The Benefits of Hunter Douglas Blinds

Blinds from Hunter Douglas are a great choice for virtually any home. They are stylish, functional and come in a wide range of colors, style options and materials. Read on to learn why Hunter Douglas blinds are right for your home. 

Privacy 

Hunter Douglas blinds allow you a great deal of privacy inside your home by allowing you to adjust blinds to your liking. They also provide total privacy inside your home when the blinds are closed. Most Hunter Douglas blinds are available with PowerView® Motorization, which allows you to open, close or schedule your window treatments to move according to your desired schedule, simply by using the remote control or your smart phone. This provides privacy as well as deterring thieves by simulating that someone is home, even when your house is empty. 

Light Control

Arguably the most important factor to consider when choosing a window treatment is light control. With Hunter Douglas blinds, you can decide how much light you want to let in and adjust the blinds accordingly. 

Long Life and Low Maintenance

All blinds from Hunter Douglas are easy to care for. With specialized finishes designed to make cleanup a snap, most blinds simply require being wiped down with a clean cloth to remove dust. Collections such as EverWood® Distinctions™ and Renditions™ are Hunter Douglas’ best sellers in the faux wood category, and are guaranteed to never yellow, warp or chip, making them ideal in high traffic areas. 

Wide Selection of Style and Materials

Hunter Douglas offers both vertical and horizontal blinds designed to suit any window, door or style. Horizontal blinds are available in natural hardwoods, faux woods and aluminum, in over 70 shades and designs. Vertical blinds come in drapery like fabric as well as vinyl and aluminum. Chances are you’ll be able to find the perfect blinds for any room. 

Energy Efficiency

The windows and doors in your home represent most homeowners’ greatest challenge to energy efficiency, accounting for as much as 50% of the energy loss in your home.  Even high end insulating glass designs sacrifice some energy efficiency for a clear view outside. Well-designed window treatments like Hunter Douglas blinds and cellular shades can make even modest single-pane glass windows outperform more expensive windows with modern energy efficient upgrades.

Safety

Hunter Douglas products are designed with safety and convenience in mind. Their blinds are available in a wide range of options for lifting and operating systems, including cordless, retractable cord and motorized options for enhanced child and pet safety.

For expert guidance in choosing the right Hunter Douglas blinds for your home, contact the professionals at The Divine Interiors Group. We are a full service interior design firm located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Proudly serving Lakewood Ranch and the surrounding area for more than 16 years, we can accommodate any style. With our extensive knowledge of the industry our experienced team will not only deliver stunning results, we’ll do it in a timely and efficient manner. Stop by our showroom or call us today, we look forward to working with you on your next home improvement project.
 

Choices for Hunter Douglas Blinds

Blinds are a fantastic option for any homeowner when it comes to window treatments: versatile, easy to clean, beautiful, and simple to style with, there is a reason that for many, blinds are the quintessential window treatment. But, even with this, there are still a number of choices that must be made when deciding which Hunter Douglas blinds are going to be right for you and your family. If you want to know more about what those choices are, the professionals at the Divine Interiors Group in Lakewood Ranch, Florida are here to tell you.

Horizontal Blinds

Perhaps the simplest, most elegant window treatment available, there is a reason these amazing window treatments were in many of the homes we grew up in. Horizontal blinds are comprised of slats that are oriented in a horizontal fashion, and then controlled by a series of cords to adjust the angle of the slats or raise the window treatment completely for a fully unobstructed window. Horizontal blinds from Hunter Douglas are made out of harder materials, such as wood, alternative wood, and aluminum, making them great for anyone who needs their window treatments to be durable.

Vertical Blinds

While horizontal blinds work for just about any window imaginable, there are a few particular perks for vertical blinds. In particular, vertical blinds work fantastically on very large windows and on sliding glass doors because of their ability to be pushed completely to the side. Regardless of that, however, vertical blinds are also a beautiful window treatment in their own right. As opposed to horizontal blinds, vertical blinds are available in softer materials, such as vinyl and fabric, which will give any space a softer, romantic touch that you would not be likely to get with horizontal blinds. If this sounds truer to your taste, then vertical blinds may be perfect for you.

Have we helped you pick out the perfect Hunter Douglas blinds for your home? If we have, stop by the showroom for Divine Interiors Group in Lakewood Ranch, Florida today. We also proudly serve the surrounding area. Stop by today to see our other beautiful Hunter Douglas window treatments, as well as our many other fantastic home décor and renovation services.

