TOP TIPS FOR SUNNY WINDOWS
Beat the summer heat and glare by choosing the right window treatment for your space.
For a seamless appearance, try roller blinds in neutral wall colours. The Pillar Elegance range from Bunnings comes in wide widths, long drops and three popular Dulux wall colours – and the blinds are easy to install.
WINDOW TREATMENTS can add personality and style to a room. Most importantly, though, they can keep your home cool in summer, reduce unwanted glare and create privacy. So it’s worth taking the time to choose the most suitable material and ensure the correct placement.
Being able to control light in living areas and media rooms is an important requirement as glare can make watching television or working on a computer in summer almost impossible. Layered curtains – one blackout and one sheer – or day/night roller blinds give you different lightfiltering options and also look modern. Wendy Hardiman, from Spotlight’s window furnishings team, says translucent or light filtering window treatments also preserve the view but allow you to enjoy filtered light with the bonus of some privacy.
Plantation shutter slats can block
out sun when completely closed, and let in cool afternoon breezes when opened at an angle. Jenny Brown, the national marketing manager for
Luxaflex window fashions, says they are a great option if you are looking to enjoy the view and have privacy. “Shutters can be tilted in a variety of ways to allow the right amount of light and view through, while still providing privacy,” she says.
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.
Where privacy, temperature and
light control are key, such as in bedrooms, heavy duty curtain fabrics or blockout 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. Andrew Feola, Bunnings window furnishings buyer, says these are best used in areas where you want protection from heat and glare and near complete blockout from light. “The insulating air pockets in honeycomb blinds help to reduce heat while still looking modern and stylish.” #
The kitchen/dining area is the hub of the home and often features lots of windows or bi-fold doors. Here, window treatments such as roman blinds and roller blinds are ideal, as they can cover large glass areas and come in a range of sunscreen or light-filtering fabrics.