If early signs are anything to go by, this summer is shaping up to be a scorcher across the country. Temperatures have already got up above 25 degrees, so when it feels too hot to stay outside long it’s essential that your window treatments let you control light comfortably. So whether you opt for curtains, blinds or a combination of both, here’s an easy guide to help point you in the right direction.
Let it all in
Light and airy, hanging voile sheers in open living spaces is the perfect way to fill any room with a summery feel. The fabric itself hangs softly and creates an ambience, and because it’s is possible to choose options that filter light and protect your furniture from UV rays you can use them to darken a room too; however, their translucent nature makes them less suitable for rooms that you want complete privacy in.
Block it all out
When the sun is beaming, the air-con is blasting, and the curtains are drawn to keep the cool in and the hot air out, roller blinds or curtains do a great job at keeping those rays from warming your home from the inside out. Available in a multitude of fabric options to suit, the amount of sun you want to keep from getting inside is totally up to you. It’s possible to blackout a space or add a blockout lining to sheers will protect your furniture from UV rays as well, something your consultant will be able to explain in more detail.
Why not both?
The perfect window solution doesn’t have to be one or the other. Sometimes it can be a combination of curtains and blinds, or it could be blinds that do both. Venetian blinds have the advantage of being able to filter and block light in one treatment, so they’re a versatile option that suit just about any home. Honeycomb blinds although renowned for their insulating properties are very effective in summertime. This is due to the unique cell structure providing a barrier preventing air (either warm or cool) from passing past the blind. The white backing of the blind provides light reflection and UV protection all of which help you to keep your home cool in summer and reduce those electricity costs from running the air con. Choose from the sheer, translucent or block-out fabric range depending on how much light you want to control.
Should you prefer something like a voile sheer and want to still maintain your privacy however, a combination of curtains and blinds can be stylish and functional too. When you want to let the breeze in a little, leave the blinds up and draw the sheers. If it gets too hot, or the sun goes down, lower the roller. A treatment like this is great in regions where you can expect a cold winter too, because you won’t have to worry about airy voiles when the temperature drops.
For plenty more inspiration, feel free to download either of our guides for choosing curtains or blinds. And if you would like a free consultation at your convenience, please feel free to get in touch.