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Motorized Shades: How to Choose a Fabric

Motorized Shades: How to Choose a Fabric

Customize Your Peoria, IL Home With the Perfect Solutions When you’re upgrading your home, it’s easy to get caught up in the cool technology like a home audio system or home theater. But one of the most valuable additions you can make to your Peoria, IL property is motorized shades. They save you energy and help regulate the temperature in your spaces. Plus, they’re beautiful! In fact, they come in many different styles and fabrics. In this blog, we’ll show you exactly what to look for when you’re trying to choose the type of shades right for your home.

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Choosing a Color

When selecting a color, the most important thing to look for is whether it matches your interior décor. But you probably already knew that. But you might not know that the color you choose could affect the way your shades work. For instance, many homeowners want to integrate light-colored shades because they think it will look better in the room. Instead, they often create glare and ruin the aesthetic. By choosing dark colored shading, you could reduce glare and minimize solar heat gain. In the case of sunshades, translucent fabrics are designed to let light through, darker colors often appear more like tinted windows, while light-colored shades are often over-bright.

Selecting Opacity

The opacity of a shade is how densely packed the fibers are. Highly opaque shades are known as “blackout.” If you’re looking to completely block outside light, go with a blackout shade. Many homeowners opt to integrate a double-roller system on their windows, giving them the option of both opaque blackout shades and more translucent sunshades.

Available Openness Factor

The available openness factor is a measurement of exactly how much space exists between the fibers of your shades. When selecting sunshades, the openness factor will determine the amount of light that can get through. High openness will allow more light through, but it will also reduce your privacy. In most cases, finding the right balance of openness and opacity is key to installing effective shading.

Are they Railroadable?

“Railroading” refers to the way the pattern sits on the fabric. In a railroaded fabric, the pattern runs along the top of the roller, while a non-railroaded fabric runs up the roll. For some available fabrics, you can choose which direction you’d prefer, so be sure to ask whether it’s railroadable.   Are you ready to begin choosing the best-looking part of your smart automation system? Contact Liaison Homes today for more information about motorized shades.