If you did not cope too well with the extreme heat conditions we have experienced this summer maybe you need to take a look at how effective your window coverings are… as there are many ways to protect ourselves from exposure to heat in our homes.
And while it may seem like next Summer is a far away, now is actually a splendid time to start planning for the next season, while the memory of where and why your home didn’t cope with the heat are still fresh.
When it comes to covering your windows, there are many things to consider.
What is the aspect of your home? If all our homes had a southerly aspect from every room or a wide verandah on every side we would probably not have felt the heat as much as others. But if your home has an east or west aspect you will get the morning and afternoon sun in some part of your home, and
both are equally as bad.
If your home faces north, you will get the sun all day if you don’t have protection. Even if your home faces south, on a hot day, the heat will permeate into your home and not only does the sun heat up our homes, but it also fades our floor coverings including your floorboards. So we need to put a barrier between our windows and our living spaces.
So let's start with privacy. Even if you are lucky enough to not have any neighbours in sight you still need to protect your floor coverings, stop the glare and the heat. The best solution for this is a sheer curtain. It is transparent, allows the view to shine, offers privacy if and when you need it.
Sheers are very ON TREND and have experienced a resurgence after TV shows like The Block, and home interior magazines showcase the vast options available on the market today.
Sheer fabrics are available in sophisticated neutral colours ranging from Whites, Pearls, Light Greys through to Charcoals and Black. These colours complement your décor as they are cool colours and balance well with the warm tones of our timber floors today. The look is texture and more texture, and there is a broad range of choices when is comes to choosing the right one for you and your home. A sheer blowing in the wind is not only beautiful but adds a softness to your décor.
Unfortunately, the sheer alone will not stop the heat. You will need a thermal blockout lining to sit behind the sheer curtain so that, on a hot day, closing the linings will block the heat and keep your home much cooler. Today linings are available in contemporary colours to complement your sheers,
wall colours, décor and the exterior of your home.
Thermal backed linings will also minimise noise in your home, will reduce any echoing that many open plan homes have today, as well as reducing your power bills. They are one of the most energy efficient items you can put into your home.
Other products like roller blinds and shutters are not as effective when it comes to heat control as curtains are made with a double fabric fullness and are wider and higher than the window. This solution offers the best block out, heat and light solution.
Catherine Martin from Coastal Colour Curtains and Blinds says that “using a qualified colourist and decorator will pay dividends when you are ready to start looking at your options.
“They will help you to coordinate the look to ensure it complements your existing décor and will offer you all the choices when to comes to selecting new window furnishings,” she said.
For more information and a free in-home consultation, you can contact Catherine on 4959-5901 or visit www.coastalcolourandcurtains.com.au