Decorating Trends: Window Fashions Are Going Hybrid

~ Hunter Douglas Leads the Trend with First-Ever Hybrid Shutter ~

Dec 13, 2005, 00:00 ET from Hunter Douglas Inc.

    UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A growing number of
 products are being created to respond to the demands of environmentally-
 conscious consumers, as well as those who like styles that blend the old with
 the new.
     For example, hybrid -- a term often used to describe a type of car
 designed to appeal to consumers concerned about energy savings -- is now being
 used to describe a new type of interior window shutter.
     The leader in window fashions -- Hunter Douglas -- has introduced what's
 said to be the first-ever hybrid shutter to appeal to trend-conscious
 consumers of all ages.
     The shutters are sure to please every homeowner, combining the style of
 finely painted wood with the strength and straightness of advanced modern-day
 materials, to create a quality shutter at an economical price.
     Based on age-old craftsmanship techniques and infused with forward-
 thinking design, NewStyle(TM) hybrid shutters boast Truemill(TM) dovetail
 construction. Dovetail construction has long been considered by many to be the
 best method on the market for joining wood.
     The shutters also have a micro-smooth sophisticated satin finish called
 Finetech(TM) that simulates the look of a finely painted wood shutter. They
 are available in various louver sizes -- 2-1/2 inches, 3-1/2 inches and 4-1/2
 inches -- to cover small traditional windows as well as large modern ones.
     The award-winning, exclusive TruView(TM) rear tilt operating system,
 originally created for Heritance(R) hardwood shutters also from Hunter
 Douglas, is offered on the NewStyle collection as well.  With TruView, the
 operating system is barely visible from the front and blends in perfectly on
 the back side of the shutter for a sleek, contemporary design and more
 expansive views.
     NewStyle shutters come in a choice of eight frame styles and more than 250
 configuration options, including bay and corner windows, French doors and
 perfect and imperfect specialty shapes.
     What's more, NewStyle shutters are available in six colors that follow the
 latest color trends, from Pure White, to the golden yellow Buttercup, to
 Gentle Taupe. In addition, there is a choice of hinge finishes.
     Ideal for those consumers who need a custom product super-fast at an
 economic price, Express NewStyle(TM) hybrid shutters come in three of the
 NewStyle colors and three frame types and are designed to accommodate openings
 as large as 8-feet wide and 8-feet high.
     "Inspired design, choices to suit any taste, a price point with wide
 appeal -- that's New-Style hybrid shutters in a nutshell," said Jim Klawiter,
 Business Unit Manager of the Hunter Douglas Custom Shutter Division.
     Hunter Douglas Inc. is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity,
 covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada.
 Headquartered in Upper Saddle River N.J., the company is the leading
 manufacturer of custom window coverings in North America.
     For more information, call Hunter Douglas at 1-800-274-2985 or visit:

SOURCE Hunter Douglas Inc.