Operating Systems for Motorized Blinds & Shades

Operating motorized window treatments can seem daunting at first. After all, window treatments were something that seemed like they were going to stay firmly in the realm of analog until innovators like Hunter Douglas came along and decided to bring them fully into the 21st century. But just because they’re so innovative doesn’t mean that they’re difficult to use. Let the window treatment experts at the Divine Interiors Group in Lakewood Ranch, Florida explain.

The Pebble Remote Control

We use remote controls for a lot in our lives—our televisions, our ceiling fans, our lights, even our fireplaces, and Hunter Douglas understands the innate appeal of these devices, which is why they have developed their own alternative to control their window treatments: the Pebble Remote Control. The Pebble has all of the functionality of a traditional remote control, but with an updated design to match your new, futuristic window treatments. The Pebble’s design is sleek and comfortable to hold, and is available in a wide variety of trendy colors to match any décor.

The Pebble Scene Controller

If you love the ease of a traditional remote control but wish that it could do more, the Pebble Scene Controller is perfect for you. With the same design as the Pebble, the Pebble Scene Controller is still comfortable to hold and easy to use, but also possesses a wide array of exciting features. The Pebble Scene Controller allows you to program specific groupings of your window treatments, known as “Scenes,” which you can then cycle through as desired to achieve the perfect lighting in your home at any time.

The PowerView® App

Whether you aren’t a fan of remote controls, or don’t like how difficult they are to keep up with, Hunter Douglas has developed a solution: the PowerView® app. Simply download this free application onto your phone and have complete access to all of the features of both the Pebble Remote Control and the Pebble Scene Controller from anywhere in the world that has a Wi-Fi connection.

Do you feel ready to control your Hunter Douglas motorized window treatments? If you do, visit the showroom for the Divine Interiors Group in Lakewood Ranch, Florida today to get a set installed in your home. We also proudly serve the surrounding area.

Benefits of Motorized Window Treatments

 

The newest innovation in home automation, motorized window treatments combine cutting edge technology and style to enhance your quality of life.

Convenience

With the simple push of a button, you can open and close your window treatments from anywhere, home or away. Most of us have that one window that’s especially hard to get to and almost not worth the inconvenience of opening and closing. That’s no longer an issue with motorized window treatments. You won’t even have to stand up to get the perfect amount of light in your home.

Privacy

Motorized window treatments offer the ability to pre-program your preferred settings depending on the time of day. If you have neighbors situated close by a window, you can program the shades or blinds to close at the same time every morning and evening.

Earth Friendly

From an energy efficiency perspective, motorized window treatments are ideal. If you want to reduce home cooling costs, you can program the shades to close during the warmest hours of the day and the time of the day the most sun is shinning in. Likewise, if you are trying to keep your home warm during the winter, you can program your shades to open during the brightest times of the day.  Many automation systems can even use data from temperature sensors to close blinds when a room gets too warm, and reopen them when once the room cools off.

Safety

A major safety concern associated with standard window treatments is the cord. This is especially an issue for those households with small children and pets. Motorized window treatments don’t have a cord so the safety risk is minimal. Never worry about your toddler or puppy yanking down your window treatments again!

Increase Home Resale Value

Upgraded home features that increase efficiency and functionality are always a great selling point.

Security

With motorized and automated window treatment systems, you can increase home security. Whether you are on vacation or at work, you can control your blinds and shades by programming settings based on the time of day or in real time using your smartphone or tablet. This gives the appearance that someone is home and possibly deterring would be thieves.

Create the Right Ambiance

With automated window treatments, you can create just the right ambiance for a candle light dinner or set the perfect lighting for your movie night.  Hunter Douglas PowerView® premium operating systems are designed to complement the light control characteristics of all of their shadings, allowing the homeowner to create custom scenes to fit the mood and use of each space in the home, at any time of the day.

For choosing the right motorized window treatment options for your home, contact the experts at Divine Interiors Group. Located in Lakewood Ranch, FL, their professional team of designers are available to assist you with your next home design project.

