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Zebra Shade, Hi Lite Shade, Dual Shade

Hi Lites, Dual Shades and Zebra Shades are all names for the same product but made by different manufacturers. They all operate in basically the same manner and look amazing in the right space. The child of the Silhouette and the Roller Shade, the Hi Lite Shade combines the look of the Roller with the view through and privacy ability of a Silhouette. An interesting fact about these shades is that they are called Zebra Shades because of their 'stripes'

The Zebra Shades are based on the roller shade design and therefore use either a continuous cord loop or can be motorized. They feature a large view through, privacy screening and always come in a roller cassette. Maxxmar provides both a light filtering and room darkening option with their Opera product line. Unlike the Silhouette because they are not louvred they are easier to keep dust and hair free. Zebra Shades come in many different colours and textures and even feature a pleated fabric giving a very custom look.

These blinds look best in modern spaces that roller shades are being considered, especially condo spaces or homes with very tall windows. Zebra shades are great for making windows look wide because the stripes run horizontally and are thick. A great rule of thumb with these shades is that if you don't get at least 5 louvers of fabric the window is too short for the shade to look great. 

To fully inside mount this style of shade you need at least 4" of window depth. However to have the fabric mounted inside you need only 2 1/2 inches. 

While not for everyone the Zebra/ Dual Shade/ Hi Lite is a great choice for many homes. It combines ease of use, beautiful fabrics and a great level of privacy control in one small package.

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