11 Oct Green Design: The Latest in Eco-Chic Window Coverings
Going green once meant simply swapping plastic bags for cloth totes and composting food waste. Now, an eco-conscious lifestyle has expanded to include eco-décor products that are luxurious and desirable. Two companies topping our list of must-have window covering systems incorporate both energy efficient technology and a style-high sense of quality design. From motorized blinds and drapery hardware to a knock-out design within-a-design insular feature, see our picks for gorgeous, affordable and guilt-free window decorating.
Invest in a tech-savvy system
Make managing natural light easy and free yourself from the mess of cords with a new shade system from QMotion Shades. Once considered an indulgence, motorized systems offer several benefits and are now readily available to the general public. Focusing on automated technology, the QMotion product is based on a battery operated cordless program, and is the first electronic automated shade system of its kind.
How it works:
Batteries are hidden in the shade tubes, meaning that the system doesn’t require any electrical wiring — no ugly cords to detract from your style. The shades can then be programmed and controlled remotely, using the system’s remote control, or even your iPhone, iPad or Home Automation System. Programming your shades can mean maximizing your energy savings by having them rolled up or down to avoid heat loss or cooling.
Explore shades of green
Looking for energy-efficient window coverings without the high-tech angle? New Duette Architella Honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas maximize energy savings. This fashion-forward collection offers a wide range of designs and styles from sheer, semi-sheer, semi-opaque to opaque fabrics; there’s a look to suit any interior. The soft, crisp appearance combined with maximum durability makes this option a must for a quick and easy eco update.
How it works:
Thanks to its honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design, energy loss at the window is reduced by up to 40 per cent. Basically, the construction of this design keeps the cold out and the heat in.