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Provenance® Woven Wood shades

Hunter Douglas leads the window coverings industry in woven shades with their Provenance® woven shade line. With over 300 timeless fabrics to choose from, these soft Roman shades are custom-designed and crafted with Hunter Douglas quality and innovation.

The Hunter Douglas line has expanded again! A new bark pattern – Rustica, has been added to the line. A new design option is now available: A hobble style of Roman with gentle folds even when fully lowered. The hobbled roman is not available in Safari fabric.

Provenance® now offers attached linings, (in Chocolate, Cocoa, and Ivory), instead of independently operated linings behind the decorative shade. Provenance® Woven Wood shades is a line of textured woven woods, bamboo and delightful materials creating a natural and unique look at a price never available. These shades are roman style – soft fold. Now available up to 144″ wide. And clutch lift systems are now offered – a big plus. This product is now on display in our showroom.

Reveal™ with MagnaView™ Metal blinds

Hunter Douglas’ new 1″ and 2″ slat Reveal™ metal blinds is a whole new product that affords twice the view to the outside, when tilted open. Here’s how it works: When you tilt a Reveal™ metal blind open, every other slat “sticks” to the one above it creating double the open view area. On 1″ blinds instead of a 1″ open view, you now see a 2″ open view and on a 2″ blind the view is doubled to a 4″ open view. When you tilt the blind closed the slats settle to their closed position. This product has visible route holes (no delight or motorization is available.) I have a hand sample to demonstrate this clever shade in your home.

On May 3, 2011, Hunter Douglas has added Natural Elements™ 2″ slat update to the line.

This trendy new line includes metalic, matte and Riverstone™ finishes, perfect for lofts and introduces a collection of earthy metal blinds that combines metal with wood valances, bottom rails and tilt wands.

Product line Enhancements/Changes

  • Silhouette® Window Shadings now offers Grandiose™, featuring longer drops on select 3″ vane size fabrics using the larger Quartette® 4″ headrail.
  • Duette and Applause shades with UltraGlide®, LiteRise® or EasyRise™ lifting systems now come with EasyAdjust™ leveling system. Just turn a special key that is provided to level the rail. No more pockets and ferrules on these lifing systems.
  • Duette® Architella® (has a cell within a cell) now available in Trielle™ the newest revolution in window fashions. The 1 1/2″ pleat Architella construction creates the most energy-efficient Hunter Douglas window covering with six insulating layers.
  • Other new Architella fabrics: India Silk, a luxuriously woven fabric features a subtle texture paired with a slight shimmer; Renewal™, the newest “green” addition to the Architella line, which combines textured beauty with recycled materials.
  • Duette SkyLift™ is a new skylight shade that will cover the large skylights up to 80 square feet. Comes manual or battery powered motorized. Four sided frame with gasketed sides to cover edge gaps.
  • For all Hunter Douglas cellular lines, Duolite™ now available with EasyRise™ lift system, or the cordless LiteRise® lifting system, instead of just cord lock lifts.
  • Applause cellular is now available with PowerRise 2.1, 18 volt Platinum Techology lift system.
  • The Duolite and top down/bottom up cellular shades can now be motorized with PowerRise to control both bottom and middle operating rails.
  • Hunter Douglas’ metal blind offering has been enhanced with Natural Elements™. These are trendy slat finishes in 1″ and 2″ vanes. We have the full collection to view.
  • Hunter Douglas now offers battery operated, remote controlled tilt, called PowerTilt™ on their entire horizontal metal, wood and faux wood collection including Country Woods, Everwood lines. (Motorization is not available on Reveal™ with MagnaView™ metal blinds.) This motorized tilt feature is available on blinds up to about 50 square feet.
  • Everwood faux blinds: Tru-Grain by Hunter Douglas is a process they have developed that is a man-made, simulated, wood grain that appears almost exactly like nature’s own wood. Available in Everwood horizontal blinds and Cross Winds Vertical lines.
  • Hunter Douglas is now building Duette and Applause cellular shades with Ultrawear™ Cord. The average cycle life of standard cord is 3,134 cycles. Ultrawear cord has an average life of 47,583 cycles! The most common time for customers to request a restring of their shades was 7 years. The new cord should make shade restringing a thing of the past. This is an exclusive, money-saving innovation from Hunter Douglas.

