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Silhouette Shades are just one of the full line of Hunter Douglas products offered by Just Right Blinds & Shutters. Check our blog, The Buzz on Blinds or the blog below for more information and tips on window treatments for your home.

The Buzz on Blinds

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See below for tips on window treatments and design ideas for your home.



March 15, 2018

The day you get your new window treatments installed, how to keep them clean is likely the last thing on your mind. And it’s true—all Hunter Douglas products are made for a lifetime of wear-resistant, trouble-free performance. Many of the shade fabrics are specially treated to repel dust and dirt. And Hunter Douglas aluminum blinds are treated with Dust Shield™, an anti-static paint additive that inhibits dust build-up.

So it’s pretty easy to keep your Hunter Douglas blinds or shutters looking their best! Light dusting or gentle vacuuming on a regular basis will keep your blinds, shades or shutters looking new and fresh for years to come.

Here are tips on cleaning methods:

  • Dusting: Light dusting with a clean, soft cloth works well for most blinds, shades, sheers and shutters.
  • Vacuuming: Vacuum gently with the brush attachment of any vacuum cleaner, using a vertical stroke. However, do not use a brush attachment on any sheer fabrics, such as Luminette Privacy Sheers, Silhouette or Pirouette shadings.
  • Hair dryer: Use the non-heat setting to blow dust off selected blinds or shutters.
  • Spot-cleaning: Unfortunately, stains happen. Many shades and blinds can be spot cleaned with a soft, clean cloth or sponge moistened with lukewarm water and, if needed, a little mild detergent. Blot gently—do not rub—to avoid creasing or damaging fabric. Note that Alustra Silhouette and Silhouette shadings and certain honeycomb and Sonnette fabrics should not be spot cleaned.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning: Professional ultrasonic cleaning is recommended for several Hunter Douglas products, such as Luminettes and many types of Silhouette, Pirouette and Vignette blinds, depending on fabric and opacity. Check the instructions that came with your new blinds to see if ultrasonic cleaning is recommended.

What about wood and faux woods or aluminum or vinyl blinds?

  • For alternative wood (such as New Style Shutters or EverWood blinds), reduce static cling and help repel dust by wiping the wood slats with dryer sheets. Do not use abrasive cleaners or chemical solvents!
  • Clean wood blinds or shutters (such as Parkland Wood Blinds or Heritance Shutters) with a dry, soft feather duster, or clean, soft cloth or dusting mitt. You can also vacuum wood blinds or shutters with a soft brush attachment.
  • Clean Palm Beach Polysatin shutters with mild soap and water. No ammonia-based products!
  • For aluminum and vinyl blinds, use an over-the-counter blind cleaner with a soft cloth. For vinyl and aluminum vertical blinds, reduce static electricity by applying a very thin film of gentle detergent on the vanes.

And finally, some other helpful tips:

  • When you clean your windows, spray the glass cleaner directly on a cloth rather than directly on the window. This prevents spills or splatters on fabric blinds or wood finishes.
  • Concerned with wrinkles in your fabric blinds? Gentle steaming can remove wrinkles from some fabrics. Use a hand-held travel-size steamer rather than a heavy duty model.

Questions? Call me, Todd Zimmerman, at Just Right Blinds & Shutters, 630-292-3756. Or, Hunter Douglas Customer Support is ready with product specific information on cleaning any blind or shutter you have purchased from Hunter Douglas. Call them at 1-844-486-8373.


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Hunter Douglas Solera soft roman shades with cellular design and top-down, bottom-up option to balance light control and privacy.


March 2, 2018

Trends aren’t just for fashion runways or the homes of the rich and famous. Staying up to date on general movements in color and design helps as you look to keep your home décor fresh and interesting. Here are four ideas you can adapt to everything from furniture to accents to window coverings:

  1. Bold, bright colors and patterns: Designers are leaning toward colors that create a warm, sunny outlook along with geometric shapes and patterns that convey a sense of playfulness and fun. It’s not that neutrals are out—their muted tones still create a great backdrop for splashy accent colors or fluid color schemes that harmonize and blend. When you select window treatments, choose a line that offers a wide selection of colors and fabrics.
  2. Natural textures and layering: The organic trend has reached décor, with designers choosing woven fabrics, grasses, bamboo and warm walnut woods. Woven wood shades and wood blinds and shutters are just a few examples of window treatments that take advantage of this trend. And different textures can work side by side for a trendy layered look. For example, a room darkening shade can be used behind sheers for privacy and light control.
  3. Letting in natural light: Today’s designers love sheer fabrics that bring in the beauty of the natural world. The trick is to gently filter the light so it doesn’t harm your furnishings or take away your privacy. Light-filtering window shadings with vanes that can be easily adjusted to balance light and privacy are on trend for 2018.
  4. Curved designs: A well-placed curve delivers a burst of style to a rectangular room. You can extend this design concept to your window treatments with blinds that use curved vanes, beautiful folds or soft, sculptured cellular construction.

Want to make the most of these trends? Focus on ones you see yourself adopting for a long time. Select and adapt trends that complement your overall home design so you make sure all your choices work for you.


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February 23, 2018

You’ve just moved into a new home and the windows are bare. Or you’ve been making do with well-worn roller shades that block out your view with the light. There’s that oddly shaped arch window you have no idea how to cover. The shutters in your bathroom have cracked and warped. You’re tired of the vinyl verticals on your kitchen slider.

When it’s time to cover new windows or update your old treatments, a window treatment specialist can help you sort through the seemingly endless options on the market and select the right treatment for your home and budget. Here’s how to make the most of this expertise:

  1. Research the styles you like and dislike. Collect photos online of your preferences. Good places to start are hunterdouglas.com or the website of your specialist.
  2. Before you meet with your specialist, talk to him about your needs and ideas. Tell him how many windows you’d like to cover, which rooms they are in and what you’d like the window treatments to do for your home.
  3. Schedule the appointment during daylight hours. Light transforms colors and fabrics, and daylight gives you the best look at how samples match your décor.
  4. Ask questions and compare options. In addition to window size and treatment style, both fabric choice and operating system impact price and how well the window fashion meets your needs.
  5. Ask about customer rebates. Hunter Douglas frequently offers mail-in rebates on popular blinds and shadings.


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