Modern interior design trends are all about sleek style and clean lines for a sharp, contemporary look — and that extends to the accents provided by your window treatments. And what better way to highlight these accents than with natural light?
Solar shades, or blinds, are the latest trend to take over window treatments and coverings, and it’s for a good reason — their clean, sleek lines work well in opening up your home to as much natural light as possible while providing optimal control for preventing harsh glare and preserving privacy. Whether you live in an upscale condo or spacious house, add a sleek, contemporary touch to a space with simple, but highly functional solar shades.
The Openness Factor
The premium feature of solar shades is their openness; that is, each solar shade model is engineered according to a precise degree of tightness in terms of the weave, which corresponds to the amount of shade it provides. Solar shades that rank high on openness come with a looser weave, rewarding sun-loving homeowners with as much natural light as they want. Best of all, these shades come in a variety of openness ratings, making it even more convenient to customize the look and feel you want:
- 1%: Minimal openness and least amount of light flow.
- 3%: Low openness and subtle amount of light flowing into the room
- 5%: Medium openness of weave and light flow
- 10%: High openness, loose weave, and significant amount of light filtered in.
Solar shades are the gateway to sleek, contemporary design — clean lines and simple, modern accents in your windows. But don’t worry, there’s nothing simple or basic with these features. Solar shades still come in a range of styles, colours, textures, patterns, and even alternative trim designs, allowing you to match their sleek look with just the right amount of character to personalize the space.
Ease of Use
But more than their sleek, contemporary look, solar shades are popular for their compact design. The minimalist look is great for drawing out compact window spaces, adding modern accents that suit the colour palette and overall look and feel of any room.
You can choose between inside and outside mounts, the former creating a halo effect around the edges of the blinds that can be eliminated by a blackout track system that surrounds the shades; the alternative is the outside mount that overlaps the sill.
Designed for the modern homeowner who lives on-the-go, solar shades are crafted with customizable controls, such as a manual or cord-free lift to raise and lower the shades hassle-free. These controls are designed with a nickel-plated chain or poly beads, making it easy to colour-coordinate and match the room’s overall aesthetic.
Want a hassle-free lift? The motorized controls draw solar shades with ease, anytime. You can also opt for standard bracketed shades with no fascia, or have them roll up to a fabric cassette or a decorative trim — all of these fit nicely in your home and promote a seamless, modern living experience.
Solar shades are designed to let as much light in as possible — but that doesn’t mean living in the full glare of the sun. That’s why we also design blackout solar shades, which provide increased control over light filtering, while also increasing privacy. Opt for blackout shades to conserve heat indoors, especially when it’s freezing outside.