Creating Cooler Spaces with the Right Window Treatments
Window treatments are probably one of the most important functional parts of your interior décor. They add dimension to your room, provide coordinating decorative features, and help to tie all of your decorative features together. Window treatments are not only attractive and add beauty to your space, but they also function to manage the temperatures in your home. With the heat of summer now arrived, it’s time to think about adding some beautiful and functional window treatments to your home’s interior.
Keeping Out Heat, Keeping in Cool
If you are looking for a way to keep your energy bills down this summer, window treatments are a great way to make your home more energy efficient. Window treatments work to keep your house cool in two ways. First, they provide a barrier between warm window surfaces and your cool air conditioned room. This barrier makes your air conditioner more effective. Second, good window treatments block direct sunlight from coming into rooms. Direct sunlight makes your rooms hot, causing your air conditioner to work harder and using more energy.
Selecting the Right Window Treatment
Selecting the right window treatment can seem like a task of never ending options. Hiring a professional interior decorator is a great way to make this a simpler task. A professional interior decorator will help you select the right styles for your space, and then suggest fabrics and colors that will help your room look beautiful, while at the same time also helping to keep your home cool in the summer. There are a number of options for good window treatments that will keep your home cooler in the summer, and then warmer in the winter.
Traditional curtains are probably the best option you have for keeping your rooms cool in the summer. Curtains can come in a wide variety of colors, fabrics and styles, so they are versatile enough for any space. Curtains made from heavier fabrics or that have a liner are great for keeping out unwanted heat in the summer or cold in the winter. They are even more effective if you select a darker color fabric. If you do select a darker color fabric, make sure that they come with a liner on the back, so that you protect the fabric from fading. The other great option for curtains is having a couple of layers. Select an outer layer in a heavier fabric that you can close in the heat of the day, but then also install an inner layer of sheer curtains that you can use to create a lighter barrier, while still allowing light in.
Shades and Blinds
Shades come in so many different types and styles. You can select from roman, roller, cellular, and vertical or horizontal type blinds. These are all good options for keeping sun and heat out of your space, as they all create a good barrier between your room and your window. The bad thing about shades and blinds is that on their own, they aren’t very attractive. While they are a good, budget friendly way to improve your home’s energy efficiency, you may want to pair them with valances or curtains to make them more attractive.
For More Information on Custom Drapery Design and Window Treatments
If your home needs some help staying cool this summer, it might be time to consider some great custom window treatments. The designers at Patricia Interiors can help you select the right window treatments for all your spaces. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, please call us today at (586) 739-0080.