How to Choose the Right Fabric for Motorized Shades

How to Choose the Right Fabric for Motorized Shades

Motorized window treatments add convenience, comfort, and even a stylish flair to any living space.

While they elevate any room through saving energy, preventing solar heat gain, and lowering monthly bills through automation features, they also can come in a variety of designs that can complement any of your projects. But how can you know which type of shades are needed for every room?

Whether it’s for your own Clyde Hill, WA house or a client’s, choosing the right motorized shades fabric is crucial and it all depends on which room it’s for, what the occasion is, and the properties of the material itself.

Different types of shades and their fabrics have specific purposes. In this blog, we’ll go through what you should consider before installing a particular roller shade in your home – just one of the many types of shades available to you to choose from.

Keep on reading below to learn more!




A Fabric’s Color

There are endless patterns and styles to choose from when you make a fabric decision. But an automated shade’s color is significant to a room’s design – and Lutron and QMotion have a variety of products for you to decide upon.

Blackout shades are ideal for a theater setup, where you can block out the sun completely as you watch a film or show. Sheer, light-colored shades are nice for a living room where you can relax and still allow in some level of brightness.

But a lot of factors are dependent on your color choice. For example, dark fabrics are better at reducing glare and increasing a room’s privacy – while still allowing you to view the outdoors well. They also absorb more energy from the sun – but this can also hurt your energy efficiency, as it lets more radiant heat into the room.

Lighter color fabrics, on the flip side, reduce solar heat gain by reflecting light. But because of this, they produce a higher glare and make it more difficult to view through the window when the shades are down.

Duotone shades let you have both – a lighter surface material will face the window’s glass in order to reflect heat, while the darker fabric faces the indoors and prevents glares.

This option is great for rooms where you want to view through your windows easily – while still having a shade that can darken a room.


A Fabric’s Openness

How much openness you want your motorized shades to provide is a key component in choosing a fabric.

A shade’s openness is how much sunlight it lets in while it’s lowered. It’s important to take a fabric’s openness factor into account before installing it in a specific room. You’ll need to see what direction the room faces, how much direct sunlight shines through its windows, and in the end, how much light you want pouring into the room.

Once you’ve decided on the above aspects, you can determine what type of shade fabric to place over the window and what openness factor is needed.

The right motorized shade can help you achieve the perfect look in your client’s spaces. Our team of shading experts is here to help you make the best decision possible.


Want to learn more about motorized shades and what specific fabrics are needed? Feel free to give us a call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our team.


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