Motorized Blinds or Smart Shades? What’s What?

1 in 4 window coverings are equipped with a form of motorization. Chances are you’ve heard of them, maybe you’ve always wanted some, but you’ve got some questions. What works best for your home; remote control, motorized blinds or smart shades? Furthermore, what’s the difference? Come along with us as we explore smart home tech for window treatments.

What’s That Name Again?

Power blinds, remote shutters, motorization, automation, smart shades…the list goes on. There are so many names–and they’re all used interchangeably. What really matters is what function you would like from your window treatments.

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Motorized Blinds OR Smart Shades?

Let’s break it down. Motorization usually describes shutters, blinds, drapery or shades that move with a motor. They are controlled by a tap…remote, phone, tablet or wand. The idea is that it is simple and adjusts quickly and with convenience. 

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PowerView® Automation

Automation is used to define window coverings with more enhanced features. Not only can you do what remote control blinds can do–like adjusting multiple windows at once, or just a specific window–you can schedule adjustments of certain windows. You can save scenes for the ideal atmosphere. Adjustments can occur from a voice command to Siri or Alexa. Or, when integrated with other smart devices, they can be triggered to close based on settings. 


What Is Right For You?

There are pros and cons to both motorized blinds or smart shades, but it depends heavily on your lifestyle. Cost is another a factor that is commonly considered, but because these products have been developed for years, they have never been more affordable. This is a great time to take advantage of innovative products that will ease your way of living.

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Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades with SoftTouch™ Motorization

Have you heard of SoftTouch? It gives you instant adjustments right at the window with a wand. The motor is in the headrail, and it’s a very affordable option. We often recommend this type of motorization when clients want 1-3 windows controlled.


PowerView is another choice in motorization, used with a remote or your phone to make adjustments. This allows you to control multiple windows at once, or just one if needed. This is a great beginners system to see if motorization is right for you.

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Pirouette® Shades with PowerView® Automation

The highest control system is when you want to integrate your smart shades with your smart home technology. If you already have smart devices, this will make everything cohesive and give you the best experience possible. This is where we go from motorization to automation.

Perks for intelligence of automation:

  • Connect with other smart home devices already in your home
  • Control numerous shades on a schedule you set
  • Enjoy favorite settings & scenes that fit your lifestyle
  • Use voice commands to make adjustments whenever you’d like



New technology means new questions, and we are more than happy and equipped to answer them. Can it seem intimidating? Yes, but that’s why you’ve got the Timan Window Treatments experts to explain anything and everything. If you need to see these products in person we would love to have you visit our showroom. We can dig deeper together and find out what solutions your home needs. We can also come to you for a free in-home design consultation. Contact us today!