Allure

Allure

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The Lure of Allure

By Gina G.

Sliding glass doors and large windows are wonderful additions to any home.  They allow us beautiful natural light and outside scenery, and when weather appropriate, a nice breeze.  However, when we need privacy and light control, they can cause a dilemma on how to cover them.  Sure, you have your usual suspect in verticals.  Verticals are the classic solution to covering large windows and slider doors.  As they are the “go to” option, you have a choice between fabric or vinyl material accompanied by a host of other options such as style, valances, and opening types.  And although some may consider them dated, due the variety of style options, vertical blinds are still viable.  However, what if you want something different, something new?

There are some other options.  You could opt for panel tracks which are large panels of fabric that slide back and forth.  Unlike verticals that have a number of slats and can be challenging with pets and kids, panels are a bit more durable.  They present a great alternative to verticals and are offered in a variety of fabric choices including natural materials like bamboo.  Unfortunately, they do not tilt like verticals do and therefore decrease you ability to control the light and privacy in your room.  And, while they are a worthy alternative to verticals, some consider them bulky. They also can block a good portion of your view when stacked together.
If neither verticals nor panel tracks strike your fancy, you might’ve been left with choosing a large shade or curtains to cover your sliding door or large window.  Fortunately for you, there is another newer alternative, the Allure. 

The lure of the Allure is that it combines the benefits of the aforementioned treatments and offers a modern, soft, and beautiful option for larger windows and doors.  Like verticals, they maintain your tilt ability with soft curtain-like panels (no more noise from vinyl slats).  And, although they do have panels, unlike panel tracks, they are much smaller (more similar to the width of a vertical vane).  In addition to their small panel sizes, the Allure is offered with opening options (even center opening to resemble that of a curtain) and a valance to complete the look.  You can also use the Allure to accompany the sheer shades that cover your smaller windows.  So, while verticals are classics and panels are good options, the Allure with its combining of the softness of shades and curtains with the function of blinds, is certainly worth considering!

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Oversized Windows

Large, wide and/or tall windows are things of beauty. They let in an awe-inspiring amount of light, allow amazing views of the outdoors, and can even make the room seem larger. We are excited to share some tips for how to choose a custom window treatments for your large or wide windows.
Our first recommendation is vertical blinds. This window treatment is perfect for windows that are wider than they are tall . They’re a durable alternative to drapes, and the PVC slats can hold up to elements such as sunlight or moisture; an important factor to consider if you are installing them over a large kitchen window or even a bathroom. The vinyl also helps to keep the light out when they are closed and will help with insulation as well. They also come in a variety of colors and styles, as well as fabric. Fabric vertical blinds are a great way to get that more “drapery” feel to your windows and a softer look in general.
Another option are Allure vertical sheers. These soft and elegant window treatments mimic a flowing drapery when open or closed. They are mainly light filtering but do allow for privacy when closed as well. They are a great option for someone who wants more of a fabric drapery look.
Roller shades and Solar shades are also great options for large windows. They can span wide widths and fit the decor of modern styled homes with large windows. Your home may have windows that are extremely tall or even out of reach. The solar shades also gives you a nice view outside when the shade is down and keeps the heat out.  selections blinds and shades will be the right solution for you, with the touch of a button, Motorization allows you to tilt your blinds, raise and lower your shades, even if they are out of reach.
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Sheer Verticals

 

If you need to block glare and harmful UV rays coming in through your sliding glass door, traditional vertical blinds aren’t the only choice. The window covering market has developed many modern alternatives that will give you both style and function if vertical blinds aren’t exactly what “floats your boat”.

Sheer verticals give a more modern look to large windows or glass walls with sheer fabric panels. It also gives clean lines to smaller spaces like patio doors. The solar screen textile blocks glare and harmful UV rays without taking away from your view.

Sheer verticals are an elegant way to update your home’s look with all of the functionality of a traditional vertical shade, but a far more elegant feel.  These window coverings offer the soft look of sheer draperies with the added light control of blinds. The rigid, fabric-covered vanes are seamlessly integrated with the surrounding sheer fabric. The vanes can be opened to allow light in or closed to ensure privacy and give you the light filtering affect through the fabric.

The Allure vertical sheer shade is so elegant and simple that it could be the focal point in the room. Most people do use it for larger than normal sliding glass doors or French doors. The colors are neutral but you still have some options; White, Ivory, and Beige. This way you can add color to the room with throw pillows or other decor and not via something large like a window treatment. Some people do like it to open from the center so when it is stacked to either side it gives you the side panels in replace of just the regular old curtains that you’re used to. This has a more homey and elegant feel. If your door does only open to one side than it is better to have the track open one way.

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Stop and Enjoy the View

Stop and Enjoy The View

As Spring turns to Summer, you can look forward to warmer weather and longer days to enjoy. One of our favorite things to do is to appreciate the beautiful outdoors while still inside your home.  For those of us who love the natural light or want that ability to see outdoors, we have the perfect solution in our Solar, Cascade, Serenity, and our newly added Allure Shades.

Our Solar Shades are a great option for shades than can help to block those harmful UV rays from the sun. These shades are made of a special material that is woven in a particular way so that light may still pass through but it blocks the UV rays which are harmful to your skin, furniture and carpets. These shades are even known for cutting out the glare on a television as well – all without ever compromising the view! These shades are perfect for Kitchens, SunRooms or even sliding glass doors!

Speaking of sliding glass doors, Allure Shades are a beautiful new concept of window treatment that are perfect for them! Unlike the Solar Shades, Allure shades allow you to keep your privacy when you need it or enjoy your view when you want it; much like a Vertical Blind. They are offered in neutral colors so they will match or blend with almost any decor style. The best part is if you have windows nearby too, you can use their counterparts: the Cascade and Serenity shades!

Cascade and Serenity are similar in the sense that they are shades but also function like a blind. Although in different ways, both shades open and close completely and or tilt/alter how much light is let in for both privacy and room darkening features. These window treatments give any room a relaxed and contemporary look.

So when shopping for new window coverings this season, look no further than the ones at  Blinds To Go that will help you make the most out of your indoor life AND outdoor life!

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