Curtains and blinds don’t just add personality and style to a room: They also keep your home cool, reduce unwanted glare and create privacy, so it’s worth taking the time to choose the most suitable material and ensure correct placement.
Some things to consider include: Do the windows get direct sun? Is it a living or sleeping zone? Considering where the room is within the home and its use can help you determine the best option.
Follow these tips to choose the most suitable one for your needs:
- Glare can make watching television or working on a computer almost impossible. Layered curtains – one blackout and one sheet – or day/night roller blinds give you different light-filtering options and also look modern.
- Plantation shutter slats can block out sun when completely closed, and let in cool afternoon breezes when opened at an angle. Great if you’re looking to enjoy the view and have privacy.
- Translucent or light filtering window treatments also preserve the view but allow you to enjoy filtered light with the bonus of some privacy.
- Where privacy, temperature and light control are key, heavy duty curtain fabrics or blackout Roman or roller blinds will help to keep the room cool during the day and free from any glaring street or car lights at night. Honeycomb blinds are also a great option.
- A window near a wet area, like the kitchen sink, will need a moisture resistant treatment. Blinds made from polyester or PVC are ideal, and can also be wiped clean easily.
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