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Your Options for Hunter Douglas Blinds

When you decide to create custom blinds from Hunter Douglas, your options are seemingly endless. This breakdown from the experts at Rainey’s Decorating Center is a good place to start when deciding what options you would like for your blinds.

Horizontal Blinds vs. Vertical Blinds for Your Arlington Heights Home

One decision that affects all the options for your Hunter Douglas blinds is the orientation of your window treatments. Materials, colors, and operating systems vary depending on whether your blinds will be horizontal or vertical. Both types of blinds can easily be combined with drapery or valances or stand alone beautifully.

Horizontal Blinds - One of the most common window coverings in use today, horizontal blinds are a great choice for your average-sized windows. They are available in a variety of slat sizes and can be made to fit almost any window. They also offer several levels of light control and privacy, from complete privacy with the blinds lowered and the slats closed, to filtered light and medium privacy with the slats open, to a completely unobstructed view with the blinds raised.

Vertical Blinds - Vertical blinds essentially cover any window type that horizontal blinds can’t. They work particularly well on extra-large windows or those that open to the side, and sliding glass doors. By opening and closing them and rotating the vanes, vertical blinds have the same light control and privacy capabilities as horizontal blinds.

Hunter Douglas Blinds Come in a Variety of Materials

Hunter Douglas manufactures horizontal blinds in wood, faux wood, and aluminum. For a traditional look, nothing beats the beauty of stained wood blinds. For a similar look that stands up better to heat and moisture, consider faux wood blinds. These window coverings can be stained to look like wood or painted to match your décor. Aluminum blinds from Hunter Douglas resist bending and are a snap to keep clean.

Vertical blinds are available in vinyl, fabric, and wood. Vinyl is the traditional material for vertical blinds, but Hunter Douglas offers it with a twist in their Cadence® line. The vanes on these window fashions are curved, giving them the look of fabric. For a more contemporary look, try Skyline® Gliding Window Panels with wide fabric vanes that traverse from side to side on a track.

Operating Systems

Corded - Cords are loose on horizontal blinds and are used to both raise and lower the blind and adjust the slats. For vertical blinds, a beaded loop is used to rotate the vanes and cords are used to move the blinds from side to side.

PermAssure® and PermaTilt® - PermAssure replaces the cords on your vertical blind with a single wand that moves the blind and rotates the vanes. PermaTilt adds a cord within the wand to traverse the blinds.

LiteRise® and SimpleLift™ - Both of these operating systems can be added as options to your horizontal blinds, and both offer the increased safety for children and pets of being cordless. Blinds are raised and lowered by pushing or pulling on the bottom rail of the blind.

Motorization - PowerView® motorization is available on both horizontal and vertical blinds. This operating system allows you to use a remote, mobile device, or whole-house automation system to set multiple blinds to adjust themselves on a certain schedule or at the push of a button.

The amount of options for Hunter Douglas blinds is immense and is best decided upon with the help of the designers at Rainey’s Decorating Center. Come visit our showroom in Arlington Heights, Illinois to create window treatments for your home in Mount Prospect, Palatine, and the surrounding Northwest Chicagoland area.

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