Choosing a Lifting System for Hunter Douglas Shades

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After considering all of the custom window treatment options available from Hunter Douglas, you’ve decided to add shades to your home. If you have already figured out the product, color, and material you want, the next decision is what type of operating system you should use. Serving Lakewood Ranch, Florida and the surrounding areas, Divine Interiors Group offers the following breakdown of shade lifting systems to help with your selection.

If You Need a Basic Window Treatment Operating System

Every Hunter Douglas shade comes with a basic lifting system with a limited lifetime guarantee that will allow you to operate your window treatments without issues for as long as you own them. And there is no additional cost.

The basic operating system for honeycomb shades, Roman shades, and some woven woods is a cord you pull on to release and raise or lower them. Wall cleats are available to wrap the cord around when the shade is open and the cord is long.

For roller shades, screen shades, and some woven woods, a continuous beaded loop is used to open and close them, and the Custom Clutch system exclusive to Hunter Douglas makes it easy to smoothly adjust your blinds and eliminates all but the smallest light gap around the shade.

If You Have Kids or Pets

If you have kids or pets, entanglement in long cords on window treatments may be a concern. Hunter Douglas provides shorter cord and cordless options for all of their window treatments. These systems are also perfect if you don’t like the look of long cords on your window coverings.

LiteRise® - Shades with this system are completely cordless and are adjusted by pushing up or pulling down on the bottom of the window treatment. It is available on select cellular shades, roller shades, screen shades, Roman shades, and sheer shadings.

UltraGlide® - While there is still a cord with this lifting system, it is retractable, so it stays a manageable length regardless of whether your shade is open or closed. It is available on select lines of all Hunter Douglas shades and sheers.

If You Want Privacy and Natural Light at the Same Time

With some shades it may seem as if you have to decide whether to close them for privacy or open them for natural light. The top-down/bottom-up operating system offers both at the same time. Available on Silhouette® shadings, woven woods, honeycomb shades, and pleated shades, among others, this system allows you to lower the top part of your window treatment to let in natural light while keeping the bottom portion closed for privacy. Or if the sun is directly in your eyes in the middle of the window, leave that part closed while lowering the top and raising the bottom to let in the indirect light.

If You Want the Ultimate in Convenience

Available on numerous sheers and shades, motorization is the ultimate operating system for convenience. With PowerView® you can adjust shades that are difficult to reach, raise and lower multiple window coverings to the same level in different rooms at the same time, and even use your mobile device to operate them when you aren’t home or have them open and close based on when the sun rises and sets.

Overwhelmed by the options? Don’t be. Come to the Divine Interiors Group showroom or call one of our interior designers today.

Hunter Douglas Shades: Color, Fabric and Product Choices

When it comes to selecting custom shades or sheers for your home, no other company offers more choices or better quality than Hunter Douglas. Let Divine Interiors Group introduce you to the unlimited options available for your Lakewood Ranch, Florida home.

Keep Your Cool with Honeycomb Shades

Cellular shades were created by Hunter Douglas in response to the energy crisis in the 1970s, but that doesn’t mean these window treatments are stuck in the past. Available in numerous colors and patterns, these shades can provide everything from slight sunlight filtering with IllumiCell™ technology in Duette® Architella® shades to complete room darkening with a blackout layer hidden within the cells. These same cells trap warm air trying to enter your home in the summer and hold it at bay, and protect you from the cool breezes on winter evenings.

Roller Shades Provide Unlimited Possibilities

Perhaps the most versatile of all window treatments, roller shades not only come in hundreds of colors, they also offer various patterns, opacities, and materials. Screen shades can be made from the most translucent fabric, leaving you with a view of the outdoors while still protecting your furnishings and other valuables from harmful UV rays. Woven wood shades are crafted from reeds, grasses, and woods, providing an unassuming natural texture to the room. These unique shades can also be lined to provide more light control and are available in neutral colors that blend beautifully with your woodwork, walls, and flooring. Today’s roller shades are easy to use and combine well with custom draperies because of their slim profile and ability to tightly roll up when not in use.

Add the Softness of Fabric with Roman Shades

Like roller shades, Roman shades are also available in a variety of materials, including fabric. The thousands of different fabrics we offer at Divine Interiors Group will make choosing the perfect one quite difficult, but our expert interior designers are here to help you make that tough decision. Rather than rolling up on a spindle, when Roman shades are opened, soft folds of fabric gather and remain until the shade is lowered. Choose a fabric to match your bedding to create a master bedroom retreat, or add a much-needed dash of color to your dining room walls. Roman shades work well in areas where you want fabric but curtains or draperies are impractical, like over kitchen counters or the soaking tub in your bathroom.

