From an interior design perspective, how much consideration do you think window treatments get? Sure, anyone who is painstakingly putting together a cohesive room will generally spend some time making sure the style of the room is a cohesive one, from top to bottom, but it’s also safe to say that many homeowner no longer expect anything new or innovative in the window treatment space. In truth, this sentiment couldn’t be more inaccurate; High-Lite shades, in particular, combine the aesthetic and performance of traditional with that of contemporary roller shades, with a few additional benefits rolled in.
What are High-Lite Shades?
As mentioned above, High-Lite shades are a combination window covering that extols the virtues of traditional window coverings and combines them with a modern style. Rather than being opaque from top to bottom, these horizontal shades employ bands of alternating opaque/sheer fabric to balance the permeation of light into the room. Best of all, High-Lite shades offer on-demand privacy; when lowered, the opaque bands overlap the sheer material, creating a room darkening or blackout effect. As the shades are raised, more of the sheer material is displayed, allowing a soft, diffused light to enter. The opaque bands of material are available in a wide variety of colour and fabric options and generally range between 3 to 5” in thickness.
In short, High-Lite shades offer the very best in terms of style, privacy, and light permittivity.
Available Product Colours?
Selecting the right colour and texture is important for ensuring your window coverings work with the rest of the room. Like most contemporary products, High-Lite shades are available in a significant palette of colours; from the standard white and black to earthier colours and textures reminiscent of nature, to those containing the lustre and allure of precious stones and metals.
Care and Cleaning
Admittedly, traditional window coverings can be difficult and time-consuming to keep clean. Generally speaking, High-Lite shades require very little effort to keep them looking like new. In most cases, regular dusting is all that will be needed (unlike vertical blinds, horizontal slats provide an easy surface on which dust can accumulate). While homeowners can use a vacuum to keep their High-Lite shades looking their best, it should be done using the vacuum’s brush attachment to avoid damaging the material.
Measurements and Installation
Installation of High-Lite shades requires little in the way of expertise. In fact, most High-Lite shades can be mounted in just two easy steps.
- Installing the mounting bracket. Before adhering to the wall, make sure the brackets are level and that they are placed 2-4” from the end of the cassette. If your shades are longer than 72”, a third bracket will need to be adhered to support the length of the shade.
- Hook the cassette under the front of the bracket and snap into place.
Elite Smart Shades – Motorization
There’s no denying that more and more smart devices are being integrated into the home. While most people tend to think of lighting as the most useful household automation, automated window coverings have a number of undeniable benefits. These include helping to regulate the internal temperature of the home, create the illusion that someone is home when it is empty, and enhanced privacy. Additionally, motorized shades are easy to install and don’t require additional wiring or hubs to integrate; many automated window coverings can be controlled remotely via your smartphone.
Combining the old with the new to make a good product better is certainly no small feat. Elite Window Fashion has successfully created High-Lite shades that have seamlessly blended two very distinct styles into one design that takes advantage of the benefits offered by both. Regardless of your style, there is a High-Lite shade that is perfect for your space.