Everything You Need to Know About the Nano Roll – the Coolest Roller Shades on the Market

nano roller shades

NOW INTRODUCING: the Nano Roll, the most modern roller shades available! We’re extremely proud to offer this sleek, sophisticated, and easy to use product, from our friends at Screen Innovations. The Nano Roll currently comes in 12 colors and three sizes, so we’re sure to find the right fit for your home. It’s also available in three motor types: magnetic rechargeable, 24v low-voltage, and AC power.

 

Here are a few key features of the Nano Roll: 

 

1. Wireless control interface: Enjoy the ease of a wireless connection? The Nano Roll can be controlled with Wifi or Bluetooth, so you can operate it totally cord-free! However, if you prefer the reliability of a wired connection, a directly wired control option is also available.

 

2.  Automation: Using an app, we can program your shades according to the astrological clock, or any other way you’d like! The app also allows you to control multiple shades at the same time, saving you time at the beginning and end of the day. Now, you can raise and lower your shades from anywhere in the house.

 

3. Voice control: The Nano Roll integrates with “smart home” programs such as Alexa and Google Home, so you can raise and lower them with just a voice command– perfect for when that pesky glare is blocking your view of the TV but you’re too comfortable to get up!

 

Need more convincing? Watch the video below to see for yourself!

 

 

See your Nano Roll options on the Screen Innovations website and when you’re ready to take your home to the next level with automated shades, give us a call at (512) 459-6561 for a free consultation!

A Breakdown of The 12 Types of Window Coverings on the Market Right Now!

different kinds of blinds

So you are in the market for new window blinds or shades, huh? When you’re starting out, all the options can feel very confusing and overwhelming. To help you, our experts have broken down the large variety of window coverings for you. We hope this article helps you get a clear idea of what you are looking for in your newest home addition.

cellular shades

1. Cellular Shades

These have 3D honeycomb-shaped cells that are filled with air and help insulate your home from outdoor temperature transfer. These are a great option for people looking for energy savings.

Alternating blinds

2. Layered Shades

Layered Shades feature a double layer of fabric that alternate between solid colored and opaque stripes. When the solid colored fabric aligns on both layers, the opaque fabric allows for light to be softly filtered through. These are a great option for people who desire a modern look. 

natural bamboo shades

3. Natural Shades

These are typically made of materials such as bamboo, reeds, jute, and grass. These earthy materials are woven together to give you a shade you can roll up and down to achieve your desired amount of light. Natural Shades are great for people looking to achieve a private and relaxing ambiance.

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4. Pleated Shades

These window coverings feature crisp folds of fabric that layer perfectly when the shade is pulled up. These are available in a variety of pleat sizes and fabric colors or patterns, which is why we recommend these to folks looking for a sophisticated and fashionable option.

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5. Roller Shades

They offer the sleekest and most seamless appearance of all the options. These shades feature a single panel of fabric that rolls up discreetly into its own casing. Roller Shades are offered in a variety of light filter options and fabrics. We recommend these to homeowners that really enjoy the look of their home without window covers, but are looking for something that can provide temporary privacy because roller shades are nearly undetectable when they’re not being used. 

roman shades

6. Roman Shades

Roman Shades are made of fabric and come in a variety of light-filtering and fabric design options. When you desire more light, these shades fold up into large pleats creating a simple, yet dramatic look for your windows. 

sheer shades

7. Sheer Shades

From afar, sheer shades look very similar to traditional blinds, but they are actually made of solid-colored fabric that lay flat in between 2 layers of sheer fabric. These shades faintly filter light when the fabric in between lays flat and when the fabrics are turned vertically they provide complete privacy. These add a soft, delicate touch to any room.

solar shades

8. Solar Shades

These are almost identical to roller shades except they are made with fabrics that block UV rays from entering the room. We recommend these to anyone that has a resident in the home with sensitivity to UV rays.

roman shades

9. Roman Shade

Roman Shades are made of fabric and come in a variety of light-filtering and fabric design options. When you desire more light, these shades fold up into large pleats creating a simple, yet dramatic look for your windows. 

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10. Sliding Panels

These are offered in solar, roller, natural, and even roman shade styles, but they are made to retract and extend horizontally, rather than vertically like the majority of shades do. We recommend these to people looking for a solution to a large balcony sliding door or a tall vertical window.   

