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Expert Advice: Five ideas from a professional

Tips for choosing the right shades and shutters for your windows.

Bob Engler of Budget Blinds of Hilton Head Island & Beaufort shares the latest style and innovation trends from the world of window treatments.

1. AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE

Automated shades make controlling light and privacy easy. Shades can be programmed to function if you are in or out of town. You can control sunlight at peak hours by just creating scenes in an app.

2. GET A FEEL FOR IT

Texture is a very popular trend right now. Clients like shades that can add to the decor in their homes. Woven shades and roller shades offer a tremendous amount of material selections to accomplish this.

3. KEEP IT CLEAN

The opposite of texture would be clean and simple. Some clients prefer to keep it simple and functional. Plantation shutters are a great product for this option. They are like built-in furniture for your windows and they easily control light and privacy.

4. USE SUNSCREEN

With the large windows and many days of sunlight here in the Lowcountry, sunlight protection is so important. Solar shades are a great solution. They block UV rays but also help maintain your great views. While they are a great option inside homes, they are also wonderful on porches. 

5. SAFETY FIRST

Window-covering safety is an important topic. Most of the products we offer are either cordless or automated. Cords and strings are becoming a thing of the past. Products are safer for children and pets, and they look better.