Our Residential Practice team recently attended a panel discussion at the Shading by Via showroom. The panel’s title, “The Designer, The Architect, The Contractor, The Shading Expert & The Integrator,” initially sounded like a lead-in to an off-color industry joke. But we were happy to find experts from Kendall Wilkinson Design, Sutro Architects, Ryan Associates and Shading by Via taking the helm, and we left with a better understanding of shading technology.

The panel confidently convinced us that motorized shades have come a long way. Here are few key points to consider when choosing and installing shading:

– Shading control can integrate with whole home automation, improving your home’s comfort and energy performance. You can control the settings and program your shades to lower at specific times or levels.

– Remember to install a wall switch. Even if you have the capability to control shades through your phone or other portable devices, it is always good to have a reliable source to control the shades (and one that you won’t lose).

– No longer are shades choices limited to only a few material selections. Modernized shades come in many fabrics and materials, and can be well-integrated with additional window coverings.

Panelists (and WDA) agree that the key to a successfully integrated motorize shading system is to work with the design and construction team early. Shades are now designed to be hidden in many modern homes. Thus, it is important to proactively integrate them into the early design and documentation process. We look forward to helping you to find the perfect shading solution!

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