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11. Traditional Blinds

This tradition window covering comes in a variety of textures, colors, and materials. These are most often offered in materials such as wood, composite and faux wood, vinyl, and aluminum. 

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12. Shutters

Shutters provide a timeless, classical look to your home. Typically being offered in two materials, wood and composite wood, these are a more pricey window cover option, but they are definitely a great investment as they add value and warmth to your household.

Here at ABC Blind & Drapery, we offer all of these window covering solutions and can custom make fit them to any window. If you are in the market for blinds, you need the help of our experts! Give us a call for a free consultation! (512) 459-6561

Our Response to COVID-19

Our Coronavirus response

At ABC Blind & Drapery, the health of our employees and beautiful surrounding communities is a priority. We would first like to send our condolences to all those affected by the coronavirus. We are closely monitoring changes in the everchanging landscape of this global situation and are working wisely to ensure that we are protecting the health of all those in association with ABC Blind & Drapery.

 

We acknowledge the concern that some clients may have with allowing us into their home or visiting our office during this time, therefore, we are offering flexible solutions to cater to your needs. If you are noticing your home needs some change and begin debating new window coverings, we are happy to provide either an in-person or virtual consultation. If you choose to opt for a virtual consultation, we would like to assure you that our designers will still walk you through all our product options and we will mail you free swatches so you can sample your products of interest.

 

Additionally, our showroom is now open for walk-ins Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm and from 9 am – 5 pm for blind repair drop-offs. Outside of these hours, the showroom is still available for design consultations by appointment only. At this time, we have also resumed in-home consultations and installations. Following the guidelines of the CDC and Government, we are taking the following precautions to ensure the safety of your home, ABC employees, and our community: 

  • Disposable gloves and shoe covers put on before each install.
  • Hand sanitizer before and after each appointment.
  • No handshaking. Maintaining personal distance.
  • In our showroom, we will only allow in 2 clients at a time.
  • Sanitation of our showroom and offices every hour.
  • For the safety of all – home-owners, home dwellers, and your ABC expert must all be wearing face coverings during the home visit. 
  • Our in-home appointment times will be exact. If you wish to make arrangements for your children, other home dwellers, or yourself to not be home during the installation process, ABC will be providing you with an exact appointment time and an estimate of how long the job will take to complete.

Under the guidance of our local government, we are opening our business in phases and we are so excited to continue bringing the best to your windows! We deeply appreciate your support and care, for not just ABC, but for the entire community during this time of uncertainty. We are honored to continue serving Austin and the surrounding areas. 

Thank you.

The Best Exterior Window Coverings of 2020

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Are you looking for the perfect exterior window coverings for your home? With so many options on the market for outdoor shade, it should be easy to find one that covers all your needs such as your budget, privacy desires, blocking out the sun, blocking out the rain and more. There is so much information out there that it can be confusing and overwhelming for the average consumer to be confident in their choice. Whether you’re looking for a new set of covers or plan on replacing your old ones, we hope that this article will lead you to the right purchase.

 

Retractable Awnings awning and pool

Love the way your patio looks as is, but in need of some extra shade? Retractable awnings are a great investment that help protect outdoor furniture and surprisingly, indoor furniture as well. Over time, awnings can save you a lot of money due to the shade they provide to the interior of the house by blocking sunlight from penetrating windows. If you are already in love with the look of your patio, retractable awnings are perfect for you because they can roll up to be practically undetectable, leaving the look you love uninterrupted.

 

 

pergotenda cozy spotExterior Roller Solar Screens

If you’re looking to protect your patio, porch, or your windows from heat and wind for an affordable price, exterior roller solar screens are the way to go. These coverings can be placed on the exterior of a patio area to provide you with shade outdoors or they can be installed directly over your windows for shade in your home. With up to 95% UV protection, you can protect yourself when you’re outdoors enjoying the hottest of summer days or protect the interior of your home from sun exposure. The majority of exterior roller screens are spring or remotely operated, making them conveniently easy to set up and retract.

 

Corradi Outdoor Living Spacespergotenda

The Corradi Group designs and creates the most modern custom-made solutions for year-round enjoyment of the outdoors. Corradi provides the opportunity to transform outdoor land into elegant and welcoming hangout spots. From light and airy outdoor areas to more industrial style shaded spaces, Corradi is the best option for consumers who want to create an entirely new outdoor room in their backyard.

