TOP TIPS FOR SUNNY WIN­DOWS

Beat the sum­mer heat and glare by choos­ing the right win­dow treat­ment for your space.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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