New Roller Shade Product – Great for Clean Lined Homes

A few months ago I was introduced to a relatively new roller shade product on the market.  It is basically a hybrid of a roller shade.  Some people call it a Zebra shade.  The fabric is made of a solid and a sheer, rotated horizontally every 4-10″ depending on the fabric.  The fabric is hung off the shade two layers thick.  As a result, as you raise and lower the roller shade you can position it in a variety of privacy levels.

You can evenly stack the sheers in one of many fabric rotations so that you can see out and it has a very linear and horizontal feel.


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Hybrid Roller Shade with Sheer and Privacy Panels

You can offset stack the layers so that the privacy panels overlap the sheers for complete privacy.

Roller Shade

The roller shade can be positioned to proved complete privacy.

Hybrid roller Shade with Sheer Panels

Shown in the lowered position with sheers aligned for view through


What is really unique about this method of roller shade construction is that you can do this while having the sheer raised to any point in the window AND you can also raise the shade completely up for an unobstructed view.

It comes standard with a beaded chain and a fabric covered cassette or header.  You have the option to motorize this shade product as well.

If you love a modern, clean design then this may the a great product for you.  Or, if you were considering a product like Hunter Douglas Silhouette or Nantucket and found it just wasn’t in your budget,  this is a nice lower priced alternative.

A couple important things to note —

Unlike the Hunter Douglas Window Shadings- Silhouette and Nantucket (the most similar product out there)  I have found the sheers on this roller shade do have “moire”.  This is the slight distortion your eyes see when it looks through two layers of fabric.  If sun control + view is paramount, I would recommend  the Hunter Douglas Products.

Also- the Dim Out fabrics let a lot of light in still- because  you don’t get a really tight close when the privacy panels are stacked.  If you need a lot of darkness in your bedroom, this product alone will not do the job.

I’ve installed a handful of these new hybrid roller shades and all my clients have been very happy with both the look and function of the roller shade.  It’s a great choice for a contemporary or very clean lined interior.

Neolux Raised Shade

Partially Raised Privacy Sheer in Modern Home.



Motorized Blackout Roller Shade for Sliding Glass Door

On this project the client was a builder who wanted a motorized blackout roller shade to cover a set of by-parting sliding glass doors.   Due to the length and width needed, it was not possible to order a single shade.  So instead, we ordered a coupled blackout roller shade.

A coupled shade is made up of two individual roller shades that share a common center bracket.  As a result, a single motor can drive both roller shades up and down at the same time.   This way they always stay aligned with each other.  You also only have the expense of one motor, which is an added benefit.

Another plus is that the gap in between the two roller shades is smaller with a coupled bracket shade than it would be with two side by side shade brackets.  Gaps are a concern on any tubed product (see the buying guide here for  more information on that subject).

Coupled shades are not available with battery powered motorization, only AC Power (plugs into a standard 110V Outlet) so pre planning or access to an electrician is best if this type shade system appeals to you.

On this particular install, we ordered the roller shades and when they arrived we went out and installed the brackets.  After bracket installation the trim carpenter came back in and built a cornice box around our roller shade brackets and the power outlet to discreetly hide the moving part of the system and we reinstalled the shades after final clean was complete.  If this idea isn’t an option for you there are several similar options available through our roller shade suppliers to help give you a finished look as well.

As of this writing, this fantastic modern home in Nichols Hills is still available for purchase, and is beautifully staged by 30A Home, a local Oklahoma City interior design firm.

Here’s a vide of the system, raising and lowering.  The speed has been increased in the video to show you the motorized roller shade operation in a shortened time.

Solera Soft Shades from Hunter Douglas Product Review

Solera soft shades by Hunter Douglas offer so many features in it’s base pricing, it’s one of my favorite window treatment options.

So I tell clients if a honeycomb and a roman shade got married, and had a baby- it would look just like a Solera soft shade.   You have the larger fold look like a roman shade, but you also get a crisp pleat in the center of it, much like a honeycomb.

What makes it one of my favorites is it’s wide variety of fabric options with a few great entry level choices, that make Solera an option when someone likes the feel of a traditional soft treatment look, but maybe doesn’t have the budget for it

All lift systems (besides motorization) are included in the price (not an add on feature) which makes the buying process a lot simpler for a homeowner and also puts child safety and the convenience features they offer easily within reach for the homeowner.  There is more details with images on that in the video version of this post.

Check out my video below which reviews why I love Solera soft shades and also gives you a glimpse of the product and fabric selections.

Choosing which window treatments are right for you can be tricky.  It’s a big investment, and it’s custom – which usually means it’s non returnable.

If you aren’t sure how to choose the right window treatment for your home head over to HERE to get our free buying guide.

If you live in the Oklahoma City metro area, Grace Allen Blinds is available for a home consultation to discuss you needs and wants, provide you measure, installation and great quality window treatment products.

Exterior Patio Shades

It’s that time of year again.  The temperatures are mild, and we are all finding our way to our outside spaces.   Soon however, days will be more than pleasantly warm, they will be hot.  How can you enjoy your patio more?  The answer may be exterior patio shades.

Patio Shades come in a few different configurations, but today I will focus on and show the ones I’ve found most practical.

The 2800 Series- Manual and Motorized:

  • These guys can go up to 25′ wide in a single shade.  Lengths available will vary depending on widths.  You can get a large shade in motorized than manual.
  • a 5″ header box is included in this system, and the header box protects the shade fabric while raised.
  • Hardware  (box and tracks) are available in 3 colors:  Bronze, White and Tan
  • Heavy Duty Side Tracks or a Cable System guides the shade up and down.  Some billowing in breezy conditions is expected as the bottom bar is held down, but the shade SIDES are not contained within a track.

Quality fabrics in a variety of colors and openness factors give you plenty of options in this product.

Check out one of our installs

 2900 Series- Motorized Patio Shades

  • The ultimate in Screen shades, these shades can make your patio function like a screened in room
  • Available up to 25′ wide
  • ShyZip zipper and track system keep the sides AND the bottom rail of the shade firmly in place.
  • Uses standard 110v power supply and a RF motor so that shades can be controlled by remote control or wireless wall switch.
  • Heavy Duty 5″ header box keeps fabric protected while raised

Let us help you get your space ready for enjoying this summer.  Call 405.509.5164 for more information or to set up an on site appointment.