A few weeks ago, I decided to install connected shades at the CNET Smart Home. The space I chose for the installation was a wide open living room, a dinette and the kitchen. Each of these spaces had great natural lighting, thanks to tons of windows.
After we knew which windows we wanted treatments for, I did some research to decide which type of shades to order. I'd reviewed a few types in the past, and Lutron's Serena Shades stood out to me as the most connected ones on the market.
Once we chose the product we wanted, we had to measure the molding in our windows. We found, oddly enough, that the molding was graded on a slant. That meant honeycomb shades weren't an option, because they would lose their shape at an angle.
The style of shade was important, because we wanted something interesting and textured, but also something that used the natural light well. We ended up choosing a fabric that filtered light non-uniformly, to give the interior a more naturally lit feel. And it meant the shades could work as light diffusers more than light blockers.
In the end, the shades work because they fit the Smart Home's aesthetic, and because they add to the overall atmosphere without calling attention to themselves. Overall, although they're expensive products, this installation went really well.
One problem I anticipate confronting very soon is losing the remote controls. They're small and easily misplaced. While I can still control the shades with my phone, I wish there were an easier way to keep track of the remotes -- like installing them in light switch plates.