Motorized blinds come in every style imaginable. Fancy your shade wooden or roman? Yep, they can be motorized. Costs vary by blind material, motor, control system and manufacturer. Materials As we mentioned above if you are inclined to use it as a shade you can find a manufacturer for it. Cost per blind go from $50 for cheap, faux-wood, pvc blinds to $300+ for black-out style, cellular blinds and real wood veneers. A trip to the local hardware store will usually give you good idea of what's out there as far as materials go. Motor
- Battery powered: These are nice because you don't have to have someone install wires for your blinds. Batteries generally have to be replaced every two to three years so don't worry if you're installing one of these in your 30-foot ceiling-ed great room, you'll only have to risk your life on that ladder when you need to dust.
- AC/DC: You either have somebody install wiring, preferably someone licensed to play with wires, or some models allow you to plug them into existing outlets. This is ideal because it looks clean and doesn't ever have to be replaced, but sometimes it's not feasible.
- Quiet style: Many companies offer a quieter version of the battery or ac/dc models but expect to pay a premium. This is one to test before you buy because the technology varies and "quiet" may mean near silent or it may mean "not as loud as a turbine engine."
- IR (Infrared): These come in the wired and wireless variety. IR is used in most TV remotes and works well if you're in range, but as you might notice from trying to change the channel, can be blocked if enough material gets in the way.
- Radio: These give you 100% wireless control and tend to work better than IR remotes in a much wider range.
- Automation: There are all kinds of systems that blinds can be integrated into. If you've already got a system going adding blinds shouldn't be a problem. Many universal remotes can handle your blinds as well. We're looking forward to seeing what Android@Home can do in this department.