home more sustainable.
These Hunter Douglas window coverings and many more can be found in our showroom and we would be glad to help you make your home more sustainable.
By: Sandra Fontani
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!
Check out this specialty shaped Hunter Douglas® Applause shade that we just did for one of our favorite clients! They had a bare east facing window in their bathroom, and the intense sun made it feel like a greenhouse! We installed this operable specialty shape for them and instantly cut out 99% of UV rays and 40% of the heat. They couldn’t be more thrilled with the result.
If you are in need of a specialty shade, give us a call to come take a look at it and discuss options with you. As always, it is FREE for us to come out, so give us a call and schedule your appointment today!
At Colorado Blinds & Design, we understand that the process of choosing window coverings can be overwhelming and frustrating at times. Our trained window covering specialists and interior designers can assist you in the process by helping you prioritize your needs and wants. In the mean time, check out the factors to consider when choosing what window coverings are right for you.
Colorado Blinds & Design is pleased to announce that four of our staff members have completed the Hunter Douglas™ Professional Dealer Program! The Hunter Douglas™ Professional Dealer Program was created to give dealers, designers and installers the opportunity to become exceptional CERTIFIED leaders in the window covering industry.
The knowledge that our employees gained from this comprehensive program ultimately helps us to assist clients in their decision making process. Budget, consumer personalities, and product characteristics are only some of the factors in helping clients find the product that is perfect for their needs. The program is comprised of numerous online classes with comprehensive tests at the end.
Jeanine and Carol’s certifications have proven a useful asset to them while assisting clients in the showroom. Gary and Allyson utilize their training on their in-home estimates.
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.
Our staff at Colorado Blinds & Design attended the Hunter Douglas® premiers seminar yesterday in Denver and we are SO excited to share the new product information and innovations with you! These changes and innovations will be available April 3rd. Can’t wait until then? Take a look at the sneak peak we provided below!
Everwood® Faux Wood Blinds
Everwood® Faux Wood Blinds are one of our most popular products, and we are so excited about all the new features in this line. Hunter Douglas® introduced 3 new textures: Linen, Leather and Grass Weave. Also, the deLite (routless) feature is now available free of charge for all Everwood® products. How cool is that?
Palm Beach® Custom Shutter Collection
This collection features a polysatin shutter, comprised of man-made materials. New innovations include the new DuraLux™ Finish, which makes polysatin shutters look like a painted wood shutter. Gone is the “sheen” associated with vinyl products. New trims and hardware upgrades are also available.
Ask and you shall receive! By popular demand, silhouette is now available in a cordless version. That’s right, a CORDLESS silhouette, available in 2, 3 and 4 inch vane sizes. Come check out our sample today!
Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb shades
New colors and textures are available in the Duette Architella® collection! Other new features include new and slimmer headrails and discounted Duolite pricing.
This is only a sneak peak of what’s new from Hunter Douglas®!
Stop by today to see all of these great innovations from Hunter Douglas®. Beginning April 3rd, act quickly to take advantage of our generous rebates and upgrades. Schedule your free in-home estimate today!
At Colorado Blinds and Design, we have a Hunter Douglas® Provenance® Vertical Woven Wood on sale! This shade is already manufactured and is made of a discontinued fabric. It is fully lined and includes a valance. The dimensions are 60″ wide by 91″ high. This shade is ideal for a sliding glass door. The sale price is $900 but we are offering it for only $150. Take a look at the pictures below, or stop by our showroom between 10 and 6, Monday through Friday.