Pirouette® Window Shadings

Pirouette® window shadings are the newest Hunter Douglas product addition. This product is a hybrid of Vignette roman shades and Silhouette. Pirouette is a roman shade that rolls up in its own header like a Vignette, but the privacy vanes can be lifted to provide view outside. All controlled with a single loop lift system. Beautiful product!


UPDATED fabric offerings:

> Angelica – tinted sheers on both the front and back for saturated color and sheer elegance.

> Shantung – the look and feelof raw silk.

>Satin metallic – sleek and subtle, with a silver, gold or copper overlay for an unexpected shimmer.

>Bamboo Flax – contrasting yarns exude natural simplicity.

>Cotton – highly textured fabric made from up to 80% recycled yarns.

Hunter Douglas has now added their battery operated PowerRise 2.1 option to Pirouette. Now a remote control can operate this great new window covering.

See these fantastic Hunter Douglas VIDEOS to reveal the full product before your eyes:

Product overview:

See the fabrics!

Learn about PowerRise battery operated lift system:

UltraGlide lifting system option:

Design options: (Zero bottom panel)

(Understanding the bottom panel options:

Special Offers


No current rebates are offered at this time.



(Ask to speak with any of these testifiers)

Residential customer, RB of Beaverton, OR writes:

When you are having work done on your home that you have never had done before and don’t really know what to expect, it is a great comfort and peace of mind to know that Steve Walton, owner of Shades Of The Future, has the knowledge and thoroughness to do the job correctly the first time.

Believe me, it was a load off my mind to have shades replaced without a hitch.

Residential customer, DH of Portland, OR. writes:

If I had 2 words to describe my experience with Shades Of The Future and Steve Walton, it’s: Efficiency and Professionalism. Steve has covered 6 windows in our home and each was done beautifully and quickly. His knowledge of the product lines was extremely helpful in making desisions and he was incredibly fair with the pricing. My experience could not have been better. I wouldn’t work with anyone else. Thanks Steve!

Residential interior designer and customer, JH Tigard, OR. writes:

Thanks to you for your professional approach when working with me on selecting, purchasing, and installing alternative window treatments for my clients (and myself!) I always am confident that the process will be fast and accurate…as a designer it’s important to not be’anxious’ about our resources when bringing one in to our projects. You are my go-to window person!

Residential customer, JW of Portland, OR. writes:

My original supplier refused to come repair a broken cord for my honeycomb shades. Steve came right out and fixed the problem. I was so pleased that I bought additional shades for my office. They look fantastic and have been trouble free. You can’t do better than Steve Walton and Shades of the Future when it comes to customer service!

Residential customer, J & S S, of Portland, OR. writes:

Steve Walton of Shades Of The Future is extremely knowledgeable and, over the past several years, has helped us select a variety of contemporary shades that completely met our needs. Steve was always punctual, thorough and extremely efficient. In all cases, the shades work well, and we have had no problems whatsoever. Shades Of The Future provides excellent value, and we highly recommend using him for your window covering needs.

I discovered Shades Of The Future on line and contacted Steve Walton at his Beaverton number. He returned my call promptly and set up and appointment time with me and my wife to discuss shades. He had plenty of shade products and discussed with us the options and provided an in depth examination of what we had available on our windows and had suggestions what would be the best color of new shade to get. Once we selected what we want he set up a scheduled date to install the shades consistent with the availability of products. He and his assistant were on time and were very professional with the installation and cleanup of old materials. Steve is very personable and easy to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend him to friends in need of shades.
Shades of the Future were referred to us by Loranger Builders a respected builder in Washington County. Steve Walton did not disappoint. He was knowledgeable and recommended a sunscreen treatment for our remodeled home that has worked perfectly all summer. We highly recommend him as a resource.
Steve Walton’s Shades of the Future is an outstanding supplier of residential and commercial window coverings. You will probably never encounter a vendor with such extensive product knowledge. He can solve any window problem, suggesting multiple options. His measuring is accurate and his installations are perfect. I have used him for several projects and have several more planned. Highly recommended.
I’ve worked with Steve previously, so I knew what to expect. He is personable, professional, and thorough. That’s what I expected and that’s what I got. I don’t see any room for improvement, nor any need for improvement. Made my day. Thanks, Steve.

Additional testimonials:

New Mexico internet client “CL” writes:
“Shades Of The Future has done two orders for our home. We tried locally, but were unable to achieve our wants and needs. Steve Walton’s ability to listen to his customer, offer helpful suggestions, as well as his attention to details are the reasons we trust him! You can do business here with confidence!”

