Here Comes the Sun!
With summer suddenly bearing down on us, it’s a good time to reassess how we are protecting our homes from the sun’s bright rays. Over time, harsh light can fade and even destroy some fabrics and woods, so here are a few tips on how to best maintain your décor through these sultry months.
Of course, for window sun block, covering your windows is the best way to filter sun. Although those discounted draperies at your favorite warehouse store might be appealing, recognize that quality window treatments will serve you for many years as well as shield your precious furniture, flooring and accessories. If you are considering draperies, ask about color fastness and/or choose a lighter shade so they don’t fade (do the same with carpet!). Avoid silk, which disintegrates in heavy sunlight, and add a liner to give the fabric more durability.
If you are doing a remodel or building a new home, ask your window consultant for a light tint, especially for west-facing windows that endure much of the afternoon heat. You can also have your current windows tinted to achieve this effect.
Shutters are a terrific way to deter too much sun and they have the advantage of louvers that can be adjusted to let light in — just not too much! As with draperies, select a light, non-yellowing color, and in full-sun areas use synthetic shutters that won’t warp or swell.
As you investigate where you need more light barriers, look at which pieces of furniture absorb the most sun. Items that are light sensitive should be moved away from the window’s glare. If you can’t reposition them — such as an eat-in kitchen’s banquette — explore outdoor fabrics that are made to withstand hot sun (click here for more about that). Treat leather pieces to a conditioner application every six months to a year so they don’t crack or fade.
A simple fix a lot of people forget to do is simply closing window treatments during the day. It’s especially easy to overlook this when you are leaving the house early and returning later when you never see the sun beaming in, but just blocking those rays when you can — whether home or not — will make a big difference.
Finally, if you want to limit the sun coming into your home, look outside it. Sun awnings for houses not only impede light, they create a cooler environment inside — and they add a decorative touch to your home’s curb appeal.
If we can assist you with window treatments or any design concerns, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.