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Motorized Blinds and Shades: Style Meets Technology




Much of the technology in your motorized shading system is housed in the roller. They’re one of the most important parts of your system. Thankfully, there are plenty of options available. From curtain rods to hidden, in-wall motors for blinds, to exposed, industrial-style components, there is a roller that will help you create the look you want for your space.

The electronic motors are hidden within the rod or roller, and you can combine multiple rollers for different functions -- heavier treatments for cold nights, and lighter ones for warm days.


Opacity is a measure of how much light can get through each shade, and it will make a big difference when you use other technology in your smart home.

Opacity is measured in percentages -- one percent lets the least about of light through, ten percent the most. During bright days, sunshades with moderate opacity can allow an appropriate amount of light through without heating up the room or allowing UV rays to damage your furnishings.

And a helpful tip: while many homeowners opt for white sunshade options, thinking they’ll open up the room and create a brighter look, that’s not always the case. Instead, white sunshades can cause a lot of glare in your space. We recommend darker colors. Rather than creating an oppressive environment, they absorb excess light so you can see more inside and out.


Another common label you’ll see on shading options is “railroadable.” This means the pattern on the fabric can run either up the roll or across the roll. As you can imagine, this affects your style choices significantly.

Railroaded fabric is easier to customize to different sizes and shapes. No matter how unusual your window dimensions, you should get the style you want, as the pattern can go either way.

If the manufacturer can’t railroad the fabric, customizing it becomes a hassle. The manufacturer will have to combine multiple sheets, and that can result in unsightly seams that detract from the overall look of the space.

Ready to learn more about design options and other benefits of motorized shades? Let’s talk! Just click the button at the bottom of your screen to start chatting with a representative right now!

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