Honeycomb Shades Insulate Your Windows with Style
With the hot months of summer upon us, Clarksville homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of just how much heat comes through their windows, especially in sunrooms and large picture windows. Taming that summer heat and scorching sunlight has never been easier with modern window treatments. Made in the Shade Blinds & More is a locally-owned business that offers a variety of options to block the sun and heat — and ultimately save on power bills.
“While faux wood blinds are incredibly popular in the Clarksville area, they’re not the best for energy efficiency,” said David Shelton, co-owner of the local business. “Hands-down, the most flexible and effective treatment available are honeycomb shades.”
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, windows and doors make up for approximately one-third of a home’s total thermal loss. This means that your money could literally be going right out the window. Honeycombs (sometimes called cellular shades) first gained popularity during the bold-color age of the 1980s, and their efficiency quickly made them among the most popular window treatments across the world.
What makes honeycombs so effective in their insulation properties is in the design of the shade itself. The cells are made to allow air pockets between the window and the room, and it’s those air pockets that provide an effective barrier between the outdoors and the homeowner’s electric bill. In fact, some honeycomb fabrics offer an R-value of 4.5 to 5.
Today, they’re manufactured with a variety of materials including linens and other quality fabrics. Their flexibility in style and function has only gotten more complex over the years.
Custom Shades with Personalized Service & Experience
“Not only do we have motorized shades, but many of our products can easily tie in with popular home automation systems,” Shelton said. Other options include using two different shade fabrics in the same window as well as the ability to operate a shade from the top down or from the bottom up.
Made in the Shade offers a highly personalized touch for their clients’ homes, and their staff bring both experience and unique backgrounds to the table.
“A lot of folks know me from my graphic design and illustration background,” Shelton said. “For my part, I bring my extensive knowledge and experience with color and design layout to every consultation to help our clients realize their vision for each window and how it relates to the room.” Customization includes the ability to print patterns, images, and custom colors on a shade.
Co-owner Mandie Vanburen also provides a professional touch in her design consultations. Her valuable experience as a Realtor gives her an insight that’s unique. “Clients love her ‘woman’s touch’ point of view, as well as the viewpoint of a Real Estate agent, so she knows what makes homes look incredible,” Shelton said.
“Imagine a lovely Chinese style painting or a subtle blend that compliments custom draperies. The sky is the limit, and that’s what we offer.”
We are located at 30 Crossland Ave., #104, Clarksville, TN 37040, in the Tree of Life Center. Store hours are 10-6pm Monday – Friday. Or call us at (931) 378-5157 to book a free, no-pressure in-home consultation!
This article also appeared on ClarksvilleNow.com.