Why would you cover up gorgeous views with anything? Sun exposure has its own unique temperament. It is hard to control. Heat and cold regulation are an important factor. And privacy is of utmost importance. When considering window treatments to balance interior design aesthetics, ambiance, climate, and security, the challenge is to do it stylishly, functionally smart, and energy-savvy.
Automated window treatments allow plenty of room for creativity and functionality. So many options are available, including fashionable roller shades, gorgeous horizontal sheers, and tracks for fabulous custom drapery. They all come with the exciting bonus of responding to your voice and touch command like magic. An automated home is a perfect playground for an interior decorator.
Voice Controlled Rollers
Roller Shades are big in modern homes right now. There are some gorgeous products that integrate perfectly with automated systems. Motorized roller shades come in a wide variety of hardware finishes and fabrics. They can disappear subtly into window framing or stand out as a decorative embellishment.
Lutron’s newest offering is the PalladiomQS series, which seamlessly combines “elegant design with intuitive operation.” Palladiom shades feature sleek polished aluminum hardware in several styles, as well as a track that promises incredible precision. The fabric options are uniquely fashionable and fit with any architectural design.
Automated shades can be easily integrated into most smart home networks like Savant or Crestron. Many smart-home systems also allow you to set “scenes” for different hours of the day. Raising the shades to watch a magnificent sunset has never been more effortless. They all adjust at the same time to the same height, and with perfect symmetry.
Pairing Curtains with Shades
Lutron also offers automated drapery tracks for more ornate window treatments. Curtains naturally raise the focal point of a space to make a window look larger and a room more spacious. Fabric color and styles are virtually unlimited when it comes to design choices for homeowners and interior experts. Hardware for automated tracks is very accommodating to drapery styles. Curtains and shades can also be easily paired for extra light and energy control.
Environmentally Conscious Design
Energy.gov encourages the use of window treatments for energy efficiency. “Operable window coverings give you the flexibility to choose whether to keep your window coverings open or closed for privacy, and to maximize natural light, take advantage of heat from the sun in the winter, and reduce heat gain in the summer.“
According to Acoustic Architects shading expert, Saray Policard, “Roller shades are capable of reducing heat exchange by up to 28%. If the edges of roller shades are sealed using side channels, heat exchange is reduced by up to 45%.” The energy efficient engineering of these smart products maintains a constant climate inside even when temperatures outside reach extreme conditions.
With so many options for automated window coverings, the only difficulty is choosing. Let your creative side embrace the eco-savvy, stylish ease of integrating smart home shading into your decorating plans. Give your windows an automated embellishment.
Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.
If you would like to learn more about window treatments for your smart home, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.
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