The Innovative Openings Blog

Hunter Douglas Beige for Spring

The Color of Spring!

These colors will turn up in fashion and design at every level this spring, but since trending colors change all the time, you don’t want to make a huge investment. Simple changes can brighten your mood as well as your room, and with an elegant beige background, a noticeable change can be simple and low cost.

Home for the Holidays?

During this festive time of year, the inevitable entertaining that happens gets many of us frantic, with lists of all the things we’d like to do before the guests arrive. We plan our menus, give seldom seen areas an extra scrubbing, and read about the latest trends in food, fancy, and fun. I see my home with new eyes when the calendar page turns to November and December… has that scratch on the edge of our sideboard always been there? This year, my family sat down to our Thanksgiving dinner- we eat the holiday meal early- and with no leaves on the trees outside, an almost blinding shaft of sunlight suddenly beamed through our dining room window, causing everyone on one side of the table to squint and shield their eyes. I got up and closed the blinds, wishing I had something that would still let the lovely light in,…Read More

Hunter Douglas Motorization

Innovative Openings Completes Hunter Douglas Motorization Certification Hard-wired motorized products require very specific knowledge to effectively sell, detail and manage each project.  Hunter Douglas has recently upgraded their motorization program with the availability of highly technical hard-wired motorization and control solutions for an array of Hunter Douglas products.  Hunter Douglas limits the distribution of these products to those Hunter Douglas dealers who are committed to completing significant and ongoing motorization-specific training, displaying hard-wired motorized products to the consumer and remaining committed to project excellence throughout the project life-cycle. Hard-wired Hunter Douglas solutions now available from Innovative Openings: Alustra® Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades Alustra® Screen Shades Alustra® Silhouette® window shadings Alustra® Vignette® Modern Roman Shades Alustra® Woven Textures® Designer Roller Shades Designer Screen Shades Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades Duette® honeycomb shades Luminette® Modern Draperies Luminette® Privacy Sheers Provenance® Woven Wood Shades Silhouette® window shadings Vignette® Modern Roman Shades Motorization Specialists for 31 years!…Read More

Exciting Alternatives for Traversing Drapery Applications

Many sliding glass door and window walls require a traversing window treatment solution.  In the past we were limited to traditional draperies, sheers, and vertical blinds.  Today, there is a whole new generation of traversing products that provide more light control and better insulation than previous solutions.  Luminette Modern Drapery and Privacy Sheers combine a sheer and drapery into a single product.  Luminette modern draperies are available in an array of beautiful fabric and can change from translucent to opaque  with the twist of a wand.  Luminette Privacy Sheers are made with a beautiful sheer fabric that provides total privacy when vertical louvers close behind the the sheer. Vignette Traversed Vertiglide has the look of a traditional drapery without all of the bulk.  This drapery solution is ideal for drapery applications that lack the stack space for traditional draperies.  Easy operation and fast delivery make this a perfect way to dress up…Read More

Sorting through the many choices of Retractable Patio Awnings

Lateral-arm style retractable awnings have become a very popular solution over the past 20 years. With recent advances in technology, awnings can be extended by remote control and retracted automatically when the wind kicks up. Adding a retractable solar screen valance allows awnings to shade the setting west sun very effectively. Single awning units can cover a deck area up to 30 feet wide by 13 feet deep. New Structure-type retractable awnings are designed to cover these same decks or patios with a self-supporting leg structure or mount over an existing pergola structure. These new constant tension awning units are all motorized and are designed to handle the elements better than the lateral-arm style awnings. Single units are available up to 16 feet x 16 feet and a triple unit can handle areas up to 48 feet wide. More types of retractable awnings are starting to show up in the…Read More

Retractable Patio Awnings provide sun protection when you need it!

Extend your living space and enjoy the great outdoors with a retractable patio awning. When mother nature turns on the sun, roll out a beautiful fabric awning to make your deck or patio an oasis in your back yard. Shading your outdoor space is perfect when entertaining friends or just enjoying lunch on the patio. Kids can play outside in the shade without worrying about a sunburn. Beautiful awning fabrics enhance the look of a home or restaurant while providing excellent UV and heat protection. Sunbrella fabric, our premiere awning fabric has been proven to provide up to 98 percent protection from the sun’s harmful effects when used in shade applications. After passing rigorous testing, Sunbrella fabrics earned the “Seal of Recommendation” by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the only global organization concerned exclusively with cancer of the skin. As a result, you know that you and your family can enjoy…Read More

New Child Safety Standards impact window covering industry

New Manufacturing Standards for Roman Shades require compliance by December 3, 2010 The Window Covering Manufacturer Association (WCMA) in conjunction with Consumer Product Safety Commission has re-written the manufacturing standards for corded window coverings. The implementation of the new standards is in two phases with the first phase requiring compliance to the new standards for Roman Shades and the second requiring compliance of all other corded window treatments. The objective of the new standard is to reduce the possibility of injury, including strangulation, to young children from the bead chain, cord, or any type of flexible loop device used to operate a window covering. Innovative Openings has always offered quality window covering products with enhanced child safety features. The new safety standards require manufacturers, retailers, and installers to all participate to make sure that window coverings are manufactured to the highest safety standards, consumers are educated on the choices available,…Read More

Best Place to buy Window Treatments (within Colorado)

Innovative Openings was selected as the “Best place to buy window treatments (within Colorado)” by the 2010 Boulder County Gold Peoples Choice Awards. Innovative Openings is a 30-year- old locally owned and operated business with window treatment customers throughout Colorado.  “Our long-term employees help us make a difference with our customers”, says Rick Pease co-owner.   “The company’s business philosophy is all about customer service and doing the right thing for the customer.  We work hard for our customers to make sure we sell the perfect product for the every application.” Providing quality repair service has become more important in today’s economy.  To take our service to the next level, Innovative Openings has expanded our repair department and become a Hunter Douglas Authorized Service Center to provide faster warranty service for our customers.  In addition, Innovative Openings provides repair and warranty service for other consumers and retailers.  

Energy Efficient Solar Screen Shades are turning commercial buildings GREEN

Energy efficient solar screen shades are turning commercial buildings green.  Window treatments and reducing glare have always posed a challenge for the office environment.   Open a blind or shade and there is too much glare to work comfortably at a computer.  Close the blind or shade to block the sun, then turn on the light so you can see.  Office lighting consumes a lot of energy and requires a larger cooling system to keep offices comfortable.  The classic conundrum. Innovative Openings manufactures shades with energy efficient SilverScreen™ fabric that represents a breakthrough in the window covering industry.  Reduce Air conditioning costs with SilverScreen™  Fabric without sacrificing trade-offs.  A fine layer of aluminum adhered to one side of a standard 4% openness screen assures consistent high performance regardless of color. The performance table tells the story; standard 4% open fabrics in dark colors provide excellent view retention and glare protection, but less than…Read More