After CL’s Romans arrived she wrote:
“The Roman Shades were perfect!!!!
Please let your Castec Rep know their turnaround is great!!!!
We appreciate you Steve !!!!”

California resident “KR” writes after having me do his new Oregon home:
“You responded promptly, came to the site, provided samples and suggestions and – from all reports/pictures…did a ‘beautiful’ job with the installation – and did it in a timely manner at a reasonable price.”

Internet client, M.G., of Bedford, MA. writes:
“I found Shades Of The Future…on the other side of the continent. Would it be possible to have a professional relationship based on taste and trust with someone I’ve never met? The answer is a resounding YES. Shades Of The Future was incredibly responsive to my needs. Steve consulted with me on some tricky problems, located out of production material my wife wanted, delivered the shades on time, on budget and in perfect condition. Undertaking a job like this over the internet is scary. [Steve] provided us with a sense of comfort, that, frankly, was totally unexpected. Thanks, Steve for a job well done…”

Commercial and residential client, S C, writes:
“Once you have Steve do your window coverings you will never consider anyone else.”

A Residential client writes:
“From the beginning construction to the end of installation and our “oohs” and “aahs”, you gave us the most professional and perfect advice. Your detailed workmanship…resulted in perfect function and beauty and we are the happy recipients of it all.”

JP writes:
Thanks again for helping me … I first tried my original supplier, and then a second local source. Both failed to follow through. From the very beginning, I knew I was in good hands. Within a month the replacement valance had arrived, exactly to specifications. I will remember you when I am next shopping for window treatments.

About Us

Steve Walton - Owner

Steve Walton – Owner



Our Mission

To provide solutions for interior window covering challenges with quality products and innovative ideas at competitive prices.

Company Profile

Now in our 37th year of service, Shades Of The Future®, Inc., is dedicated to providing immediate, unexpected and unsurpassed customer service.

The core product line is Hunter Douglas Window Fashions. Real hardwood shutters and automated window coverings are provided by the best in the industry. On-site service has always been a hallmark of the company. If you can’t find local service to suit you, Shades Of The Future® will deliver…

We travel for personal consultations. Click Travel Policy for details. Products will be shipped to distant locations.


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Top: Pointing at sea shell, 22 million years old and still a shell.Center: Two shell impressions, called Concretions, in 22 million year old Astoria Formation. White sea shells have already eroded.Bottom: Astoria Formation exposed on the beach. Tilted by tectonic action over the millennia.


Our company philosophy is that a portion of one’s time should be given to the community and your industry. We should be replenishing what we consume and there are many worthwhile projects that need our help.

We are big on recycling and spend time sorting the packaging after a project to recycle the cardboard, paper and other materials. Plastic bubble packing and plastic sheeting can’t be recycled at this time (August ’13), but we do take the clean bubble packing to Habitat for Humanity ReStore, in Beaverton, Oregon, for them to sell as a product in their store. Visit

Serenity Homes of Oregon

In March of 2008 we were contacted by Serenity Homes of Oregon to supply window coverings for one of their residences in Portland. They provide sober living homes for men transitioning back to the community.

With additional support from Hunter Douglas contributing an extra 20% discount to this project, we were able to furnish and install seven, large, 1″ Decor metal blinds to the house at a very low price. Now they have modern and practical window coverings for this house.

Since completing that first project for them, we have worked on the window coverings for two more of their Serenity homes.

Serenity Homes of Oregon is a non-profit 501c organization and you may want to help them in their community service work. They rely 100% on community support to fulfill their mission.

Their web site is: Serenity Homes of Oregon

Other Community Service

From 1999 to April, 2001, the company owner was a volunteer “Coast Watcher”, keeping an eye on mile 235 of the Oregon coast. This area is on the central Oregon beach at a small community called Lincoln Beach. Our Coast Watcher work included the protection of ancient forest materials (1900 years old) and Astoria Formation (22 million years old). These formations and tree stumps are occasionally exposed on the beach in several locations.

On the left are three photos of some of the formations I’ve discovered on the Oregon coast. These formations are in the surf line of the Pacific Ocean, and are seldom exposed to sea or air. This year all of these formations are again covered by sand demonstrating just how unusual these formations are. Click the photo to enlarge it.

Other areas of service include being a job coach for someone that needs help in the work place. The company owner also serves on various boards and is a contributor to industry publications.

We want to encourage everyone to look for opportunities to serve your community and industry.