Is there anything lovelier than natural light?
Unfortunately, Mother Nature’s rays aren’t as easy to control as your simple on/off switch.
Or, at least, they weren’t. Smart home developers have been working to make your blinds brilliant.
Here are a few of the systems that can make your window dressings easier—and dare we say it—more fun to use.
The Powerview Motorization system, available from a variety of retailers (Hunter Douglas in the U.S., Luxaflex in the U.K.), offer homeowners exacting, wireless control over their window shades. Users can control their Powerview shades via smartphone or tablet apps, or through the Pebble, a more traditional remote control system—though undoubtedly more stylish than your standard clicker. Powerview enables users to exercise on-demand control over their shades—from everywhere in the world—lowering or raising blinds to a specific height. But its real beauty is in the ability to easily build “scenes,” which are pre-established shade configurations that Powerview users initiate with a single click. A “Good Morning” scene, for example, could raise all the shades in your living room, the first floor of your house or your entire property—with a simple tap. Users can also automate shades to open and close with the sunrise and sunset in their area, and there is no need to sacrifice on style, as the blinds are available in all different fashions.
Visit HunterDouglas for styling and pricing options.
Tilt is a window treatment you can talk to. Compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, Tilt makes opening and closing your shades as simple as the spoken word. But it’s not just voice-control where Tilt shows its value. Tilt users can control their blinds from anywhere in the world via the Tilt app, set their shades to track the sun, program specific schedules and even enable other smart home devices—a door unlocking for example—to trigger shade movement. Tilt is also perfect for homeowners with the DIY spirit, selling kits that can be easily installed by the buyer (professional set up is also available). And while Tilt is only available for roller shades or blinds, its automation system can work with your current set up, so you don’t have to abandon the blinds you love.
Styles, pricing and kits are available at tiltsmarthome.com
Serena by Lutron
Offering roller or insulating honeycomb shades in over 150 fabrics at a variety of opacities, Serena by Lutron provides endless style options backed up by robust intelligence. In addition to a traditional remote control, Serena owners can control their shades via smartphone, tablet, watch, smartspeaker and voice—and can even pair their shades with Lutron’s Caséta Wireless line of lighting controls, allowing them to coordinate lighting and shade movement. Serena also allows for scheduling, scene creation and geofencing—meaning when Serena detects you (or rather your phone) approaching, they immediately open or close to a pre-designated level.
In-home consultations can be requested at serenashades.com.
Somfy is here to make your smart window treatment dreams a reality. Offering intelligent control for shades, blinds, curtains and even rolling shutters, Somfy owners can pair their personal style with their personal tech preferences. The Somfy myLink—a simple plug-in device and app pairing—allows Somfy users to control their window treatment, whatever it may be, via tablet, smartphone or voice and even pair their blinds/curtains/shutters with third-party apps, allowing smart lights, smart locks or other smart devices to trigger movement. In addition to allowing for scheduling of shade movement events, Somfy owners can exercise control of their blinds from anywhere in the world.
Visit omfysystems.com for options and pricing.