Window Treatment Solutions for Sunny Summers
As San Diego enters into its hot sun season, we hear from a lot of people looking to keep the heat out while not sacrificing their home’s appearance. I’ve had clients who thought because their windows face west and get that afternoon roast of searing sunlight that they had to hang heavy draperies backed with blackout fabric. That is one option, of course, but there are others that might be more suited to your particular space and usage.
Speaking of usage, one of the first things I always tell a client before choosing window treatments – there are zillions of options from roman shades to valances to blinds to wood shutters to traditional draperies – is to think about how you use the room. How does this window function for your family? For example, if you are going to be leaving the covering over the window much of the time, you probably don’t want to use a roman shade because when it’s pulled flat it can look like a sheet in the window. On the other hand, if you need something you can pull up and down but don’t want to see the actual shade, you might layer it (hide it, really) with a pretty valance to gain some flexibility.
Tony Levas is the owner of Levas and Son Draperies, a local custom drapery company that has been doing window treatments in San Diego for more than 50 years. I love Tony because early in my career he convinced me that custom window treatments are worth their price tag (we can save you money elsewhere) and I’ve been recommending them ever since. We’ll talk more about the significance of custom window coverings in another post. But I did want to mention Tony because Levas and Son is a showcase dealer for Hunter Douglas, the manufacturer of Silhouette and Duette shades. All of the Hunter Douglas products provide heat control, but what is special about them is they still allow diffused light to be dispersed into your room. So it’s the best of both worlds – you get a cooler space yet you still can take advantage of natural daylight. Plus they disappear into a fabric-covered headrail so you’re not left with an unsightly bunching of fabric when you raise them. We find these shades to be suitable for a lot of people who need relief from the sun’s rays but don’t want heavy draperies.
As Tony says, it is always a compromise when you are designing window coverings. Achieving heat control or privacy might block that ocean view at times, but once we show you how to dress your window in a way that merges function with fashion, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the transformation.
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