Tips and Tricks
Tips and Tricks

Integrating Window Treatments with Amazon Alexa for a Truly Smart Home

The Amazon Alexa app allows you to link your motorized blinds and shades with the Somfy® myLink™ app for a futuristic experience that is simply out of this world.


For those of us who grew up watching shows like Star Trek or The Jetsons, voice-activated smart homes seemed too cool to be true – commanding every intricacy of your daily routine without lifting a finger. One can dream, right? Well, the future is now thanks to the Amazon Echo, better know to the public as Alexa. 

The Echo allows homeowners to turn lights on and off, stream songs across devices for a whole-home musical experience, control the thermostat, and so much more – all with nothing more than a few voice commands. But did you also know that you can link your Echo to your window treatments?

Now, homeowners have better access to superior light control than ever before. The Amazon Alexa app allows you to link your motorized blinds and shades with the Somfy® myLink™ app for a futuristic experience that is simply out of this world.

Routines Made Home Automation Truly Automatic!

Routines allow homeowners to trigger several simultaneous actions at a given time of day, or when a certain phrase is used, such as Alexa, Goodbye. 

Just picture this. It’s 7am and your alarm begins to sounds. However, simultaneously your lights fade on and your window treatments raise. Your coffee pot clicks on and Alexa begins to recite the weather report. You’ve already accomplished a handful of your daily tasks without even leaving your bed. Then at night, simply say, Alexa Goodnight and your door locks, your window treatments close, your lights turn off, and you have nothing left to do, but drift off into a peaceful sleep.

The possibilities are nearly endless. For example: Wake up and say Alexa, Good Morning to turn off outside lights, lower the thermostat, raise the shades in the kitchen and bedroom, but leave them down for privacy in the bathroom. Alexa Routines are as customizable as our window treatments.

Here’s a helpful how-to video from Amazon outlining how to set up a Routine: Creating a Routine for your Smart Devices.

Motorized Blinds & Shades Powered by Somfy®

Next Day Blinds has partnered with the leader in window covering motorization, Somfy®, to enhance your favorite Next Day Blinds blinds and shades with state-of-the-art control.  motorized roller shadesWith the simple press of a button or the sound of your voice (thanks, Alexa!), you now have more control over your window treatments than ever before.

The Somfy mobile app, myLink, makes it easier to enjoy all the benefits of your motorized Next Day Blinds window coverings.

  • Sunlight control
  • Increased energy savings
  • UV protection for furniture and floors
  • Personal privacy
  • Added security

Motorized window coverings are not only the perfect solution for large, tall or hard-to-reach windows–they provide a streamlined aesthetic that looks wonderful in any home. Next Day Blinds is proud to offer Somfy motorization products with our Honeycomb Shades, Roller Shades, Solar Shades, Savannah Shadings, Woven Wood Shades and Premium Wood Blinds.

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Founded in 1993, Next Day Blinds is a fully integrated, full-service custom window covering company located in Jessup, MD, just 25 miles from Washington, DC, and 15 miles from Baltimore, MD. From sales and design to manufacturing, measuring, installation, and service, we do it all. Our goal is to help you create a better tomorrow by providing a superior result--blinds, shades and shutters that look nicer, last longer, and are there when you want them.