PEARL RIVER, N.Y. – Homeowners need fresh takes and smart solutions for their windows. Hunter Douglas, the leading name in custom window fashions, offers exciting new introductions this spring that provide just that.
Spring 2012 introductions include:
- Pirouette® window shadings collection with five new designer fabrics
- Silhouette® window shadings with the LiteRise® cordless lifting system, which was just named Product of the Year in the esteemed Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) Product Awards
- Vignette® Modern Roman Shades collection with new fabrics and enhanced operating systems
- Alustra® Vignette® Modern Roman Shades with a focus on design and exclusivity introduce two distinctive new fabrics
- Palm Beach™ Custom Shutters line with the exclusive DuraLux™ finish
- EverWood® Collection of alternative wood blinds with innovative new finishes and choices
- New fabrics and street-side color options for highly energy-efficient Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades
Color, Texture and Light Meet at the Window with Pirouette® Window Shadings
Color meets texture, texture meets color and light gives them both a warm welcome in a new, expanded fabric offering for Pirouette® window shadings. This window treatment resembles the classic look of a hobbled Roman shade but with 21st-century light control options.
In a feat of modern engineering exclusive to Hunter Douglas, cascading fabric folds attached to a sheer backing open by contracting into contoured fabric vanes for softened light and enhanced views to the outside through the sheer. The vanes also flatten for excellent light control and privacy.
The collection has now more than doubled. There are seven fabrics, five new, in a rainbow of 65 on-trend hues in semi-opaque or room-darkening options as well as refreshed colors for the existing Satin and Linen fabrics.
New fabrics include:
- Satin Metallic, shimmering metallic fabric for modern style
- Cotton, highly textured fabric made from up to 80% recycled yarns
- Angelica, luxurious tinted sheers on both the front and back
- Shantung, the look and feel of raw silk in rich, bold hues
- Bamboo Flax combining bamboo and flax yarns and exuding natural simplicity
Pirouette shadings boast high energy-efficiency ratings as well, offering superior protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays, which will eventually fade floors, furniture, upholstery and treasured artwork. When the vanes are open, the sheer backing reduces glare and a significant amount of the sun’s damaging UV rays and provides daytime privacy while still allowing for light and view. When the vanes are closed, the product offers almost complete protection against UV rays.
LiteRise® Lifting System Introduced for First Time with Light Control: Silhouette® with LiteRise®
An industry first, the new version of the LiteRise® cordless lifting system allows for the same manual raising and lowering of the shade as the original while now also allowing the vanes to be manually tilted for light control. Soft, sheer Silhouette® window shadings, which feature rotating fabric vanes between sheer fabric panels, are now offered with this newly enhanced LiteRise system. Silhouette® with LiteRise® features cordless operation that not only makes raising, lowering and tilting the shading for variable light control easy, but eliminates the need for cords of any kind. No cords make it especially ideal for homes with young children and provide a clean, uncluttered look at the window. As previously noted, this exciting innovation was just named Product of the Year in the WCMA Product Awards.
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades Get a New Look
Vignette® Modern Shades are designed with safety in mind and have no exposed rear cords for a clean, exterior appearance and enhanced child safety. The only Roman shade that rolls, stacks and traverses, Vignette shades now come in 15 fabrics, six of them new, for a total of 102 skus, with colors refreshed throughout.
Vignette fabrics are now grouped in five distinctive collections: the Reeds Collection sporting rugged textures; the Grasslands Collection featuring natural woven textures; the Textured Silks Collection, which includes a new Etched fabric; the Linens Collection with a new Newport Linen fabric; and the Classics Collection, showcasing traditional fabric patterns in a multitude of colors and styles.
Alustra® Vignette® Modern Roman Shades Introduce Two New Fabrics
Available exclusively from Hunter Douglas Gallery® and Showcase Priority Dealers®, The Alustra® Collection of distinctive products for those who seek the very best in design also has two new fabrics in the Alustra Vignette offering. The new Twain fabric features an understated elegance and sublime design intertwined to create a sophisticated texture and contemporary flair in any room and the Drake reflects impeccable taste and is designed to offer natural raw silk texture for depth and dimension at the window.
Beauty Is Indestructible: Palm Beach™ Shutters with the DuraLux™ Finish
A perfect combination of style and substance, beauty and strength, Palm Beach™ polysatin shutters with the new exclusive DuraLux™ finish. DuraLux is an advanced technology that creates a look that is virtually indistinguishable from a finely painted shutter.
This new matte finish provides a softer appearance and helps diffuse light rather than reflect it, creating a wonderful ambiance and a high-end shutter. It comes in four classic colors to complement any décor.
Worry and maintenance-free, the finish is not affected by normal scratches or dents since the color is permeated throughout the compound. The new, exclusive Hunter Douglas Palm Beach™ Promise ensures peace of mind and a lifetime of performance. It’s the Hunter Douglas guarantee that the shutters will never warp, crack, fade, chip, peel or discolor. They are also microbial-resistant to mold and mildew as well as fire retardant-rated, making them ideal for commercial installations. For unmatched beauty and durability and a look homeowners desire at a price they can afford, Palm Beach polysatin shutters with the DuraLux finish is true perfection.
2012 EverWood® Collection of Alternative Wood Blinds Offer Innovative New Finishes and Choices
The new 2012 EverWood® Collection of alternative wood blinds offers innovative natural effects themes – Grass Weave, Leather and Linen. The new Renditions™ wood-grain effects finishes showcase an industry-first process that elevates alternative wood blinds for the value-driven homeowner. The decorative tapes selection has also been greatly expanded to provide more options than ever for customization at the window. The EverWood Collection is the only brand of alternative wood blinds with Performance Plus™ Protection against fading, yellowing, warping and bowing.
The Ultimate in Energy Efficiency Sports New Fabrics for Spring: Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades Updates
Hunter Douglas has enhanced its energy-efficient Duette® Architella® honeycomb collection, which feature a highly insulating honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design, with three new fabrics and one additional street-side color option. Architella Royale Textured™ is a richly woven fabric with a white street-side color, giving a consistent appearance outside the home. New opaque fabric options ideal for bedrooms and media rooms are also available on Architella Batiste Textured™ and Architella Batiste Bamboo fabrics, which feature recycled materials. A new natural street-side color option is also offered with the Architella Elan® fabric.
"For fresh takes, smart solutions and creative ideas for window dressing, Hunter Douglas in unrivalled in the industry," said Jim Mathews, Senior Vice President of Marketing.
Hunter Douglas, Inc., headquartered in Pearl River, N.Y, is the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America and a major manufacturer of architectural products. The company is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, visit www.hunterdouglas.com or call 1-800-274-2985.