Motorized blinds rising in popularity
QIn my kitchen and family room I have 10-foot-tall walls, and there is a foot and a half of wall between the main window and the upper transom. Can I put blinds in them individually? How do you work the controls when the window is high up?
A: A good window treatment should be both functional and esthetically pleasing.
Functionally, you want the covering to provide shade and privacy, and you want to be able to handle the controls with ease.
A window treatment should provide a range of features from fully open to completely closed. However, adjusting the settings can be a challenge when windows are mounted high.
Strings and wands are commonly used to control blind function, but remote functionality has become increasingly popular.
Motorized window treatments can be hardwired into the wall, and although it’s ideal to do this during the building phase, the wiring can also be retro-fit to accommodate existing structures.
Contact your blind dealer or interior designer to see the options for these motorized treatments.
Most major brands can provide them for a wide variety of blinds, including cloth and wooden products.
One remote can operate several independent windows with ease. This allows you to choose the exact setting for each window.
For instance, you can have the upper units open for general light while the lower units can be tilted to deflect glare or heat.
Another safety feature offered with motorized blinds is that the blinds can be set to a timer, opening and closing without anyone at home.
This is a detractor for potential burglaries as your home can always appear to be inhabited.
Q: We have just purchased a 10-yearold home, and I’m not a fan of the clear glass walls on the second-floor walkway that is visible from the front entrance and living room. We plan to eventually replace those glass walls with wrought-iron spindles and wood, but we can’t do it yet. I have hung fabric over the acrylic sides in the meantime, because one of my daughters hates crossing the walkway when it feels so open. I was thinking of painting these panels. Would that work?
A: I completely understand your daughter’s hesitation to cross the walkway. Many people experience a vertigolike sensation when height is involved.
There are paints that you can use on glass, but I think you might find window graphics a better option.
Window or glass graphics have become a beautiful decorative feature that was originally associated with commercial offices.
Now with greater pattern and colour options, this product has been showing up in residential projects.
Intricate design options include frosted or coloured effects within a spectrum of geometric, botanical and contemporary designs.
Craft shops will provide some designs for this application, but you may be limited in dimensions for your project.
I suggest you talk with a design specialist for a custom fit and a professional result. The SuperTint glass tint shop has a graphic design department that can help you create a custom design for your decor.
It would be difficult to create a professional effect through painting glass, not to mention the fact that it will create a stifling, opaque finish.
Applying a visually appealing, customized adhesive graphic instead will help your daughter adjust to the catwalk and allow you to remove that fabric you have draping.
You may, in fact, end up preferring this option to redesigning the entire catwalk with iron and wood spindles in the future.
Leanne Brownoff is an Edmonton business consultant with vast experience in interior design. She welcomes your questions at leannebrownoff.com
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