Create a Look You’ll Love with Sheers and Shadings

Hunter Douglas sheers and shadings have a unique look that is unlike any other window treatment. Fabricated from sheer panels and fabric vanes, these window coverings filter sunlight when just the sheer part is closed and provide more privacy and less light when the vanes are closed. Vanes can be made from neutral fabrics to blend in with the sheers or colorful fabrics to stand out when closed. Silhouette® and Pirouette® shadings hang horizontally and provide beautiful coverage for your traditional windows. Luminette® sheers provide an elegant alternative to vertical blinds for your sliding glass doors and extra-large windows.

Whatever look you want to achieve, shades and sheers are a great option. Let the interior designers at Divine Interiors Group show you why. Serving Lakewood Ranch Florida and the surrounding areas, we help our customers create custom window treatments they love.

2017 Color Trends

Let's talk color.                                                                        Sophisticated hues are poised to take center stage, according to Behr, which has predictions for colors to keep an eye on in 2017. The paint company has divided its selections into three palettes — Confident, Composed, and Comfortable — and if they are any indication, we'll be drawing decor inspiration from our personalities in the year ahead!                                                   Creative, social types will be drawn to the Confident palette, defined by dusky blues, spicy reds, and lime greens, designed to captivate your attention. Then there's the Composed palette. Its earthy greens and taupes will be a go-to for traditionalists looking to create a contemporary space. And it's all about pale pastels in the Comfortable range, characterized by light pinks, blues, and yellows that make the smallest of spaces pop. Its muted shades are ideal for introverts who want to make their first foray into accent colors.                    

Dive into some colors and let's get the inspiration started! http://www.behr.com/consumer/inspiration/2017-color-trends                                                    

Interior Design Options for Custom Shutters

If you are feeling confusion about ordering plantation shutters for your home, you can’t go wrong with Hunter Douglas Plantation Shutters, and the Interior design assistance provided by Divine Interiors Group located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Whatever your window shape; standard, sliding-glass door, French door, skylight or a specialty shapes such as circles, arches, angles or trapezoids, Hunter Douglas has the custom design and operating system for you.

Operating Choices

Plantation shutters are available in three distinct looks, chosen based upon your window and the design look you are seeking. Your choice will tailor the window opening to your room’s purpose.

  • Hinged Panel- In a hinged panel system, the shutter panels are hinged to each other and to the door frame or window opening. Perfect for maintaining privacy while still allowing versatility in how much light enters your room.
  • Bi-Fold Track-Plantation Shutters designed to operate on a bi-fold track consist of up to six hinged panels that open and close along a track. Great for patio doors or large windows these shutters are perfect for creating privacy or for opening up your window enclosure for an unobstructed view.
  • Bypass Track-Bypass Track plantation shutters consists of panels that bypass one another front to back, or back to front, as they slide along a track. No need to close the louvers before operating. Create dramatic effects by opening louvers on the top panels and closing those on the bottom. These work great on sliding screen or glass doors.

Custom Shutters For A Custom Look

As you can see by the operating systems offered for custom shutters, there are a variety of options when it comes to how you open or close them. Consider hinged panels for example. You can choose to have the hinge operate on either side, with or without a t-post. For smaller windows consider a hinge and one panel that opens from the top, the bottom or either side. Shutters also accommodate your room and architecture because you can choose where and how they open. Shutters are a perfect option for updating windows that are recessed by mounting the shutters on the wall. This gives your windows the look of a window frame. For areas where you want more light but don’t want to sacrifice privacy, consider hanging your windows café style; great for breakfast nooks and dining areas too.

Divine Interiors Custom Draperies

Adding fine details to your custom window treatments is our forte. Whether your décor calls for a swag, a cornice, or even a lined drapery, we have the design for you that can add a soft touch to your Hunter Douglas Shutters. We can also offer assistance in bedding, artwork, accessories, and furniture. Our interior decorators bring their knowledge and skill to add to your dreams as you create the look you want for your home. We have offered full service Interior Design to our clientele for over 16 years. Call today for an appointment (941) 907-9759.

