The Linea is a beautiful new condominium project in San Francisco. Born from the imagination of world-renowned architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia. The Linea features walls of glass that allows its residents to take in and experience the city’s surrounding neighborhoods like no other. The Linea’s interior is described as having “The perfect blend of comfort, class and discernment.” The lobby features porcelain tile floors with natural white oak wood panels. The kitchens feature high end appliances and Italian cabinetry with polished quartz countertops. The Linea features an interior courtyard full of greenery and can play host to any event for its residents with its multiple areas for entertainment. [Read more…]
Have you heard of Radiant Orchid? If you haven’t yet, you definitely will! This striking combination of purple and pink is the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year. For interior design, this saturated hue of purple is best used as an accent color against neutrals such as a frosty white or a silvery grey. Here at Blinds & Designs serving San Francisco, our decorators can help find ways to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your home design. Here are just a few ideas:
Dress up Your Window Coverings
Accent your neutral blinds and shades with a topper or a set of drapery panels in Radiant Orchid. Radiant Orchid is a color that really pops, and is beautiful as a top treatment or in pattern on custom flowing drapes. Solid colors make a bold statement, and a patterned fabric for your drapery can introduce a new color in a more subtle way. Radiant Orchid also works well on valances and top treatments, paired with most any blind or shade. [Read more…]
Take a look at this ultra custom installation of a MechoShade for a beautiful estate in Portola Valley. Manual shades are typically not made over 120″ long, but it had to be done here as there was only a 3″ pocket in the frame. Shades this wide are typically are motorized and need about a 6 x6 space, so we needed some innovative thinking the make this project work. [Read more…]
We have all been in the situation where we’re trying to get work done and are annoyed by the glare on our computer screen. Or, we’re trying to relax on a weekend and can’t watch a TV show because of the sun reflecting off of it. Or, on a cold winter day, you may come into your office and that little bit of sun peeking throughout the window is making it uncomfortably hot.
Today’s standard window glazing alone does not adequately protect people inside a building from solar heat gain or glare. Luckily, we have products such as the MechoSystems roller shading systems that really allows you to control how the sun affects your life inside your home or business. MechoShade cloths are woven in densities from blackout to 18% open to preserve your view and allow in natural light while lessening heat gain and reducing harmful UV rays. These high tech shade cloths are available in over 200 weaves, colors and patterns. [Read more…]
An important step in improving the energy efficiency of your home is to install window shades with high energy efficiency ratings, like our Duette Architella honeycomb shades. Yet even with the best shades on the market, optimal energy efficiency requires the shades to be opened and closed at the right times. That’s where the Hunter Douglas Platinum™ solar energy sensors come in. As part of a window shade automation system, the solar sensor allows you to harness the warmth of the sun when you need it, and block it when you don’t. Home owners and business owners throughout San Francisco enjoy cost savings when using solar sensor technology.
How the Solar Sensor Works
During the hottest part of the day, the battery-powered sensor detects the amount of solar energy entering the home through the window and sends out a wireless signal that automatically opens or closes the window shades to maximize energy efficiency in the room. One sensor unit can control a single shade or multiple shades in a room. For optimal energy savings, multiple sensors can be installed in windows facing different directions of the home to operate specific groups of shades at proper times. [Read more…]