{window treatment wednesday: treatments that let the sunlight in}

Brighten Your Year: Treatments That Let the Sunlight Shine In

Silhouette window treatment by Hunter Douglas

Hunter Douglas Silhouette window treatment

The new year is starting with a chilly arctic blast. But on days with clear skies, it feels good to have that sunlight shine into your home and brighten your day. Let’s start off the year on a bright note and discuss window treatments that let the sun in.

Shannon Scarrella is a window coverings expert. She says that light filtering treatments are good options when you want to allow sunlight in. “Honeycomb shades are nice—they allow for privacy as well as let the light in,” she says. “Another great selection is the Silhouette or Nantucket Window Shading from Hunter Douglas or the Luminette Privacy Sheers.  These three products do a great job for daylighting.”

Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than from electricity. Hunter Douglas window fashions allow homeowners to control how much natural light comes into a room. “Our sheers and other select styles actually diffuse light as it enters and help to draw it deeper into the room,” says Scarrella. “You can also direct incoming light where it’s needed most by tilting the louvers, slats, vanes, blinds and panels. By drawing natural light into a room many of our window treatments can reduce your energy needs.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Sidelights are the long windows on either side of your front door or French doors. Offering a hearty welcome, doors with sidelights tend to be the focal point of the front or back of the home. Covering the sidelights for privacy can be challenging, as not all window treatments are available for that size of window.

Hunter Douglas’ dynamic duo, Sally and Jen, have these recommendations for covering the sidelights.

The windows on either side of your front door are known as sidelights. Keep in mind that when the front of the house coordinates, you make curb appeal more attractive. Most of our products are available in a 12″ size, so putting the same product on your sidelight that is on your other front facing windows is a smart option. The first product that I recommend is Silhouette® window shadings. They are essentially a soft 2″, 3″ or 4″ fabric vane that has a sheer to the front and back. In the open position, you will have filtered visibility outside with the sheer. Sheers always look elegant and are very practical for a sidelight as well. Close the vanes and you will have your privacy. Then with the pull of the cord, they roll up to disappear up into the headrail when you want full visibility outside. These are a perfect solution for your sidelights!!

Sally recommends Hunter Douglas Shutters. Sally has them in the sidelights in her own home, and they make a dramatic statement with curb appeal (also because they are on all of her windows that face the street). The fact that you can tilt and turn the bold louvers for privacy and light control is very appealing. She has Heritance® hardwood shutters, but there are several other Hunter Douglas shutters to choose from. Jen

 If other windows in your home are sporting honeycomb shades then the Duette Honeycomb shade should be considered.  The Duette is available in an non-operable sidelight, meaning you do not have the option of lifting the shade up and down, or is also available as a cordless operable sidelight, with the option to add Top-Down or Top Down/Bottom-Up. The top and bottom rails are stationary with both shades.
Hunter Douglas Silhouette
 Hirshfield’s window treatment experts can walk you through all the nuances of window treatments and offer up their many years of expertise. Your style. Our expertise.

{friday finds: getting your home ready for summer}

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, but it’s pretty much understood here in Minnesota that Memorial Day is the “unofficial” start to summer! And with the warm temps we’ve been having here in the Twin Cities and across the state, it seems as if Mother Nature is just as anxious for summer to arrive as we are!

So let’s welcome summer into our homes with open windows and fresh decor! Here are some tips to help get your home in shape for the season!

Let the fresh air in: Welcome the warm summer weather into your home with open windows! Not only does a nice breeze help you enjoy the outdoor weather even when you’re stuck indoors, it also  just makes your home feel fresher. You can even filter the outdoor air that comes through your house with plants. Some of the best air-cleaning houseplants are snake plants, spider plants, English ivy, and small-leafed rubber plants.

summer home Minnesota

Examiner Home & Living

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Spring is the time when Hunter Douglas introduces to us new fabrics, colors, and features on their window shadings.

We are really excited to hear about Silhouette being introduced with the LiteRise cordless operating system.  The LiteRise cordless system conveniently controls light by raising, lowering and opening the shade easier.  It also enhances child and pet safety.  It’s available in all of the Silhouette fabrics and vane sizes.

Since spring is here, remember cleaning your Silhouette shade is easy. Lightly dust or vacuum using low suction or for more thorough cleaning, professionally clean ultrasonically. For those Asian beetles, use a can of compressed air to blow them out of the vanes.


Here’s a link to additional information on the Silhouette with LiteRise® window covering. This window covering won Product of the Year and two other awards at the Window Covering Manufacturers Association. It doesn’t get any better than this in the world of window coverings!

Guest post from the Decor Department, Hirshfield’s Lakeville location.

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My all time favorite window treatment is the Silhouette® by Hunter Douglas. If you’re not familiar with the Silhouette®, it’s a horizontal shade with fabric vanes suspended between two sheers.

 Why I like the Silhouette® :

  • it works in contemporary, traditional, and casual room settings
  • depending on your decorating taste, it can stand alone or side panels can be added to dress it up
  • visually, it’s a pretty shade
  • you can see through to the outside when the vanes are opened
  •  it’s a full privacy shade when the vanes are closed
  • the shade disappears into the fabric-covered headrail when raised
  • beautiful neutrals, with over 200 fabric and color selections
  • the vanes are available in 2″, 3″, or 4″

Guest post from Michele Maxx, Hirshfield’s Roseville location.


{form and function: window treatments that filter natural light}

Furniture, flooring and wall art are not investments you want to make everyday. Once you find these finishing touches for your home you want to protect them from damage and keep them looking great for as long as you can. You’ve probably already considered the usual destruction culprits – kids, pet and the occasional accidental spill of the wine glass by a guest – but have you also considered the damage sunlight can do?

UV exposure is not only harmful to skin, it can also damage furnishings, floors and art. To help protect your investments, most Hunter Douglas products have fabric options that filter out 99% of these harmful rays while in the closed position. Many Hunter Douglas window fashions, including Silhouette® window shadings and Luminette® Privacy Sheers, filter out as much as 86% of harmful UV rays in the open-vane position.

Silhouette®: The Silhouette® window treatments transform sunlight into beauty. Suspended between two sheers, the fabric vanes offer precise lighting control. When fully raised, the Silhouette® shades disappear into the fabric-covered headrail.

Hunter Douglas Silhouette

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