 

 

window treatmentsExternal Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are similar to exterior roller solar screens in regard to protecting against sunlight and preventing overheating. What is different is that these exterior shades are that they are better suited for people who desire to block all sunlight from entering their home or a specific area, rather than people who desire a retractable solution for shade. Venetian blinds are flexible in terms of glare protection since they can control the density of daylight. They are normally fitted to windows with 100% UV ray block out and are motorized for convenience.

 

Make an architectural statement and create the perfect outdoor environment with ABC Blind & Drapery. If you have any questions about outdoor shades and blinds, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

top home decor trends for 2020

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Your choice of home decor reflects your personal taste, from the style you pick to the colors you choose, a home is a representation of your personality. Our motto at ABC Blind & Drapery is to consider the possibilities, which means being prepared when our clients come across something they absolutely love. We’re continuously researching what’s new in the industry and what trends are expected to be big in the coming months. From our research, these are the top home decor trends for 2020 that we predict will only grow in popularity over the next year!

geometric design

Geometric designs have been trending for a couple of years now, and they’re here to stay for yet another. If you’re looking to brighten the place up, then you can’t go wrong with geometric lighting such as mixed metals paired with glass fixtures. If you’re looking to make a bolder statement, then we suggest going with a strong geometric patterned accent piece like a bold window treatment or rug to make a splash in your space.

incorporating work and leisure

In this day and age, technology is rapidly advancing and working from home is becoming all that more attainable. Many companies are allowing employees to work from home a couple of days out of the week, while others are moving to remote work completely. This change in the workplace has opened up space for the new home decor trend of incorporating work and leisure.

Creating a home office that blends with the rest of your space while also being organized and clean enough for you to focus during the workday has become imperative. If you have the space for it, we recommend putting your home office near an area with a lot of natural light, and adding contemporary accents like a modern cream window treatment or the geometric lighting we mentioned above.

tile backsplashes

Whether you go for a modern white tile backsplash or a bright and eccentric Mexican tile backsplash, it’s sure to be a talking point when guests come over! Tile backsplashes are becoming increasingly popular, and there are endless options on how to decorate with them. No matter your style, you can find a beautiful tile backsplash that will quickly become a focal point in your home.

mindful decorating

According to what people are searching on Pinterest, mindful decorating is becoming more and more popular. With people intentionally living in smaller spaces, minimalism with personality is becoming a must. People are having to be more mindful of what home decor they choose, while still ensuring that their space feels personal and homey. From natural light to incorporating plant life, there are many ways to update your home in a mindful way that will allow a calm and collected feeling in your space.

Whether you’re intentionally following the upcoming home decor trends for 2020 or just going with what fits your personal style, ABC Blind & Drapery has countless options of window treatments to fit your needs, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Geometric patterns or tile backsplashes (or both), we’re ready to take on 2020!

5 Smart Home Automation Ideas For Your Home

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While smart home automation technology has been around for a while, it’s more affordable than ever nowadays. Thanks to advancing technology, we can customize and control our home from the lighting to the window treatments to the security system. Whether this is the beginning of your process of upgrading to a smart home or you’re just trying to stay up-to-date with new options for automation, here’s a guide of our top 5 smart home automation ideas to make your home smarter.

Lighting

With smart light bulbs, you are able to control the lights in your home with a smartphone app or smart hub. Not only do these LED-based have lower energy consumption which helps lower your electricity bill, but they can also allow you to set your lights to turn on when you wake up and off when you want to go to bed, as well as alter the color of the bulb. Here’s a look at some of this year’s best smart light bulbs options.

Another key smart home automation system we recommend is the use of exterior lights. These are definitely a basic in home security and also add a level of convenience. You have the option to have these lights turn off with the sunrise and on with the sunset, or to have a motion sensor so that they only come on when someone is near them – you can decide exactly when they turn on and off. Here’s a look at some of the best outdoor motion sensor lights.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

With October being Fire Safety Month, we wanted to share the importance of having smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Over 400 people die a year in the US due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and many people don’t realize how easy it is to prevent this. Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will send notifications to your phone when it’s time for them to be replaced, and nowadays most of them are easy to install too. Here’s a look at some of the best smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on the market right now, don’t wait until it’s too late!