Plantation Shutters: Choosing the Right Materials

Plantation shutters are a great choice for any home. These window treatments will make a memorable addition to your décor with their eye-catching beauty. When choosing plantation shutters, it is important to know your options. Plantation shutters are available in three different materials that all feature different benefits and concerns. Divine Interiors Group, located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, can help you understand the differences between the different plantation shutter materials to help you find the perfect fit for your home.

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Hardwood

The first type of material available for plantation shutters is genuine hardwood. Plantation shutters like Hunter Douglas’ Heritance® hardwood shutters are a great choice for adding elegance to any room. Hardwood shutters are crafted from genuine hardwood that feature visible grain work and beautiful stain options to contribute to a classic feel. Heritance hardwood shutters utilize Truemill® dovetail construction, one of the most durable forms of joinery available, for maximum durability and function. Heritance® shutters come in many stylish stains, can be painted virtually any color, and completed with finishes that feature Integra™ finish for longevity. While hardwood shutters are a great option, they do require a little more care than other types of shutters and to preserve their beauty you should avoid rooms with high humidity or heat and clean them with very gentle cleaning products.

Hybrid

The second type of plantation shutter is the hybrid shutter.  Hybrid shutters, like Hunter Douglas’ NewStyle™ shutters, are more durable than genuine hardwood shutters. Hybrid shutters are crafted with a mixture of modern-day materials and genuine hardwood for a stunning and durable window treatment. To mimic the appearance of hardwood, hybrid shutters feature grain-like finishes for natural beauty on your windows. Unlike traditional hardwood shutters, hybrid shutters cannot be repainted once an original paint or stain color is chosen because they will lose the grain-like appearance. Hybrid shutters are available in a beautiful range of colors and stains, that are also finished with a low-shine, FineTech® finish to makes these shutters even more durable and easy to clean. Because hybrid shutters are made from faux wood, these shutters can be cleaned with traditional cleaning products and used in any room of the home without concerns for damage.

Polysatin

Polysatin shutters are the most durable plantation shutter available. Polysatin shutters like Hunter Douglas’ Palm Beach™ shutters are perfect for bright, open rooms and look great outdoors. Polysatin shutters are perfect for indoor and outdoor use because they are unaffected by temperature and humidity levels. Polysatin shutters are crafted from UV resistant, polysatin compounds for an incredibly durable window treatment.  These shutters will never crack, chip, fade, peel, or lose their color regardless of the conditions in or outside your home. Hybrid shutters come in a limited range of natural colors and look similar to a traditional painted shutter. As a final touch of durability, hybrid shutters are finished with Duralux™ finish so you will never have to repaint, stain or sand your shutters for as long as you use them.

If you have any more questions about the differences in these shutters, contact Divine Interiors Group Today! Our experienced designers can help you choose the right window treatment for your home and help you make the most of your new window treatments.

Decluttering and Organizing

The holidays are behind us, and if you are anything like us you have already began the decluttering and re-organizing of your space at home. It's amazing how things pile up from parties and special events ...and presents from Santa! We have all heard it but the best rule of thumb is for every one thing "new", donate or throw away one item you don't use anymore. That holds true for more than just your closet or shoe rack! 

Harmony, Balance and an Organized space are so important for your soul as we enter into the New Year! New beginnings and Clean spaces = a Happy & Healthy mind. 

Here ar a few great organizational articles:

http://www.marthastewart.com/275490/organizing-your-home

http://organizedhome.com/seasonal-spin/cut-clutter-after-christmas

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/tips/g2610/best-organizing-tips/

 

Happy Organizing! 

 

Cheers, Bring on 2017!

Hunter Douglas Motorized Shades

Are you moving forward with the times? So many things are automated today and the ability to automate your privacy treatments to change while you are out of town or just out for the day, is quite impressive. With so many options and the ability to set it all up from an app....we will let you watch for yourself to see how easy this truly is!

The options are endless! Explore in our showroom today. 

 

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  1. the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building.

When you have a career that you are passionate about, magic happens. Although you are capable of obtaining a degree in Interior Design,  creativity and passion truly lead you in the ability to form a space into something beautiful. We are here to assist in creating aesthetically pleasing spaces for our clients, as well as provide balance and beauty.

We will be posting tips and tricks along with design ideas and upcoming trends. We are excited to be blogging and hope you will enjoy! We welcome comments and feedback! 

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Divine Interiors Group