Benefits of Solar Shades

Solar Shades are a lovely alternative to standard window treatments. There are a multitude of benefits that make Solar Shades a great choice for homes that are blessed with beautiful views or windows located where sunlight streams in. These shades can be a great option for anyone though and at DECO Window Fashions, we’ll can help you decide. This article will hopefully answer any basic questions you may have about the Solar Shades window treatment. If you have any questions about whether this is the right window treatment option for you, you can always call or visit us at our store in Austin, Texas.


What Are Solar Shades?

Solar Shades are a roller shade made of woven fabric – woven tight enough to block out some sunlight but open enough to see through. Solar Shades are a window treatment that protects the inside of the building. Instead of the sun’s rays penetrating the window and entering the room, the rays are reflected and absorbed by the Solar Shades. Solar Shades come in a range of openness – the smaller the opening the less likely you’ll be able to see through either side of the shade. While standard window treatments completely block your view when they’re closed, Solar Shades allow you to look outside without worrying about the sun hitting your eyes. We can help you determine what particular percentage is the best fit for your home needs.


Benefits of Solar Shades

Solar Shades have a lot of great attributes that would be beneficial to any homeowner. These benefits cover a range of issues, from long-term savings to decorative benefits. Solar Shades save time, energy, and money.

Here are a few benefits of using Solar Shades in your home:

  • Solar Shades can reduce energy costs by at least 15%. They reduce energy costs because Solar Shades decrease energy transference. This means they keep your house cooler in the summer (by reflecting and absorbing the sunlight so it doesn’t enter the house) and warmer in the winter (by making it difficult for heat to escape the house). This, obviously, can save you a lot of money in the long-run.
  • Solar Shades also reduce glare – making it easier to computer or tv screens. This is particularly useful for certain rooms like the family room or study.
  • Solar Shades can also be motorized which is useful for those who are unable or don’t want to operate their shades by hand.
  • Solar Shades are also made with UV resistant, antimicrobial, flame retardant materials. The UV resistance helps protect your furniture from being slowly damaged by the sun’s rays, the antimicrobial helps keep your home clean, and the flame retardant material helps your home prevent fires from spreading quickly.
  • Solar Shades are beautiful, streamlined shades that work with any room, adding a touch of sophistication to a home. They work well with nearly any decorating style.
  • Solar Shades allow you to block the sunlight and glare but also see the view, something no other window treatment offers.
  • Lastly, Solar Shades can be made up of 100% recyclable, biodegradable materials. These materials can have a 20 year life span. This is perfect if you’re interested in both saving money and being eco-friendly.


The only con Solar Shades have is related to privacy needs. If you’re worried about privacy, Solar Shades might not be the right fit for you – or at least not for every room in your house. This is because people can easily see into your home through any window utilizing these shades. This is especially true at night if you have inside lighting turned on. However, this can can be fixed if you choose the lower openness levels (1-3%). Or you could also pair the Solar Shades with another window treatment option such as draperies or curtains for increased privacy.

Solar Shades are a great option for everyone. These energy-efficient shades are beautiful and save you money long-term. Not only that, but you can enjoy a beautiful view and remove glare – all really great benefits especially for a room that receives a lot of direct sunlight. At DECO Window Fashions, we have Solar Shades and many other window treatment options at your disposal. Contact us at (512) 250-8600 to find out if solar shades are the best option for your home, or visit us at our store in Austin, Texas.

Decorating Ideas – SPRING ISSUE 2015

Decorating Ideas – SPRING ISSUE 2015

Spring into action with an update to your home décor!

Spring is the perfect season to refresh and rejuvenate your home for enjoyment now and into summer and the rest of the year. Call on us for help!

Enhance the feel of your home with texture.

Add a touch of texture to complete your home décor.

Rooms filled with smooth surfaces look elegant and sophisticated, but sometimes they can look a bit one-dimensional and bland. Add a little texture to enliven a room and even create a focal point.

Textures are not all the same, and textures don’t just pertain to fabric. Velvets are sumptuous and soft, while terra cotta tiles can be rough, and wood flooring can be knotty or ridged. Some textures are even furry, fuzzy or bumpy. Layering textures is especially impactful, like a soft rug atop a hard tile floor or a rough throw over a smooth sofa fabric.

To add textures to your home, think bamboo accent furniture, brocade or tweed fabric on a chair, stone flooring, woven wood window shades or textured plaster walls. For a smaller step at adding texture, consider a chenille bedspread, faux fur throw pillows, a cashmere throw or a textured berber rug.

Spring into the season with fresh, clean colors.

Adding spring colors can refresh your home throughout the year.
Winter is nearing an end. It’s time to refresh your living space with fresh air and a touch of the new season. What could be better than adding spring colors to your décor?

Spring colors not only make a room feel lighter and fresher, they’re rare among the color families because they both soothe the spirits and energize at the same time.

Think lilac, apple green, lemon ice, sky blue, strawberry, tangerine sherbet. Add spring patterns too – such as floral fabrics, bird-patterned lithographs and ferny prints. Get rid of the winter scents in your home, and replace them with fresh, natural scents like citrus, floral and cotton.

Add spring colors by purchasing rugs, slipcovers, wall stencils, bedding, towels, dining room linens and throw pillows. Sheer draperies and shades will also filter light to make the feeling inside your home more spring-like.

Adding a touch of spring will clear your mind of the winter doldrums and perk up your spirits.

Spring Decorating To-Do List

  • Add a bright, new paint color in the kitchen, family room or any room that needs a lighter look.
  • Bring the look of spring flowers indoors with floral printed upholstery, draperies and bed linens.
  • Order translucent window fashions that let in the outside light – Silhouette® shadings and Luminette® Privacy Sheers may be the perfect choice.
    Brighten your home with a beautiful arrangement of fresh, spring flowers or some colorful potted plants.
  • Plan a spring dinner for family or friends with the bounty of the season – fresh strawberries, sweet peas, artichokes, asparagus, lamb and other traditional spring fare.

Rebate Savings On Select Styles. Save February 1 – April 25, 2015.

$100 rebate* on any of the following purchases:

  • 4 Duette® Honeycomb Shades
    (plus $25 rebate each additional unit)
  • 4 Solera® Soft Shades
    (plus $25 rebate each additional unit)
  • 2 Silhouette® Window Shadings
    (plus $50 rebate each additional unit)
  • 2 Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
    (plus $50 rebate each additional unit)

* Manufacturer’s mail-in rebate offer valid for qualifying purchases made 2/1/15 – 4/25/15 from participating dealers in the U.S. only. A qualifying purchase is defined as a purchase of any of the product models set forth above in the quantities set forth above. If you purchase less than the specified quantity, you will not be entitled to a rebate. Offer excludes Nantucket™ Window Shadings, a collection of Silhouette® Window Shadings. Rebate will be issued in the form of a prepaid reward card and mailed within 6 weeks of rebate claim receipt. Funds do not expire. Subject to applicable law, a $2.00 monthly fee will be assessed against card balance 7 months after card issuance and each month thereafter. Additional limitations may apply. Ask participating dealer for details and rebate form.