Motorized blinds and shades are the more practical choices in many parts of your home. Using a simple wall switch or a remote control, you can adjust your window coverings easily to provide more shade or let in the sun. Below are four places where motorized window coverings can really make a difference.
Large Picture Windows
It may not take that much effort to pull a blind or shade on a large picture window up and down, but the motorized version is much more fun. If you get the type with a remote control, you can even make the change from the comfort of your chair. Even better, that picture window remains uncluttered, with no visible cords in sight. On the practical side, the bigger the window, the heavier the blind. For those not having the muscle power to manually raise and lower the larger blinds, the motorized variety is usually the wiser choice.
Walls of Windows
Homes that offer amazing views often have an entire wall of windows overlooking that scenery. Each wall of windows is custom made, with different sizes of glass panes from top to bottom. For example, you might have four large panels on the bottom, four slightly shorter panels in the middle and smaller pieces on the very top. The top pieces may be cut to fit along the roofline. Blinds or shades can be custom made to fit, with one separate piece for each pane of glass. Using a motorized system allows you to open and close all of the blinds, or just a few.
Transom windows are usually found on top of doors. They are sometimes used along the ceiling in a basement. In either case, they are higher up, making it difficult to disguise manual pull cords on blinds. The doorway transom is often part of a coordinated entry display, and that cord would definitely be a visual distraction. A motorized system helps provide a cleaner, more focused look.
Patios or Open-Walled Enclosures
Some patios are nicely furnished extensions of a home, often acting as additional rooms. The more elaborate outdoor room usually has its own roof, sometimes created by extending the home's roofline. At least two of the walls are usually open, perhaps facing a pool or some scenic vista. Window shades and blinds for the large openings are heavy, making the mechanical system the way to go. Open and close them as needed, either for shade or to keep out the rain.