Motorized Window Coverings

Motorized Window Coverings – On The Rise

Don’t miss out on new age motorized window coverings.


In this article, Blinds by Design – proudly serving Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky (KY), Jeffersonville, Sellersburg, and New Albany, Indiana (IN), and the surrounding areas – is here to discuss motorized window coverings – such as remote control blinds, shades, and shutters – in today’s modern homes. Contact us today for all your window treatment needs.

As discussed in prior blogs, motorized window coverings are on the rise (no pun intended). Home Owner requests of motorized window treatments have spiked, as prices on motors have come down, and as consumers have become more and more technologically inclined.

When it comes to motorized window coverings, the question THAT WE ARE ASKED most often is:

Horizontal Blinds

Both wood and faux wood blinds are compatible with motorization. Our top of the line wood blind, as well as our top of the line faux wood blind can both be motorized. Motorized horizontal blinds are somewhat limited though, in the sense that the motors only control the tilt of the slats. They do not lift the blinds.
Roller Shades

Roller shades are the most popular window covering when it comes to motorization. With roller shades the range of configuration options allows for virtually limitless customization. Our roller shades can be motorized using low voltage DC motors or 110V AC motors. They can be powered by batteries, solar kits, re-chargeable battery packs, plug in transformers, or hard-wired. Our offering ensures that customers can select the configuration option that works best for their home or office, and can do so with a great deal of price flexibility.
Natural Shades

Our Natural Shades can be motorized in all the same ways that our Roller Shades can. The key difference is the size of shades that can be motorized. Woven Wood aka Natural Shade fabrics are inherently heavier than roller shade fabrics. This means that especially wide windows that could be covered by a motorized roller shade, may not be able to be covered using a motorized natural shade.
Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades are compatible with motorization but the range of motor options isn’t quite as extensive as it is with roller shades and woven woods. As with all other motorized products, motorized shades are compatible with a variety of control options, such as: WiFi bridge allowing smartphone control, indoor sun sensor (shades open and close in accordance with the sunlight), and a time sensor.
Sheer Horizontals

Sheer Horizontals offer the same range of motorization as do our transitional shades. If you’re going for the wow factor, motorized sheer horizontals are tough to beat.

Transitional Shades

Transitional Shades are available with motorization. They can be motorized using a low-voltage DC motor, and can be powered using a battery pack, a re-chargeable battery pack, a plug-in DC transformer, or a solar battery pack.

Like horizontal blinds, motorized shutter motors operate the Louvers only. Motorization is limited to tilting louvers. Shutter doors can not be operated with motorization, however the technology for shutters is fairly new on the scene and there’s no telling what options are just around the corner.
Trying to decide if motorized window coverings are right for your home? Contact one of our Design Pros today. We would be happy to answer all of your questions and schedule a free in-home consultation so you can see them in your home