I’ve long been a fan of Luxaflex ever since we installed the Luxaflex Duette blinds into our loft conversion.
They provide such fantastic solutions to both light and privacy issues, that when they approached me a few months ago to review the brand new Sonnette shade, I jumped at the chance.
This article details the design process, measuring and fitting and my thoughts on the product now we’ve been using it for some weeks.
Who are Luxaflex Blinds?
It’s more than 70 years since Joe Hunter and Henry Sonnenberg launched their business venture; the ‘Hunter Douglas Machinery Corporation’, to develop a product that would completely change window coverings: Aluminium Venetian Blinds.
In the 1950’s they launched their Venetian Blinds under the name-brand name “Luxaflex®” in Europe. They captured the hearts of consumers due to their exceptional style, functionality, and quality.
When you invest in a made-to-measure Luxaflex® window treatment, you’ll be guaranteed quality, unique design, and outstanding craftsmanship.
Their ground-breaking designs including Pirouette®, Duette®, and Silhouette® Shades and their latest innovation, PowerView® Motorisation, have made the Luxaflex® brand the most sought after and most trusted brand name for unique, custom-made window treatment designs.
Today, Luxaflex® offers the most comprehensive portfolio of custom-made window covering solutions including Blinds, Exclusive Shades, Shutters, and Awnings, and Smart Home Control to beautifully complement your personal style and decor.
These are window coverings like no other, unique, sustainable and made to measure. The incorporate years of research and experience. If you want to see more, just check out this Luxaflex gallery.
The Sonnette Shade
The Sonnette Shade combines the simplicity of a roller blind that we all love, with the insulating design of a honeycomb blind.
Choose from two different opacities, room darkening or opaque, and other features like LiteRise or PowerView. The latter creates a luxurious ease of management in your home with motorised blinds completely transforming the experience.
Installing a Sonnette in your Home
How do you get a Luxaflex blind installed in your home? That one’s easy. A quick google of Luxaflex blinds near me, and you’ll find your nearest dealer. Get in touch or give them a visit.
I was introduced to Steve at Etienne, my local Luxaflex dealer and visited the showroom to discuss the design options and see a working model in situ.
Established in 1991 and run by Steve and Vicky, Etienne is the longest established blind and curtain company in the area, covering Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and now in Buxton.
Luxaflex Blinds: Sonnette Shade details
As I’ve mentioned there are lots of choices for any Luxaflex Blind and the Sonnette shade is no exception.
So I can give you the full experience and review, I opted for a PowerView pebble remote control, creating a motorised blind, and opaque fabric in Textura – Black Forest for our kitchen window to diffuse the light.
It’s a small window but gets a lot of light, sometimes too much and it’s quite tall, making management of the blind quite tricky.
The motorised roller blind option is perfect for this area. The PowerView pebble means we can control the blind, opening and closing it from the pebble control from wherever we like.
Luxaflex® PowerView® Automated blinds are often called, Electric, Motorised or Smart Home Blinds and provide the ultimate in luxury and control for our modern homes.
I’m a big fan of a Smart Home, and have many products that showcase these features.
Design and Colour
Let’s talk about the options.
The Sonnette Shade is available in many soft, neutral colours and your dealer should bring samples book so you can really get a feel for them. We removed them from the book and held them to the light to see how they would change once the sun was out.
It’s important to do this. The opaque blinds will change colour in daylight and appear softer and lighter in depth.
The Luxaflex Blind Installation Process
Once I’d chosen the design, Steve handled everything and got in touch once the blind had arrived to arrange the installation.
During 2021, as with many products there was a slight delay with the product, due to lead times on smaller components, but Steve kept me up to date.
Once the blind arrived, Steve’s team called to arrange a date, and few week’s later they arrived to install. It took around an hour and was extremely efficient and straightforward.
Now the blind has been in place for several weeks I’m able to give you my honest feedback.
I have to say, it’s beautiful. It looks luxurious, classy and high end.
The motorised blind control is easy to use, quiet and very sleek. The motor is hidden at the top behind the product and when it runs low we take it out and charge it. It should be months before we need to do this.
Bear in mind, if your blind is installed at a height, you’ll need to climb to remove the battery.
The colour has worked out so well. As you can see it’s a stunning match for the wall colour, darker at night and much softer in the daylight, when the sun is out.
Luxaflex Blinds: The Cost:
I’m sure you want to know what the blind cost. Well this one was around £2k. Remember I’ve chosen all the high end options so I can show you how it all works.
Are Luxaflex blinds worth the money?
If you have the option to invest in a blind of this calibre then really Luxaflex is the only choice. It’s synonymous with innovation, quality and excellent customer service. Our dealer had been working with them for over 25 years and had nothing but good things to say.
Where can I buy Luxaflex blinds?
As I’ve experienced here, you’ll need to find your local Luxaflex dealer. They are experienced in the products and should be able to help you decide which blind is right for your home. Give you local one a call, or pop in to their showroom.
They’ll also take all the hassle of fitting a blind from you, installing it easily and professionally.
Are Luxaflex blinds worth the money?
I’m a big fan of investing in pieces that will last. The time has come to live more sustainably and whilst I appreciate not everyone can afford one, these products are high end and worth the investment.
You’re paying for years or research and innovation, so if that’s for you, I highly recommend them.
Where are Luxaflex blinds manufactured?
The blinds are made in various locations in Europe and in the US. This Sonnette shade was manufactured in the US.
Whether you’re looking for venetian, roller, vertical blinds or awnings, Luxaflex is a quality choice and one that you won’t regret.
As you can tell, I’ve had a very positive experience with the installation and product itself.
I hope you enjoyed this Luxaflex blinds review and I’d love to hear of your own experience with the products.
You can find out more about Luxaflex on their website, and search for your local dealer.
You can discover more about the Sonnette Shade too.