Window Treatments

Motorized window treatments offer your home an extra level of convenience, safety and lower energy consumption. Similar to automated lights, motorized window treatments can be scheduled to open when you wake up in the morning and close at the hottest parts of the day – protecting your furniture from the sun and helping regulate your air conditioner throughout the day so it doesn’t have to work as hard. Here’s a more in-depth look at the benefit of motorized window treatments.

Heating and Cooling

Smart thermostats are not only extremely convenient but are also a game-changer when it comes to energy efficiency. Smart thermostats automatically adjust the temperature to your ideal level of comfort, and you can easily adjust the temperature on your smartphone. These devices also track your energy usage and some devices even have an air quality monitor to alert you if the air quality is getting worse. Here’s a look at some of the top smart thermostats in 2019.

Security

Last but definitely not least, there are many ways to upgrade the security in your home with smart devices. From installing a video doorbell so you can always know who is at your door to upgrading to smart door locks so you don’t have to get out of bed to lock the doors at night, there are endless options for upping your security in your home so you can sleep well at night knowing everyone in your home is safe. Here’s a look at some of the best smart security products on the market right now.

We hope this blog has helped you realize all of the ways to upgrade your home to be a smart home, and that there are many options out there for every budget. If you’re looking to upgrade to motorized window treatments, we’d love it if you considered the possibilities with us at ABC Blind & Drapery.

4 Tips on Furnishing Your First House

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Moving into your first house?

This is a big milestone and an exciting time in your life. On the other hand, having to furnish your house can be overwhelming and stressful, figuring out how you’re going to fill out all your space. Whether you’re coming into your new house with little to no furniture, we want to take off all the stress for you and give you tips on best practices you can implement when furnishing your own house.

 

Establish your style.

 

The style you choose for your house should ultimately resemble your personality. Are you an outdoors lover? Are you a perfectionist or have a minimalist style? Knowing your personal attributes will help you tap into what decor style you want to establish. If you’re still lost, you can use a Pinterest board of different images that inspire you or you can buy a piece of furniture that you like and style the rest of the room around that one piece.

 

Quality over quantity.

 

Don’t feel rushed that you have to fill out your house right away with as much furniture as you can. You should pace yourself and make sure you’re satisfied with what furniture you’re putting in your house whether it takes weeks or months. There’s no perfect method of filling your new house with furniture but having a clear process may help during this stressful time of your life. To make things easier, try focusing on the important furniture first such as your mattress, sofas and dining table.

 

Have a furniture planning budget.

 

One of the misconceptions most people have when it comes to furniture is the costs that add up. Moving into a new home with no furniture can be stressful on top of your other house payments so planning a budget for your furniture can make the process simpler and less stressful. One important rule you can follow when budgeting furniture is to budget around 10% to 50% of the total cost of your home. If your house is $300,000 then you want to have a budget of about $30,000 to $150,000. Other tips that are useful when planning your furniture budget is paying attention to any seasonal sales and using secondhand shops such as the Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or Craigslist. 

 

Tie everything together with color.interior decor/ blinds and shades

 

One great way to tie your rooms together is through your use of color. If you already have your main pieces of furniture, such as sofas, you can coordinate your other matching materials through color and texture. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors. Here are some tips and tricks you can implement using color when furnishing your house:

  • Decorate from dark to light vertically
  • Use white in your kitchen to brighten the room
  • Use the 60-30-10 rule. 60% a dominant color, 30% secondary color, and 10% of an accent color
  • Contrast warm and cool colors
  • Limit your palette to three colors

 

At ABC Blind & Drapery, we offer many amazing products for homeowners to use when furnishing their first house! A house that speaks to your personality makes it feel that much more like home. If you have any additional comments or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us!

Corradi Outdoor Living Spaces

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The Corradi Group designs and creates custom-made solutions for the year-round enjoyment of outdoor spaces. Corradi provides the opportunity to transform outdoor areas into elegant and welcoming spaces.

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Retractable Awnings

retractable awnings

Exterior Retractable Awnings are an elegant and practical way to protect your home from the outside, in. These retractable shades provide solar coverage to both your home windows and outdoor living spaces so that you can enjoy your backyard even on warm summer days.

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Custom Bedding

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We’re pleased to offer an outstanding line of custom-made bedding with an array of themes including traditional, contemporary, lodge, and beach house, as well as an entire line for children’s rooms. At ABC, we use the most up-to-date fabrics and trims with impeccable attention to detail.

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